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Goals from AC Milan's Carlos Bacca and Real Madrid star James Rodriguez secured a 2-1 win for Colombia over Paraguay in front of a vocal crowd at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California. Victor Ayala gave Paraguay hope after pulling a goal back on 71 minutes but Colombia held on for three points that means it is assured of a top two finish in Group A and a place in the last eight. Colombia needs only to draw against Costa Rica on Saturday to assure itself of first place, leaving it a potentially easier quarterfinal against the runner-up from Group B, which contains Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti and Peru. In Tuesday's other game, US striker Clint Dempsey scored his 50th international goal as the host nation bounced back from its 2-0 loss to Colombia on Friday with a convincing rout of Costa Rica. Dempsey opened the scoring from the penalty spot after nine minutes before Jermaine Jones and Bobby Wood struck just before half-time to effectively settle the contest. Substitute Graham Zusi added a fourth goal three minutes from time, which could prove crucial if goal difference comes into play.
The win came as a welcome relief for US coach Jurgen Klinsmann, whose tenure has faced mounting criticism over the past 18 months after a series of disappointing performances in competitive matches. Klinsmann meanwhile showed he was in no mood to cede ground to his critics, picking the same starting lineup to face Costa Rica that had disappointed in the 2-0 defeat to Colombia. Klinsmann's team now faces Paraguay in its final Group A game in Philadelphia on Saturday, where a draw will probably be enough to advance to the knockout rounds.
Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez celebrates his goal against Paraguay during their group match of the 2016 Copa America Centenario at the Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium. Six years from delivering the most important strike of a football in Spanish history, Andres Iniesta remains the cornerstone of a La Roja side hoping to rekindle former glories at Euro 2016.
Iniesta's extra-time goal in the 2010 World Cup final against the Netherlands will be his lasting legacy.
The Barcelona captain will be one of the few remaining figures from all of Spain's three consecutive major tournament triumphs between 2008 and 2012 amongst Vicente del Bosque's squad in France. More significantly, of those left from that glory run, Iniesta's inclusion is the most undisputed.
While Del Bosque's loyalty to Iker Casillas and Cesc Fabregas - despite a dramatic dip in their club form - has been questioned, Iniesta, at the end of his 14th season at Barcelona, has shone for his side over the past two years.
Such is his importance, Del Bosque even left Iniesta out for friendly matches against Italy and Romania in March to give his 32-year-old legs extra rest ahead of the demands of a fourth international tournament in five years. Without his sidekick of many years Xavi Hernandez, Barca's style has become slightly more direct to accommodate the talents of a forward line containing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. Yet, for Spain, the loss of Xavi and Xabi Alonso to international retirement has made Iniesta's ability to set the tempo of the game and breakdown mass ranks of opposition defense even more crucial. Yet, just as key to Iniesta's status as a national treasure in Spain as his World Cup winner, is a humility often at odds with modern footballers. Iniesta joined Barcelona as a 12-year-old and been a rock through a career with four Champions League and seven Spanish league titles.
Whether the remnants of Spain's golden generation have a final day of joy to offer with a third consecutive Euro title will depend much on Iniesta producing his magic on the big stage once more in France. European champion Spain suffered a shock first defeat since March 2015, losing 1-0 at home to Georgia in its final warmup friendly before Euro 2016 in Madrid on Tuesday. Georgia, ranked 137 in the world, hadn't won a game since defeating minnows Gibraltar in Euro qualifying in October. However, it defended resolutely and took full advantage of its one real attack when Tornike Okriashvili tapped home at the far post six minutes before half-time.
Spain begins its quest for a third consecutive European Championship against the Czech Republic on June 13 in Toulouse.
Del Bosque had named a stronger side than in Spain's comfortable wins over Bosnia and Herzegovina and South Korea in the past week with the Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid contingent returning after their duties in the Champions League final. The host was camped in the Georgia half for almost the entire match, but paid for a lack of creativity in breaking down the visitors' mass ranks of defense and were caught out on the counterattack just before the break. However, Del Bosque rejected suggestions that the Czechs and Spain's other Group D opponents Turkey and Croatia can learn from Georgia's game plan. FIVE THINGS ON SPAIN AS IT SEEKS TO BECOME THE FIRST COUNTRY TO WIN THREE CONSECUTIVE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES AT EURO 2016. Spain's run of three consecutive major tournament victories came to a spectacular end as they were dumped out of the World Cup after two comprehensive defeats to the Netherlands and Chile in their opening group games in Brazil in 2014. Despite calls for a squad clear-out, Xavi Hernandez (pictured) and Xabi Alonso's retirement from international football are the only two major changes.
An unconvincing qualifying campaign leaves many doubters as to whether coach Vicente del Bosque has galvanized his side with enough of the exciting young talent that won two of the last three under-21 Euros. One of Del Bosque's biggest decisions will be whether to finally drop 167-cap captain Iker Casillas for Manchester United's David de Gea (pictured).
De Gea, by contrast, put his disappointment at not completing a move to Madrid behind him in August to be United's standout player for the third straight season. Since injury and age took its toll on David Villa after the 2010 World Cup, Spain has been searching for a reliable goal scorer to complement its array of technically brilliant attacking midfielders.
Indeed, it won Euro 2012 playing without a recognized striker as Cesc Fabregas played as a false nine. The 65-year-old Del Bosque (pictured) has repeatedly hinted the Euros will be his last tournament in charge having resisted calls to resign following the World Cup fiasco. Spain's dominance of Europe at club level cannot be questioned after Real Madrid won this season's Champions League and Sevilla the Europa League. However, like two years ago, that success at club level allied to a tight title race between Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico could be to the national team's detriment with the majority of their squad suffering the aftereffects of a more intense season than their competitors. Spain's Sergio Busquets and Georgia's Nukri Revishvili crash into each other during their friendly match on Tuesday. Carneiro had claimed constructive dismissal by Chelsea and sexual discrimination by Mourinho who appeared at the tribunal and sat in the front row.
