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That price difference also could make robot priests an attractive alternative in the US, where the median cost of a funeral, with a viewing and burial, hit $7,181 in 2014, according to the National Funeral Directors Association . Would-be funeral arrangers have the option to deck Pepper out in the robe of a Buddhist monk and can even live-stream the ceremony to those who can't attend the funeral in person.
  • Buffon looks ahead to final Champions League campaign

    Buffon looks ahead to final Champions League campaign

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    With qualifying starting as early as June for some clubs, United are now one of 32 teams remaining in the UEFA Champions League, with the draw forming eight groups each consisting of four teams. Manchester United are back after winning the Europa League under Jose Mourinho, a Champions League victor in 2004 with Porto and 2010 with Inter Milan.
  • Liverpool receive huge boost from Schalke in Howedes pursuit

    Liverpool receive huge boost from Schalke in Howedes pursuit

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    Liverpool have been chasing Southampton's Virgil Van Dijk all summer but, with just 10 days left of the 2017 summer transfer window, all signs are pointing towards the Reds being denied the chance to land their key target. 'I have always said that I can rule out a move within the league [Bundesliga] and I can imagine a change overseas'. "I received offers from other clubs after the surprising demotion from captain...that my agent checked and answered".
  • Michael Schumacher's son to drive at Spa

    Michael Schumacher's son to drive at Spa

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    It will mark the 25th anniversary of his father's first victory in Formula One, at Spa, before going on to win 90 more races in an illustrious career. Mick Schumacher is now 11th in the Formula 3 European Championship, having graduated from Formula 4 this season. Schumacher, 48, suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident in 2013.
  • Merc run new engines; Vandoorne's 35-place penalty

    Merc run new engines; Vandoorne's 35-place penalty

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    The Japanese manufacturer has been continuing to work on improving its "spec 3" power unit, which was originally tested as far back as the Azerbaijan GP. "When we announced at the end of 2016 that Stoffel would be a McLaren Honda race driver for 2017, we indicated that our plan was that he'd race for us for a number of years".
  • McEnroe casts doubt over Federer's US Open hopes

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    With a whole host of established figures, across both the men's and the women's game, missing for this year's event could there be a shock victor? The younger generation has Alexander Zverev as the best-positioned member. I'm playing extremely well. Who can make their presence felt in the women's event? Just like Zverev is threatening the dominance of long-time greats Federer and Nadal , Spain's Garbine Murguruza is posing a similar challenge to the original top players in the ...
  • Nervy Celtic survive Astana to reach group stage

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    For the first time ever there will be five English clubs in the draw - Manchester United , Manchester City , Chelsea , Tottenham and Liverpool . Liverpool and Spurs are in pot three and Celtic are in pot four . Then they will draw one of the six non-English teams in Pot 3: Napoli , Basel , Olympiacos , Anderlecht , Roma or Besiktas .
  • Bears Sign Charles Leno Jr. to Big Contract Extension

    Bears Sign Charles Leno Jr. to Big Contract Extension

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    The Bears also have Josh Sitton under contract through the end of the 2018 season after signing him to a three-year contract last year when he was cut by the Green Bay Packers. "Whether it's a set angle, his hands or his strike, he always has a plan and he's somebody that's athletic enough to recover if he ever does get in a bad situation", Long said.
  • England bring in Woakes for Roland-Jones in second test

    England bring in Woakes for Roland-Jones in second test

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    Taking that in, we understand we have to be better and we're aiming to do that". "We are not performing as well as we want", Law said. What can we do? However, the former Lancashire and Australia batsman maintained that West Indies are "fair dinkum about turning this around", and he said that his side have come to Headingley "full of expectations".
  • Dwayne Haskins now No. 2 on Ohio State depth chart

    Dwayne Haskins now No. 2 on Ohio State depth chart

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    Barrett was up for competition during camp. Ranked No. 2 overall in heading into the 2017 college football season, Urban Meyer's Ohio State Buckeyes are loaded with talent. He's considered a pro-style quarterback and has drawn some (optimistic) comparisons to former Clemson Tigers star and recent first-round draft pick Deshaun Watson.
  • Leeds United snap up young Dutch striker Jay-Roy Grot

    Leeds United snap up young Dutch striker Jay-Roy Grot

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    Grot is expected to join Leeds for £1.5 million, with the youngster having produced some encouraging performances in Holland, even though he has only managed to score five goals in 31 league appearances. A strong, quick and creative attacking player, the forward has also impressed whilst representing the Netherlands at Under-17s and Under 19s. But is he ready to step into the void left by Chris Woods' move to Burnley ? "It has been my dream to play in England and so to do that at a club ...
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic rejoins Manchester United, signs one-year contract

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic rejoins Manchester United, signs one-year contract

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    Ibrahimovic missed the final weeks of United's campaign after suffering ligament damage in a Europa League clash against Anderlecht in April. " I have no doubt that he will be important in the second part of the season ", said Jose Mourinho expressing his happiness on the striker's re-arrival.
  • Harry Maguire and Nathaniel Chalobah handed first England call-ups

    Harry Maguire and Nathaniel Chalobah handed first England call-ups

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    Uncapped Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is also in the squad . Southgate has gone for eight forwards , including Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge, while Jermain Defoe also retains his place. "I don't see why you ever shut the door on anything as players". Maguire has made a big impact at the King Power Stadium since his £17million move from Hull in the summer and his displays have persuaded Gareth Southgate to call him into his group.
  • Raiders Pro Bowl LT Donald Penn ends holdout

    Raiders Pro Bowl LT Donald Penn ends holdout

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    Penn was looking for an improved contract but general manager Reggie McKenzie said earlier in training camp that he would not negotiate a new deal with Penn until he arrived at camp. At the time of the deal he signed a year ago, Penn decided against a visit to the New York Giants and later said he wanted to be a Raider and be part of turning around the franchise.
  • It is time Aleksandar Mitrovic staked his claim at Newcastle United

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    The Magpies won the Championship last season under Benitez to return to the top flight at the first attempt, but they have failed to score or pick up a point after back-to-back defeats to Tottenham and Huddersfield . "Playing for Newcastle isn't like playing for other clubs, the pressure and the expectation that comes with it, you've got to be able to handle that to play for Newcastle ".
  • Manchester United target Thomas Lemar given permission to leave AS Monaco

    Manchester United target Thomas Lemar given permission to leave AS Monaco

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    The Gunners have been heavily linked with the 21-year-old during the transfer window, while Premier League rivals Manchester United have also been credited with an interest. "It's dead because Monaco have closed the door and are still on cases like Mbappe and Fabinho", he said . "Personally, I want him to commit to the club and for him to be one of the carriers of our team".
  • Seri agrees Barcelona contract

    Seri agrees Barcelona contract

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    The 26-year-old has also attracted interest from Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool having excelled for the Ligue 1's third placed side last season, but has made clear his preference of a move to Catalonia. It was claimed that the Catalans' coaching staff decided they did not need Seri at the Camp Nou, but according to French outlet Foot Mercato , the real reason was financial.
  • Florida prepares to execute its first inmate in 19 months

    Florida prepares to execute its first inmate in 19 months

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    If the execution takes place, it would mark the first time the state has used this particular combination of drugs in the lethal injection protocol. Florida is expected to use etomidate, an anesthetic approved by the Florida Supreme Court, and two other drugs in the execution.