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    FILE - In this May 27, 2008 file photo, Usher appears onstage during MTV's 'Total Request Live' at the MTV Times Square Studios in New York. Court records show singer Usher has filed for divorce from Tameka Foster Raymond after less than two years of marriage.

    ATLANTA – Court records show singer Usher has filed for divorce from Tameka Foster Raymond after less than two years of marriage. The 30-year-old Grammy-winning artist, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, filed the petition Friday in Superior Court in Atlanta. The court record did not give any details about the split between the R&B star and his wife, who were married in August 2007.

    They have two young sons, 1 1/2-year-old Usher Raymond V and 6-month-old Naviyd Ely Raymond. His wife has three children from a previous marriage.

    E-mail and telephone messages to Usher's publicist were not immediately returned.

    [Agencies]

  • EMBLEY, England: David Beckham was closer to achieving his dream of playing in another World Cup by starting and finishing his first competitive match for England since 2007 in Wednesday's 6-0 rout of Andorra in a qualifier.

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    A 112th England appearance at the age of 34 will raise Beckham's hopes of making the finals in South Africa next year, assuming his team qualifies, and of potentially breaking the national all-time record of 125 caps held by retired goalkeeper Peter Shilton.

    Beckham has 17 goals in his 13-year England career, but he is yet to score at England's national stadium - the old or the rebuilt Wembley. The crowd shouted "shoot, shoot" in the dying moments on Wednesday, hoping to be there for his first Wembley goal.

    "It's obviously missing, but I don't care," Beckham said. "At the end of the day, I'm happy with being in this team. I'm happy with performing in this team and playing with these players because it's a great team and a great squad to be around at the moment. Whether I score or not at Wembley, we'll see. As long as we carry on winning, I don't care."

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    Hollywood star Jessica Alba shoots a new series of fashion-featured photos for "Elle" magazine. [Photo: ent.sina.com.cn]

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    Actress Paris Hilton arrives at the premiere screening for "Rex" at cinespace on June 8, 2009 in Hollywood, California. [CFP]

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  • PARIS - Roger Federer ended his French Open jinx when he swept past Swede Robin Soderling 6-1 7-6 6-4 in the final to clinch his first Roland Garros title on Sunday.

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    Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts after winning the men's final against Robin Soderling of Sweden at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris June 7, 2009. [Agencies]

    The Swiss equalled Pete Sampras's record of 14 grand slam titles and became the sixth man to win all four major tournaments, sealing victory in just under two hours in cloudy conditions.

    "It was really not easy to deal with my emotions," said the 27-year-old Federer, who lost to world number one Rafael Nadal in the three previous finals.

    "It might be the greatest victory of my career."

    The 23rd-seeded Soderling had ended Nadal's four-year reign on the Paris clay in the fourth round.

    "To me, he is the best player in history," the Swede said.

    Federer, the second man after Andre Agassi to win all four grand slam titles on four different surfaces, started the match confidently by racing into a 4-0 lead with two breaks.

    Soderling held serve for 4-1 but Federer, who had never lost to Soderling in nine previous matches, kept up the pressure and clinched the first set on the Swede's serve with a crosscourt passing shot.

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    The match was briefly interrupted after a man came on to Centre Court with a red and blue flag during the fourth game of the second set.

    The man jumped from the stand opposite the media box and approached Federer, touching him with the flag.

    Leaping over the net towards Soderling, the man was tackled by Roland Garros security officers and carried away from the court.

    Federer lost three points in a row after the incident as Soderling levelled for 2-2.

    Both players held serve to a tiebreak which Federer cruised through 7-1 after serving four aces.

    The Swiss broke in the first game of the third set when his opponent sent a forehand wide and he never found a solution to turn the situation around.

    Federer ended his wait on the first match point when Soderling netted a service return, the Swiss falling on his knee in tears and triggering a deafening roar from the 15,000 crowd.

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    Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the trophy in the locker room after winning his men's final against Robin Soderling of Sweden at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris June 7, 2009.

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    Roger Federer of Switzerland cries as he receives his trophy during the presentation ceremony after winning the men's final against Robin Soderling of Sweden at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris June 7, 2009.

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    Roger Federer of Switzerland kisses his trophy during the presentation ceremony after winning the men's final against Robin Soderling of Sweden at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris June 7, 2009.

     

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    Roger Federer of Switzerland cries as he receives his trophy during the presentation ceremony after winning the men's final against Robin Soderling of Sweden at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris June 7, 2009.

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    Emma Watson attends a private party at Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor restaurant in London June 3, 2009. The “Harry Potter” actress looked very fashion-forward as she arrived at the Fifth Floor restaurant in London, sporting a black and blue deconstructed multi-texture dress with black and silver heels.[CFP]

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    Actress Sienna Miller is presenting the new 'Boss Orange' fragrance at an El Corte Ingles store in Madrid, Spain June 5, 2009.

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    NASSAU, Bahamas: Seeking ways to lessen the chance of further fan fatalities, FIFA president Sepp Blatter urged nations to avoid treating fans like "prisoners and wild animals" by using fences to contain them in cramped stadiums.

    "This must happen," Blatter said on Wednesday.

    Blatter made the emotional plea at FIFA's annual Congress, where several issues were discussed by soccer's worldwide governing body but no votes held to decide two significant items on the agenda - the plan to restrict clubs to a maximum of five foreign players in starting lineups and a notion to lower the maximum age for the Olympic men's tournament from 23 to 21.

