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Manchester United move is 6/10- Griezmann

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann says a transfer to Manchester United is 'possible', adding there is a 'six out of 10' chance he will move to Old Trafford this summer.

Manchester Arena blast: 22 dead and 59 hurt

Twenty-two people, including children, are now known to have been killed and 59 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena.

The blast happened at 22:35 BST on Monday at the end of a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande.

Greater Manchester Police said the lone male attacker, who died in the blast, was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated.

Relatives are using social media to hunt for missing loved ones.

Police have set up an emergency telephone number in response to the attack. It is: 0161 856 9400.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said it was "a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable".

The prime minister is to chair a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee at around 09:00 BST.

In light of the attack, political parties have suspended campaigning ahead of the general election.

The explosion occurred shortly after Ariana Grande left the stage at the arena - the city's largest indoor venue with a concert capacity of around 21,000.

Grande - a 23-year-old American TV teen actress-turned-pop star - has a strong following among teenage girls and children.

The pop star tweeted: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."

The blast occurred close to the entrance to Victoria train and tram station has been closed and all trains cancelled.

Police also carried out a precautionary controlled explosion in the Cathedral Garden area of the city at about 01:32. The force later confirmed it was not a suspicious item.

 

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Jermain Defoe in Bournemouth talks after Sunderland relegation

Jermain Defoe has opened talks with Bournemouth over a move to the south coast club., according to Sky sources.

The England striker has a clause in his contract which means he can move for free following Sunderland's relegation to the Sky Bet Championship, and the Cherries held initial talks with Defoe's representatives on Monday with a deal expected to be completed within the next few days following formal talks with the player himself.

Defoe has scored 34 Premier League goals for Sunderland since arriving from MLS side Toronto in January 2015 in a deal worth £6m.

The 34-year-old's 15 top-flight goals this season have not been enough to keep Sunderland from the drop though, with Bournemouth and West Ham having been interested in signing Defoe since the Black Cats' relegation was confirmed, according to Sky sources.

Defoe was not included in Sunderland's squad for their final game of the Premier League campaign against Chelsea on Sunday, which proved to be David Moyes' last match in charge of the club following his resignation on Monday.

Moyes spoke of his disappointment at Defoe's relegation clause earlier this month, indicating he would not have allowed it to be part of the transfer had he been manager at the time.

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Local Black Stars to face Benin on Thursday in a freindly

The Local Black Stars will play Benin in an International friendly game on Thursday at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The game will the the first for reappointed Black Stars Coach Kwesi Appiah, and will also be used as preparation for the WAFU tournament slated for September.

Coach Kwesi Appiah invited 31 Local players to camp last week and has been present as most premier League centres to monitor the performance of player,  since his return to the senior National team.

Players like Thomas Abbey of Hearts of Oak, Liberty Professionals captain Samuel Sarfo have all expressed delight at the opportunity to represent the Nation and have promised to give their all.

Juan Cuadrado completes £17.3m Juventus move from Chelsea

Juventus have completed a £17.3m deal to sign Juan Cuadrado permanently from Chelsea.

Cuadrado has spent the last two seasons on loan at Juve where he has been part of the club's Serie A-winning sides on both occasions.

The 28-year-old has now put pen to paper on a contract that ties him to the Bianconeri until 30 June 2020, with Chelsea receiving the £17.3m (€20m) over three annual instalments to begin in the 2017/2018 financial year.

Cuadrado joined Chelsea in 2015 on a four-and-a-half-year deal having impressed at Fiorentina and with the Colombia national team at the 2014 World Cup, but returned to Italy shortly into his spell at Stamford Bridge after failing to replicate his form in the Premier League.

The winger joined Juventus on a three-year loan deal until 2019 in last summer's transfer window for an annual fee of £4.25m, but the Scudetto champions have now taken the option to make the deal permanent.

Cuadrado leaves Chelsea having made just 13 Premier League appearances for the Blues and failing to register a single goal.

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Tony Yeboah: I’ll return to football when corruption stops

Former Ghana international Anthony Yeboah says he has no immediate plans to return to football administration after being frustrated out of the game a few years ago, by alleged underhand dealings by referees whom he accused of undermining his team’s effort in the second-tier league.

David Moyes resigns as Sunderland boss

David Moyes has resigned as Sunderland manager after the club’s relegation from the Premier League. He relayed the decision to the club’s owner, Ellis Short, and chief executive, Martin Bain, at a meeting in London on Monday.

Tennis-Zverev stuns Djokovic to win Italian Open

ROME, May 21 (Reuters) - German youngster Alexander Zverev pulled off the biggest win of his career on Sunday when he beat world number two Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3 to win the Italian Open on Sunday.

Zverev, 20, was on top from the moment that he broke Djokovic in the very first game as he became the youngest winner of a Masters 1000 tournament since the Serb himself in Miami in 2007.

He controlled play from the back of the court with his fluid two-handed backhand and heavy forehand.

Zverev broke again in the third game of the second set and clinched the match with another break in the ninth game.

Djokovic, who has wrestled with injuries and lack of confidence since winning the French Open last June, had looked his old dominant self when he beat Dominic Thiem in Saturday's semi-final but was unable to recapture that form on Sunday. (Writing by Brian Homewood, editing by Pritha Sarkar).

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MTN FA Cup-Hearts run riot against Kotoku, Kotoko gets narrow win

The round of 32 matches for the MTN FA Cup came off over the weekend at most match centres.

At the Accra Sports stadium in form Hearts of Oak easily brushed off division two side Kotoku royals by beating them 4-0.

In capeCoast a Baba Mahama goal was enough to see off a resolute Proud United side.

Full results

Liberty Professionals 2-1 Uncle T FC

Danbort FC 1-1 Heart of Lions

Gold Stars FC 1-1 Elmina Sharks FC

Wa All Stars 2-1 Bolga All Stars

Hearts of Oak 4-0 Kotoku Royals

Nea Salamina FC 1-1 Eleven Wonders FC

Medeama SC 2-0 New Edubiase Utd

Berekum Chelsea 2-0 BA United

Young Wise FC 1-0 Okyeman Planners

Proud United 0-1 Asante Kotoko SC

Chelsea lift Premier League trophy [PHOTOS]

Champions Chelsea became the first English side to register 30 top-flight victories in a 38-game season as they said farewell to captain John Terry with a comfortable Premier League win over bottom club Sunderland.

Real Madrid crowned Champions in Spain

Real Madrid clinched the LaLiga title for the first time since 2012 with a 2-0 win over Malaga courtesy of goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, rendering Barcelona's comeback victory against Eibar irrelevant.

Wenger: Adams criticism 'sad'

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has labelled Tony Adams' criticism of the Frenchman's coaching as 'sad', and insists he has more important things to focus on.

I am not sabotaging Kwesi Appiah-Wilfred Osei Palmer

Executive Committee Member of the Ghana Football Association Wilfred Osei Kwaku Palmer has rubbished talk that he plans to sabotage the efforts of Black Stars Coach Kwesi Appiah, because of his alleged opposition to the coaches reappointment.

“When people were calling on me to resign I was laughing it off because I don’t have any intention to sabotage Appiah, we all want the best for the country so there is no way I will do such a thing.”

It was earlier rumoured that, Palmer was against the idea of Kwesi Appiah being reappointed as the Coach of the Black Stars.

Some reporters were circulating that Palmer contributed to the sacking of Appiah in his first stint.