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A photo finish decided the men's 100-meter freestyle final as Dressel picked up his second gold in Tokyo. Germany picked up a medal in rowing, and extreme heat forced changes in tennis. Follow the latest on DW.
Judoka Tohar Butbul finished seventh at the Tokyo Olympics, but his sporting achievement has been overshadowed after Sudan's Mohamed Abdalrasool became the second athlete to withdraw from a bout against the Israeli.
Germany cycling official Patrick Moster has come under fire after shouting out racist remarks during the men's road time trial at the Tokyo Olympics. He apologized after television cameras picked up his comments.
The American gymnast will not defend her Olympic crown in the individual all-around, withdrawing from the competition for mental health reasons. Whether Biles will compete in Tokyo remains unclear.
Iranian Saeid Mollaei just wants to be a judoka and an athlete. He’s had to fight a long time for that status and in Tokyo rewarded himself with a silver medal. His story begins and ends in the Budokan.
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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.
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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: tennis, rugby sevens, gymnastics and more – live!
Games schedule | Results | Medal table | Full coverageAustralia’s Fox wins canoe slalom with silver for FranklinSign up for the Guardian’s daily Olympic briefingEmail Daniel, tweet @unitedrewind or comment BTL

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Rugby sevens: GB are all over NZ, and Jones goes over for Aitchison to convert ... and as I type that, Joyce screeches through a gap, under the posts, and what a start this is! Aitchison sticks the kick beteween the posts, and the highly-fancied Black Ferns trail 21-0!

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Anyone else see the words 'Olympic Breakfast' and think of the Little Chef?

Those unfamiliar, click here.

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- Andy Bull at Sea Forest Waterway
No fairytale finish for Helen Glover after the mother of all comebacks
The 35-year-old and Polly Swann finish fourth in women’s pairTwo-time gold medallist Glover only made comeback in January

Usain Bolt redefined what is possible by running the 100m in 9.69 seconds, Nadia Comaneci did it by scoring perfect 10s, Michael Phelps by winning eight gold medals at one Olympic Games. And at the Sea Forest Waterway on Thursday morning, British rower Helen Glover did it by finishing fourth in the women’s pair with her partner, Polly Swann.

Fourth is the worst place to be, the one position no one wants and it would be a lie to say Glover, who won gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016, dreamed of being there this time around. It was not the fairytale finish. But then this was not a fairytale story.

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- Sean Ingle in Tokyo
Olympic athletes fear domino effect as pole vaulters test positive for Covid
Sam Kendricks and Germán Chiaraviglio out of GamesAustralia had confined entire track and field team to their rooms

Two track and field pole vault stars, including the US world champion Sam Kendricks, have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Olympic Village, raising concerns of a potential domino effect among athletes.

Kendricks’ father, Scott, broke the news on his Instagram page that his son had become the most high-profile star to test positive in the village. Shortly afterwards another pole vaulter, the Argentinian Germán Chiaraviglio, has revealed he was also out of the Games following a positive test.

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- Robert Kitson in Cape Town
Conor Murray: ‘South Africa’s Twitter gameplan is a funny, weird subplot | Robert Kitson

The Lions scrum-half played for Rassie Erasmus at Munster and knows about the ‘good cop, bad cop’ routine with Jacques Nienaber

It is the snakes-and-ladders element of every British & Irish Lions tour that is so endlessly fascinating. For Conor Murray the highs and lows have been unusually stark, from being named tour captain to Covid isolation to not starting the first Test. Now he is back in the box seat, seeking to outwit the two former Munster coaches in charge of South Africa.

Related: Rassie Erasmus hits back at Lions for compromising ‘integrity of the game’

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Rugby League World Cup ‘50-50’ to take place with decision expected in days
Organisers not expecting Australia or New Zealand to take partDutton: ‘At some point next week we will have a clear outcome’

The chief executive of the Rugby League World Cup, Jon Dutton, has described the chances of the tournament taking place as planned this autumn as “50-50”, but has strenuously denied accusations from Australia and New Zealand that the safety of their players would be compromised if they travelled to the UK for the event.

The Kangaroos and Kiwis pulled out of the World Cup last week, citing player welfare concerns relating to Covid-19 as their primary reason for withdrawal. Talks have taken place for the past seven days to ascertain the possibility of going ahead without the two leading sides in international rugby league, with more to follow over the weekend.

