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Marco Reus and Erling Haaland were on the scoresheet again as Borussia Dortmund eased past Mainz. But the third member of their attacking trio, new big-money signing Donyell Malen, is not yet off the mark in the league.
The Bundesliga returns after an international break with a meeting of the top two at the start of the weekend. Are Leverkusen geunine title contenders, or is it another false dawn? Follow all the live buildup here.
Jude Bellingham has packed more into his career by age 18 than many players do in decades. DW takes a trip back to his home town to find out how the Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder became the player he is.
Ihlas Bebou scored twice for Hoffenheim as they ripped apart Cologne for a much-needed victory on Friday night. Cologne’s five-game unbeaten run came to a grinding halt on a ground where they often struggle.
Freiburg coach Christian Streich says the Saudi Arabian takeover of Newcastle United is "unbelievable". The outspoken coach has been joined by Jürgen Klopp in criticizing a deal that's unthinkable in German football.
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2021 European Championship Latin postponed to 17 July 2021 Dear valued members,Dear Competitors,In light of...
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Dear Dancers, I hear on the grapevine that a ***MEGA ANNOUNCEMENT*** is on its way;...
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Press Release: April 14, 2021 Topic: “Save the Dancers” GoFundMe Campaign UpdateDear Fellow WDC Competitor,We...
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Dear valued member bodies, dear valued presidents, today. I may contact you concerning a very...
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3 July 2021. Balkan Cup 2021. Greece, Porto Cheli.
- John Sheridan
Roses, sharks and diving belts: Paul Gascoigne’s battle to save his career

Former Spurs physio John Sheridan reveals in his new book how he helped after that awful 1991 FA Cup final knee injury

In modern-day football the medical team of Premier League and Championship clubs can be made up of a large number of staff, but back in the late 1980s and early 90s it was a completely different story. Tottenham’s medical staff consisted of Dr Brian Curtin, myself, my assistant, Dave Butler, and a couple of part-time physios to cover youth matches on a Saturday morning. It quickly became apparent that I somehow had to find more time to focus on Paul Gascoigne.

My only option was to get into work earlier, which meant getting up at 6am and after a quick slice of toast and cup of tea I would head to London. Paul would meet me at the training ground at 8am and we would get to work, allowing us to carry out valuable one-to-one rehab before the other players arrived.

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- Tumaini Carayol
Becky Downie’s world championships place a triumph of supreme resilience

The British gymnast suffered tragedy this year along with the disappointment of missing out on the Olympics

Even for the rare competitors who progress seamlessly throughout their careers, gymnastics is an unfathomably difficult sport. It pounds down on muscles and joints, it requires singular focus for success and because there are so few major meetings four years of unbridled discipline can be undone with a misjudgment by a millimetre or less.

Over the past 15 years, even by the standards of most gymnasts, Becky Downie has not had it easy. Since her debut in 2006, when she started as an all-around gymnast, she has established herself as one of the best uneven bars performers.

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- Tumaini Carayol
Cameron Norrie sweeps Grigor Dimitrov aside to reach Indian Wells final
Briton beats Bulgarian in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 in last fourNorrie will face Nikoloz Basilashvili in final on Sunday

For the first time in the history of the ATP, all semi-finalists in a Masters 1000 tournament were ranked outside the top 25 as the final four men’s players took to Stadium Court at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday. Of the four players, Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie was the highest ranked, an outcome that nobody could have possibly predicted at the beginning of the year.

Such a rare opportunity can often lead to crippling nerves but Norrie once again embraced the scale of the moment and continued to play with the freedom and conviction that has underlined his performances at Indian Wells and for much of this year. In doing so, Norrie thoroughly outplayed Grigor Dimitrov, the 23rd seed, 6-2, 6-4 to reach his first career Masters 1000 final, and will meet Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in Sunday’s decider.

