Modern football kits are stretching credibility they’re not worth the ballyhoo | Simon Burnton

Gone are the days when it was enough for a new strip to look good. Designers are obsessed with spinning a complex yarn In 1976 the groundbreaking choreographer Peter Darrell debuted Mary Queen of Scots, an attempt to tell the story of the doomed monarch entirely through the medium of dance. Darrells ballet is historically pretty accurate, James Kennedy wrote in his review for the Guardian. The events, as here transmuted into classical dance, did (more or less) happen. Why did Darrell and his lively company do it? Well, you can have marvellous historical plays and poignant, if imperfect, historical operas, so why not a successful historical ballet? Forty-three years have now passed since Darrells ballet opened to the public, …

Transfer deadline day: Whatsapp messages, spinning plates and a ‘Catch-22’

(CNN)It’s the day the dollars are splashed, headlines are made nerves are frayed, and football fans flock to their club’s stadium to surround television reporters in the desperate bid to catch a glimpse of a new superstar signing. As the clock ticked down on Thursday the likes of Juventus star Paulo Dybala and Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho are both being linked with a move to Tottenham, while Christian Eriksen is reportedly seeking a transfer away from the north London club with Spain his favored destination. Then there’s Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, reportedly destined for a new adventure with Italian giant Inter Milan. And don’t forget Brazilian superstar Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain and Gareth Bale at Real Madrid whose futures remain …

The NFL’s plan for an 18-game season: when ego and greed collide

The league expects to make $25bn a year by 2027. And its plans to get there show little regard for players, fans or broadcasters Even in the deeply cynical world of pro football, the NFLs latest plot to expand to an 18-game schedule rings as a blatant cash grab at the expense of its fans, broadcast partners and the health of its players. The recent proposal is as brazen as it is foolish. In short: the league has pitched an idea to host an 18-game season but limit the number of individual games each player can play to 16. Yes. You read that right. The league wants to hold a competitive, multi-billion-dollar competition that would see its best, most marketable …

Athleisure, barre and kale: the tyranny of the ideal woman

How we became suckers for the hard labor of self-optimization. By Jia Tolentino The ideal woman has always been generic. I bet you can picture the version of her that runs the show today. Shes of indeterminate age but resolutely youthful presentation. Shes got glossy hair and the clean, shameless expression of a person who believes she was made to be looked at. She is often luxuriating when you see her on remote beaches, under stars in the desert, across a carefully styled table, surrounded by beautiful possessions or photogenic friends. Showcasing herself at leisure is either the bulk of her work or an essential part of it; in this, she is not so unusual for many people today, especially …

10 Things You Should Never Say To Your Pregnant Friends Betches

So, your friend is totes preggers. It’s kind of the end of an era. No more carefree blackouts and one-nighters. More diapers, less mascara, and basically zero free time. Regardless of how your bestie is doing while a human tapeworm essentially hijacks her body, there are some things you just don’t ask or say once she tells you the news. It’s 2019 and I shouldn’t have to list these out, but being almost five months pregnant myself, I’ve found that people really, truly, have no sense of decorum when they see a baby on board. I’ve been taken aback multiple times at the things people have said and, for the record, I am not easily offended (hence why I write …

No-deal poses ‘big unanswered questions’ for music

Classical musicians agree no-deal could mean uncertainty over work permits, delays at European borders and complications with moving instruments across the continent. “The nice and simple crossing at Calais, with 100 musicians and no obstacles,” could instantly become a thing of the past by Halloween, says Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras. Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark “We’ve got orchestras that are going on tour in November who do not know what the work permit restrictions and extra costs are going to be in, say, France or Germany. In terms of their preparation, there are some very big unanswered questions.” Even if work permits are granted, he believes European concert halls may look elsewhere as “there’s only …

A Belgian cyclist dies after crashing in the Tour de Poland

(CNN)Tragedy struck the Tour de Poland on Monday, when cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht died after a crash. Lambrecht went pro in 2018 when he joined Lotto-Soudal and was considered up and coming talent in the cycling world. The Tour de Poland is a seven-day race that usually covers between 600 and 700 miles. It’s part of the men’s World Tour for cycling, which also includes the Tour de France. Original Article : HERE ;

Manchester United agree 80m deal to buy Harry Maguire from Leicester

Manchester United have agreed an 80m deal to buy Harry Maguire from Leicester City, making the England international the worlds most expensive defender Manchester United have agreed an 80m deal to buy Harry Maguire from Leicester City, making the England international the worlds most expensive defender. Leicester wanted more for Maguire than the 75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk and the transfer will go through subject to a medical. Maguire had also been a target for Manchester City, who were understood to be his preferred destination, but the Premier League champions were Original Article : HERE ;

