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US President Barack Obama will not attend a memorial to the late boxer Muhammad Ali on Friday, the White House says.

Ali died last Friday at the age of 74 in hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

World leaders will be among thousands attending Friday’s procession and memorial service in Louisville, Kentucky, where Ali was born.

The White House said Mr Obama and his wife Michelle will be at daughter Malia’s high school graduation.

They will send a letter to the Ali family with White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who knew Ali.

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Would Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko fit into Arsenal’s midfield?

Sissoko, part of the Newcastle squad relegated from the Premier League last season, has already told Rafa Benitez he does not want to play in the Championship, and the dream scenario is to follow in the footsteps of his French idols at Arsenal – “the club of my heart”.

So, is there a scenario where the Frenchman could slot in at the Emirates?

What has he said?

Asked this week about reports he has been watched by Arsenal, the 26-year-old told Foot Mercato: “It is very flattering. Arsenal is one of the best European teams. To be watched by that sort of club, that proves that you are a quality player.

“Everyone knows, I often said it when I was young, Arsenal is the club of my heart, because there were quite a few French players there like Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord, Patrick Vieira who was my idol.

“The beautiful Arsenal. We will see. I cannot tell you if I am going to go to Arsenal. For the moment, I am focused on the French national team and the Euros.”

Sound familiar? This wasn’t the first time Sissoko had opened his heart up about Arsene Wenger’s side, telling Telefoot in January 2015: “Arsenal has always been the club of my heart.”

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Euro 2016 top 100 players: Aaron Ramsey and Andres Iniesta feature between 60-41

In the build-up to Euro 2016, we’re counting down the top 100 players to watch at the tournament.

WhoScored.com use a range of statistical criteria to give each player a rating out of 10 for their performances for their clubs throughout the season. We’ve used the average mark of players to have made over 20 league appearances for their clubs in 2015/16 to rank the top 100 at Euro 2016.

Next up, we look at players ranked 60-41, including Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Spain maestro Andres Iniesta.

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Wales hoping stars like Gareth Bale are allowed to flourish at Euro 2016

Wales want referees at Euro 2016 to protect “players who entertain” and allow them to flourish during the tournament.

Manager Chris Coleman and assistant Osian Roberts have taken advice from former referees David Elleray and Pierluigi Collina in an effort to understand how games in France this summer will be officiated.

Wales’ most potent attacking weapon, Gareth Bale, scored seven goals during their successful qualifying campaign, and there are fears opponents, well aware of the talents of the Real Madrid forward, will resort to fouling to stop him in France.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘still enjoying the stories’ as he refuses to confirm Man Utd move

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has called for patience from fans waiting on a decision about his future but admits he is still enjoying media speculation about his next destination.

The former Ajax, Barcelona and Juventus striker has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United after announcing last month he is leaving French double winners Paris Saint Germain.

On Monday, Ibrahimovic promised to make a big announcement on Tuesday, which the 34-year-old said would “be this summer’s big bomb.”

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