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Monday, 20 July 2020 07:57
After 16 long and often painful years, fans of Leeds United have had double cause for celebration this weekend with a return to the top-flight of English football confirmed and the wrapping up of the Championship title, the club's first silverware in nearly 30 years. Since it last played in the Premier League, Leeds has tried 15 managers in a bid to restore it to its former glory days, but only the latest, a 64-year-old Argentinian with a reputation for eccentricity, hence his nickname "El Loco" (mad man), has succeeded. Marcelo Bielsa, who counts top coaches Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino among his admirers, is now a revered figure for fans of the northern England side, long a "sleeping giant" while sides across the Pennines in Manchester United and lately Manchester City have dominated the Premier League title race.
Monday, 20 July 2020 07:56
Lewis Hamilton took the F1 championship lead as he won the Hungarian Grand Prix for the eighth time on Sunday, leading from start to finish at one of his favorite circuits. The imperious victory, lapping arch-rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari on the way, was the 86th of his career and puts him firmly on course for a seventh world title at the end of a coronavirus-shortened season. Dutchman Max Verstappen claimed a remarkable second place, recovering his composure after a pre-race accident saw him lose control of his Red Bull on a surface made treacherous by rain and crashing into the barriers.
Monday, 20 July 2020 07:56
Chelsea will play Arsenal in an all-London FA Cup final after beating Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley on Sunday, aided by an error strewn goalkeeping performance from David de Gea. The Spanish international, drafted into the United team in place of Sergio Romero, who has played previous rounds of the cup, endured a nightmare evening in the semifinal. His first mistake came in the 11th minute of first half injury time as he allowed Oliver Giroud's flick to beat him at his near post to put Chelsea 1-0 ahead. Worse was to follow almost immediately at the start of the second as the excellent Mason Mount burst forward and shot from long range, seeing his effort squirm under de Gea's body and into the goal.
Monday, 20 July 2020 07:37
Mike Tyson is kicking off "Shark Week." The legendary boxer will go head-to-head with one of the ocean's top predators in "Tyson Vs. Jaws: Rumble on the Reef," which will also feature famed ring announcer Michael Buffer calling the shots. Tyson and the shark will square off underwater in the name of research, with the Discovery Channel saying in a statement that "no sharks were harmed (or bitten) in the making of this episode."
Monday, 20 July 2020 07:35
You may be right, Billy Joel, it may be crazy to have tossed out that piano. Video of the superstar musician playing a discarded piano on a sidewalk on Long Island, New York, has been making the rounds. A rep for Joel confirmed to CNN it indeed is the Piano Man in the video, but did not offer comment. The 71-year-old performer was captured on what appears to be a cell phone camera, playing a Ragtime-type tune on the piano out near the street.
Monday, 20 July 2020 07:34
The cast of "30 Rock" got back together on Thursday night, but unlike some of the higher-minded reunions mounted during the coronavirus pandemic, the stunt had an overt commercial motivation to it -- serving as an infomercial for all things NBC and its new streaming service, Peacock. Yes, the whole cast appeared -- under the guise of being recruited to do a reboot of the show within the show. But the content basically felt like the kind of promotional video that actors would be enlisted to shoot for an upfront sales presentation for advertisers, which is precisely what this was, just on a national platform. It was occasionally funny -- especially the outtakes at the end, for those who stuck around -- sporadically clever and more than anything, really strange.
Monday, 20 July 2020 04:39
President Donald Trump just offered a telling glimpse into his priorities as the coronavirus lengthens its trail of death and sickness. Not bothering to hide his indifference and contempt for science, the President made clear on Sunday that it's more important to him to be ultimately proven right about the pandemic than to reconsider his disastrous approach that is doing little to stop its deadly spread. Until then, America must endure crammed ICUs in virus-ravaged states, thousands more deaths and the prospect of cities slumping back into economically crippling lockdowns that crush hopes of a return to work and school with normal life as only a memory.
Published in Health
Monday, 20 July 2020 04:15
Braving scorching conditions, a new wave of coronavirus infections and government warnings they could be breaking the law, hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers took part in a primary election for the city's democratic opposition over the weekend. The vote, held 10 days after China imposed a sweeping new security law on the city, was designed to narrow down the number of pro-democracy candidates in September elections to the city's legislature. The opposition camp is hoping to seize a historic majority in the parliament, through careful coordination to avoid splitting the pro-democracy vote, and in making headway in the functional constituencies, seats chosen by business and professional groups which form half of the legislature.
Monday, 20 July 2020 04:14
When the UK announced its U-turn on allowing the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei to play a part in the country's 5G network, it signaled an end to the so-called "golden era" of UK-China relations. To the delight of US President Donald Trump, the UK would seemingly no longer equivocate on its national security in order to balance its relationship with China -- and would instead adopt something closer to a US-style hard line. Oliver Dowden, the UK's secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport, said that the US sanctions imposed on Huawei in May had "significantly changed" the landscape. "Given the uncertainty this creates around Huawei's supply chain, the UK can no longer be confident it will be able to guarantee the security of future Huawei 5G equipment." While the Huawei decision might in practice only be a reversal on one specific issue, it represents a huge symbolic win for British China hawks, who have been uncomfortable with the creep towards greater engagement with Beijing over the past two decades and have recently advocated for a much tougher stance on China, similar to that of the US government.
Monday, 20 July 2020 04:13
India became the third country after the United States and Brazil to report one million coronavirus cases on Friday, according to the country's health ministry. So how did the world's second-most populated country get here? India reported its first case on January 30 -- the patient in the southern Indian state of Kerala had been studying in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the first known case of Covid-19 was recorded last December. For weeks, as coronavirus outbreaks took off in other parts of Asia, India remained relatively unaffected. It wasn't until March 13 that the country reported its first death -- and even then, it had only recorded 73 cases.