Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors Game 7: NBA playoffs – live!

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After a record 73 wins and a memorable Game 6 comeback on the road, the Golden State Warriors’ goal of getting back to the NBA finals and defending their title comes down to Game 7 at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

All along, the Warriors have said the numerous team milestones and personal accomplishments they set this season won’t matter a bit unless they repeat as champions. They need one more victory to become the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 postseason deficit.

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Pele sells off his life in football

It is a conundrum to challenge even the best of hosts. What do you give as a gift to a global football icon who has everything?

When your guest is Brazilian legend Pele, the only player ever to have won three World Cup winning medals, then some creative thinking is needed.

As a result the star, full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, has been the recipient of an amazing cornucopia of strange and exotic items from around the world, first in his playing days, and then as a roving sporting and humanitarian ambassador.

They include everything from elaborate crowns and ceremonial daggers, model ships and jet fighters, to more prosaic clocks, dishes, and freedom-of-the-city keys from various municipalities.

Now the 75-year-old Fifa Player of the Century is to auction off all of the sporting and cultural memorabilia he has accumulated in a lifetime in football.

The sale will take place over three days in London in June, and covers the six decades from Pele’s signing for Santos as a 15-year-old in 1956.

‘Difficult decision’

The sale includes unique football items, including his three World Cup winner’s medals, and a one-off Jules Rimet trophy made for him after Brazil’s famous triumph in Mexico in 1970.

That World Cup replica is the most expensive item being auctioned, with an estimated price tag of £281,000 to £420,000. The medals are expected to fetch up to £141,000, and the ball he scored his 1,000th goal with is estimated to sell for £28,000 to £42,000.

Beverley Hills-based Julien’s Auctions has been chosen to handle the sale, which also includes personal items such as old passports and driving licences.

Over the past 12 months Pele has been in hospital for back, hip and prostate surgery. So is it for health or business reasons that he is now selling?

“There are many reasons, there are clearly some personal ones that he alone knows about,” Dan Nelles, sports specialist at Julien’s Auctions, tells me.

Pele himself says: “It was a difficult decision to make but it takes a lot to properly care for these artefacts, and I felt I could do much more good by sharing these items with the world, as well as helping my causes that are important to me.”

Mr Nelles adds: “He had a lot of the property in storage, and it wasn’t seeing the light of day, which this auction now allows. Also, he wasn’t sure what of it his family wanted to keep, and he didn’t want it [the collection] to fall by the wayside.

“And the Pequeno Principe paediatric hospital in Brazil, which he supports, will receive a proportion.”

International interest

Mr Nelles says the auction house’s “conservative estimate” is that the sale will make £2.5m to £3.5m, but that “the bidding would determine the final price”.

“There are so many wildcards in the auction, the Jules Rimet trophy, his World Cup medals, soccer boots, which means that ideally we are looking at three times that conservative estimate, and maybe as much as 10 times.

“There are also a great number of game-worn items from his career.”

Mr Nelles expects a broad spectrum of bidders from football fans and collectors, to sporting museums and business corporations.

“Although the auction is in London, we will not just be selling to UK customers, as the auction will be streamed live on our website for overseas bidders to take part,” he adds.

He says that as well as interest from the obvious football hotbeds of Europe and South America, there will also be interest from China, Japan and South Korea, Dubai and other Gulf states, and the US, Canada and Mexico.

Escape to Victory 1981 movie football boots

A pair of black football boots worn by Pele in the film Escape to Victory are being auctioned.

In the film he starred alongside Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine, as well as England World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore. They portrayed Nazi prisoners playing a propaganda football match during World War Two.

Pele is seen near the end of the film wearing these boots as he scored with a dramatic bicycle kick to equalise for the Allied team.

“I understand the film has a bit of a cult following in the UK, and these boots are certainly out of the norm,” says Mr Nelles. “I think there will be great interest in this highlight from his film career.”

They are in the auction catalogue with an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000 (£4,000 to £5,500).

American adventure

Pele holds the record as the youngest player ever to play in, and score in, a World Cup final. He also holds the Guinness World Record for goals scored in a career with 1,283.

He played for Brazil’s World Cup winning teams of 1958 and 1970, scoring in both finals, and was in the squad which won in 1962.

With club side Santos he twice won the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup. Later in his career he went on to become the face of “soccer” in the US, as the NASL looked for a sporting breakthrough in the mid-1970s.