In a statement Chelsea said they "regretted the circumstances" that led to Carneiro taking legal action and issued an unreserved apology. Carneiro worked for Chelsea for six years until she left in September after clashing with Mourinho in the closing minutes of their opening league match of the season against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge in August.
The 42-year-old ran on to the pitch with physio Jon Fearn after being called on by referee Michael Oliver to treat forward Eden Hazard. After the game an angry Mourinho, who is now manager of Manchester United, described the pair as "impulsive and naive" because it meant Chelsea being reduced to nine men near the end of the game after goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had earlier been sent off. Carneiro, who said she was subjected to sexist comments from colleagues, was relieved of her match-day duties soon after. Following the incident against Swansea, the Football Association conducted an investigation after a member of the public complained about Mourinho's language toward Carneiro. The Portuguese, who won the league three times in two spells as Chelsea manager, was fired in December after a poor start to the season. Carneiro issued a statement saying she was relieved the long-running saga had come to an end.
Yeo Moriba laughed as she recalled her showdown with the fearsome Alex Ferguson, one of many confrontations with soccer authority over the future of her son, Paul Pogba. Ferguson was notorious for his 'hairdryer' blasts at players in the Manchester United dressing room, and the proud mom recalled how the tough manager once left her son in tears in his office. After three years struggling to be a starter at United, Pogba balked at a new contract offer in 2012. Ferguson took matters into his own hands and decided to confront Moriba, who acts as her son's agent, manager and adviser. Pogba was upset that Paul Scholes had been tempted out of his six-month retirement in January 2012 to rescue a United midfield in the grips of an injury crisis. Only 18 and with just a couple of substitute appearances to his name in the League Cup, Pogba felt he should have been given his chance.
Although he made three substitute appearances in the Premier League after Scholes' return, he was determined to leave.
Moriba's defiance in France sent Pogba into the clutches of the English Premier League giant in the first place. Pogba came through the youth ranks at Le Havre but at 15 was seduced by United, which offered a better deal than the industry standard agreement proposed by the French club. The club presidents union, led by Lyon supremo Jean-Michel Aulas tried to put pressure on Pogba to stay in France, saying leaving for England would set a bad example. With another young French prospect, Gael Kakuta, heading for Chelsea at the same time, the French press cried scandal at the motives of the young players.
Paul has been linked to huge transfers to Spain and even back to Manchester United, which now has Jose Mourinho at its helm.
Brother Florentin plays for Saint-Etienne in the French top flight while Mathias is at Partick Thistle in Scotland. The twins both play for Guinea, their parents home and where they were born, although they grew up in the Paris suburbs.
Led by Wayne Rooney, England is the Group B favorite against Wales, Russia and Slovakia, but with time running out before the tournament starts, manager Roy Hodgson is still buffing dull spots in his team's tactics. His midfield diamond failed to sparkle in last week's 1-0 win over Portugal and he was criticized by former England manager Glenn Hoddle for asking strikers Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy to adopt wide roles. Chris Smalling's late goal earned England a third consecutive win in its warm-up games, but there was no disguising the lackluster show.
Hodgson has also raised eyebrows by tasking Kane with set-piece responsibilities, despite him topping the Premier League with 25 goals for Tottenham Hotspur last season. Hodgson defended the move by explaining that Kane has the best dead-ball delivery on the team. The manager also gave the tactical talk short shrift, telling journalists: "Formations don't win you games. Hodgson's Wales counterpart, Chris Coleman, would dearly love for the tactics board to be his only source of anxiety. Since securing qualification for a first major tournament in 58 years, Wales has gone four games without victory, culminating in Sunday's 3-0 loss at the hands of Sweden. While the return of Gareth Bale as a second-half substitute in that game provided reason for optimism, Coleman has banished talk of the June 16 showdown in Lens with rival England. Slovakia could only draw 0-0 at home to Northern Ireland on Saturday, but Marek Hamsik and his teammates stunned world champion Germany 3-1 in Augsburg on its previous outing.
Four years later, Jan Kozak's side sparked its successful bid to qualify for Euro 2016 with a stunning 2-1 triumph over defending champion Spain. Kozak was in bullish mood after the draw with Northern Ireland as he declared his players would not be overawed by the prospect of facing Real Madrid star Bale. Russia has been hurt by injuries to several key players including Yuri Zhirkov, Denis Cheryshev, Oleg Kuzmin and, most damagingly, playmaker Alan Dzagoev.
Midfielder Igor Denisov was ruled out due to a hamstring injury on Monday, opening the door for Zenit St Petersburg's Artur Yusupov, who happened to be staying in the same hotel as the squad in Monaco. England’s Chris Smalling arrives with a toy lion at Auberge du Jeude Paume, Chantilly, France on Monday. Looking to add to its 1984 European Championship and 1998 World Cup titles, France will face Switzerland, Romania and an Albania side appearing at its first major finals in Group A. But as anticipation builds ahead of Les Bleus' opening game against Romania on Friday, Deschamps - who lifted the World Cup as a player 18 years ago - knows his team still has to take care of business on the pitch. France is without Real Madrid star Karim Benzema, sidelined due to his involvement in the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape blackmail scandal. The loss of Mamadou Sakho, not picked after a positive doping test, and injuries to Raphael Varane, Lassana Diarra and others leave question marks in defence and midfield.
But N'Golo Kante has emerged in the middle and the presence of players such as Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet and Anthony Martial means the loss of Benzema may scarcely be felt.
France's attack will look to prove itself immediately against Romania, whose defensive strength carried it through qualifying.
