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Manchester United target Jadon Sancho the world’s best youngster ‘bar none’, says Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United target Jadon Sancho the world’s best youngster ‘bar none’, says Rio Ferdinand

August 12, 2020

Jadon Sancho is the best youngster in world soccer, says Rio Ferdinand, who believes the Borussia Dortmund star can take Manchester United closer towards their successful teams of the past.

The England international remains a priority signing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer, despite Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc on Monday insisting he will not be leaving.

Dortmund set United the deadline of August 10 to sign Sancho, which has now passed. However, Standard Sport understands United never intended to be restricted by an artificial deadline and remain desperate to get the deal over the line.

United will now continue to hold talks with Sancho’s agent Emeka Obasi, alongside Marco Lichtsteiner - who Dortmund have now introduced as an intermediary.

Star Wars fans can own props from the films as 1977 Darth Vader promo costume and more go up for auction

Star Wars fans can own props from the films as 1977 Darth Vader promo costume and more go up for auction

August 12, 2020

A Stormtrooper helmet, a number of lightsabers and Darth Vader’s outfit are all set to go under the hammer.

A number of iconic Star Wars props are set to be auctioned in Los Angeles.

Over 850 unique and original items which have been featured in George Lucas’s iconic franchise will be sold online to the highest bidder on August 26 and 27.

The Darth Vader costume, as the auction’s star attraction, is expected to sell for up to $250,000.

Boba Fett’s helmet is expected to fetch up to $30,000, while the Stormtrooper costume could see bids as high as $10,000.

The world’s last ever Blockbuster is now available to rent on Airbnb…in Oregon

The world’s last ever Blockbuster is now available to rent on Airbnb…in Oregon

August 12, 2020

The world’s last remaining Blockbuster store is being transformed into an Airbnb in Oregon.

Film fanatics can now have a sleepover in the final store of the former video rental giant.

The outlet, in Bend, Oregon, costs just $4

 plus fees and taxes for a night’s stay – little more than the price of a video rental.

Released photos show a part of the store has been transformed into a living room with a big television and couch that folds out into a bed.

The store will have three quarantine pods to ensure social distancing, and a pull-out couch, bean bags and pillows, with a vast array of retro films available to watch.

Simon Cowell thanks Kelly Clarkson for filling in on America’s Got Talent

Simon Cowell thanks Kelly Clarkson for filling in on America’s Got Talent

August 12, 2020

Simon Cowell has thanked Kelly Clarkson for standing in for him on America’s Got Talent as he recovers after breaking part of his back.

The music mogul underwent six hours of surgery at the weekend following a fall from a new electric bike he was testing at his house in Malibu.

The 60-year-old was taken to hospital where he had an operation on Saturday night, which involved a number of procedures including having a metal rod put in his back.

Cowell tweeted after the show: “Thank you Kelly Clarkson. Miss all of you. What a great show.”

Ed Sheeran ‘expecting first child’ with wife Cherry Seaborn

Ed Sheeran ‘expecting first child’ with wife Cherry Seaborn

August 12, 2020

Ed Sheeran and his wife Cherry Seaborn are reportedly to become parents within weeks, according to reports.

The 29-year-old popstar and his 28-year-old childhood sweetheart are expecting a baby by the end of the summer, a source close to the couple told The Sun.

The pair have kept the news a secret but are said to be “over the moon”.

The source said Seaborn is already in the final stage of her pregnancy and the “excitement has been building”.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have bought their first house in Santa Barbara

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have bought their first house in Santa Barbara

August 12, 2020

Prince Harry and wife Meghan have purchased a family home in Santa Barbara.

They have been reportedly living in the sprawling estate for the last few weeks after deciding the Beverly Hills life was not for them.

They were previously staying in actor Tyler Perry’s Los Angeles estate. 

According to reports, the lavish property proved too overbearing for Prince Harry whose transition to the California lifestyle has already come under scrutiny.

Their new place is in a quieter area and gives them more space for raising 15-month-old Archie.

It means they are still not too far away from Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland who lives in LA.

Taylor Swift, Kerry Washington and more throw their weight behind Kamala Harris as she’s picked as Joe Biden’s running mate

Taylor Swift, Kerry Washington and more throw their weight behind Kamala Harris as she’s picked as Joe Biden’s running mate

August 12, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden set social media on fire when he announced Senator Kamala Harris as his pick for Vice President in the upcoming election.

As the news broke, celebrities took the opportunity to celebrate Harris and share pictures of themselves with her.

Harris’ pick was particularly celebrated amongst Black and Asian stars, as the biracial Black and Indian politician is the first woman of colour to be nominated for national office by a major party.

Stars including Mindy Kaling, John Legend, LeBron James, George Takei and Jordan Peele welcomed her to the Democratic ticket.

Others to celebrate Biden’s pick included Reese Witherspoon, Joe Jonas, Chrissy Teigen, with many such as Kerry Washington and Charlize Theron also reminding people to vote in November. 

While some like Taylor Swift screamed a simple “YES” on social media, others like Debra Messing wrote an essay.

Sam Fender kicks off socially-distanced concert series

Sam Fender kicks off socially-distanced concert series

August 12, 2020

Sam Fender has played to an audience of some 2,500 fans in what promoters claim was the world’s first socially-distanced concert.

 

The 26-year-old singer-songwriter performed a home-town gig at Newcastle’s Gosforth Park – the UK’s first music event of its kind since coronavirus restrictions were introduced in March.

 

The pop-up venue, named the Virgin Money Unity Arena, saw fans in groups of up to five watch the concert on 500 separate raised metal platforms.

Kylie Minogue: I didn’t do very well keeping fit in lockdown

Kylie Minogue: I didn’t do very well keeping fit in lockdown

August 12, 2020

Kylie Minogue says she “didn’t do very well” keeping fit in lockdown – with cleaning and gardening taking up most physical effort.

The 52-year-old pop star has been busy recording her next album, Disco, from her living room and launching her own wine collection, which she is now expanding.

But, like millions of others, when it comes to hobbies, she has not managed to start anything new that was on her list when lockdown restrictions were imposed. 

Feds get more time to weigh Boston Marathon bomber appeal

Feds get more time to weigh Boston Marathon bomber appeal

August 12, 2020

A federal appeals court has agreed to give prosecutors another month to decide their next step after the court threw out the death sentence handed down to Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Three people died and more than 260 others were injured when two handmade bombs exploded near the finish line of the race in 2013. Prosecutors asked for more time to decide whether to ask the court to reconsider the case, saying the process “in a case of this magnitude” requires input “from various components within the Department of Justice.” Prosecutors could also appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. The appeals court said the judge who oversaw the case did not adequately screen jurors for potential biases and ordered a new penalty-phase trial on whether the 27-year-old should be executed.

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