Pele auction highlights

  • His personal Jules Rimet World Cup replica trophy – Estimate: $400,000-$600,000
  • 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cup medals – Estimates: $100,000-$200,000 each
  • 1,000th goal ball – Estimate: $40,000-$60,000
  • 1977 NY Cosmos NASL Championship ring – Estimate: $30,000-$40,000
  • L’Equipe Athlete of the Century award – Estimate: $20,000-$30,000
  • 1958 Brazil World Champion sash – Estimate: $10,000-$20,000
  • Santos FC game-worn jersey – Estimate: $8,000-$10,000
  • Santos World Club Champions sash – Estimate: $5,000-$7,000
  • Game-worn New York Cosmos jersey – Estimate: $8,000-$10,000

Pele is many people’s choice as the best player of all time. He remains probably the world’s most recognisable player, with a Hollywood biopic Birth of A Legend recently premiering in New York.

Now the enduring proof of that legendary status has been laid out over more than 1,500 lots, with the auctioneers saying there should be “something for everyone”.

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France’s Dimitri Payet scores with free-kick for victory against Cameroon

• France 3-2 Cameroon
• West Ham midfielder snatches win in injury time

France snatched victory against Cameroon with a last-gasp Dimitri Payet free-kick but it was Kingsley Coman who caught the eye in Nantes as the 19-year-old Bayern Munich winger set up a goal and made his presence felt all over the pitch until he came off in the 77th minute.

Related: Daniel Sturridge sweats over cut before England squad named for Euro 2016

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Payet hits late winner for France

West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet scored a sublime 90th-minute winner to earn Euro 2016 hosts France a 3-2 friendly win over Cameroon in Nantes on Monday…


Daniel Sturridge sweats over cut before England squad named for Euro 2016

• Roy Hodgson will name 23-man squad for Euro 2016 on Tuesday
• John Stones in strong contention for starting place against Russia

Daniel Sturridge will learn on Tuesday afternoon whether he is in Roy Hodgson’s final England squad for the European Championship after a timely return to training at the team’s base in London Colney.

The Liverpool forward, who missed England’s friendly win against Australia with a calf injury last Friday, completed the full session at Watford’s training ground as he attempted to convince Hodgson he should make the cut.

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Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane a serious doubt for Euro 2016

• Striker pulled up in training with calf injury and will miss Belarus friendly
• Harry Arter a further worry after limping out of practice match clutching thigh

Robbie Keane, the Republic of Ireland captain, has been forced out of the pre‑Euro 2016 friendly against Belarus on Tuesdaynight with a calf injury and his manager, Martin O’Neill, has admitted that the veteran striker is now a serious concern for the tournament.

Keane pulled up during a training session in Dublin on Saturday morning and watched from the stands as the team prepared in Cork on Monday evening. He has received an injection but, with O’Neill to submit his final 23-man squad immediately after the game against Alyaksandr Khatskevich’s team, his inclusion is no longer certain.

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Jason Gillespie set to leave role as Yorkshire coach at end of season

• Gillespie has held talks over becoming Australia’s bowling coach
• Former bowler also has offers from IPL and South Australia

Yorkshire are braced for the departure of their title-winning head coach, Jason Gillespie, at the end of this season whether he agrees to become Australia’s new bowling coach or not.

Gillespie is understood to have met the Australia head coach, Darren Lehmann, in Leeds on Sunday night to discuss the opportunity and is now set to give an answer in the next 24 hours to his former state and international team-mate, who is in the country for a meeting of the ICC Cricket Committee at Lord’s this week.

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County Championship roundup: Last-wicket pair steer Somerset to victory

• Jack Leach and Tim Groenewald seal one-wicket win over Surrey
• Hampshire face fourth defeat of season as they trail Middlesex by 274 runs

Somerset maintained their pursuit of leaders the Lancashire by sealing a one‑wicket victory against Surrey at Taunton, reaching their target of 301 in the 84th over after bowling out the visitors for 138 in their second innings.

Marcus Trescothick and Jim Allenby (both 56) led Somerset’s run chase before Jack Leach (24no) and Tim Groenewald (18no) saw the hosts home with a match-winning unbeaten last‑wicket stand of 31.

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Hundreds compete in race in Sweden’s swimrun season – video

More than 240 pairs of competitors dive into the water and run through a forest – all while linked with a tether. Competitors have to run in their wetsuits, which makes the race tougher. Sunday’s race opened this year’s swimrun season in Sweden. The Uto race is a qualifier for the swimrun world championship

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The 10k club – Alastair Cook earns admission to elite group of batsmen

He is the youngest to pass the Test runs mark and joins three Indians, two Sri Lankans, one South African, three Australians and two West IndiansAlastair Cook England31 years, 157 days Continue reading…


Manchester United offer Michael Carrick new contract as Mourinho checks in

• Midfielder informed he is part of new manager’s plans for next season
• Mourinho meets Sir Bobby Charlton at United’s training ground

Michael Carrick has been offered a year extension to his Manchester United contract by new manager José Mourinho, with the veteran midfielder considering whether to extend his stay at Old Trafford into a second decade.

