Day: July 24, 2019

I’m fine with my ‘dad bod’ – Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford

Rutherford, the 2012 Olympic long jump champion, retired in June last year and is currently training for a charity swim. A day after sharing his first training picture, Rutherford posted another with the caption: “I was also called out for having a dad bod yesterday, as if that’s something to be ashamed of. “I very […]

ICC suspend Zimbabwe Cricket for political interference

ICC funding has been withdrawn and the country will be barred from participating at ICC events. Zimbabwe are due to take part in a T20 World Cup qualifier in October. “We must keep our sport free from political interference,” said ICC chairman Shashank Manohar. “What has happened in Zimbabwe is a serious breach of the […]

Connah’s Quay Nomads embarrassed Kilmarnock 2-0 in Ayrshire to earn a stunning Europa League first qualifying round aggregate victory.

Callum Morris’ penalty proved decisive for the Welsh side, who recovered from a 2-1 first leg defeat to earn an unlikely 3-2 aggregate win and set up a tie with Partizan Belgrade of Serbia. Ryan Wignall gave the part-time visitors the lead and was later sent off after Kilmarnock’s Stuart Findlay had been dismissed for […]

The Open 2019: Clarke on his ‘wow’ moment on first tee at Portrush

Darren Clarke, Open champion in 2011, said the honour of hitting the first shot at this year’s tournament was “up there” in his career highlights. The Northern Irishman, 50, produced a fairytale start as he birdied the first and led on three under after five, but had to settle for a level-par 71. “I didn’t […]

Women’s Ashes: England’s hopes of winning the series look bleak

England’s chances of regaining the Women’s Ashes are even slimmer after having to toil on the opening day of the Test match at Taunton. Needing to win this game to keep the series alive, they watched as Australia racked up a formidable-looking 265-3. Ellyse Perry top scored with 84, as she shared an unbroken partnership […]

Hi-tech illusions bring Queen Victoria’s palace to life in UK Summer exhibition

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth visited an exhibition dedicated to her great-great-grandmother Victoria on Wednesday, which uses cutting-edge technology to recreate Buckingham Palace as it was during the 19th century. Visitors will see projections and illusions showing the vibrant colors of the palace interiors before Victoria’s eldest son Edward VII redecorated it predominantly in white and gold. […]

Cannonball highlights how close Napoleon came to victory at Waterloo

A cannonball discovered this week by archaeologists provides a further indication of how close Napoleon Bonaparte came to winning the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The 3 kilogram (6-pound), rusty cannonball was found on Monday near the site of a field hospital about 600 meters behind Anglo-Allied lines on the battlefield in Belgium. Tony Pollard, […]

Hungary’s favorite gardener still digging up new tips as he turns 100

Gyorgy Balint, Hungary’s favorite gardener, turns 100 this month and his advice is more sought after than ever. A TV and online celebrity who has been handing out tips on gardening since the 1960s, Balint says his closeness to nature has contributed to his longevity. He begins each day answering queries from green-fingered fans on […]

Archaeologists find mosque from when Islam arrived in holy land

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of one of the world’s oldest rural mosques, built around the time Islam arrived in the holy land, they said on Thursday. The Israel Antiquities Authority estimates that the mosque, uncovered ahead of new construction in the Bedouin town of Rahat in the Negev desert, dates back to […]

Swiss raise a glass to winegrowers in rare vintage festival

Switzerland uncorked a once-in-a-generation celebration of its winemakers on Thursday, with fancy dress, alpine horns, cows and dancers kicking off a festival that dates back to the 18th century. The three-week “Fete des Vignerons” began in 1797, but its roots go back a century further when winemakers used to shame the country’s worst vineyard worker […]