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CGames: Opening ceremony tribute to MH17 victims

Glasgow—The 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow on Wednesday will include a tribute to victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight disaster, organisers said. Prince Imran from Malaysia, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said all the victims, many of whom were from Malaysia and other Commonwealth countries, would be recognised. The flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, with 298 people on board—mostly Dutch nationals—came down in rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Thursday. Western governments say the evidence points to it having been shot down with a missile by pro-Russian separatists.

Tennis: Matosevic, Istomin advance in Atlanta

Atlanta—Australian eighth seed Marinko Matosevic and Uzbek sixth seed Denis Istomin advanced to the second round of the $568,000 ATP Atlanta Open with straight-set triumphs. In the first American hardcourt warm-up event ahead of next month’s start of the US Open, Matosevic beat Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos 6-0, 6-2 while Istomin ousted US lucky loser Rajeev Ram 6-1, 6-4.

British MP calls for Premier League boycott

London—A British lawmaker called on wednesday for fans to boycott English Premier League football matches in protest at the high number of foreign players taking part in the competition. The overseas presence was making it impossible for England to win the World Cup again, claimed David Amess, a member of the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Rumours of Nibali’s demise baseless

Saint-Gaudens (France)—Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali played down suggestions he had finally cracked ahead of Wednesday’s fearsome 17th stage in the Pyrenees. The day before Nibali had been slightly distanced by young French climber Thibaut Pinot as the leaders crested the Port de Bales before a 20km descent to the finish. Pinot himself said Nibali had let him go because he knew he would catch him on the descent, the Italian being known as the best descender in the peloton while the Frenchman openly admits it’s his weakness.

Barcelona buy defender Mathieu for EUR20 million

Barcelona—Spanish giants Barcelona said Wednesday they have bought 30-year-old French defender Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia for EUR20 million ($27 million). Barcelona have been seeking to bolster their defence since Carlos Puyol ended his career. Though he is not an established French international, Mathieu is recognised as a powerful operator at left back and in central defence. Barcelona called him a “physically imposing defender”.

Man United ‘ready to break transfer records’

London—Manchester United are prepared to break transfer records in order to give new manager Louis van Gaal the players he wants, according to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. The English giants have already spent over #50 million ($85 million, 63 million euros) on England left-back Luke Shaw and Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, and Woodward says that they are ready to spend even more.

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