• Real Madrid's season on the brink after Modric and Bale blows

    Just when Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was getting used to having a fully fit squad at his disposal once again, he received some ominous news. Injury has struck down two of his most important players at the worst possible time. Gareth Bale went down after two minutes against Malaga and was withdrawn shortly afterwards with a calf problem. Later, on the hour mark, his former Tottenham team-mate Luka Modric limped off with suspected ligament damage in his knee which could keep the Croatian midfielder out for the rest of the season.

  • Wenger's joy after 'lucky' Arsenal reach FA Cup final

    By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger conceded luck played a big part in deciding Saturday's FA Cup semi-final after 120 minutes against a Reading outfit fuelled with "ready to die" resilience. Few predicted the Championship side would put up much of a fight on Wembley's wide pitch that seemed perfectly-suited to Arsenal's mesmeric passing game. The match, which began as a drab spectacle and ended in a rip-roaring end-to-end contest, deserved better than to be decided by Adam Federici's devastating error when he let Alexis Sanchez's tame shot squirm under his body in extra time.

  • Man who went on 9-day killing spree in 1977 denied parole

    Brett Matthew Paul Thomas, now 56, and his friend, Mark Titch, were convicted in 1977 after committing the murders during robbery or burglary attempts in Orange County. Thomas, who was 18 at the time, and Titch, who was 17, were both sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. Titch died behind bars last year.

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  • Van Gaal hails 'best performance of the season' and refuses to rule out the title

    Louis van Gaal has dubbed Manchester United's display against Chelsea as their best of the season, despite losing 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, and has yet to concede defeat in the title race. The Red Devils dominated possession in west London on Saturday evening, though were beaten by a first-half strike from Eden Hazard which sent the home side 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League - though Van Gaal has warned the league leaders that they could yet "drop 18 points" and re-open the title door. Although United have racked up a host of excellent wins in recent weeks, beating Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City in stunning fashion, the Dutch coach believes his side peaked against Chelsea.

  • Rosberg blames himself, Ferrari celebrate splitting silver arrows

    Nico Rosberg said he had only himself to blame after slipping to third on the grid in Saturday’s qualifying for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix – knocked off the front row by the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. The 29-year-old German wound up more than half a second adrift of his Mercedes team-mate and defending world champion Lewis Hamilton. Vettel, who has overhauled Rosberg in the championship, split the two silver arrows for the first time this year to confirm Ferrari’s revival.

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  • ‘Furious 7’ Drives Past Billion-Dollar Mark to Become Universal’s Biggest Movie Ever

    Universal Pictures has announced that with Friday’s theatrical grosses “Furious 7” will cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The film is destined to become Universal’s highest-grossing movie ever next week. Continuing to break records at every

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  • Japan population falls to 15-year low

    Japan's population has shrunk for the fourth year running, falling back to a level it was last at in 2000, with more than one in four people now aged 65 or older, the government said. Japan's rapidly greying population poses a major headache for policymakers who are faced with trying to ensure an ever-dwindling pool of workers can pay for the growing number of pensioners. Any suggestion of opening its borders to young workers who could help plug the population gap provokes strong reactions among the public.

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  • Unprecedented germ diversity found in remote Amazonian tribe

    The microbiome — the trillions of mostly beneficial bacteria that share our bodies — plays a critical role in maintaining health. Friday's study raises tantalizing questions about the microbial diversity of our ancestors, and whether today's Western diets and lifestyles strip us of some bugs we might want back. The results bolster a theory that diminished microbial diversity in Western populations is linked to immune and metabolic diseases — allergies, asthma, diabetes — that are on the rise, said senior author M. Gloria Dominguez-Bello of NYU Langone Medical Center.

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  • Six new cars to check out this weekend

    SINGAPORE — It’s as if the motor trade had a crystal ball. The very week that the Land Transport Authority announces a large jump in the COE Quota for May to July, car dealers are putting six new models on the market here.The bigger COE Quota is expected

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  • ‘We should give them bread and water, not Cristal and lobster’ - Mourinho attacks FA delegates

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at the Football Association (FA) and their delegates who are sent to monitor referees during matches. According to the Premier League's Fair Play table, the Blues are ranked as the worst side in terms of respecting officials. But Mourinho believes those sent to matches by FA spend too much time enjoying the catering at Stamford Bridge rather than taking in the action.