Under veteran coach Anghel Iordanescu, in his third spell at the helm, Romania is a team of few stars, apart from exciting attacking midfielder Nicolae Stanciu. There will be few more intriguing contests in the group stage than Switzerland's meeting with Albania in Lens on Saturday.
That game will see Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, recently signed by Arsenal, face his brother Taulant, who plays for Albania. The siblings were born in Basel to Kosovar-Albanian parents and both represented Switzerland at the youth level. Now with Nantes, Cana also considers France his "second home" and will lead the Balkan nation on the field for its first major tournament appearance. Coached by the Italian Gianni De Biasi, Albania is hoping to progress to the knockout stages as a third-place team. Meanwhile the Swiss, whose star player is Kosovar-born Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke City, is on paper Group A's strongest side behind the host.
Cristiano Ronaldo's museum on Madeira has upsized to a larger home in anticipation of the Real Madrid star winning "future trophies", his cousin said on Monday. The Portugal striker's self-financed shrine now occupies a prime seafront position in Funchal, the island's capital where "CR7" was born in 1985. The museum's new two-story site "will be able to welcome Ronaldo's future trophies," said his cousin Nuno Viveiros, who also serves as museum director. The treasure trove charting the success of Madeira's most famous son attracts 200,000 visitors annually.
Among the 160 trophies on display are Ronaldo's three Ballons d'Or, given to the player voted the world's best. When Spain's newly-crowned French Open champion Garbine Muguruza arrives in Mallorca this week it will not be a red carpet they lay down, but a lush green one.
When the Venezuelan-born 22-year-old signed up for the June 13-19 event on the holiday isle, few imagined she would arrive with her first Grand Slam title in the bag after a fantasy run in rainy Paris culminated with victory over Serena Williams. Certainly not tournament director Peer Zebergs or owner Edwin Weindorfer, who hope to make Mallorca, home of claycourt king Rafael Nadal, an important fixture on an expanding grasscourt season over the next five years. Weindorfer, who also owns the Stuttgart ATP grasscourt event taking place this week, hopes Muguruza's rise to fame will spark a surge of interest in the Mallorca Open.
Mallorca appears an odd venue for 'lawn' tennis but the things have moved on from the days when, in the words of Manuel Santana, Spanish players regarded grass as "only for cows". Santana himself won Wimbledon, Nadal has twice triumphed at the All England Club, Conchita Martinez did so in 1994 and Muguruza reached last year's final, losing to Williams. Santa Ponsa Country Club has six lawns, with rye grass very similar to that used at Wimbledon - albeit a variety able to tolerate scorching temperatures rather than London's often fickle weather. A 3,000-capacity Center Court has been built, with spectators in the top rows able to gaze out at the shimmering sea.
The likes of former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic and Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber have already been hitting on the Santa Ponsa lawns and tickets are selling fast as tourists add a visit to a tennis tournament to their excursion list.
For Muguruza, who will top a draw featuring Ivanovic and Canada's Eugenie Bouchard, it could not be more convenient.
Spain's Fed Cup captain Martinez said it was a boost for Spanish tennis, which lost a tournament in Valencia and had no stand-alone WTA event until Mallorca was added to the Tour. Having grasscourts close to his Manacor home is also good news for Nadal as he battles to be fit for Wimbledon after pulling out of the French Open due to a wrist injury. The former world No 1 underwent meniscus surgery after losing to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals, then missed the French Open because of a back injury. The top-ranked Djokovic won his first French Open title on Sunday to complete a career grand slam. The 17-time Grand Slam champion is the top-seeded player at the inaugural edition of the Mercedes Cup on grass in Stuttgart, Germany, and he has a bye into the second round. While missing Roland Garros was a blow, a longer-than-usual rest and more preparation time on the grass could augur well for Federer's Wimbledon hopes as he seeks an 18th major, having lost in the final by Djokovic the past two years.
The 34-year-old said he was pleased about the opportunity to add another grasscourt event in the build-up to Wimbledon.
He is also scheduled to play next week in Halle, his traditional warm-up for Wimbledon, where he's won a record eight titles.
Serena Williams may have been second best at the French Open on Saturday but the American has moved ahead of fellow tennis player Maria Sharapova as the world's top earner among female athletes, according to Forbes magazine. Williams ended the Russian's 11-year reign by hauling in $28.9 million in combined prize money and off-court earnings over the past 12 months, the magazine said on Monday. Sharapova, who lost some sponsorship money after announcing she had tested positive for the recently banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open in January and is provisionally suspended, holds second spot at $21.9 million. The Pittsburgh Penguins were confident that three straight games without a point for Evgeni Malkin and a rare off night by Matt Murray were more of an aberration than a concern. Bounce-back performances from those two key players on Monday night moved the Penguins to the brink of winning the Stanley Cup. Malkin scored one goal and assisted on another, Murray made 23 saves and the Penguins took a 3-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup final by beating the San Jose Sharks 3-1. Malkin helped set up Cole's goal to open the scoring, then added one of his own on the powerplay to give Murray all the support he needed.
Two nights after allowing a soft game-tying goal to Joel Ward, Murray was steady throughout to put the Penguins one win from skating off with their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history.
The Sharks were unable to build on their first win in the final, surrendering the opening goal for the fourth straight game and going more than nine minutes without a shot on net during one stretch of the second period. The Sharks will now need to win in Pittsburgh to give their loyal fans who waited 25 years to watch the Stanley Cup final in the Bay Area another home game. No team has come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the final since Toronto did it in 1942 against Detroit.


