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Shaun Wright-Phillips loaned to New York Red Bulls reserve team

This season he has made just five appearances, including one start, and a total of 106 minutes for the Red Bulls first team.

Last season, his first with the club, he played just 12 times, including one start.

After not having his option picked up at the end of the 2015 season, he was eventually re-signed on a salary of $116,000 a year.

By contrast former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard - who has also struggled for minutes at rival New York City FC due to injury - is on $6,000,000 a year.

Wright-Phillips, whose younger brother Bradley is one of the team's star players, is also likely to play for the Red Bulls first XI in their US Open Cup match with the Rochester Rhinos next week.

One-armed shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton beats world's best surfer

Another Aussie, the highly rated Nikki Van Dijk, succumbed in the quarter-finals before Hamilton finally fell to the competition's eventual winner, France's Johanne Defay, in the semis.

"Beyond stoked to finish 3rd... as the wildcard! LOVED competing & looking forward to more adventures," she tweeted after the event.

It is the sixth time Hamilton, who had a child last year, has competed on the elite tour, with her previous best a ninth place in 2010.

But the simple fact she is competing has already inspired a Hollywood movie, 2011's "Soul Surfer" featuring Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt.

Hamilton was a promising junior aged 13 when a huge tiger shark mauled her, losing 60 percent of her blood after it ripped off her arm.

Alexander Rossi wins Indy 500 in rookie season

An Indianapolis 500 rookie who only a few months ago lost his drive in Formula One thanks to sport’s extortionate pay driver rates won the 100th installment of North America’s most famous race in front of nearly 400,000 people at the Brickyard.

Alexander Rossi, the 24-year-old American, had almost no experience of oval racing before taming the fearsome Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning ahead of a vastly more experienced field.

While the rest of the leaders had to pit for fuel near the finish, Rossi and his team Andretti-Herta gambled, almost coasting through the chequered flag with barely any fuel left in the car.

Not only is it the first win for a rookie in the Indy 500 for 15 years it also marks an astonishing turnaround for Rossi, a talented victim of Formula One’s pay driver market. Rossi raced in five grand prix for Manor last year, with a best of 12that the United States Grand Prix in Austin.

"It was close obviously [on fuel], too close for comfort," Rossi admitted. "But obviously the people on the timing stand knew what was going on and we made it work.

"It's an unbelievable result for the team. Just is a testament to how hard everyone has worked this entire month. We've been strong from day one, on Monday. It's made my life that much easier.

The American joked he needed a psychiatrist after a topsy-turvy race in which the established names lost out. Englishman Max Chilton, also a former driver with Manor and an Indy 500 rookie, finished 15th.

"It won't sink in for a while,” Rossi added. “I don't want it to. I want to enjoy this moment, enjoy it with the people around me. It's obviously a huge honour and privilege, something I'm going to carry with a great sense of responsibility.

"The emotional rollercoaster of this race is ridiculous. There were moments where I was stoked, moments where were heartbroken, moments where I was stoked again. I need to see a psychiatrist after this.”

Niko Kranjcar courted by clubs in Britain, France, Italy and MLS

Kranjcar has also enjoyed his time both in New York and at the Cosmos and is "very open" to staying at the club, for whom he signed for the 10-game NASL Spring Season.

The 31-year-old recently spoke of his enjoyment of his time at the club.

“I’ve said it from the first day, I love it here,” Kranjcar told Empire of Soccer. "I think it’s a great team, a great soccer club.

"I’m really enjoying my time here. My main focus is obviously on the next game, to win the next game and then hopefully the Spring Season at the end of it.

"And then it will be easier at the end of it to talk about my future and obviously what the club wants to do.”

The club certainly want to keep him.

Erik Stover, chief operating officer at the Cosmos, told STV: "We are hopeful we can do an extension with Niko but we are aware clubs are interested in him.

"I think he would like to stay with us, it's a negotiating process. There's an interest from both parties to work something out but time will tell."

The source added: "Niko has several options."

 

Sebastian Giovinco's Euro 2016 snub shows MLS retains stigma

Antonio Conte, the Italy head coach, could not have been more blunt when he explained why Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo had been left off his preliminary squad for Euro 2016.

"If you choose to go and play [in Major League Soccer] then you can pay the consequences," he said.

In other words, Conte thinks very little of MLS.

“I spoke to Andrea, I needed to hear from him and we sent people to the US,” Conte continued at a press conference.

“However, we’ve made other choices and you have to accept them and deal with the consequences. Nothing was left to chance.

Shannon Briggs: I weighed 400lbs and wanted to jump off a bridge - now I'm going to fight David Haye

"I was really going through a lot of things, my mum died on my birthday, my dad died in prison, I had a rough life growing up, I wasn't able to get an education. I was homeless since I was 13 years old and four years ago I contemplated jumping off a bridge a few times. Then I had my daughter - she's four years old now - and it was looking into her eyes, her beautiful face, it told me I had to live, I had to come back and make something of myself and my baby girl. It's an unbelievable feeling."

Briggs has fought nine times since April 2014 and against Haye will receive the lucrative payday other leading heavyweights have denied him. "Here I am today, thousands of fans are saying 'Let's go, champ'. I'm looking forward to knocking David Haye out, beating him in his own town," he said.

Haye, meanwhile, sees Briggs as "the next biggest name out there outside the three champions Joshua, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder", but the British heavyweight may have to consider his next opponent carefully.

"I'm not taking my eyes off Briggs, because he's a big lump, he knows his way around a ring, and he'll be very dangerous for three or four rounds. If he lands, he can knock you out."     

In New Zealand, another important heavyweight contest took place over the weekend, home favourite Joe Parker defeating Carlos Takam to become the mandatory challenger to Joshua's International Boxing Federation title. Parker, 24, out-pointed Takam 116-112, 116-112, 115-113 on the scorecards, and could face Joshua early in 2017.

