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Michael Ball and Alfie Boe: 'We travel on separate buses now’

“You wouldn’t want to sing with someone you didn’t like. That would be miserable.” Michael Ball is reflecting on his partnership with Alfie Boe – an Avengers-style meeting of musical superheroes, which has become one of the industry’s biggest success stories. The duo first became friends after they appeared in a disastrous staging of Kismet at the English National Opera, but it wasn’t until last year that they had time to make an album together. Together went on to become the biggest-selling album released in 2016, and a Christmas number…

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Wales' Ball and Tipuric out of South Africa match with injury

Autumn internationals: Wales v South Africa Venue: Principality Stadium Date: Saturday, 2 December Kick-off: 14:30 GMT Coverage: Watch live on BBC One, Connected TVs, online and BBC Sport app; listen on BBC Radio 5 live, Radio Wales and Radio Cymru; text commentary on BBC Sport website. Lock Jake Ball and flanker Justin Tipuric have been ruled out of Wales’ final autumn Test against South Africa on Saturday through injury. Ball requires shoulder surgery after the 26-year-old was forced off in the defeat last Saturday by New Zealand. Lions forward Tipuric,…

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Culture 

LaVar Ball Drives Trump to All-Caps Twitter Rage

Perhaps feeling a rush of power from pardoning a turkey, or else bloodthirsty from having been compelled to spare it, the President of the United States turned into a comic-book supervillain on Wednesday morning. Taking up his ongoing feud with LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo Ball, one of three U.C.L.A. basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting while on a trip to China, Donald Trump tweeted, “It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got…

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Jake Ball named in England team for first Ashes Test in Brisbane

England have confirmed Jake Ball as their fourth seamer for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. Ball takes the final place, ahead of his uncapped fellow seamer Craig Overton, in an England line-up which has otherwise been inked in for several weeks. Captain Joe Root did not take the opportunity to name his team for the Gabba at his final pre-series press conference. But following England practice at the ground on the eve of the opening match, a team spokesman announced Ball had made the cut. It will be the…

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Sports 

Ashes: England pick Jake Ball as Australia call up Glenn Maxwell

Australia v England, first Ashes Test Date: 23-27 November Time: 00:00 GMT Venue: Gabba, Brisbane Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. Full coverage England have named seamer Jake Ball ahead of Craig Overton in their side for the first Ashes Test against Australia in Brisbane. Ball, 26, has recovered from the sprained ankle he suffered on 10 November and which kept him out of England’s…

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