    Instead, most of the discussion centered on things that FIFA would like to see happen down the line - improved fan and player security among them.

    FIFA said nine fans were killed on June 1, 2008, at a World Cup qualifier in Liberia when a metal barrier gave way in an overcrowded stadium, and as many as 22 others died in a stampede shortly before another qualifier between Ivory Coast and Malawi on March 29.

    Since 1964, more than 1,300 fans have died in crushes at overcrowded stadiums during international matches worldwide.

    "We have to go to the roots," Blatter said. "We have to go to the causes of some of the tragedies or accidents that happen."

    Blatter, who ordered investigations into those incidents, said he remains saddened by both tragedies - adding that he believes they would be avoided if fencing wasn't used or if stadium officials simply turned people away once the venue reached capacity.

    In March at the Ivory Coast match, thousands of fans were pushing their way into the stadium, causing not only the deaths but also hundreds of injuries.

    "People are not yet in the stadium, the match is starting or is trying to start, there is a lot of noise around and then people like to press," Blatter said. "Ladies and gentlemen, fences in the stadium are not adequate for (football). Who are behind fences? Prisoners and wild animals. Are fans in these two categories?"

    In South Africa, organizers of the next World Cup have pledged that the problems that can lead to stadium stampedes in Africa won't be an issue during the continent's first World Cup next week.

    Other developments

    FIFA will continue exploring a plan that would restrict clubs to a maximum of five foreign players in starting lineups, but stopped short for the second straight year of calling for a definitive vote. The "6+5" rule has raised the ire of the European Union, because it believes the policy would violate discrimination laws. Blatter, who again cited a FIFA-backed study that suggested the move would be legal, told the Congress he would like to see the plan voted upon at next year's meeting in South Africa.

    Instead of taking a vote on the change to the men's Olympic age standard, a task force is being planned to further investigate the idea. Under existing rules, the Olympics are open to players under 23 but teams are also able field three older players. FIFA's executive committee backed a plan this year to reduce the age cap.

    By a vote of 188-5, the Congress approved a change to FIFA rules about avoiding outside or governmental intervention with national federations, adding the phrase "Each Member shall manage its affairs independently and with no influence from third parties" to the group's statutes. Any nation found in violation now would face sanctions, even if it did not seek the outside influence. A new rule was also added, saying that FIFA's executive committee members - which now include Russia's Vitaly Mutko, who has been his country's sports minister under Prime Minister Vladimir Putin - may be reappointed or relieved of duties at any time.

    Players who hold dual nationality now may - at any age - declare which federation they want eligibility for. The measure, brought to the floor by the Algerian federation, passed 112-82. Previously, players had to declare which nation they would play for before turning 21.

    All but three of FIFA's 208 national federations were represented, with Angola, Lebanon and Yemen absent.

    AP

  • LONDON - Manchester United erreicht ein Champions-League-Rekord von 19 Spielen ohne Niederlage nach einer 2-2 ziehen mit dänischen AaB Aalborg am Mittwoch.

    Manchester United's Carlos Tevez (R) schießt to score gegen AaB Aalborg während ihrer Champions-League-Fußballspiel in Manchester nördlichen England, 10. Dezember, 2008. [Agenturen]

    Die Auslosung auch gesichert ihnen Top-Spot in der Gruppe E als Villareal verloren zu Celtics 0-2 in einem toten Gummi.

    United, Fielding ein geschwächtes Team, nahm eine frühe Führung durch Carlos Tevez aber ihre ungeschlagen laufen im Wettbewerb wurde unter Bedrohung Halbzeit auf nach Aalborg punktete durch Michael Jakobsen und Jeppe Curth.

    Aalborg's zu gewinnen hofft, ihr erstes Spiel weg in die gestrichelte Wettbewerb wurden kurz nach dem Neustart, aber dank Wayne Rooney der 51. Minute Equalizer.

    United hatte vor in der dritten Minute, wenn Tevez, die begann als Nachfolger von Dimitar Berbatov, lief auf eine durch-Ball von Ryan Giggs zu schießen Vergangenheit Karim Zaza.

    Jakobsen's ordentlich Header einer Anders Aufgrund Free-Kick Beat Vereinigten Halter Tomasz Kuszczak in der 31. Minute.

    Durch die Leitung eines abtrünnigen und überquerte für Curth to score mit einem hervorragend platziert Header.

    Rooney gesammelt Anderson ist in Ordnung geht auf Drill in einem niedrigen Schuss Vergangenheit Zaza aus 18 Meter, um das Home-Seite gleich das Protokoll.
    Manchester United's Carlos Tevez (L) Herausforderungen AaB Aalborg Michael Jakobsen während ihrer Champions-League-Fußballspiel in Manchester nördlichen England, 10. Dezember, 2008. [Agenturen]
    Manchester United's Carlos Tevez (L) wird von AaB Aalborg's Jens-Kristian Sorensen während ihrer Champions-League-Fußballspiel in Manchester, Nord-England, 10. Dezember, 2008. [Agenturen]

    Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand (in rot) Herausforderungen AaB Aalborg's Marek Saganowski während ihrer Champions-League-Fußballspiel in Manchester nördlichen England, 10. Dezember, 2008. [Agenturen]

    Manchester United's Carlos Tevez (C) feiert Scoring gegen AaB Aalborg mit Nani (L) und Wayne Rooney während der Champions-League-Fußballspiel in Manchester nördlichen England, 10. Dezember, 2008. [Agenturen]