Frank Lampard booed by own fans as New York City FC lose 7-0

The rout was also highly embarrassing for head coach Patrick Vieira, who has been seen as a long-term successor to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, where he was academy coach.

Vieira said afterwards: "In every aspect of the game, we were second. We didn't turn up today.

"It's always good [better] to lose one game 7-0 than seven games 1-0.

"Before the game I knew we were not a perfect team and after the game I can tell you we aren't the worst team."

On Lampard, Vieira said: "I can guarantee that there is no one more than Frank who wants to be on the field to help."

Lampard himself said: "If I'm getting booed for being injured, there's not much I can do about that.

"Seven is bad, it's very bad and we can't hide away from that."

The match was also marred by scenes of violence prior to the game for the second year running, with fans hurling objects at each other. Two men were arrested.

Crystal Palace v Manchester United: key match stats

Louis van Gaal delivered Manchester United's first trophy since Alex Ferguson retired three years ago with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace after the 135th FA Cup final went to extra time on Saturday.

With Ferguson watching at Wembley Stadium, the club's record-equaling 12th FA Cup success comes at the end of a lackluster second season under Van Gaal.

The manager's United future has seemed precarious for most of the season and failure to qualify for the Champions League has only increased the uncertainty.

But United showed the fighting spirit often lacking under Van Gaal to win the cup. Juan Mata quickly canceled out Jason Puncheon's goal to force extra time. Despite having Chris Smalling sent off in the 105th minute, Jesse Lingard struck the winner in the 110th. 

Off-pitch thrills and spills: ridiculous injuries away from the field

Life imitating art for real life 'Rocky' Tony Bellew as he prepares for vacant title

It will be his third attempt at at a world title - his two losses in a  29-fight career have been in world title challenges at light-heavyweight against Nathan Cleverly in 2011, and Adonis Stevenson in 2013.  Making 175lb at light heavyweight had made him unhappy, and Bellew, 6ft  3ins tall, is a much more contented man and fighter, 25 pounds heavier at  the cruiserweight limit of 200lbs, having boxed as an amateur at heavyweight, and having weighed 15st as a bristling 15-year-old.  At 16, he worked as a doorman in the thick of Liverpool's very lively night  life. 

Makabu, beaten just once in his 20-fight career, is a powerful, mainly  left-handed southpaw fighter. Bellew will have to be on his A-game, and will go in as the marginal underdog. 

"I'm going to have to keep my emotions in check, because it's going to be a massive night for me at a place where I have invested so much all my life, against a very tough fighter who wants this title as much as I do.  But I'm prepared to do anything it takes to win that title. 

"The only thing I enjoy as much as fighting is watching Everton Football  Club. I actually like fighting in a boxing ring. It's the one place in the  world world where I can feel like I'm completely in control. I'm at home. I love the walk to the ring, the crowd, the landing of a punch. Doing it at Goodison Park is going to be incredible." 

Tony Bellew vs Ilunga Makabu is live on Sky Sports on Sunday May 29. 

Plans to distribute 450,000 condoms at Olympics announced by IOC

About 450,000 condoms will be distributed during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, three times more than for the London Games four years ago, the International Olympic Committee says.

Part of the reason was because 100,000 female condoms will be available for the first time, along with 350,000 condoms for men. About 175,000 packets of lubricant are also being supplied.

The IOC says the condoms would encourage 10,500 athletes and staff to practice safe sex.

It's not clear if the increase is related to Brazil's outbreak of the Zika virus. The Associated Press asked the question of the IOC in an email on Friday but did not receive an immediate response.

The Zika virus is carried by mosquitoes, but can also be transmitted sexually. The virus is linked to microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with undersized brains and skulls.

The condoms will be distributed free from a clinic in the Athletes' Village, or from vending machines. The village opens on July 24 with the Olympics opening on Aug. 5.

Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo said between 100,000 to 150,000 condoms had been supplied at Olympics since 2000 in Sydney. The Sao Paulo paper, citing the IOC and local organizers, said the increase was not related to the Zika virus

Joe Cole: It took me two days to decide to move to Tampa Bay Rowdies

Cole admits the past four days have been something of a "whirlwind", having flown over from England, tried to settle into a new apartment with his wife and begun training with his new team-mates.

His jet lag has certainly not helped. "I've been getting up a 4.30am, waiting for the local coffee guy to open his shop," he says.

And neither has the heat and humidity of the Florida climate. "The humidity has taken me aback - everyone tells me how hot it is and it's only spring, so that's going to be a challenge. But after two, three weeks I'm sure I will have settled in."

But he has been impressed with what he has seen of his new team-mates as he looks to make his debut against NASL rivals Rayo OKC this weekend.

"Going to a new club is always a stressful situation. I liken it to going to a new school when you're a kid - but with responsibilities. Going to a new club in a new continent, it's been a whirlwind," adds Cole, who has signed a deal until the end of the 2017 season, with the option of another year.

"I've watched the guys a couple of times and I've been impressed with the technical level. There's a great bunch of lads, a good team spirit, they've made me feel welcome. 

"They've given me a bit of stick already - the food didn't turn up yesterday and they said it's because I've signed and there's no money left! 

"There's a couple of British guys in the dressing room who have been pointing me in the right direction so it's been good. It's very exciting - but tiring."

He adds: "I'm hoping to play [this weekend] - I'm looking to start. It's a difficult one as I've had a long hard season at Coventry so I could have waited until the Fall Season and started afresh - as you're carrying a few nicks and knocks - but I think it's important I get going. There's a break soon and you'll probably see the best of me in the Fall Season."