The story for the Penguins after their 3-2 overtime loss in Game 3 was how to get Malkin going after a slow start to the series. And how would the rookie Murray respond after giving up the soft goal to Ward and the winner to Joonas Donskoi? Malkin was energized from the start, helping set up the first goal when he caught San Jose on a bad line change and sent Phil Kessel in on a rush. Jones stopped Kessel's shot, but Cole knocked in the rebound for his first career playoff goal. Malkin then scored when he tapped in a perfect from Kessel for Pittsburgh's first power-play goal of the series. Murray wasn't busy in the early going and went nearly the first half of the second period without facing a single shot.
The Sharks made a strong push late in the second period that saw Murray rob Couture, who was left all alone in the slot after a bad turnover. Murray then stopped Patrick Marleau on a breakaway and saved a one-timer by Joe Pavelski early in the third before Karlsson beat him with 11:53 to play. But Murray didn't flinch and came up big again against Pavelski, keeping the leading playoff goal scorer without a point in the final. Eric Fehr of the Pittsburgh Penguins beats San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones late in the third period of Monday’s Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final at SAP Center in San Jose, California. Draymond Green has had his fingerprints - and shoe prints - all over these NBA Finals as his Golden State Warriors have dominated the first two games of their highly anticipated rematch against Cleveland.
LeBron James and the Cavaliers have used all their defensive energy trying to keep Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson from beating them, which has opened the door for Green to take control. Green averaged 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the Oakland games and has spearheaded the Warriors' dominant defensive effort against the Cavaliers.
The result has been victories by a combined 48 points, the most ever in the first two games of an NBA Finals. The intensity and ferocity Green brings the Warriors have been crucial throughout their playoff run. Green had several run-ins with Oklahoma City Thunder tough guy Steven Adams in the Western Conference final and that has carried over to the championship round, when he kicked Kyrie Irving in the chest in Game 1. Players have long made a habit of kicking their legs out while taking jump shots to try to draw fouls, with Reggie Miller, Manu Ginobili and Russell Westbrook just a few of the culprits. But Green's kicks, like the one to Adams' groin the previous series, are much more violent in nature. He's worked too hard to come this far, and the one thing keeping him in check may be the chip on his shoulder.
The series turns to Cleveland now, a town with a tortured fan base that will have Green in its crosshairs. Green has been here before, the boos raining down on him in Oklahoma City something fierce. Stephen Curry has withdrawn from consideration from the Olympics, leaving the US basketball team without the NBA's MVP.
The guard is the highest-profile absence for defending Olympic champion Team USA, which was already without NBA All-Stars Chris Paul and Anthony Davis. Curry has won a pair of world titles with the Americans and was a starter when they won the 2014 Basketball World Cup. Curry said he had spoken with his family, the Warriors and his representatives, and recently informed USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo that he would not go to Brazil.
Team USA has a list of 31 players in its roster pool for this summer - and plans to name its 12-man roster later this month. Curry started all nine games for the Americans in Spain, averaging 10.7 points, and his USA Basketball experience dates to when he played for the under-19 team in 2007 that won a silver medal. Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors reacts in the second quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in Oakland last Sunday. Draymond Green emphatically flexed his bulging biceps with big plays at both ends of the floor, showing that these determined Golden State Warriors might just be far too strong for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
That repeat championship Golden State has spoken about for more than eight months is now just two wins from becoming reality.
Green had 28 points with five 3-pointers, seven rebounds and five assists, while MVP Stephen Curry scored 18 points despite foul trouble as Golden State thoroughly outclassed Cleveland 110-77 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night. Klay Thompson got hot after halftime to finish with 17 points and five assists as Golden State became the first team to go ahead 2-0 in the Finals since the Lakers in 2009 against Orlando. Now the series shifts to Cleveland, and James and the Cavs must show up for Game 3 on Wednesday in front of their title-starved fans down 2-0 to the defending champs and with forward Kevin Love dealing with a head injury. The NBA said Love experienced dizziness early in the second half and left for the locker room to be re-examined, then was placed in the NBA's concussion protocol.
The league said he didn't exhibit any symptoms before then, even after taking an elbow to the back of the head from Harrison Barnes in the second quarter and going down for several minutes before returning following a timeout. After a scoreless first quarter when he missed all five shots but had five assists, James scored 14 of his 19 points in the second and also finished with nine assists and eight rebounds.
James' teams had won nine straight postseason Game 2s after losing the series opener dating back to a loss in the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals to Boston.
After Curry and Thompson combined for only 20 points in Thursday's 104-89 Game 1 win on 8-for-27 shooting and the bench carried the load, they each hit four 3-pointers and went 13 for 24. Leandro Barbosa had three straight transition layups in the third quarter and scored 10 points for his first back-to-back postseason games in double figures since 2008.
Green shot 11 for 20 and made five of eight 3-pointers, sparking a suggestion he might apply to be a Splash Brother with fellow All-Stars Curry and Thompson. The Warriors' 87 victories combined from their record 73-win regular season and the playoffs matched the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, the team Golden State topped for the most regular season victories in NBA history. While the outspoken swingman insists he just wants rings and isn't yet ready to consider the Warriors among the best of all time, the typically quiet Thompson let loose a little. Andre Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, took another hard hit to the groin in the first quarter on an offensive foul called against James, causing the Warriors forward to grimace in pain.
NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry wants to play for Team USA at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but the Golden State Warriors star hasn't made a final decision. Curry, the league's leading scorer and catalyst of the Warriors' record 73-win season, is too busy trying to lead Golden State to a second consecutive NBA Finals victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers to focus on Olympic gold just yet. And the 28-year-old guard wants to see how his body holds up through the championship series after knee and ankle injuries in the playoffs. Earlier, Curry told reporters he is looking forward to Rio and his first crack at Olympic gold. Curry, who made an NBA record 402 3-pointers this season, helped qualify US teams of NBA stars for Rio and the 2012 London Games by sparking American triumphs at the 2010 and 2014 Basketball World Cup.
Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving welcomes the chance to partner with him in an Olympic backcourt. Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green goes up for a slam against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 2 of NBA Finals in Oakland, California, on Sunday. Muhammad Ali, who died last Friday at age 74, thrilled wherever he went, becoming the most recognized person on the planet. But there were times - some of his making, some not - when even The Greatest was not so great. It was 1965 and the world was still adjusting to the brash young heavyweight champion who scared opponents in the ring and scared a lot of Americans with his affiliation with the Nation of Islam.
Ali was set to defend his title against Floyd Patterson in Las Vegas, and was upset that the former champion tried to portray himself as an All-American man who was going to regain the heavyweight crown for his country against a loudmouth Muslim. Even worse, Patterson, like many in the day, insisted on calling Ali by his birth name, Cassius Clay. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and several other movie stars watched from ringside as Ali came out taunting Patterson from the opening bell. America was already divided by the Vietnam War, which was raging, and there was a big peace march in Washington the next week. Ali was in the Philippines in 1975, preparing for the iconic 'Thrilla in Manila' with Joe Frazier and was seen about town with Veronica Porsche, a woman he introduced as his wife. The only problem was, Ali had a wife back home in Chicago, and she wasn't happy when she heard the news. Khalilah, who married Ali as a teenager, remained on friendly terms with him the rest of his life.
Ali was just a few months shy of his 40th birthday when, desperate to make up for his lackluster loss the year before to Larry Holmes, he went to the Bahamas for what would be his final fight.
The opponent was Trevor Berbick and the unlikely site was an outdoor ring at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, where the card was delayed an hour because officials could not locate gloves, water or a bell.
A bell was never found, and promoters ended up using a cowbell to signal the beginning and end of each round. Ali came into the ring with a layer of fat around his waist and a somber look on his face, as if already anticipating his fate. It was an ignominious end to a glorious career, and Ali finally admitted Father Time was his toughest opponent. Ali had a lot of affection for England, and British fans flocked to see him training in a London park before his title defense against Henry Cooper in 1966.
The champ had appeared several times on British talk shows, including the Eamonn Andrews Show, so it wasn't surprising that he made a remote appearance on the show in 1968. What came next was a public tongue lashing from American TV commentator David Susskind, who was a guest interviewer, about Ali's conviction for evading the draft and his refusal to serve his country in the military.
Ali was the heavyweight champion again and in search of an easy payday when he went to Japan to meet professional wrestler Antonio Inoki in a 15-round exhibition match in Tokyo. Bob Arum had to figure out a way to protect Ali in the ring in a promotion that would be shown on closed circuit TV around the world.
The plan called for Ali to catch Inoki on the ropes and pound away with punches that didn't really land.
Ali was supposed to beg the referee to stop the fight, turning his back on Inoki to make his case. When the opening bell rang, Inoki raced across the ring and threw a kick at Ali, falling to the canvas. Michael Cowden, a long time friend of Muhammad Ali, shows off pictures from their high school yearbook in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday as he pays his respect to the three-time world heavyweight champion who died last week at age 74. Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes no secret of his lofty opinion of himself, and according to his childhood club it is a longstanding trait of the Swedish superstar. Ibrahimovic pulled on his boots for the first time at the age of six at Fotbollsklubb (FBK) Balkan, a club created by Yugoslav immigrants in Malmo in 1962.
Stubborness and single-minded perseverance were the keys to Ibrahimovic's success - and the powerful striker likes to trumpet it. Some FBK Balkan members say Zlatan has forgotten the team since becoming a global superstar, but Milosevic avoids that debate. The club president presses the message to young players that if Ibrahimovic can do it, so can they. FBK Balkan is based in the working class Rosengard district of Malmo, where the flamboyant Ibrahimovic seems omnipresent. Young and old are quick to boast of their connections to Sweden's best known player who had a stellar career at Ajax Amsterdam, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
Even at 34, Ibrahimovic will be the centerpiece of Sweden's team at the European Championship finals. He is the all-time record national scorer with 62 goals and a 10-time winner of the national Guldbollen player of the year award.
As soon as school ends in Rosengard, kids rush out onto "Zlatan Court", kicking the ball around a pitch he had built and which is emblazoned with the gold swoosh of his sports equipment sponsor. For kids in this neighborhood, where unemployment is high, Ibrahimovic is a role model - the son of migrants who grew up in difficult conditions and managed to make it to the top ranks of the soccer world. Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action during Sunday's friendly match against Wales at Friends Arena in Stockholm. Wales has many talented players, but legends such as John Charles, John Toshack, Ian Rush, Mark Hughes and Ryan Giggs were all world-class competitors who never played at a major finals in the red shirt. Welsh fans have been planning their trips to France since last October when Wales confirmed its Euro 2016 place behind Belgium in their qualifying group.
Real Madrid's Bale - the world's most expensive player at about 100 million euros ($111 million) - is the star of the squad.
The 26-year-old netted seven of Wales' 11 goals in its 10 qualifying games and Rush said keeping the winger fit is key to the country's chances at the tournament. Manager Coleman said his squad, which he describes as "talented, hard-working and organized", is more than just Bale, with Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey a key figure in midfield and captain Ashley Williams leading the defence. Coleman took charge of Wales in 2012, following the suicide of predecessor Gary Speed, and has a contract until the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Apart from Bale, 12 of Coleman's 23-man squad play for Premier League clubs and the current group has been dubbed the 'golden generation'. The Welsh open their Group B campaign against Slovakia, also making its debut at a European Championship finals, in Bordeaux on June 11, then face England five days later in Lens before finishing against Russia on June 20. The squad has captured the imagination of Wales fans by finally qualifying for France, but what made the difference this time around? Welsh fans have endured near misses down the years since Wales played at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, losing 1-0 to eventual winner Brazil in the quarterfinals. Scotland went to the 1978 World Cup in Argentina at Wales' expense, helped by a dubious penalty involving Joe Jordan's hand ball in a key qualifier. A 2-1 home loss to Romania in November 1993 in its final qualifying game cost the Wales team a place at the 1994 World Cup when Paul Bodin's penalty kick hit the crossbar. They lost a Euro 2004 playoff against Russia, when a 1-0 loss in Cardiff followed a scoreless draw in Moscow, leaving Welsh fans in despair. The 54-year-old Liverpool legend, who scored 28 goals in 73 appearances for Wales over 16 years, said the squad must look beyond Euro 2016 and target a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Wales' Gareth Bale (right) and Sweden's Sebastian Larsson battle for the ball during Sunday's friendly at Friends Arena in Stockholm.
