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'I'm handing back my medal' – is Paralympic sport losing trust?

With medals being handed back, officials alleging dirty tricks, and calls for an independent system to judge levels of disability, is Paralympic sport losing trust? A File on 4 special – Paralympic Sport – Fair Play?– spoke to athletes, parents, coaches and classifiers, and uncovered claims of tactics including the taping up of arms, taking cold showers in trunks and even surgery to shorten limbs in a bid to cheat the system. Such abuse of the classification system has been described as “akin to doping”. And the BBC can reveal…

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'We signed a player with a broken back? That is so Arsenal!' Starting XI Q&A with Nothing But Thieves' Joe Langridge-Brown

Each week, a leading band or musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. This week, it’s Arsenal fan Joe from Nothing But Thieves… What was the first football match you went to?I was pretty young when I went to my first game, maybe 10 or 11. It was Arsenal v Panathinaikos in the Champions League at Highbury and we won 2-1. I’ve been to a few games with my dad since and I don’t think we’ve seen Arsenal lose, he’s a good luck charm.  What was the first gig you went to?I…

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Maria Sharapova hits back at critics and denies drug cheating

Media playback is unsupported on your device Tennis star Maria Sharapova, who was banned from the sport for 15 months for doping, has hit back at her critics, saying they “don’t have the facts”. The former world number one was suspended last year after she admitted taking the banned substance meldonium. She has been widely criticised. Fellow player Eugenie Bouchard said she should not have been allowed to return. But in a BBC interview, Sharapova denied cheating and said she had put the scandal behind her. In April, Bouchard had…

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News: UNWTO General Assembly: Tourism back to heights not seen since 2010

Destinations worldwide welcomed 598 million international tourists in the first six months of 2017, some 36 million more than in the same period of 2016. At six per cent, growth was well above the trend of recent years, making the current January-June period the strongest half-year since 2010, according to the UNWTO. Visitor numbers reported by destinations around the world reflect strong demand for international travel in the first half of 2017, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Results are underpinned by robust growth in many destinations and…

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‘The fear factor is back at Manchester United!’ – Former defender Paul Parker hails Jose Mourinho's ruthless Red Devils

Romelu Lukaku has scored five goals in five games for Manchester United this season Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has hailed Jose Mourinho for bringing the fear factor back to Old Trafford, after the Red Devils swept aside FC Basel on their return to the Champions League. United had endured a 644-day absence from European football’s top table ahead of Tuesday’s game, but they announced their return with a bang as Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford completed a comfortable 3-0 victory. Mourinho’s new-look…

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Wind back in Europe's sails, Juncker tells EU parliament

The “wind is back in Europe’s sails”, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said in his annual state of the union address. He told the European Parliament there was a “window of opportunity” to build a stronger, more united union – but it “wouldn’t stay open forever”. Mr Juncker said the EU had made economic strides in the year since his last such address. But he called for the union to seize the momentum and agree new trade deals. Trade talks should open with Australia and New Zealand, he said,…

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Nintendo Will Bring Back the NES Classic Edition in 2018

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Last year, Nintendo launched its great monument to bait-and-switch, the NES Classic Edition. The cutting-edge 30-year-old console packed a reasonable number of classic NES games into a diminutive form factor; then Nintendo slapped an attractive $ 60 price on the whole shebang. And then, in the face of completely predictable high demand, Nintendo decided to build six of them a week. After a few months, the company decided it had enough money and killed the…

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