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- Jonathan Wilson at the King Power Stadium
Solskjær cannot continue to survive on goodwill and fond memories | Jonathan Wilson

Not for the first time this season, Manchester United’s tactical shortcomings were ruthlessly exposed by Leicester

It was an afternoon to stir the soul, a thrilling game of three outstanding goals and a Leicester performance that suggested their injury problems may be behind them and their season may be about to begin.

Even in the context of recent successes, this was a game that will take an exalted place in the collective memory of the King Power. But beyond that excitement, this was another glum day for Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjær. How long can this drift be allowed to go on? How long can nostalgia insulate against the recognition of mediocrity? How long can the same problems be allowed to keep recurring?

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- Paul MacInnes
Newcastle’s big day finally arrives with tough decisions ahead

‘Change does not always happen overnight,’ say new owners. But do they have a plan to navigate the immediate future?

Eight days after getting their club back, it was the statement the Toon Army did not want to see. A post on Newcastle United’s website on Friday afternoon announced a landmark event: Steve Bruce’s 1,000th game in football management.

Bruce, the Newcastle manager and symbol for so many supporters of the worst lows of the Mike Ashley era, was to stay in his job for at least one more match, Sunday’s Premier League face‑off with Spurs. This was not what fans had been hoping for. Indeed, it was not what they had been led to expect.

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The Brit Award-nominee discusses the making of her soul-searching debut album, Skin.
Finished Squid Game? Here's a quick lowdown on other K-dramas for new converts.
As well as his TV career, Alan Hawkshaw was in the Shadows and toured with the Rolling Stones.
Bloodstock's director tweeted she would be "binning" emails where people put their preferred pronouns.
The rock star tops the UK singles chart with Cold Heart, with the help of collaborator Dua Lipa.
Dad's Not So Crazy: Inside Eminem and Hailie Jade Mathers' Private Father-Daughter Bond
Eminem, Hailie Jade Eminem shared in his 2002 hit "Cleanin' Out My Closet" that daughter "Hailie's gettin' so big now, you should see her, she's beautiful." "But," he...
Wait, These Stars Are Related?!
Lily Collins, Phil CollinsWhere were you when you realized Elizabeth Olsen was the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen? As noted OTCU (Olsen Twins Cinematic Universe) historians, we've known that fact...
Elvira Pulls Back the Curtain on Her Beloved Halloween Persona, 40 Years Later
Elvira, Cassandra Peterson, 1990The Mistress of the Dark is making all our undead dreams come true. Cassandra Peterson a.k.a. Elvira has been making audiences swoon, laugh and shiver in fear for over 40 years as a...
Nicola Peltz and Brooklyn Beckham Share Touching Tributes as They Mourn the Loss of Their Dog
Brooklyn Beckham, Nicola PeltzNicola Peltz and Brooklyn Beckham are expressing their heartache after losing their beloved dog, Frankie. The engaged couple took to Instagram on Friday, Oct. 15 to share the sad news...
Director Patty Jenkins Shares Exciting Update About Wonder Woman 3
Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman, Lynda CarterWonder Woman 3 is indeed a go and will star not one but two familiar faces. In December, Warner Bros. Pictures announced that it will "fast-track development on the third...
Drake Says Sweetest Thing About His Friendship With Adele
He showed support for the singer’s new single.
Vanessa Bryant Asked To Take Psychiatric Exam In Lawsuit
The request comes from the defendant, L.A. County.
Ally, DC Comics Launch Initiative To Support Diverse Writers
The partnership is also with WarnerMedia.
Erykah Badu Honors George Floyd On His 48th Birthday
She joined his family for a peaceful moment.
Lil Durk: Find Out Why He Is Going Back To School
The Chicago rapper is approaching an important milestone.
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I’m sad at work and don’t know what to do with my life

You’ve been working hard to tick the expected boxes, maybe it’s time to find and tick you own

The question I am 37, have a lovely husband and a wonderful child, and a job in the creative industries. The problem is that I haven’t been happy in my career for a long time and have felt very stuck, and every now and again I end up crying because I just don’t know what to do with my life. I was an over-achiever at school (worked hard, got the grades, went to a good university), but am now in a role where there is little progression and I’m not sure I even want to stay in this career.