Carrick, who moved to United in 2006 from Tottenham for an initial £14m, is out of contract at the end of June and had been linked with a move away from Old Trafford. However Mourinho’s arrival to replace Louis van Gaal earlier this month has seen the 34-year-old given assurances that he does figure in the Portuguese’s plans for next season and Carrick is now mulling over whether to remain.

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Wales to decide on Ledley for Euros

The selection of midfielder Joe Ledley will be manager Chris Coleman’s biggest decision as he names Wales’ final 23-man squad for Euro 2016 on Tuesday….


Alastair Cook hails ‘special moment’ reaching 10,000 England Test runs

• Captain admits run landmark had played on his mind recently
• ‘I’m glad I’ve hung around long enough not to get dropped’

Alastair Cook, speaking after his England side completed a series win against Sri Lanka with a nine-wicket victory at Chester-le-Street, admitted that becoming the youngest cricketer to score 10,000 Test runs had been playing on his mind and his passing of the milestone brought with it a sense of satisfaction.

Related: England win Sri Lanka series after Alastair Cook hits 10,000 Test runs

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Derby 2016: Biggest field in a decade will chase £1.5m prize fund

• Four supplementary entries took the field to 18 for Saturday’s race
• ‘It would be really quite something,’ said Epsom’s Andrew Cooper

The biggest Derby field for a decade is in prospect after 18 horses were left in Saturday’s race at the latest entry stage. An unprecedented four supplementary entries were made on Monday, with the £75,000 paid by each owner helping to boost the prize fund to £1,545,000 – making the 2016 Derby the richest race ever run in Britain.

Connections of those that remain will be seeking weather updates through , when the amount of rain that falls on Epsom will have a major impact on going conditions for the Classic. Andrew Cooper, the clerk of the course, expects around 5mm but has seen varying forecasts and reports that three times that amount is perfectly possible.

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Man charged over T-shirt mocking Hillsborough tragedy

Fifty-year-old pub-goer charged with public order offence in WorcesterA 50-year-old man has been charged with a public order offence after he was seen at a pub wearing a T-shirt mocking the Hillsborough disaster.Paul Grange, from Worcester, was charged…


Sport picture of the day: Adebayo Akinfenwa in beast mode

As the AFC Wimbledon fans chanted “Beast! Beast!”, Akinfenwa came off the bench to clinch his team’s promotion in a frantic League Two play-off final

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Akinfenwa released after Play-Off final

Iconic AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa revealed he has been released by the club – seconds after helping them win the League Two Play-Off final…


Typical of the man, Alastair Cook passes Test milestone with minimum of fuss

Captain will not have minded lack of fanfare when he became the first England batsman to reach 10,000 runs with a characteristic clip off his pads for four

For the punters there was rare value for money. A ticket on the fourth day entitled them to entry at Durham’s next Twenty20 match; they witnessed far more cricket than anticipated, which included defiance that was silky (from Dinesh Chandimal), plucky (from Rangana Herath) and lucky (in that England’s high standards in the field faltered as Jonny Bairstow and James Vince spilt chances they should have taken).

And there was a bit of history, which, like England’s victory in this series, has been awaited for rather longer than anticipated: Alastair Cook finally notched his 10,000th Test run.

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Horse racing tips: Tuesday 31 May

Believe It (8.20 Lingfield) is the nap; Bromley Cross (4.50 Redcar) is next best2.00 Juan Horsepower 2.30 Rodaini 3.00 Inclination 3.30 Dutch Destiny 4.00 Boycie 4.30 Bolt Phantom 5.00 Oeil De Tigre 5.30 Lady Blanco Continue reading…


Lewis Hamilton puts Monaco win down to mechanics and gears up for Montreal

• F1 world champion praises team he inherited from Rosberg in swap this year
• Work to be done to iron out glitches that marred start season, Hamilton adds

Lewis Hamilton has thanked his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg’s former mechanics following his win in the Monaco Grand Prix, one which has put his ambition for a fourth Formula One world title back on track.

Rosberg won the first four races of the season after it was announced that the two drivers’ teams had virtually swapped for the year, with five changes on each side. But Hamilton’s success on Sunday, his first since last October’s US Grand Prix in Austin, cut Rosberg’s lead from 43 points to 24 with the German driver only able to finish seventh.

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