Tenniss attention should be on Andreescus exploits, not boardroom coups | Kevin Mitchell

There have been some remarkable results at Indian Wells not least Bianca Andreescus continuing meteoric rise but upsets in the boardroom are less edifying Tennis continues to rock in the Californian desert. At the Indian Wells Open (which would like to be the sports fifth major), the on-court excitement of upsets in both draws had just about wiped out the lingering vapour trail from last weeks @guardian_sport Facebook: like our sport pages Instagram: our favourite football and Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Of course not. It was, as he says, the decision of … himself, Gimelstob and Inglot. As Rick in The Young Ones, used to say: It wasnt me, it was the …

Aubameyang atones from spot to help Arsenal leapfrog Manchester United

Granit Xhaka and a penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal a 2-0 win over Manchester United to go fourth in the Premier League After the the euphoria of Paris Manchester United tasted Premier League defeat for the first time under Ole Gunnar Solskjr. This topsy-turvy season continues to confound and, as the dust settled, the fight for third and fourth places in the top-flight table could not be more tantalisingly poised. Arsenal had been abject in the 3-1 defeat in France on Thursday in the first leg of the Europa League last 16 but they found a way to maintain their imposing form at the Emirates Stadium. It was not a vintage display but one in which they laboured for …

What links fairies and free school meals?

Image caption Scotch barley broth was spooned out at Green Lane Primary by head teacher Jonathan Priestley, father of Bradford writer JB Priestley Bradford is believed to have been the first UK city to offer its poor children free school meals. The first meal, of scotch barley broth and fruit tart, was served to pupils at Green Lane Primary School in Manningham on 28 October 1907. Image caption Prof David Sharpe demonstrating the Bradford sling with BBC Countryfile’s John Craven Prof David Sharpe was a newly-qualified plastic surgeon when a fire broke out at Bradford City’s Valley Parade ground on 11 May 1985, killing 56 people. He treated many of the injured in the immediate aftermath and went on to …

Man and Firmino lead Liverpools 4-2 win over Burnley to keep City in sight

Liverpool kept the gap behind the Premier League leaders, Manchester City, to a point with a 4-2 win against Burnley with two goals each from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Man It would be too simplistic to say Liverpool responded to the test of nerve set by Manchester City. Jrgen Klopps contenders have been doing that since the first day of this enthralling title race. This was a test of nerve, quality and composure set by Burnley, the match officials plus the elements and they delivered on all counts to remind the champions that, as Klopp defiantly put it, nobody gets rid of us. Liverpool remain on Citys shoulder courtesy of an impressive but far from routine home victory over Sean …

BBC investigated over pay discrimination

“We try to be the gold standard of what everyone wants from society – openness, respect and equality. We may not always succeed, but I am confident that we are a decent and fair employer. And, of course, if there’s more we can do, we will.” The EHRC said it “suspects that there has been unlawful pay discrimination by the BBC… in the period prior to the introduction of these recent reforms. “The Commission recognises the BBC’s commitment to reform and its desire to work collaboratively in ensuring that the reforms are fully refined and embedded. Against that background, the Commission wishes to review whether such reforms have fully corrected any potential historic unlawful pay discrimination.” Follow us on Facebook, …

Birmingham City fan who assaulted Jack Grealish is jailed for 14 weeks

Birmingham City fan Paul Mitchell, who assaulted Aston Villas Jack Grealish during Sundays derby match, has been sentenced to 14 weeks in prison Birmingham City fan Paul Mitchell, who and Manchester Uniteds Chris Smalling on Sunday the latest in a long line of incidents this season, including racist abuse and anti-semitic chants as well as fighting among rival fans. Taylor said the attack on Grealish was disgraceful and cowardly and called on the FA to work with the government, police and stewards to help stamp out such incidents. We have seen an increase in such behaviour at clubs this season, he added. Its been racist abuse, its been anti-semitism and now its real fear for the safety of players. Jack …

From the grime MC to the model: five men on what masculinity means to them

Musician D Double E, broadcaster Jon Snow, reality star Jack Fowler and others reveal the influences that shaped them My dads given me everything from my calmness to facial expressions: Double E, 39, musician In my head, Im not masculine because Im not big, and Im not physically strong. But Im powerful as a man in my own way because I know what I want and I know how I want to be. Im a lot like my dad, I dress like my dad, we walk the same, I think hes given me everything from my calmness to facial expressions. He was everything I am, just not an artist. He was famous in the end, had the deepest swagger, 20 …