I am realising that I have spent so much time trying to do what is expected of me that I have absolutely no idea what it is that I want to do. I also cringe at how much I put up with in my 20s. I chased men I knew deep down I didn’t really like and took on all kinds of extra tasks at work with the promise that it would look good on the CV, but got few promotions.

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- Eva Wiseman
The dark side of wellness: the overlap between spiritual thinking and far-right conspiracies
Extreme right-wing views and the wellness community are not an obvious pairing, but ‘conspirituality’ is increasingly pervasive. How did it all become so toxic?

It was the afternoon of 4 July 2020, and Melissa Rein Lively’s video was about to go viral. A PR executive in Arizona, she already had the appearance of a person for whom a viral video was part of the plan, but with the super-groomed blondeness better suited to a branded beauty tutorial than a clip of face masks being torn from their racks. “Finally we meet the end of the road. This shit is over, we don’t want any of this any more!” she screams, holding the phone camera in one hand and tossing face masks with the other, in a video that swiftly became known as QAnon Karen. When two employees at the Scottsdale branch of Target confront her, she continues, “Why? I can’t do it cause I’m a blonde white woman? Wearing a fucking $40,000 Rolex? I don’t have the right to fuck shit up?”

Rein Lively had always thought of herself as a spiritual person. Her interests were grounded in “wellness, natural health, organic food”, she lists for me today from her home in Arizona, “yoga, ayurvedic healing, meditation, etc.” When the pandemic hit she started spending more time online, on wellness sites that offered affirmations, recipes and, on health, the repeated message to “Do your research.” She’d click on a video of foods that boost immunity and she’d see a clip about the dangers of vaccines. “A significant number of influencers previously focused on wellness and spirituality,” she noticed, “seemed to become dominated with what we now understand to be QAnon content.” QAnon is the conspiracy theory that Donald Trump is fighting a deep-state cabal of Satanic paedophiles. It originated on far-right message boards before entering online wellness communities, where it found a largely female following, who continue to share phrases like “Save the Children”. The phrase was first used by QAnon believers spreading the false claim that Hillary Clinton abused children and drank their blood. Today that phrase is seen on social media posts by yoga teachers and wellness influencers speaking out against human trafficking.

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- Karen Edwards
Eight of the most beautiful national parks in Germany – from Bavaria to the Baltic

With its sprawling forests, spectacular mountain scenery, winding valleys and white-sand beaches, Germany contains some of Europe’s most stunning natural environments

Germany may be famous for its wealth of history and culture, but it also houses some of Europe’s most wild and diverse landscapes. Dotted around the country are scores of national parks, conservation zones and nature reserves – each an example of mesmerising natural beauty, and helping to preserve the continent’s most revered environments. Whether hiking, skiing, wildlife-watching or simply sitting quietly on a veranda with a glass of wine – there is a place for everyone …

Jasmund national parkLocated on the west coast of the offshore island of Rügen, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, this Unesco-protected site is the smallest of Germany’s national parks. Powdery-white chalk cliffs tower into cobalt skies while ancient beech forests, dating back 700 years, carpet the Stubnitz plateau – which is just a day trip from the city of Stralsund. It is here that painter Caspar David Friedrich found himself inspired to create one of his masterpieces, Chalk Cliffs on Rügen, in 1818. Light walking tracks coil through beds of lady’s slipper orchids, while longer trails can take you all the way to the Rügen coastline, where white-sand beaches and azure waters await.

Jasmund national park’s chalky white cliffs and Unesco-protected beech forests. Photographs: Günther Bayerl/Lookphotos, Francesco Carovillano

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- Michael Segalov
Sunday with Felicity Kendal: ‘If I don’t stay active, I’ll fossilise’

When not so busy, the actor likes to spend time with the family

Sunday morning… Isn’t currently the weekend for me, I’ve got a performance of Anything Goes at 2.30pm. I’m not asleep until past midnight after Saturday night’s show and I wake up at 8am exhausted and drink coffee. At noon a car comes to collect me.

