Queens Park Rangers looking to tempt Rio Ferdinand

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Queens Park Rangers may have had a wage bill of £68m (~$115m), and posted losses of £65.4m (~$108m) in the 2012-2013 season, but it looks like that’s not going to stop the club from continuing to tempt players by offering high salaries. Rather than worry about the financial state of the club, or fair play rules, QPR look set to offer Rio Ferdinand £80,000 per week (~$135,000).

With Harry Redknapp in charge, is anyone surprised?

Should the offer come, and Ferdinand accept, that would make the 35-year-old the highest paid player at Loftus Road, beating out  Loïc Rémy, who currently earns around £75,000 per week. That, and the chance to reunite with Redknapp, who gave him his debut at West Ham in 1996,could tempt Ferdinand to join the recently-promoted side.

You’d think the veteran would be tempted to hang up his boots  and retire to a life inside the studio, but the defender insists that’s not so. In his Mail on Sunday column, Ferdinand, who will work for the BBC as an expert at the World Cup in Brazil, said:

I can assure you of one thing, though: I’m not quite ready to join the [Gary] Lineker-[Alan] Shearer retirement club just yet. I see myself as going to Rio very much as an active footballer with playing time ahead of me. I have options on the table from several clubs in England and overseas for next season and I’m intending to play on if the right situation arises. There is, in all honesty, nothing settled yet.

QPR could face some stiff competition. Apparently, Ferdinand has had offers from Premier League clubs Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and West Ham, as well as teams from Major League Soccer, Dubai and China. But would any other side be willing to give a 35-year-old with known injury problems such a steep weekly salary?

Stampede at stadium in Honduras kills multiple people

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) Officials in Honduras say thousands of soccer fans trying to force their way into a stadium for a championship match stampeded in panic when police fired tear gas, and at least four people and an unborn fetus were killed in the crush and 25 others were injured.

A spokesman for University Teaching Hospital says the victims died from suffocation and multiple broken bones from being trampled Sunday. Spokesman Miguel Osorio says a fetus died when its mother suffered severe injuries.

The stampede happened at the National Stadium as fans tried to push their way into the jammed venue to see the game between Motagua and Honduras Progreso.

About 600 police officers were guarding the stadium and used water cannon and tear gas trying to push back the crowds.

LIVE, at the half: Huddersfield miss glorious chances v. Reading

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It is tough to explain how Huddersfield Town aren’t ahead at half time of the Championship playoff final at Wembley Stadium on Monday.

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The Terriers had two glorious chances early on but Michael Hefele headed wide and then Izzy Brown — on loan from Chelsea — somehow put his effort wide from a yard out.

Reading only had a few forays forward but Jaap Stam’s men held firm with the score locked at 0-0 at the break.

Will David Wagner’s Huddersfield live to rue those missed chances?

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LIVE: Playoff final – Huddersfield v. Reading for PL spot

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The richest game in world soccer is here.

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Huddersfield Town and Reading clash at Wembley Stadium in the Championship playoff final, one win away from the Premier League with the final promotion spot up for grabs after Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion clinched automatic promotion.

Whoever wins this match will alter the path of their club for the foreseeable future.

The winner will not only receive a place in the PL but also a huge sum of $218 million for next season and if they stay up for just one season in the Premier League it is estimated to be worth $372 million.

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VIDEO: Watch Francesco Totti’s emotional Roma farewell

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After a 25-year career at AS Roma, Francesco Totti was handed a fitting farewell on Sunday.

The hometown hero, now 40 years of age, called time on his incredible Roma career and looked overwhelmed.

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Coming on for the 786th and final appearance of his stunning career, the all-time leading scorer for Roma (307 goals in all competitions) helped his team secured a dramatic last-gasp 3-2 win over Genoa to seal second place in the Serie A table and an automatic spot in the UEFA Champions League next season.

Totti spurned big money moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona where he could have won the biggest trophies and individual titles in the game to stay at Roma. He won just one Scudetto with Roma but famously said that was worth 10 league titles had he played for another team.

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Following the game it was all about Totti as his teammates and manager broke down in tears, and so too did Totti as he went on a lap of honor with his wife and children at a sold-out Stadio Olimpico.

Rome’s favorite son said goodbye and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Watch the emotional farewell in the videos below.

I know. I have something in my eye too…