While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 11 edition

A hearse carrying the body of the late Muhammad Ali enters Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.
A hearse carrying the body of the late Muhammad Ali enters Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. PHOTO: REUTERS

Muhammad Ali cheered in Louisville as world says goodbye

Muhammad Ali’s hometown Louisville said farewell to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, with thousands lining the streets for an emotional procession and thousands more packing a sports arena for a star-studded memorial service.

The public ceremony, which began with a Koranic chant, capped two days of remembrance honouring the three-time heavyweight world champion known as “The Greatest,” who died last week at 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Former president Bill Clinton and comedian Billy Crystal were to eulogise the legendary fighter, after a funeral procession through Louisville, the largest city in the southern state of Kentucky where Ali was born at a time of racial segregation.


Dallas police shoot man who charged officer at airport

Police shot a man who charged an officer after attacking a woman’s car with a rock outside the Love Field airport in Dallas, prompting a temporary shutdown of parts of the facility.

Police said the suspect appeared to be the father of the woman’s children. The disturbance happened outside baggage claim. The suspect was conscious when he was taken away by ambulance but his condition is unknown, Dallas assistant police chief Randy Blankenbaker told reporters.

Witnesses told Dallas broadcaster WFAA the suspect dared the officer to “shoot me” before he charged. Blankenbaker did not comment on the report.


New fan clashes before England-Russia game in Marseille

Football fans hurled bottles and other objects at French police who responded with tear gas in a second day of trouble  ahead of the England-Russia European Championship match in Marseille.

Police intervened to separate several dozen English and Russian fans outside bars in the Vieux Port district, Laurent Nunez, the regional head of police, told AFP.

Several fans were arrested, he said.


Football: Payet stunner rescues France in Euro 2016 opener

Dimitri Payet's stunning 25m strike a minute from time got hosts France off to a winning start at Euro 2016 as they beat Romania 2-1.

Payet was France's standout performer all night. His cross also created the opener for Olivier Giroud before Bogdan Stancu's penalty looked to have handed Romania a point.

However, the mercurial West Ham playmaker produced a moment of brilliance as he smashed the ball into the top corner to ensure France's month-long festival of football got off to a flier.


Football: Spain’s De Gea calls sex scandal claims ‘a lie’

Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David De Gea dismissed as “a lie” claims that he organised a party at which women were forced to have sex with footballers.

“I am the first one to be surprised by this report. I deny it, it is false and nothing more, it is a lie and false,” De Gea told a press conference at Spain’s training base for the European Championship finals.

De Gea said he was “desperate” to take part in Euro 2016 and would not be put off his team duties.