Do you enjoy it? I can’t unwind if I’ve worked, especially in a show full of cheering and music. I’ve more adrenaline by the end than I do at the start – it’s a problem with working weekends. But there’s something special about a cheeky Sunday matinée. But I miss family time, so it’s a mixed blessing.

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- Séamas O’Reilly
It’s the anniversary of my mum’s death – and I’m thinking about space rocks and shell suits
There’ll be more laughs than tears today… as long as you discount tantrums from the three-year-old

My mother died 30 years ago today. Sometimes I think that number itself shouldn’t mean as much as it does. Days, weeks and years make sense as a way of cohering the sprawling mass of time into something more manageable and I’m happy we have them, otherwise when would I know to put the bins out?

I suppose, at the risk of sounding like someone trying to explain why they’ve forgotten their wife’s birthday, there is something arbitrary about anniversaries. To take the love you have for someone, everything they mean to you, and attach that sum total to the implacable movements of giant space rocks, celebrating their connection to you by tallying each indifferent orbit of one planet round an insignificant star.

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- Andrew Dalton
Strike dodged with deal between film and TV crews, studios

LOS ANGELES (AP) – An 11th-hour deal was reached Saturday, averting a strike of film and television crews that would have seen some 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers walk off their jobs and would have frozen productions in Hollywood and across the U.S.

After days of marathon negotiations, representatives from the International ...

Judge refuses to dismiss Jussie Smollett criminal case

CHICAGO — A judge on Friday denied a last-ditch effort to dismiss a criminal case against actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of lying to police when he reported that he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago in January 2019.

An attorney for the former ...

Cambridge college to return looted bronze statue to Nigeria

LONDON (AP) — A Cambridge University college said Friday that it would return a looted bronze cockerel to Nigeria later this month, making it the first U.K. institution to hand back one of the artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes.

Jesus College announced in 2019 that it would return the ...

- Joseph Szadkowski
'The Green Knight' 4K Ultra HD movie review

Director David Lowery's critically acclaimed cinematic adaptation of a classic 14th-century tale looks to mesmerize an ultra-high definition home theater audience in The Green Knight (Lionsgate Home Entertainment, rated R, 2.39:1 aspect ratio, 125 minutes, $42.99)

Specifically, with the finest of homages applied to the Arthurian chivalric romance "Sir Gawain and ...

- Maryclaire Dale
Lili Bernard sues Bill Cosby over 1990 hotel encounter

PHILADELPHIA — A prominent Bill Cosby accuser filed suit Thursday against the actor over a 1990 hotel room encounter in Atlantic City, New Jersey, before the state's two-year window to file older sexual assault claims expires.

Los Angeles artist Lili Bernard told The Associated Press she was prompted in part ...

Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s three-TD performance lifts UCLA to 24-17 win over Washington
Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns while adding 87 yards and a rushing touchdown on the ground, helping his UCLA Bruins top the Washington Huskies 24-17.
Austin Riley crushes a solo-home run to bring Braves to tie with Dodgers, 2-2
Austin Riley launched a solo-home run that just went inside of the foul pole to bring the Atlanta Braves to a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-2.
Chris Taylor’s blunder leads to Austin Riley’s walk-off single as Braves beat Dodgers 3-2
After a base running blunder by Chris Taylor in the top of the ninth, Austin Riley hit a walk-off single to seal the Atlanta Braves' 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Greg Dulcich hauls in nine-yard TD to put UCLA up 24-17 on Washington
Dorian Thompson-Robinson found Greg Dulcich for a nine-yard touchdown, giving the UCLA Bruins a 24-17 lead over the Washington Huskies with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Boise State ties game with Air Force 14-14 behind 11-yard touchdown run by Andrew Van Buren
RB Andrew Van Buren rushed 11-yards into the end zone to help the Boise State Broncos tie it up against the Air Force Falcons, 14-14.