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Revenue gap between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal will grow beyond £100m is Spurs fail to finsih in top four

If you want to see what difference Champions League football makes to a club’s finances, you need only glance at Arsenal and Tottenham’s most recent set of annual results.<p>While Arsenal announced a profit of £29.6 million for the 2011-12 season, their arch-rivals reported a £4.3m loss, the poverty …

Monaco considering surprise move for Andy Carroll as Liverpool striker considers options

Monaco have made a surprise inquiry for England striker Andy Carroll, who is set to leave Liverpool this summer.<p>Carroll’s season-long loan spell at West Ham United ends after the final Premier League match at home against Reading today and the forward would appear unwanted by Liverpool manager …

Rafael Benítez in no hurry to find new role as he prepares for his final game in charge of Chelsea

Rafael Benítez has admitted his regret at having to walk away from his role as Chelsea manager and insists he is ready to bide his time over his next job in football.<p>The interim manager’s contract ends next weekend and today he will take charge of his final competitive game at <b>Chelsea</b>, at home in …

Beckham in tears as career closes

David Beckham rolled back the years with a vintage performance in what appeared to be the final match of a decorated career as <b>Paris Saint-Germain</b> …

Manchester City players acted like ‘piranhas’ towards Roberto Mancini, says Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio has accused Manchester City’s big-name players of behaving like “piranhas” in their treatment of former manager Roberto Mancini.<p>The <b>Sunderland</b> manager intends to adopt a similarly disciplinarian approach at the Stadium of Light as his fellow Italian did at City, despite claims that a …

Fernando Torres inspired by a new sense of belonging at Chelsea as he looks to the future

Fernando Torres has what he has craved for so long: a sense of belonging at Chelsea, of being part of the team and vital to the club’s prospects.<p>“Not everything has been as bad as normally you have said,” the striker claimed, deep in the bowels of the Amsterdam Arena, in the wake of winning the …

Alan Pardew orders Newcastle United French players to speak in English

Alan Pardew has told Newcastle United’s contingent of French players to have a firm grasp of English when they return for pre-season training.<p>The manager is keen to break down any language barriers that may exist in the dressing room, given the club’s reliance on Francophone players.<p>He has not gone …

Manchester City looking to replicate Manchester United’s winning formula

Manchester City want their expected new manager Manuel Pellegrini to eventually groom his successor at the club and create a dynasty similar to the one forged by Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.<p>The Chilean is close to agreeing a deal to take over at City after Roberto Mancini was sacked last …

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 will reportedly have an 8-inch variant

When Samsung revealed the third iteration of its Galaxy Tab line, it was met with a somewhat underwhelming reception. But the Korean firm's never held back on trying out different shapes and sizes. This makes this latest leak -- of a reported 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 -- at least plausible, and …

Sony brings Android Open Source Project to Xperia Tablet Z (video)

Sony gifted its flagship Xperia Z smartphone with an Android Open Source Project (AOSP) build just last month, and now the stock operating system has made its way to the device's tablet counterpart, too. AOSP is now available for the Xperia Tablet Z -- it'll live on GitHub, along with instructions …

LG Nexus 4 shows up in white at Google I/O (hands-on)

A checkerboard-style glitter pattern with a white background? Yes, please. We've always been impressed by the elegant look and feel of LG's Nexus 4, announced alongside Android 4.2 last October, and now Google is making an ivory version of the device available to (hopefully) the masses. The twist: …

Editor's Letter: When it rains, it pours

<i>In each issue of Distro, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news.</i><p>It's been a slow couple of weeks here through the beginning of May. Everyone, it seems, was saving up to pile all of their announcements at once, leaving us scrambling and our RSS feed spinning. Over the …

Google-built media player hits the FCC, reveals only a Hitchhiker's Guide reference

With much of its information obscured it's hard to say what Google has planned for this new device revealed by its FCC filing, but the model number at least indicates someone has a sense of humor. Called an "H840 device" and rocking the model number H2G2-42 (<i>Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy</i> - 42, …

Chelsea are 2014 favourites, says Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas

<b>Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has named former club Chelsea as favourites to win the 2014 Premier League title.</b><p>He argues a possible return for ex-boss Jose Mourinho and managerial changes at Manchester's top-flight clubs will strengthen Chelsea's position.<p>"Chelsea next season will absolutely …

Soccer

Church of Scotland revises controversial Israel report

<b>A controversial Church of Scotland report which questioned the divine right of Jews to the land of Israel has been rewritten.</b><p>The 10-page discussion paper is due to be debated and voted on at the Kirk's general assembly next week.<p>Last week Israel's ambassador to the UK described it as "truly …

Israel

Stoke City pig's head incident: Club investigate reports

<b>Stoke City are to investigate after a pig's head was reported to have been left in the locker of striker Kenwyne Jones at the club's training ground.</b><p>Jones was said to have been furious at the incident, which comes just two days before the club's final Premier League match of the season at …