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The US actor is still in hospital after being rushed there from the set of Better Call Saul.
For years the singer stayed in the shadows but after Grammy and Oscar wins she's ready to be seen.
Dusty Hill played bass for the iconic US blues rock band for more than five decades.
A sculpture thought to be by Henry Moore was more likely made by a local artist, a BBC show reveals.
US public broadcaster PBS confirmed the final episode will air in winter 2022.
Kourtney Kardashian Proves Love Makes Her Literally Glow in Blindingly Bright Thong Bikini
Kourtney KardashianKourtney Kardashian's love life is shining brightly, and apparently, so is her swimwear. The 42-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum shared a carousel of nighttime pics to...
Candace Cameron Bure Apologizes After Fans Criticize Her Video as "Seductive" and "Weird"
Candace Cameron Bure, 2018 iHeartCountry FestivalCandace Cameron Bure is offering a rare apology on social media after her recent post was not received the way she expected. The 45-year-old Fuller House alum took to her Instagram Story...
The Epic Story of Princess Diana's Wedding Dress: 3 Months, 25 Feet of Train and a Major Fashion Legacy
Princess Diana, Wedding Dress"Hello, it's me." So was the greeting that couturier David Emanuel heard on the line on the day his life changed forever. "Hello, me," he replied, as always, when he...
David Beckham's Son Romeo Is His Mini-Me With Matching Bleach Blonde Hairstyles
Romeo Beckham, David BeckhamDavid Beckham's fans are getting a kick out of how much he looks like son Romeo Beckham in their latest photo. On Wednesday, July 28, Romeo posted a pic to Instagram of himself...
Meet the Olympic Gold Medalist Who Joined the Women's 3x3 Basketball Team Just 11 Days Ago
Jacquelyn Young, 2020 Tokyo OlympicsFor many athletes, an Olympic gold medal is the culmination of a lifetime spent focused on achieving nothing else. But Jackie Young, who recently won gold at the 2020 Tokyo Games, didn't start...
Simone Biles Stands In Full Agreement With Naomi Osaka
The two stellar athletes share a common bond.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games: How Black Excellence Is
Biles not in individuals, USA Basketball tops Iran.
6 Times Jordyn Woods Wowed The Internet
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Away from it all: island hopping around Finland’s Turku archipelago

With Finland now open to vaccinated travellers, the 20,000 pristine islands off its south-west coast make for an appealing post-pandemic tour

Finland has dealt with the pandemic much better than a lot of other countries. It still has one of the lowest rates of both confirmed cases (about 103,851 at time of writing) and coronavirus-related deaths (currently 982) in Europe, a feat many have attributed to a strategy of rapid lockdowns and stringent travel restrictions.

It did all this in typical Finnish style: without shouting about it. Perhaps this quiet demeanour is related to the country’s deep connection with the natural world, where shouting usually isn’t necessary. More than 90% of Finland is either forest or water, and the country’s jokamiehenoikeus (right to roam) gives anyone living in or visiting Finland access to all that nature, including a lot of privately owned land.

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The truth about fast fashion: can you tell how ethical your clothing is by its price?

To find out the true production cost of a garment is a tortuous process. Here is what you need to know to buy clothes with a clear conscience

What is the true cost of a Zara hoodie? In April 2019, David Hachfeld of the Swiss NGO Public Eye, along with a team of researchers and the Clean Clothes Campaign, attempted to find out. They chose to analyse a black, oversized top from Zara’s flagship Join Life sustainability line, which was printed with lyrics made famous by Aretha Franklin: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T: find out what it means to me”. It was an apt choice, because the idea was to work out whether any respect had been paid to the workers involved in the garment’s production, and how much of the hoodie’s average retail price, €26.66 (£22.70), went into their pockets.

This was no simple assignment. It took several people six months, involved badgering Zara’s parent company, Inditex, over email, slowly getting limited information in return, and interviewing dozens of sources on the ground in Izmir, Turkey, where the garment was made. The researchers analysed financial results and trading data, and consulted with experts in pricing and production. It was, Hachfeld says on the phone, with dry understatement, “quite a huge project”.

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- Rosie Mullender
‘We thought this was our forever home. We were wrong’: the joy of downsizing in later life

When Pauline and Alan Cathcart designed their family home, they assumed they would be staying there for good. But once their children had flown the nest, it was time to think about finding somewhere more manageable

Homes don’t come much more idyllic than the one designed by Pauline Cathcart, for her family in Cheshire. Spread across almost 465 sq m (5,000 sq ft), it featured a spacious living room, five bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a large garden.