  • Heard ‘wants Depp to sell bachelor pad’

    Amber Heard reportedly wants husband Johnny Depp to sell his bachelor pad. The couple are supposedly eager to have kids and it’s claimed 28-year-old Amber is asking Johnny to make room for their expanding brood by selling his beloved man den. Johnny, 51, is said to own numerous properties in the Los Angeles area already, but apparently Amber doesn’t want to move into any of these homes.

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  • Giant grasshopper masked biker superhero helps Japanese police catch drink-drivers

    A Japanese artist has an unusual pastime: dressing up as a giant superhero grasshopper to patrol the streets of his native city and protect citizens against drunk drivers. By day, environmentally conscious artist Shinjiro Kumagai makes statues out of old aluminium cans in the Japanese city of Kitakyushu.

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  • Di Maria red card saved Manchester United's season - Scholes

    Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes the Red Devils' season has been saved by Angel Di Maria's red card against Arsenal. The British-record signing was dismissed in the FA Cup sixth-round tie after pulling referee Michael Oliver, with United having won all four of their matches since including impressive victories over Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City. Louis van Gaal has left Di Maria on the bench since his return from suspension with the Dutch coach able to pick a settled starting XI for the first time in his tenure at Old Trafford.

  • China fines Alibaba $129,000 for pricing violations

    China's e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group, has been fined 800,000 yuan ($129,000) by the price bureau in eastern Zhejiang province for violations by third-party sellers during promotions on its e-commerce platforms. Since Alibaba turned "Singles' Day", a November 11 Chinese response to Valentine's Day, into an online shopping festival in 2009, the event has grown to similar proportions as Cyber Monday and Black Friday in the United States. "The company has been fined 500,000 yuan ($81,000) for matters related to Singles' Day pricing by third-party sellers on our Tmall marketplace in 2013 and 2014 and 300,000 yuan($48,000) for pricing in other promotions in 2013 and 2015," Alibaba Group said in a statement on Friday.

  • 5 Reasons "Avengers: Age of Ultron" will be Awesome

    Much has happened since "The Avengers". With the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D and the rise of a new supervillain who could prove to be the Avengers' most fearsome yet, the team is once again faced with new challenges to save mankind from extinction. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is easily going to be the biggest movie for this season and we can't wait to see Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye on the same screen again.

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  • Calvin and Taylor's 'cat chaos'

    Calvin Harris' cat allergy is reportedly causing tension between him and Taylor Swift. Things are thought to be going well, with Taylor seen supporting her beau in Las Vegas when he played a set and the pair food shopping together. Calvin can't be around Taylor's beloved felines Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey.

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  • Volkswagen board leaders back CEO Winterkorn after struggle

    Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn will remain in his job and can look forward to having his contract extended, the leadership of the board said Friday, after a comment by chairman Ferdinand Piech raised widespread doubts about his future. Winterkorn "is the best possible" chief executive for Volkswagen, Friday's statement from the six-strong executive committee of Volkswagen's 20-member supervisory board said. Piech is part of the committee.

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  • Scientists: 3 wolves remain at Isle Royale National Park

    The gray wolves of Isle Royale National Park, which scientists have studied closely for more than half a century along with the moose on which they feed, are on the verge of disappearing as the most recent census showed that only three remain, scientists said Friday. Inbreeding and illness appear to have caused a sharp drop-off in wolf numbers on the Lake Superior island wilderness, where visitors thrill at hearing their quavering howls. The count stood at 24 in 2009 but has fallen every year since, according to Michigan Technological University researchers who lead what they describe as the world's longest-running study of a predator-prey relationship in a closed ecosystem.

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  • Turin Shroud goes back on display for faithful and curious

    Turin's archbishop says interest in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pilgrims who already saw the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus are returning to see the linen again when it goes back on display starting Sunday. Pope Francis will view it on June 21 on an overnight trip to the Turin area, which will include private time with relatives. "Many pilgrims who had already seen the shroud in past showings come back, even though some saw it just five years ago," Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia said on Saturday.

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  • India's Rahul Gandhi leads protest against Modi's land law

    Beleaguered Indian Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi is set to lead thousands of farmers Sunday in a protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial plans to overhaul land purchasing laws. The new legislation would make it easier to acquire land for crucial infrastructure projects as part of Modi's pledges to revive the economy after storming to power last May -- but rivals say the move will hurt millions of farmers. The unpopular bill has given a boost to the ailing Congress party, which has been struggling to recover its image after a series of electoral defeats since its humiliating loss in last year's national polls.

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