Miami Marlins apologise for blaming rival Rays for death of Steve Irwin

The Miami Marlins have said sorry after their official Twitter account blamed their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the death of TV presenter Steve Irwin The Miami Marlins have said sorry after their official Twitter account blamed their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the death of TV presenter Steve Irwin. Floridas two Major League Baseball teams have just finished a two-game series, which was swept by the Rays. The teams Twitter accounts had been engaged in a back-and-forth during the series, until the Marlins decided to change the subject from baseball to Australian conservationists. yOURE LITERALLY THE ANIMAL THAT KILLED STEVE IRWIN LOG OFF, read a statement on the Marlins Twitter account on Sunday. Irwin was …

Houston Astros acquire Zack Greinke in stunning deadline pitching grab

Houston reportedly acquired Greinke from the Diamondbacks, the second last-minute pitching pickup that shifts the Astros to the favorites to win the AL Zack Greinke held the New York Yankees to two runs on two hits over five innings on Wednesday, and that was the good news for the Bronx Bombers when it comes to the veteran pitcher. In the closing minutes of the 4 pm ET trade deadline, the Houston Astros reportedly acquired Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the second last-minute pitching pickup that shifts the Astros to the favorites to win the American League over the Yankees. The Athletics Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the Greinke deal. Whats more, the New York Posts Joel Sherman reported …

Dillian Whyte provisionally suspended by WBC over drugs test findings

The heavyweights test returned an adverse finding before his win over scar Rivas and could face a lengthy suspension Dillian Whyte has been provisionally suspended by the World Boxing Council pending an investigation into an adverse finding in a drugs test that took place before his July 26, 2019 Last week Whyte Original Article : HERE ;

Yorkshire bridge collapse threatens world road cycling championships route

A Yorkshire road, which featured in the Grand Dpart of the 2014 Tour de France, is impassable after Grinton Moor Bridge collapsed because of floodwaters Organisers of the Road World Championships in Yorkshire seem certain to be forced to change the route of the mens elite race after a bridge was Grand Dpart in 2014, and the route of the elite mens road race was designed to echo that. Starting in Leeds, the route takes in both the Buttertubs climb near Hawes and Grinton Moor before looping back south to the finishing circuit in Harrogate. The elite mens road race, Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors picks.

Andy Murray and brother Jamie advance to quarter-finals at Citi Open

Andy Murray and brother Jamie battled past French pair Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin at the Citi Open in Washington Andy Murray and brother Jamie battled past French pair Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin at the Citi Open in Washington. The former world No 1 has so far been restricted to doubles action since returning to the game following his hip resurfacing operation in January, and played in the mixed event alongside Serena Williams at Wimbledon. Murray, who has

Cocaine worth 1bn seized in Germany’s biggest haul

Hamburg customs find 4.5 tonnes in container from Uruguay, bound for Antwerp German authorities say they have seized 4.5 tonnes of cocaine, worth 1bn ($1.11 bn), in the northern port city of Hamburg, making it the countrys biggest haul to date. Hamburgs customs office said it had examined a suspicious shipping container two weeks ago that came from the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, bound for the Belgian city of Antwerp. The containers description said it was loaded with soybeans but authorities instead found 221 black sport bags containing 4,200 packets of pressed cocaine, the office said in a statement. This enormous amount represents the largest single seizure of cocaine in Germany, it said, adding the Hamburg prosecutors office was investigating the …

Derby hold talks over potential player-coach role for Wayne Rooney

Derby County have held talks with Wayne Rooneys agent over a potential player-coach role for the former England captain Derby County have held talks with the former England captain Wayne Rooney over a potential player-coach role. The 33-year-old still has more than two seasons left on his DC United contract but Derbys owner, Mel Morris, believes Rooney could inspire a squad which went so close to promotion under Frank Lampard last season. Lampards move to Chelsea. Initial talks between Derby and Rooneys agent, Paul Stretford, have taken place and Morris is expecting more discussions in the near future. The former Everton and Manchester United striker, who is Englands all-time record scorer with 53 goals in 120 appearances for his country, …

MotoGP: Ducati mind games forge unusual bond

(CNN)Back in June, on a sweltering Sunday at Italy’s majestic Mugello circuit, Danilo Petrucci fired his Ducati across the line for his maiden MotoGP victory. READ: MotoE takes to the circuit just months after fire destroyed everything No greater prize For any MotoGP rider, let alone an Italian, there is simply no greater prize than a win on a Ducati at Mugello. This is the two-wheeled equivalent of a Ferrari victory at Monaco. As Fratelli d’Italia belted out over the podium ceremony, Petrucci dissolved into tears of joy and disbelief. But his triumph also has a fascinating backstory. At the post-race press conference, his voice choking with emotion, Petrucci dedicated the win to his teammate and fellow Italian, Andrea Dovizioso. …