Russia 2018: Matches on giant screen in Molenbeek, Jette, but not Brussels

Russia 2018: Matches on giant screen in Molenbeek, Jette, but not Brussels

No big screens will go up in public places in Brussels-Ixelles for Football World Cup 2018, but football lovers will be able to see the Red Devils in action on giant screens in Molenbeek and Jette. Wafaa Hammich, spokesperson of Brussels Mayor Philippe Close, confirmed a Wednesday report by Bruzz Media that giant screens would not go up in Brussels. She said the decision covered the entire Brussels-Ixelles police zone and was taken in consultation with Ixelles Mayor Dominique Dufourny. Hammich explained that the decision was taken for security reasons….

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Goolaerts had heart attack before falling, autopsy shows

Goolaerts had heart attack before falling, autopsy shows

Michael Goolaerts had a heart attack before falling on Sunday at the Paris-Roubaix race, according to the autopsy carried out on Wednesday on the 23-year-old cyclist, VTM Nieuws announced. The reason for the heart attack was still unknown. Toxicological tests will be conducted to ascertain its cause, but that could take months. On Wednesday, Goolaerts’ team, Veranda’s Willems-Crelan, was at the start of the annual Brabantse Pijl (Brabant Arrow) race, where a minute’s silence was observed. Everyone around the departed rider’s team wore a black band marked ‘Michael Goolaerts 24/07/1994…

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FA finds allegations of racial abuse by Jay Rodriguez ‘not proven’

FA finds allegations of racial abuse by Jay Rodriguez ‘not proven’

The Football Association has confirmed a charge the West Brom forward Jay Rodriguez racially abused Brighton’s Gaëtan Bong has been found “not proven” after an independent regulatory commission hearing. The striker, who has one England cap, had been accused of using “abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race” towards Bong in Albion’s Premier League victory in mid-January. Rodriguez appeared to pinch his nose after the clash between the players and his opponent then spoke to the referee. In his evidence, Bong had…

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Caster Semenya storms to 1500m title but is criticised by fellow runners

Caster Semenya storms to 1500m title but is criticised by fellow runners

Caster Semenya’s strongest opposition on the way to winning Commonwealth gold came from a faulty starter’s gun which left the women contesting the 1500m final struggling to stay warm on the start line. A deluge of rain before the race soaked the track at the Carrara Stadium and flooded the timing equipment. As organisers struggled to repair the clock and gun, the South African bounced on the spot in an effort to keep her muscles warm. The 1500m, the final event of the day’s athletics, eventually got under way 10…

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‘Walking miracle’ Tiger Woods calms talk of Masters comeback victory

‘Walking miracle’ Tiger Woods calms talk of Masters comeback victory

Tiger Woods may regard himself as the miracle man but he would not class success in this, the 82nd Masters, as the finest sporting revival story of all time. Speaking at Augusta National on Tuesday, Woods cited the recovery of Ben Hogan from a head-on road collision in 1949 to win multiple majors. “As far as greatest comebacks [go], I think that one of the greatest comebacks in all of sport is the gentleman who won here, Mr Hogan,” Woods said. “I mean, he got hit by a bus and…

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Tottenham’s quiet evolution slowly nears endgame under Pochettino

Tottenham’s quiet evolution slowly nears endgame under Pochettino

On 24 February 2008 Tottenham came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 in the League Cup final. Since then, they have sacked Juande Ramos, enjoyed a period of Gareth Bale-driven excitement under Harry Redknapp, taken significant missteps with André Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood, and then found in Mauricio Pochettino a bright young manager under whom they have made progress in each of the past four seasons. But in that decade, they have won nothing. Since then, Chelsea have made 11 managerial changes. They have employed Guus Hiddink (twice) and Rafael…

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Lewis Hamilton accuses F1 of lacking diversity before Australian GP

Lewis Hamilton accuses F1 of lacking diversity before Australian GP

Lewis Hamilton has accused Formula One of lacking diversity before the opening race of the new season in Melbourne. Shortly after appearing alongside Sebastian Vettel at the pre-race press conference, the 33-year-old posted a video on Instagram in which he suggested F1 should do more to encourage participation from a wider range of ethnic backgrounds. Hamilton is the sport’s first and only black driver. Alongside the video, he wrote: “There’s barely any diversity in F1. Still nothing’s changed in 11 years I’ve been here. Kids, people, there’s so many jobs…

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England’s Ellie Kildunne dazzles again in Six Nations win over Ireland

England’s Ellie Kildunne dazzles again in Six Nations win over Ireland

England’s women, with their fly-half Katy Daley-McLean controlling the game impressively behind a powerful pack, secured a triple crown with victory over Ireland in Coventry on Friday night. But it was only a consolation. Half an hour after they had left the Ricoh Arena pitch they learned in the dressing room that France had won the Grand Slam and taken England’s Six Nations title with a convincing 38-3 win over Wales in Colwyn Bay. As England had feared, their last-minute defeat in Grenoble had taken their fate out of their…

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Was Serena Williams unrealistic to try to return so soon after giving birth?

Was Serena Williams unrealistic to try to return so soon after giving birth?

The tennis champion has withdrawn from the Australian Open three months after having her first child. So, when is the right time to come back to sport? Being a new parent is exhausting, but there are additional physical challenges for a post-partum mother – including recovery from childbirth, bleeding and dealing with breastfeeding. And those challenges are only magnified when you are a top sports star hoping to return to elite level. Which is why it is perhaps unsurprising that Serena Williams, who had her first child in September, has…

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Son Heung-min hits two but Harry Kane limps off in Spurs’ win at Bournemouth

Son Heung-min hits two but Harry Kane limps off in Spurs’ win at Bournemouth

To say this was a mixed occasion for Tottenham Hotspur would be an understatement. There was a battling victory for the visitors to enjoy, one that moved them up to third and allowed all concerned to clear their heads following their eviction from Champions League by Juventus last Wednesday. But a gloomy afternoon on the south coast was not without a gloomy moment, namely the injury to Harry Kane that threatens to rule Spurs’ top scorer out for the rest of the season and places questions over his involvement at…

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