England U21s into semis after easing past Poland

England U21s into semis after easing past Poland

England reached the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship for the first time since 2009 by comfortably beating 10-man Poland to finish top of Group A. Demarai Gray opened the scoring early on with a long-range effort before substitute Jacob Murphy tapped in. Poland rarely threatened and had defender Jan Bednarek sent off late on for tripping Tammy Abraham in the box. Lewis Baker converted the resultant penalty to complete the win. The victory against…

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British and Irish Lions power past Maori All Blacks

British and Irish Lions power past Maori All Blacks

Maori All Blacks v British and Irish Lions Maori All Blacks (10) 10 Tries: Messam Cons: McKenzie Pens: McKenzie British and Irish Lions (15) 32 Tries: Penalty try, Itoje Cons: Halfpenny Pens: Halfpenny 6 The British and Irish Lions gained a confidence-boosting win as their power told against the Maori All Blacks in wet conditions at Rotorua International Stadium. Leigh Halfpenny kicked them into a half-time lead with Liam Messam scoring for the hosts. The…

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Which celebrities earned the most over the past year?

Which celebrities earned the most over the past year?

It’s that time of year again – Forbes has released its list of the top 100 highest-paid entertainers and Sean “Diddy” Combs is top of the tree. His earnings of $ 130m (£102m) pushed him up from last year’s 22nd spot. His success is down to his recent US tour, a marketing deal with a vodka company and selling one third of his Sean John clothing line. Beyonce and JK Rowling took second and third…

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What have the Roseanne cast been up to for the past 20 years?

What have the Roseanne cast been up to for the past 20 years?

They were one of America’s favourite families in the late 1980s and ’90s – with their affectionate bickering, everyday crises, growing pains and belly laughs beamed into more than 20 million homes in the US. Now the Conners are coming back, more than 20 years after the last episode of Roseanne was aired. All the original cast are returning – after getting up to some successful and surprising stuff in the intervening two decades. Roseanne…

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Man City sweep past West Brom to close in on Champions League spot

Man City sweep past West Brom to close in on Champions League spot

Manchester City clinched an emphatic win over West Brom to move back up to third place in the Premier League with one game remaining. A point in their final game at Watford on Sunday will now be enough to guarantee Pep Guardiola’s side a place in the top four and Champions League football, while a win would see them finish third and go straight into the group stage. This was as straightforward a victory as…

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Tony Blackburn reveals his folk band past at Radio 2 Folk Awards

Tony Blackburn reveals his folk band past at Radio 2 Folk Awards

He’s best known as a soul DJ, but it turns out Tony Blackburn once formed a band with folk star Al Stewart. The broadcaster made the revelation as he presented Stewart with a lifetime achievement prize at Wednesday night’s Radio 2 Folk Awards. “He was a wonderful guitarist except that he was so loud that he drowned out my voice totally,” recalled Blackburn. Stewart went on to score hits with Year of the Cat and…

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Can Big Bang Theory learn from past TV spin-offs?

Can Big Bang Theory learn from past TV spin-offs?

TV’s most socially-awkward sitcom character, The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper, is getting his own spin-off series. The eccentric Sheldon, played by Jim Parsons, has been at the centre of America’s most popular comedy show since it started in 2007. Earlier this week, CBS confirmed that The Big Bang Theory’s new spin-off, Young Sheldon, will be a prequel focusing on the character’s early years. But will it work? Some spin-off shows have been hugely successful…

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Stunning extra-time goals see Leicester past Derby – highlights & report

Stunning extra-time goals see Leicester past Derby – highlights & report

Media playback is not supported on this device Leicester secured a first home win of 2017 as Demarai Gray’s superb solo goal sealed an extra-time victory over Derby in their FA Cup fourth-round replay. Andy King headed the hosts, who made 10 changes, ahead after Gray’s clever cross was nodded back across goal by Marc Albrighton. Abdoul Camara’s free-kick forced extra time for Championship Derby only for substitute Wilfred Ndidi to restore the Foxes’ lead…

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