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Lara attacks West Indies selectors

Brian Lara has berated the West Indies selectors and the WICB for seeking to deny Shivnarine Chanderpaul the chance of a final Test series against Australia, demanding that his former teammate be reinstated for a farewell along the lines of that given to Sachin Tendulkar by the BCCI.
 
Chanderpaul, 40, was omitted from the West Indies training squad ahead of their two Tests against Australia following a significant downturn in his run-making during his two most recent series, where his average dipped to little more than 16 over six matches.
 
However, Lara said that Chanderpaul's contribution to the game, which left him narrowly short of surpassing Lara as the most prolific Test batsman in the history of the Caribbean region, merited a more respectful farewell than the one ultimately decided on by convenor of selectors Clive Lloyd and coach Phil Simmons.

Benitez confirms Napoli departure

Rafael Benitez says he will be leaving Napoli following the final game of the Italian club's season on Sunday.
 
The Spaniard, 55, is favourite to take over at Real Madrid, who sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday.
 
Napoli, in fourth, host third-placed Lazio in their last game of the Serie A season with a Champions League place at stake.

Blatter refuses to resign

Sepp Blatter has refused to resign as Fifa president following a request from Uefa chief Michel Platini.
 
The 79-year-old Swiss held an emergency meeting with key Fifa officials on Thursday after world football's governing body was subjected to yet more damaging corruption claims.
 
He then met Platini alone, at which point he was urged to quit.
 
Blatter is seeking a fifth term as president when he takes on Prince Ali bin al-Hussein in Friday's election.

The former FIFA Vice President Austin Jack Warner is at an undisclosed location - this after he was unable to secure bail.

Warner appeared in court in Port-of Spain, where a judge read eight counts against him and then set bail at 2.5m Trinidadian dollars (US$395,000).

He was also told he must surrender his passport and report to police twice a week.

Warner did not enter a plea and was scheduled to appear in court again on 12 July.

Police said there was a delay in processing Warner’s bail and he would spend one night in jail. Before turning himself in, Warner denied he had done anything wrong.

A dozen charges relating to corruption in FIFA and CONCACAF were laid indictably against him yesterday afternoon - and bail was set at TT$2.5 million dollars.

He was among 14 other FIFA officials around the world accused by us prosecutors of racketeering, fraud and money laundering involving tens of millions of dollars over 24 years.

Bowditch, Kjeldsen victorious

Steven Bowditch shot a five-under-par 64 in the final round to win the the AT&T Byron Nelson by four shots.
 
The 31-year-old Australian finished on 18 under, four ahead of the American trio of Charley Hoffman, Jimmy Walker and Scott Pinckney.
 
Meanwhile, Soren Kjeldsen recovered from a final-round collapse at the Irish Open to secure his fourth European Tour success at the first play-off hole.
 
Dane Kjeldsen (76), England's Eddie Pepperell (69) and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger (73) all finished two under.
 
The trio then played the par-five 18th at Royal County Down, with Kjeldsen recording a birdie to clinch victory.
Roger Federer reached the French Open quarter-finals after completing a comfortable win over Gael Monfils.
 
The Swiss, 33, won 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-1 to set up a last-eight tie with compatriot and Davis Cup team-mate Stan Wawrinka.
 
meanwhile, defending champion Maria Sharapova is out of the French Open after losing in the fourth round against 13th seed Lucie Safarova.
 
The Czech 28-year-old won 7-6 6-4 to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time in her career.

Klopp takes a break

Jurgen Klopp says he will take a break from football after stepping down as Borussia Dortmund manager.
 
The 47-year-old had been linked with a move to Liverpool since announcing he would leave at the end of the season.
 
Klopp lost his last game in charge of Dortmund on Saturday as Wolfsburg claimed the German Cup with a 3-1 victory.

Gayle smashes T20 hundred in vain

Chris Gayle smashed an unbeaten 151 off just 62 balls but could not prevent Somerset losing to Kent by three runs in the T20 Blast at Taunton.
 
Spitfires captain Sam Northeast hit his first T20 century, scoring 114 from 58 balls, and Daniel Bell-Drummond made 51 as their side posted 227-7.
 
Gayle dominated Somerset's reply and, after being dropped on 46 by Joe Denly, reached his century off 45 balls.
 
But despite the West Indian hitting 10 fours and 15 sixes, they fell short.

Bright future for Irish Open

A key European Tour official says he envisages a bright future for the Irish Open after the successful staging of the tournament at Royal County Down.

 The tour's commercial director James Finnigan explained he was hopeful the event would retain its title sponsor and Rory McIlroy's involvement.

 The tournament will retain a similar date in the calendar in 2016 and will return to Northern Ireland in 2017.

Nadal expects tough Djokovic test

Rafael Nadal expects the "toughest quarter-final of my career" against Novak Djokovic at the French Open.

 Nine-time champion Nadal beat Jack Sock 6-3 6-1 5-7 6-2 in round four to claim a record 70th win at Roland Garros.

 Meanwhile, seventh-seed Ana Ivanovic reached the French Open semi-finals after brushing aside Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-2 at a blustery Roland Garros.

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