F1 2019: who and what to look out for in the new season

Charles Leclercs battle with Sebastian Vettel, rookie drivers, a fastest lap bonus and easier overtaking are a recipe for drama in the new Formula One season Fireworks at Ferrari Ferrari protege Charles Leclerc impressive in his rookie season for Sauber last year is cleared to Ferrari had the edge over Mercedes in testing, while Red Bull look stronger with a quick and reliable Honda engine and though F1s big three remain alone up front the gap to the midfield has narrowed. That fight will be tighter than ever. Renault and Haas are strong again but Toro Rosso have made a definitive forward move and Alfa Romeo (ne Sauber) and McLaren are in the mix as well with Racing Point (rebranded …

George Foreman Pays Tribute To Daughter Freeda Following Her Sudden Death At Only 42 – Perez Hilton

UPDATE 9:35 A.M. PST: Early reports are claiming Freeda died of an apparent suicide by hanging. Per TMZ, a spokesperson for the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office revealed the indications of asphyxiation, though the coroner has yet to reveal the official cause of death. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones during this difficult time. ———- The boxing icon took to social media over the weekend to share a heartbreaking memorial in honor of the 42-year-old, who passed away on Saturday. Her father paid tribute to her the following day, writing on Twitter Sunday: Freeda went pro in 2000, following in her famous father’s footsteps with a short but successful boxing career.  George, who was two-time heavyweight champ, was …

US and China must focus on striking a deal for the sake of both economies

Worsening financial data on both sides of the Pacific should bring both sides together on trade In 2010 almost one in five Chinese people lived in poverty. By 2017 that figure had fallen to a little under one in 30, according to the World Bank. Its an astonishing decline in poverty achieved with a mix of authoritarianism, competitive markets and a huge increase in corporate and state borrowing. Trump has accused Beijing of subsidising its exports and artificially depressing its currency to aid that effort. In addition, the US wants Chinese companies to be banned from demanding technology transfers as the price of entering Chinese markets. It is difficult to make a case for currency depreciation when the Peoples Bank …

Will the US women’s soccer team win their battle for equal pay?

The world champions want to be paid the same salary as their male counterparts. Public pressure could help them achieve their aim In an escalation of ongoing disputes over gender discrimination between the US womens national team and US Soccer, the players have now sued their employer. Any hopes that these issues were close to resolution have now been dashed. Who on the USWNT is suing US Soccer and why? A group of 28 players on the US womens national team, essentially the players that constitute the entire current pool, have signed on to a lawsuit accusing their boss, the US Soccer Federation, of gender discrimination. The lawsuit deals with accusations of wage discrimination and the notion that US Soccer …

Real-life snow angels, a one-of-a-kind gym and a baby tapir!

(CNN)Here’s a money-saving tip: If you want to have fun and do some good in the world, lend someone a hand. Most of the time, it’s completely free.If you think about it, kindness is kind of its own renewable energy source, and this week was full of people putting their endless stores of kindness on turbo-max mode. We dare you to read on and not feel newly energized yourself. Our favorites this week

Fifa facing urgent calls to investigate Qatar World Cup bid claims

The MP Damian Collins says an investigation should be launched into claims that Qatar offered Fifa $400m (307m) three weeks before Fifa awarded the desert state the 2022 World Cup Fifa is facing calls to launch an urgent investigation into a secret $100m TV deal offered by Qatars state-run broadcaster al-Jazeera three weeks before the Sunday Times said it had also seen documents showing executives from al-Jazeera had signed a TV contract that included an unprecedented success fee of $100m which would be paid to Fifa only if Qatar won the World Cup ballot in 2010. The documents allegedly state : In the event that the 2022 competition is awarded to the state of Qatar, al-Jazeera shall, in addition to …

Steelers end messy divorce with Antonio Brown and trade receiver to Raiders

The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal on Saturday night to acquire the prolific but disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steeler The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal on Saturday night to acquire Antonio Brown (@AB84) Love at first Sight…… pic.twitter.com/YiuCLq3G9z Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Tennis the loser in feud between Novak Djokovic and Chris Kermode | Kevin Mitchell

The ousting of the ATP chairman, Chris Kermode, will leave a vacuum at the top of tennis at a time when strong leadership is required This is the story of a pointless coup. Engineered by Novak Djokovic and facilitated by a small group in the ATP players council, it has delivered up the head of the association, Chris Kermode, one of the most innovative administrators in sport, leaving tennis in a perilous limbo at the very time it needs strong leadership. There has been animus between the world No 1 and the executive chairman for years, which soured their working relationship to the point of collapse in Indian Wells, California, on Thursday, when three representatives each of the players and …