A French Open champion at long last, and the first man in nearly a half-century to win four consecutive major championships, Novak Djokovic grabbed a racket and etched a heart in the red clay that gave him such heartache in the past.
Then, when he finally was handed the La Coupe des Mousquetaires - the one trophy he truly yearned for, the one he needed to complete a career grand slam - he held it overhead, his eyes shut, before kissing it. In his 12th appearance at Roland Garros, and fourth final, the top-seeded Djokovic earned that elusive title with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over No 2 Andy Murray on Sunday, buoyed by a supportive crowd that repeatedly chanted his nickname, "Nole!
Since losing the 2015 final in Paris, Djokovic has won 28 Grand Slam matches in a row, from Wimbledon and the US Open last year, to the Australian Open in January, and now, after quite a wait, the French Open.
The last man to hold all four major titles simultaneously was Rod Laver in 1969, when he earned a calendar-year grand slam. Djokovic, a 29-year-old from Serbia, owns six titles from the Australian Open, three from Wimbledon and two from the US Open for a Grand Slam total of 12.
Of Djokovic's 11 career losses at Roland Garros, six came against Nadal, one against Federer. Still, Djokovic's most imposing adversary might very well have been the knowledge that the tournament that meant the most to him was the only tournament he couldn't conquer. When Djokovic sketched a valentine to his fans and then laid down on his back, it repeated a gesture made famous by three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten. On Sunday - the weather overcast but dry, unlike so much of the rainy past two weeks - the first choruses of "Nole! They echoed when he skipped to the baseline for the opening game - and, louder still, when he broke to start. It sounded as if this were Belgrade, rather than a neutral site, and Murray complained that spectators were calling out between serves. Murray, trying to become Britain's first male champion in Paris since 1935, soon closed the opening set. Djokovic was off - "Nerves kicked in," he acknowledged afterward - and his forehand offered up seven unforced errors before Murray made one.
Now Djokovic was the domineering one, yanking an increasingly exhausted Murray this way and that with just the right shot at just the right moment, creating a 24-6 edge in winners over the middle two sets. On Sunday, after beating Andy Murray for his first French Open title, Djokovic was still behind the Swiss and the Spaniard in terms of major titles but he had achieved something the two have not yet managed - holding all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.
When the Serbian won the first of his 12 majors, at the 2008 Australian Open, a 22-year-old Nadal had already won three Roland Garros titles and Federer, then 26, had claimed 12 of his record 17 Grand Slams. While he could feel frustrated that Federer, Nadal, with 14, and to a lesser extent Murray, who has won two, deprived him of more Grand Slam titles, Djokovic believes the rivalries within the 'Big Four' have made him a better player, and tennis a better sport. Novak Djokovic celebrates with ball girls after beating Andy Murray in the French Open final at Roland Garros in Paris on Sunday. The second-seeded Briton's 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 defeat on Court Philippe Chatrier was his fifth loss in seven Grand Slam finals against the Serbian world No 1, and his eighth out of 10 finals in all.
Had he turned the tables on a player he has beaten just twice in the past 14 meetings, Murray would have become the first British man to win the French Open since Fred Perry in 1935. The last of those rare Murray victories came in May's Italian Open final, also played on clay - a surface the Scot once mistrusted but now looks increasingly at ease on - and in the same damp conditions that dominated the two weeks at Roland Garros. Facing a Paris crowd heavily favoring his opponent in a stadium dotted on all sides with Serbian flags, Murray managed to carry that momentum into the early part of Sunday's match - one he said after his semifinal win over Stan Wawrinka that he had "never expected to reach".
Murray won 16 of 20 points at one stage of the first set, but after failing to convert a break point in the first game of the second set, he lost the initiative and Djokovic kicked into a higher gear. The Serbian faltered only at the sharp end of the match, nervously dropping serve at 5-2 as the prospect of winning his fourth major in a row began to sink in, but sealing the match two games later. When it was all over, Murray crossed the net to embrace his rival, well aware of the immensity of an achievement he paid tribute to in a gracious and witty courtside speech. Murray acknowledged that same sense of perspective might help him view his achievements in a kinder light at the end of his career, having shared top-four billing over many years with Djokovic and two other all-time greats of the game in Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Federer missed this year's tournament with a back problem and Nadal had to pull out with a wrist injury after the second round. Contact the seller- opens in a new window or tab and request a shipping method to your location. But Iniesta's technique, quick feet as a midfielder and humble off-field demeanour have been pillars around which Spain's back-to-back European Championship victories have been built. No way," he told El Pais on how his life changed after that goal against the Netherlands in Johannesburg.


Spain's coach is one of Casillas' few remaining admirers after two poor seasons at club level that saw him finally leave Real Madrid for new horizons at Porto without recovering his form of days gone by.
In qualifying, the controversial Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata and Paco Alcacer were all given their chance, yet none of them made a convincing case to start.
