Sportsman who bit head off live chicken faces legal action

Brigitte Bardot foundation says video of Basque pelota player Bixente Larralde is sickening Animal rights campaigners say they will sue a sporting champion for animal cruelty after he was filmed biting the head off a live cockerel during a dinner with friends. The Brigitte Bardot foundation said the actions of the Basque pelota player Bixente Larralde were shocking and sickening. In the brief video apparently made in June, a smiling Larralde is seen sitting at a table with several wine bottles and a cockerel. Larralde grabs the bird and, as it struggles, bites off its head, which he then spits out. Daniel Raposo from the BB foundation said the organisations lawyers had been instructed to sue. We must absolutely highlight …

Blood, rain and cheers: Tour de France 2019 in pictures

With 21 stages of racing for 176 riders from 22 teams over a distance of 3,480km this years Tour comes to an end in Paris, so here are some of our favourite images from the last three weeks The Divider Weather hazards Two of the 21 stages in the race were time-trials stage two was a team time-trial, and stage 13 was an individual time trial where the riders raced against the clock rather than each other. For this reason, it is often called the race of truth as winning depends only on each riders strength and endurance. The Tour would be a duller and quieter spectacle if it didnt attract the thousands of fans who gather along the route …

Amandine Henry edges France past Brazil and into quarter-final

France captain Amandine Henry scored an extra-time winner against Brazil to seal a quarter-final place for the Womens World Cup hosts Captain Amandine Henry steered hosts France into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with the extra-time winner against Brazil. After Thaisa had cancelled out Valrie Gauvins 52nd-minute opener just after the hour mark, Henry settled a tense tie at Stade Ocane in Le Havre in the first minute of the second period of extra time. The Lyon midfielder stole in front of covering defender Monica to sidefoot home from Amel Majris beautifully weighted right-wing free-kick to set up a last-eight clash with Spain or three-times champions the United States. Following a cagey opening 22 minutes, France believed they had …

Women’s World Cup 2019: talking points from the first week of action

Fifas ticket policy, French sarcasm, colourful supporters and teams making their World Cup debut have grabbed attention Tickets own goal by Fifa The word on the street in Nice and Le Havre well, mainly from the mouths of taxi drivers but theyre usually a decent barometer is that many French people are aggrieved that tickets for World Cup matches can only be bought online. The consensus is that, were it possible to buy them from stadium box offices until shortly before kick-off, crowds would rise appreciably. It is an eminently sensible viewpoint, although some say such a late free-for-all could potentially jeopardise the stringent stadium security precautions which are in place across tournament venues. Such logic is hard to fathom …

Euro 2020 qualifiers: Ronaldo injured as Portugal are held at home by Serbia

The Juventus forward left the field with an apparent hamstring injury, while Evertons Cenk Tosun scored twice in Turkeys win over Moldova Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off with an apparent hamstring injury during the first half of Portugals Euro 2020 qualifier against Serbia, which finished 1-1. His Juventus side face Ajax in the Champions League quarter-finals on 10 April with the return leg in Turin the following week, and the forward will now undergo tests to determine the extent of the injury. Im not worried, I know my body, Ronaldo said later. I should be back in one or two weeks. Ukraine edged past Luxembourg 2-1 courtesy of a stoppage-time own goal from Rodrigues Gouveia and top the group with …