While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, May 28

Liverpool's Loris Karius fumbles the ball as Gareth Bale scores Real Madrid's third goal.
Liverpool's Loris Karius fumbles the ball as Gareth Bale scores Real Madrid's third goal.PHOTO: AFP

Football: Police investigate death threats against Liverpool's Karius after Champions League final nightmare

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius told fans he was "infinitely sorry" for his two catastrophic errors in the side's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final and said he had struggled to sleep after Saturday's game.

The German keeper gifted Karim Benzema the first goal by accidentally throwing the ball against the Real forward, and then watching it trickle into his net, and he allowed a shot by Gareth Bale straight through his hands for Madrid's third goal which ended any hopes of his side getting back in the game.

"Haven't really slept until now, the scenes are still running through my head again and again. I'm infinitely sorry to my team mates, for you fans and for all the staff. I know that I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down," Karius wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

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Former US President George H.W. Bush taken to hospital in Maine

Former US President George H.W. Bush, 93, was taken to a hospital in Maine on Sunday after experiencing low blood pressure and fatigue, a family spokesman said on Twitter.

Bush, the oldest living former US president, will likely remain at Southern Maine Health Care for a few days for observation, said the spokesman, Jim McGrath.

 

"The former president is awake and alert, and not in any discomfort," McGrath wrote on Twitter.

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Trump's 'Spygate' is a 'diversion tactic': US Senator Flake

Republican US Senator Jeff Flake, who has not ruled out running against Donald Trump for the White House, on Sunday criticised as a "diversion tactic"the president's unsubstantiated allegation last week of an FBI"spy" being planted in his election campaign.

Flake's comments, on NBC's "Meet the Press," put him again at the forefront of very few Republican lawmakers willing to openly challenge Trump over his attacks on law enforcement officials who are investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.

The investigation was begun by the FBI in July 2016, but handed over by the Justice Department to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017 after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

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Italy's president rejects Savona as economy minister, may mean new election

Italy's president rejected Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte's pick for the economy ministry, a political source said on Sunday, a veto that may lead to another election this year.

Conte, a little-known law professor with no political experience, took his list of ministers to President Sergio Mattarella, but the president rejected Conte's candidate to the Economy Ministry, the 81-year-old eurosceptic economist Paolo Savona.

Before Conte or Mattarella had finished their meeting, far-right League leader Matteo Salvini said that the only option now was to hold another election, probably later this year, without directly confirming the president's veto.

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Tennis: Venus Williams knocked out by China's Wang Qiang in first round of French Open

Former world number one Venus Williams suffered a shock defeat by Chinese player Wang Qiang in the French Open first round on Sunday.

The 37-year-old ninth seed was well short of her best as Wang claimed a 6-4, 7-5 victory and gained a measure of revenge for her first-round loss to Venus at Roland Garros last year.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion has now lost both her matches at major tournaments this year, having reached the Australian Open and Wimbledon finals in 2017.

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