Aduriz netted on his return to the national team in March's 1-1 draw with Italy, but Morata may get the nod from the start in France. Del Bosque's ability to marry together a squad of stars from rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid has proved one of his greatest assets, but his overwhelming loyalty to those who have succeeded for him in the past leave many to question whether he is capable of recreating Spain's glory days on his swan song. The 23-year-old French midfielder will be one of the most watched players at the European Championship finals. She fills the same role with Paul's twin brothers, Florentin and Mathias, who play for Guinea.
Paul has made a name for himself almost as much for his extravagant hairstyles as his soccer ability.
An easy draw is when you have won the matches, that is all!" he told French newspaper La Depeche. And it has one of the most potent attacks on the continent, making it one of the overall favorites. We have been preparing for two years," Deschamps said after watching his squad beat Scotland 3-0 in its final warm-up game in Metz on Saturday. Half a dozen members of the Albanian squad were born in Switzerland, including Xhaka and Shkelzen Gashi, formerly of Basel. My objective has always been to play in a major tournament with Albania," said Cana, who was born in Kosovo. I started on the clay in Spain and, but I've proved that Spanish girls can play on grass and people will think it's cool," she said.
But it has also manifested in some on-court antics that have turned the hard-nosed, prideful underdog into something of a villain.
Commissioner Adam Silver singled out Green at the start of the Finals when he said the league is watching closely. The Warriors are dominating this series against a Cleveland team that looks overmatched, and one of the only ways the Cavs might be able to have a chance is if Mount Draymond erupts. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he put Green "on probation" during the Thunder series and has been pleased with how he has kept his cool of late. Not when a record-setting regular season is on the cusp of being capped with a second consecutive championship.
He responded to force with force, raising his level of play to help rally the Warriors from a 3-1 deficit.
Several athletes have expressed concerns about the water situation in Rio and the Zika virus.
He had spoken of wanting the chance to win Olympic gold, but missed six games in the postseason with a right knee injury. Green had 28 points with five 3-pointers, seven rebounds and five assists as the Warriors routed the Cavs 110-77. He showed incredible acts of kindness and moral courage, and fought anyone who wanted to climb into the ring with him. He talked constantly to Patterson, saying "What's my name?" as he cruelly beat and battered the smaller man at will. The tenor of the period was reflected the day of the fight when the aircraft carrier Midway was welcomed back from the war and the mayor of San Francisco told its sailors not to pay attention to the "kooks" who were against the conflict. Khalilah promptly hopped on a plane for the Philippines, where she went directly from the airport to the presidential suite at the Manilla Hilton, where Ali was staying. At the time, Ali was suspended from boxing for not going in the draft and he was eager to explain why to British viewers. Inoki was to have a razor hidden in his mouth which he would use to nick himself so real blood would flow onto Ali's white trunks.
At that point, Inoki was to jump on Ali's back, taken him down and pinning him for the win.
He rarely goes to the town of red brick apartment buildings now, but his unmistakable grin adorns a local tunnel wall. Born in Malmo, Sweden's third city, Ibrahimovic has a mother of Croatian origin and a Bosnian father. Djokovic now can set his sights on that ultimate tennis achievement; he's the first man since Jim Courier in 1992 to get halfway. Among men, only Roger Federer (with 17), Rafael Nadal (14) and Pete Sampras (14) have more.
Three came in finals, against Nadal in 2012 and 2014, and against Stan Wawrinka a year ago, when Djokovic's eyes welled with tears and the arena feted him with an unusually long ovation as he accepted the runner's-up plate. Federer withdrew before the tournament and Nadal before the third round, both citing injury.
I was a couple of points from going out of the tournament in the first round," Murray said afterward.
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They've won in Germany, they've just had a draw with Northern Ireland, who are also on a great run. Ali!" as the fight began, Berbick was stronger and pounded him for 10 rounds before being given a unanimous decision. I brought him to Your disciples, but they couldna€™t heal him.a€?A  Jesus replied, a€?You unbelieving and rebellious generation!
Bring him here to Me.a€? Then Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and from that moment the boy was healed.
Then the disciples approached Jesus privately and said, a€?Why couldna€™t we drive it out?a€? a€?Because of your little faith,a€? He told them. However, this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.a€?This same story is repeated in Mark Chapter 9, vs. I was there for forty days and forty nights, all that time I ate no food and drank no water. The Lord gave me the two tablets on which God had written with his own finger all the words he had spoken to you from the heart of the fire when you were assembled at the mountain.
At the end of the forty days and nights, the Lord handed me the two stone tablets inscribed with the words of the covenant.Matthew Chapter 4, vs. 1-2 (NLT): Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil.
16-18 (NLT): And when you fast, dona€™t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private.
As you can see above: Demons are cast out, the Holy Spirit speaks, Moses received the Ten Commandments, and Jesus had the strength to overcome Satana€™s temptations. It can strengthen our faith and get difficult prayers answered.There are different types of fasting.
We are trying this for 21 days to achieve some answers from God and help get some desperate and difficult prayers answered.
Fasting, praying, and special giving during the first month of the year sets the tone for the rest of the year. Fasting should be done in combination with things that can increase your faith, wisdom, and hearing from the Lord. Read a good Christian book, read Goda€™s Word in the Bible, listen with praise and worship to Christian music, and of course pray. Thought for the week:A  For more advice and understanding read a€“ a€?Fastinga€? by Jentezen Franklin.
22-24: The Lord God used the rib of the man to make a woman, and then he brought the woman to the man. And the man said, a€?Now, this is someone whose bones came from my bones, whose body came from my body.
13: If a man has sexual relations with another man as a man does with a woman, these two men have done a hateful sin.
