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Man loses 70 pounds after his poker buddies bet him $1M that he couldn't

A professional poker player shed seventy pounds after his buddies bet him $ 1 million that he could not drop down to just 10 percent body fat in six months. Walter Fisher, 36, said that he blamed his recent weight gain on the fact that he mostly worked in a casino, telling ABC News, “They have all these amazing, wonderful, rich restaurants and I just started ordering by the truckload: veal Parmesan, pastas.” “The weight piled on,” he said. “I was looking in the mirror and I didn’t know who…

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Ilie Nastase: Romania's Fed Cup captain banned by ITF after Fed Cup row

Romania captain Ilie Nastase has been banned from official roles by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) until 2021 following his tirade at a Fed Cup tie in Bucharest in April. He swore at an umpire, insulted British number one Johanna Konta and her captain Anne Keothavong and made derogatory comments about Serena Williams’ unborn child. Nastase, 70, will not be accredited for ITF events until 2019. He was also fined $ 10,000 (£7,700). Grand Slam tournaments are not included within the sanction, nor the respective ATP or WTA Tours, as…

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Sen. McCain diagnosed with brain tumor after clot is removed

Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, Vietnam prisoner of war and political maverick in Congress for more than three decades, has been diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain tumor. The 80-year-old Arizona lawmaker has glioblastoma, according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, where McCain had a blood clot removed from above his left eye last Friday. He and his family are considering further treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation. “Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the…

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Points leader Kittel abandons Tour after crash

Germany’s Marcel Kittel has abandoned the Tour de France after crashing on Wednesday’s stage 17 in the Alps. The Quick-Step Floors rider had won five stages of this year’s race to lead the green points jersey classification. Kittel injured his right shoulder in the crash on a flat section of road, 20km into the stage. Australia’s Michael Matthews, who was nine points adrift, will take over the lead and hold a virtually unassailable 160-point advantage over Andre Greipel. Live: Stage 17 – a decisive day in the Alps? The points…

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England batsman Gary Ballance set for x-ray after injuring finger during defeat to South Africa in second Test

England batsman Gary Ballance Monday, July 17, 2017 Gary Ballance is set to have an x-ray on his left index finger after taking a blow from a Morne Morkel short ball in the second Investec Test. The England number three needed treatment on the pitch during England’s second-innings 133 all out against South Africa at Trent Bridge. Ballance was then able to resume his innings but could make little difference to England’s fortunes as they slid to defeat by 340 runs in a series therefore level at 1-1 with two…

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Telegram to block terror channels after Indonesian ban

Messaging service Telegram has promised to shut down terrorist-related channels after Indonesia’s government partially blocked access to its platform. The Ministry of Communication and IT blocked Telegram’s web version on Friday and threatened to stop access to its app as well. Jakarta claimed Telegram had been used to promote radicalism and to give instructions for carrying out attacks. The firm’s founder said he was “upset” by the move. In a note posted to his Telegram followers, Pavel Durov said his firm had now removed all terrorist-related public channels reported by…

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