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Man in his 20s dies from plague in US

Man in his 20s dies from plague in US

August 12, 2020

A New Mexico man has died of one of the most common clinical forms of the plague, health authorities have confirmed.

The man, who has not been publicly identified, was in his 20s and had received treatment in hospital before he died.

His case is the first human plague death in New Mexico this year.

Health officials revealed on Friday that the man is the second person to be diagnosed with the disease in 2020 after a man from Sante Fe County was diagnosed with the bubonic plague on July 27 this year.

An environmental investigation will take place at the man's home to look for ongoing risk to immediate family members, neighbours and others in the surrounding community.

Stevie Nicks: I will probably never sing again if I catch coronavirus

Stevie Nicks: I will probably never sing again if I catch coronavirus

August 12, 2020

Stevie Nicks has urged fans to wear a face covering and warned she may never sing again if she catches Covid-19.

The Fleetwood Mac star, 72, shared a journal entry dated August 10 to Facebook in which she compared the US during the coronavirus pandemic to an episode of the popular TV series American Horror Story.

Nicks addressed the politicisation of mask-wearing and social distancing in the US, and argued that the virus itself “is not political” but a “silent killer hiding in the shadows”.

She wrote in a diary that if she contracted the disease and was put on a ventilator she would probably never sing again. 

Former Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner retires

Former Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner retires

August 12, 2020

Former Arsenal, Juventus and Switzerland full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner has announced his retirement from soccer.

The 36-year-old spent the 2018-19 campaign with the Gunners, making 23 appearances and scoring once, after calling time on his seven-year stint with Juve which saw him win the Serie A title every single season.

Lichtsteiner also played for Grasshopper, Lille, Lazio and Augsburg and earned 108 Switzerland caps.

In a video on Twitter he said that “after several weeks spent considering his future, he’s decided to bring his career to an end.”

Birmingham 2022 scraps plan for single-site athletes’ village at Perry Barr

Birmingham 2022 scraps plan for single-site athletes’ village at Perry Barr

August 12, 2020

Organisers of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham are no longer planning to use a single-site athletes’ village.

The accommodation facility was set to be built in the Perry Barr area of the city, but the coronavirus pandemic has changed the thinking, with three sites now being used.

They will be at the NEC hotel, the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham.

Damian Lillard explodes as Portland close on play-offs with victory over Dallas

Damian Lillard explodes as Portland close on play-offs with victory over Dallas

August 12, 2020

Damian Lillard tied his career-best score of 61 points as he pushed the Portland Trail Blazers to the brink of the NBA post-season with a 134-131 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

 

The 30-year-old joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players with three 60-point games in a season, and did it just two days after shooting 51 points to beat the Philadelphia 76ers.

 

The guard scored from every part of the court including making all 18 of his free throws, with the highlight coming as he drained a long-range three-pointer to level the score with less than two minutes on the clock.

 

Portland moved into eighth place in the Western Conference with the win and will ensure a spot in the post-season by beating the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, while Tuesday’s loss will ensure Dallas finish seventh in the conference.

Serena Williams relishing ‘tough match’ against sister Venus in Lexington

Serena Williams relishing ‘tough match’ against sister Venus in Lexington

August 12, 2020

Serena Williams is excited to face sister Venus in the Lexington Open second round and feels the “tough match” will provide the perfect preparation for the US Open which starts on August 31.

The 23-time grand slam champion made a winning return to the WTA tour on Tuesday but needed three sets to get past Bernarda Pera in Kentucky.

It was the number one seed’s first competitive fixture since a Fed Cup qualifier in February and she eventually got close to top gear to win 4-6 6-4 6-1.

Champions League final eight head to Lisbon for a knockout twist with Manchester City tipped as favourites

Champions League final eight head to Lisbon for a knockout twist with Manchester City tipped as favourites

August 12, 2020

Football fans have been waiting all summer for a tournament to capture their imagination and, with the Champions League returning on Wednesday night, their wish has been granted.

It returns in a new format, with the final eight teams descending on Lisbon for what promises to be a pulsating mini-tournament.

The Champions League always brings drama, but that will be intensified by the fact it is now straight knockout football played over just 11 days.

The knockout nature of the competition is why Atalanta, who kick off the quarter-finals tonight against Paris Saint-Germain, believe this could be their chance to cause a major upset.

Paris Marathon 2020 cancelled: Rescheduled November event scrapped due to coronavirus

Paris Marathon 2020 cancelled: Rescheduled November event scrapped due to coronavirus

August 12, 2020

The Paris Marathon has been scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The race was originally due to take place on April 5 but was postponed until November 15.

Now it has been scrapped altogether with attention turning to the 2021 event.

The Berlin and New York marathons have also been cancelled while the London Marathon will go ahead in October but only involve elite athletes.

Gareth Bale ‘wants to go back to Tottenham’ to end Real Madrid scrutiny, says Andros Townsend

Gareth Bale ‘wants to go back to Tottenham’ to end Real Madrid scrutiny, says Andros Townsend

August 12, 2020

Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale "wishes he was at Tottenham", claims former team-mate Andros Townsend.

Bale has won La Liga twice and the Champions League four times with the Spanish giants, but his relationship with head coach Zinedine Zidane is strained.

The Wales star recently requested to not be included in Madrid's travelling party to face Manchester City in the Champions League as he would not have played.

Bale came close to leaving last summer before president Florentino Perez pulled the plug at the last minute, and once again heads into this window amid speculation over his future.

Barcelona confirm one of their players has tested positive for Covid-19

Barcelona confirm one of their players has tested positive for Covid-19

August 12, 2020

One of Barcelona's players has tested positive for Covid-19, the Catalan club have announced.

The footballer, whose identity has not been revealed, is one of the nine new or returning loan players who were present for PCR tests at the club's training base on Tuesday.

The club says the player has no symptoms, is in good health and has been quarantined at his home. 

Barca's first-team squad fly to Lisbon on Thursday ahead of their Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich the following day.

The club say this positive test will not affect their plans.

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