Most are basically good people that give to charities, help with the homeless, do good deeds and are friendly and nice to people. There are gay celebrities on TV that do wonderful works of mercy and charity for other people. However, if you are gay and dona€™t turn from your present life style and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior you will go to the pool of fire (Hell). Yes, there is such a place and it is for eternity.A  If you intend to do it a€?somedaya€™, I hope you dona€™t get hit by a car and die before that happens. He wrote the rule book (the Bible) and it is expressed in it several times that he feels the punishment for this is death.
We are all sinners in one way or another and must try hard to turn from our former self before we knew Jesus as our Lord. To the ones who say it is genetic or upbringing, I offer this: Alcoholism can be passed down through genes and wife-beating can be passed down through upbringing. God is the highest authority, how do you think he will judge according to the Ten Commandments and his Word in the Bible?
Hook up with a good faith based organization like a€?Food for the Poora€? or a€?World Visiona€? and help these people out.
God Bless.====================================================================Pastor Pop-Pop 1-21-2010.
We run the risk of becoming weaker when we stay at home, so gradually we wona€™t even notice. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.a€? Notice it says he is looking for someone, like a lion does.
They need Christian friends and other Christian adults if they are to survive in this world.
Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.a€?7 Because we need the help of good people. Pastors cannot serve full-time, a building cannot be purchased, missionaries will not be sent out, ministries to the community wona€™t be fulfilled, and the lost wona€™t be saved. And how can they preach unless they are sent?a€?10 Because God says we should go to church regularly. 30-31: And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will morn, and they will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he will send out his angels with a trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. 10: But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar and the elements will be dissolved by fire, and the earth and every thing done on it will be found out. 36-43: But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. In (those) days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of the night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into.
So too you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. Pilots vanish, drivers vanish, wives vanish, neighbors vanish, and it is a world wide supernatural event that happens at the exact same time.
There are no second chances of dropping to your knees and asking for forgiveness because it comes and goes in a blink of an eye.
Wars, Nation against Nation, famines, earthquakes, natural disasters, and a sin loving generation.
I always interpreted the a€?He will come like a thief in the nighta€? as have a duel meaning. Some people know in advance when they will die and they, believe it or not, are the lucky ones. Hint: It is hot, miserable, people are gnashing their teeth and screaming, and your caretaker has horns --------- hhmmmmmm. However, if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior and turned your life around you will be going somewhere that is truly pure love. If I am wrong, then worms get me just like you but if I am right I live in love and you dona€™t. I just dona€™t know where people get their ideas from because the Bible tells it like I do.
Also, it is also true that before Jesus came to the earth as a man, that all the pagan nations were defeated by Goda€™s people the Israelites. Why ---- because the Israelites worshiped the only God there is and the pagans worshiped false ones. A PS:A  Hope youa€™re not on one of those planes where the Pilot is a follower of Christ when the Rapture comes.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. I was impressed by the many many friends who came to offer condolences and said kind things about her. To go through life with so many people that call themselves your family around you is a tribute to the love that is shown and radiates from you. Some are acquaintances, some good acquaintances, others are friends and still others are good friends.
I think I need to add a new one that shows love beyond that of the latter a€“ it is family. Thought for the week:A  Happy Valentines Day !!!!!=============================================================================Pastor Pop-Pop 2-22-2010.
You see the fire trucks pull up and the fire men run from the trucks, get their ladders, hook up the hoses and then ------- sit down and take a coffee break. Your company is told that there is a mother and two children screaming for help from the third floor and they are close to being consumed by the flames.
You and your men run over to see what instructions he has but he presents all of you with some Coffee and doughnuts. All of us know of people, friends, and family that have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and are not saved. They are like the family in the house.A  Because of pride, fear, or some other human emotion, we either do not share the Word with them or are not persistent with it to get them saved. The people we know then end up dying either naturally or prematurely in an accident and end up burning in the ever lasting flames of Hell.
18-20: And Jesus came and said to them, a€?All authority on heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. There were actually two letters that I have combined and edited to eliminate the womana€™s identity. It is offered here as another a€?building blocka€? about evangelizing and spreading Goda€™s will.
I agree that we are all called to share the gospel with others and that we often fall short of that. The Holy Spirit is the one who draws them, ("No one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him" John 6:44) convicts them and makes them see that they are sinners.
People are drawn to God in us when they see something about us that they dona€™t have and they are made thirsty for. But they all have heard the truth many times and they refuse to acknowledge that they are sinners in need of a rescue. My part is to pray for them, live my life for Jesus (let my light shine) and share the truths of the gospel when there is an opening to do so. It took many years, but I am at peace knowing that if they die without knowing Jesus therefore spending eternity in hell, that it was their choice.
Another interesting fact is that we have different witnessing styles and people respond to different styles of witnessing.
But perfect love casts out fear" 1 John 4:18) To love others more than yourself and to know that without Christ they will spend all eternity separated from Him.
When I go on mission trips, I pray for the hearts of the people that God is going to put onto my path and I pray that God would give me His eyes to see them as He sees them and His heart to love them as He loves them, and His words to speak to them.
Although it is debated if they are actually God speaking, they are recognized by most as books that are still good to teach from. Still others like the book of Sirach which is used a lot by the Catholic church brings question into mind that it may have been eliminated by Martin Luther just as a statement to his rebellious nature within that church.
He even wanted to eliminate other books including the book of Revelation but, as history records, -- cooler minds prevailed.
60: Then all the people shouted and praised God, who saves those who put their trust in Him. Someone had a dream that as the soldier drew back to hit Christ that he grabbed the soldiers arm. As they talked and discussed, Jesus himself drew near and walked along with them;Mark 16, vs. The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, a€?Pease be with youa€?.
A Jesus also appeared to 500 others, Saul (whom later became Paul), and to his disciples again when he rose up and ascended into Heaven. Since Biblical times the tradition that the Roman Emperor Domitian ordered that the Apostle John be executed by throwing him into a cauldron of boiling oil has been widely held.



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