“My brother-in-law and I designed the whole house, choosing everything from the bricks and mortar to the design of the windows,” says Pauline.

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- Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Mental health memes are everywhere – can they offer more than comic relief?

Relatable jokes about trauma can help people feel less alone, but questions remain over how therapeutic they can truly be

When, more than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, I turned to the internet to learn more about my condition.

Back then, the effects of trauma weren’t exactly unknown, but they weren’t making headlines, either. Most of the information I found was on psychology websites, but it wasn’t until I went to the doctor and received my diagnosis that I fully understood what was happening to me. Public awareness of the condition was low – or at least, it wasn’t something that people spoke openly about. I felt very alone.

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A moment that changed me: my mother died – and I became my brother’s legal guardian

I had told my mum that I would look after Declan after her death. But standing in an airport car park, the ramifications began to rush through my head

It was in Stansted airport’s Pink Elephant car park that I realised all the adults were going home. It was early January 2007 and we had just returned from Mum’s funeral in Derry. I watched as uncles and aunts ambled over to their cars, and there the three of us were left: me, 25, my girlfriend, Jade, 26, and my little brother, Declan, who had just turned 16. I was now his legal guardian.

This moment shouldn’t have been a surprise. Mum had been ill, on and off, for eight years and, in her last 12 months, had made plans for what would happen if she didn’t make it. It was a no-brainer when she asked: “What about Declan?” “I’ll look after him,” I instantly replied.

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ZZ Top: Bearded bassist Dusty Hill dies in his sleep at 72

HOUSTON (AP) – ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, one of the Texas blues rock trio’s bearded figures, died at his Houston home, the band announced Wednesday. He was 72.

In their Facebook post, guitarist Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard said Hill died in his sleep. They didn't give a ...

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Bob Odenkirk collapses on 'Better Call Saul' set

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk collapsed on the show's New Mexico set on Tuesday and had to be hospitalized.

Crew members called an ambulance that took the 58-year-old actor to a hospital, where he remained Tuesday night, a person close to Odenkirk who was not ...

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Geraldo Rivera: 'If you are unvaccinated ... you are an arrogant, selfish SOB'

Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera got nasty and vulgar with vaccine resisters in an appearance Tuesday on one of the network’s shows.

Mr. Rivera told the co-hosts on “The Five” that people who don’t take the COVID-19 vaccination have an obligation to be tested “every week” and should be socially ...

Rylee Goodrich shot dead during 'The Forever Purge' at California theater

CORONA, Calif. — Authorities on Tuesday were investigating a shooting that killed an 18-year-old woman and seriously wounded a 19-year-old man as they watched “The Forever Purge" at a Southern California movie theater.

The shooting around 11:45 p.m. Monday killed Rylee Goodrich of Corona at The Crossings mall, southeast of ...

Santana, LL Cool J, Manilow join Central Park concert lineup

NEW YORK (AP) – Carlos Santana, LL Cool J and Barry Manilow are among the performers who will join previously announced headliners Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Jennifer Hudson at next month's Central Park concert to celebrate New York City's recovery from COVID-19, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.

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Shohei Ohtani’s 37th homer of the season leads Angels past Rockies, 8-7
Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani hit his 20th homer in his last 33 games, running his league-leading season total to 37 as L.A. topped the Colorado Rockies, 8-7.
Walker Buehler fans eight in seven scoreless innings, Dodgers blank Giants, 8-0
The Los Angeles Dodgers dominated the San Francisco Giants, 8-0. Walker Buehler twirled a gem striking out eight over seven scoreless innings. Cody Bellinger hit his fourth home run of the season.
Minnesota United steals a point from LAFC with an extra-time goal to force 2-2 draw
Minnesota United stunned the Los Angeles Football Club in extra time to draw, 2-2, and steal a point. Hassani Dotson scored in the 94th minute to tie the game.
Royals walk-off White Sox on RBI single by Michael Taylor, 3-2
The Kansas City Royals Michael Taylor hit a single in the bottom of the tenth inning that scored Hunter Dozier from second. Royals beat White Sox, 3-2.
Mark Titus on Olympic volleyball, ‘the whole sport is trying to dunk on each other for two hours’
Mark Titus tells Charlotte Wilder about his new love of Olympic volleyball, his favorite player, and the coolest announcers at the Summer Games.