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Ferdinand retires n Reuters, London Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand announced his retirement from football on Saturday after being released by Queens Park Rangers. The 36-year-old centre back earned 81 caps and won six Premier League titles, the Champions League, two League Cups and the Club World Cup during a 12-year spell with Manchester United where he made more than 400 appearances. Ferdinand, whose wife Rebecca died from cancer this month, made 12 appearances for

RIO GAVIN FERDINAND Years

Team

Apps(Gls)

1996–2000

West Ham

127(2)

1996–1997

Bournemouth (loan)

10 (0)

2000–2002

Leeds

54(2)

2002–2014

Man United

312(7)

2014–2015

QPR

Total

11(0) 514(11)

National team 1997–2011

England

81(3)

Honours Premier League (6): 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13 FA Cup (1): 2003–04 Football League Cup (3): 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10 FA Community Shield (6): 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 UEFA Champions League (1): 2007–08 UEFA Super Cup (1): 2009 UEFA Super Cup FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008

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QPR last season after joining on a free transfer from United but was released following the west London club’s relegation from the Premier League. “After 18 years as a professional footballer, I now feel it’s the right time for me to retire from the game that I love,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “I’d also like to thank and pay tribute to my wife Rebecca and my family, including my mother and father, for their sacrifices, their encouragement and their advice throughout my career.” Ferdinand started out with West Ham United and also played for Leeds United before joining Manchester United for 29.1 million pounds ($44.49 million) in 2002 to become the most expensive player in English football at the time. Ferdinand said he would look back on his England career “with immense pride” and he paid tribute to former Manachester United boss Alex Ferguson who will “always be the greatest manager in British football history.” “As a 12-year-old boy, kicking around a football on the Friary Estate in Peckham, I never dreamt that I would play for my boyhood club West Ham, captain Leeds United, win the Champions League with Manchester United, or rejoin my first manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers,” he said. “Winning trophies at Manchester United allowed me to achieve everything that I desired in football. From a young child to today, that was all I cared about. “None of that would have been possible, without the genius of one man, Sir Alex Ferguson. “Finally, I’d like to thank all the fans from all the clubs - for without them professional football would not exist. I will miss each and every one of you on my Saturday afternoons.”l

Tour continues despite ‘suicide bomb’ n AFP, Lahore Zimbabwe on Saturday said it will continue its cricket tour of Pakistan despite an apparent suicide bombing leaving two people dead outside the stadium during a match between the two sides. Friday’s explosion -- which a minister said was a suicide attack, though police insist was an accident -- threatened to torpedo cricket-mad Pakistan’s first series on home soil since an attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in

March 2009. The blast, which did not affect the match itself, triggered a news blackout in Pakistani media and came despite heavy security in and around Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. The visitors’ decision to play on means the two sides will face off in the third and final one-day international at the same venue on Sunday. Pakistan has so far won all of the matches in the series -- two Twenty20 meets and two earlier one-day internationals.

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Pakistani police officers gather at the site of suicide bombing on a road leading to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan on Friday AP

“The Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan ends tomorrow,” Zimbabwe Cricket said in a statement on Saturday. It said that Lahore police met with the Zimbabwe team, and told them that “what occurred was a cylinder blast which killed two people, and that their forensics experts are examining remains from the explosion to ascertain the cause”. A senior city police official “assured the travelling party of continued safety on the tour, and said the fact that the blast occurred outside their red zone means that the security measures put in place for the tour were not breached”. Lahore police have insisted that the incident was caused by an accidental blast, initially attributing it to a transformer explosion before later saying a auto rickshaw’s gas cylinder was to blame. Pakistan’s information minister, however, said on Saturday that the explosion was in fact a suicide bomb. “The suicide bomber failed to enter the stadium due to the bravery of our police,” Pervez Rashid told private broadcaster Geo. The attack took place about 1.5 kilometres (one mile) from the venue at “the outer security cordon of the stadium”, Rashid said.l

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