Soccer

Chinese man held in Kashmir over 'Koran desecration'

<b>A Chinese man in Pakistani-administered Kashmir has been taken into protective custody after he was accused of desecrating the Koran, officials say.</b><p>The man, named only as Mr Lee, works for a Chinese consortium that is building a dam in Kashmir.<p>A police official told the BBC that Mr Lee was held to …

Pakistan

Jose Mourinho: Real Madrid season worst of my career

<b>Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho described his season as "the worst of my career" following his side's 2-1 Copa del Rey final defeat by Atletico Madrid.</b><p>The Portuguese, who has been linked with a return to Chelsea this summer, said: "I have a contract that is valid for three more years.<p>"I still …

Soccer

Deep sea mining 'gold rush' moves closer

<b>The prospect of a deep sea "gold rush" opening a controversial new frontier for mining on the ocean floor has moved a step closer.</b><p>The United Nations has published its first plan for managing the extraction of so-called "nodules" - small mineral-rich rocks - from the seabed.<p>A technical study was …

Papua New Guinea

Hofstra student shot dead in New York home invasion

<b>A university student has died after being fatally shot when a masked gunman burst into her home during an apparent attempted robbery in New York state.</b><p>Andrea Rebello, 21, was at her Long Island home near the campus with twin sister Jessica and other Hofstra University students when the suspect rang …

New York Times

Jamie Carragher: I always knew this was my last season

<b>Jamie Carragher will play his final game for Liverpool against QPR on Sunday after 16 years at Anfield.</b><p>The 35-year-old has made more than 700 appearances, winning the Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup and Uefa Cup during his career.<p>Here, he talks through the highs and lows of his illustrious …

Soccer

France gay marriage: Hollande signs bill into law

<b>France's president has signed into law a controversial bill making the country the ninth in Europe, and 14th globally, to legalise gay marriage.</b><p>On Friday, the Constitutional Council rejected a challenge by the right-wing opposition, clearing the way for Francois Hollande to sign the bill.<p>He said: …

LGBTQI

Afghan parliament halts debate on women's rights law

<b>A debate by Afghan MPs about beefing up a law to prevent violence against women has been halted amid angry scenes.</b><p>Parliament's speaker ended the debate after 15 minutes after traditionalists called for the law to be scrapped.<p>A law banning violence against women, child marriages and forced marriages …

Hamid Karzai

N Korea 'fires three short-range missiles'

<b>North Korea has fired three short-range missiles from its east coast, South Korea's defence ministry said.</b><p>Two missiles were fired on Saturday morning and one in the afternoon, the ministry said in a statement.<p>Officials at the ministry said they were "monitoring the situation and remain on …

North Korea

Bomb thrown at police during gun attack in west Belfast

<b>A bomb has been removed from the Foxes Glen area of west Belfast - the scene of a gun attack on officers on Thursday.</b><p>The device was found during follow-up searches related to the gun attack.<p>Police believe the bomb may have been thrown during the attack but did not explode.<p>Up to six shots were fired …

Extremism

Sir Alex Ferguson criticises 'amazing' Roberto Mancini sacking

<b>Sir Alex Ferguson has criticised Manchester City over the sacking of Roberto Mancini.</b><p>Mancini was dismissed by the club on Monday but Ferguson, who retires after Sunday's game against West Brom, has sympathy with his old rival.<p>It comes as a full-page advert from Mancini appeared in Saturday's …

Soccer

MotoGP: Marc Marquez on pole for French race at Le Mans

French Grand Prix<p><b>Spain's championship leader Marc Marquez clinched pole position after topping the qualifying times for Sunday's French MotoGP at Le Mans.</b><p>The 20-year-old Honda rider finished 0.03 seconds ahead of Yamaha's current champion Jorge Lorenzo to secure his second pole this season.<p>Italy's …

Motorsport

Medical chief in measles warning

<b>Scotland's Chief Medical Officer has called for children aged between 10 and 17 to be vaccinated against measles.</b><p>Sir Harry Burns made the call ahead of the launch of a nationwide campaign next week to boost take up.<p>There are fears that a generation of children have low levels of protection after …

Public Health

Iraq violence: Eight die in fresh attacks

<b>Fresh outbreaks of violence in Iraq have left at least eight people dead, police say.</b><p>In one attack, gunmen broke into a house in Baghdad and killed five people including a police officer, his wife and their two children.<p>In another incident, gunmen kidnapped eight policemen at a checkpoint near …

Extremism

Manchester United: Rio Ferdinand signs new deal at Old Trafford

<b>Veteran defender Rio Ferdinand has signed a one-year extension to his contract at Manchester United.</b><p>The deal - approved by incoming manager David Moyes - ends any doubts over the 34-year-old's future at the club.<p>He announced his retirement from international football last week, a move which he …

Soccer