Strachan and O'Neill want poppy ban 'common sense'

Strachan and O'Neill want poppy ban 'common sense'

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and his Northern Ireland counterpart Michael O’Neill want “common sense” to prevail over the ban on teams displaying poppies. Last year, Fifa fined all four home nations for their use of the poppy to commemorate Armistice Day, deeming it to be a political symbol. But the ban is now set to be lifted by world football’s governing body. “If it gets ratified, that’s just common sense,” said Strachan. England and Scotland…

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EXCLUSIVE – Madonna: 'I want to reinvent pop tours'

EXCLUSIVE – Madonna: 'I want to reinvent pop tours'

Twenty-seven years ago, Madonna set the template for modern pop concerts with her Blond Ambition world tour. From its hydraulic stage to Jean-Paul Gaultier’s iconic costumes, it raised the bar for stadium-sized spectacle. Now, after seven huge world tours, the star tells the BBC she’s “exploring” a smaller-scale show in the future. “I’ve done so many shows – world tours, stadiums, sports arenas, you name it – that I feel like I have to reinvent…

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Liverpool want £70m-rated midfielder Keita

Liverpool want £70m-rated midfielder Keita

Liverpool are willing to pay a club record fee to bring RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita to Anfield. Leipzig insist the 22-year-old Guinea international will not be sold this summer after they qualified for this season’s Champions League. Keita has been touted as having a £70m price tag, although he has a £48m release clause in his contract that can be unlocked next summer. Liverpool are yet to bid for Keita, who scored eight league…

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Gatland did not want to 'devalue' Lions shirt by bringing on replacements

Gatland did not want to 'devalue' Lions shirt by bringing on replacements

Media playback is not supported on this device The controversy over the British and Irish Lions call-ups influenced the decision not to bring them off the bench against the Hurricanes, says coach Warren Gatland. Four of the eight replacements did not feature as the Lions let slip a 14-point lead to draw 31-31 at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. George Kruis and Leigh Halfpenny came off the bench, but Finn Russell – as a brief…

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Naomi Alderman: I really want to write for Doctor Who

Naomi Alderman: I really want to write for Doctor Who

“My legs are a bit trembly – like after you’ve had a sudden shock,” says Naomi Alderman, without realising the pun she’s just made. We are in the green room at London’s Festival Hall where, just a few minutes earlier, Alderman was announced as this year’s winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her sci-fi novel The Power. Her gripping book – described by the judges as a “brilliantly imagined dystopia” – explores…

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Gamers Claim to Want Backwards Compatibility. Why Don’t They Use It?

Gamers Claim to Want Backwards Compatibility. Why Don’t They Use It?

A brace of news reports this week highlighted an interesting scenario in console world (and arguably for PCs as well, though I’ll address that separately). First, Sony executive Jim Ryan was openly dismissive of backwards compatibility as a major focus or feature for the PS4, noting that few console players actually took advantage of the feature when it was available and that it wasn’t seen as important within Sony. “When we’ve dabbled with backwards compatibility,…

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I’m happy and I want to win more trophies at Real Madrid – Bale

I’m happy and I want to win more trophies at Real Madrid – Bale

Media playback is not supported on this device Gareth Bale says he is happy at Real Madrid and has committed his future to the Champions League winners. The Wales forward came off the bench after 77 minutes in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Juventus in Cardiff as Real Madrid secured a third title in four seasons. The 27-year-old, who signed a deal until 2022 in October, has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu….

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The Only Headphones You’ll Ever Need (or Want) Again

The Only Headphones You’ll Ever Need (or Want) Again

Photo Credit: Nordstrom Forget the sleek engineered machine metal and modern styling of the chic Buttons Bluetooth Headphones, one of the top features of these earphones is the multiple earpad sizes to ensure a custom fit. Anyone that has ever owned a set of headphones can appreciate earbuds that don’t fall out every five seconds. But, don’t get us wrong, these earphones are not only functional, but they look incredible too. We would be happy…

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