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Championship round-up: Sunderland claim first home win of 2017 and the rest of Saturday's results

New boss Chris Coleman has ended Sunderland’s miserable win-less run at the Stadium of Light Saturday, December 16, 2017 Better late than never! Sunderland finally claimed their first home victory of 2017 as 18-year-old Josh Maja’s goal saw the Black Cats beat Fulham 1-0. The much-maligned side were close to going a whole calendar year without winning in front of their fans, but an inspired doubled substitution from manager Chris Coleman turned the tide at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland had not won at home since 17 December 2016, when…

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Dominic Solanke optimistic on Liverpool first-team opportunities despite being denied first goal against West Brom

Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke may have been denied his first goal for the club but the disappointment has only spurred him on as he knows he will get more chances under Jurgen Klopp. Seven minutes from time in the goalless draw at home to West Brom the England Under-20 World Cup winner had the ball in the net at the Kop end only for it to be disallowed after referee Paul Tierney, having initially pointed to the centre circle, chalked it off following consultation with his assistant. The linesman had…

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Rugby Australia appoints first female chief executive

Australia’s rugby union governing body has chosen Raelene Castle as its new chief executive, the first time a woman has been given the job. Rugby Australia said Ms Castle was “extremely impressive” with an “outstanding track record”. The appointment of the experienced sports administrator makes her the first female leader across all major national bodies in world rugby. She reportedly beat more than 200 candidates for the job. At a news conference Ms Castle told reporters that “it’s interesting the media have an enormous fascination” with the fact that she…

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West Ham earn first win under Moyes as they beat Chelsea

West Ham won for the first time under David Moyes as Marko Arnautovic’s first goal for the club proved enough to beat a disjointed Chelsea at London Stadium. The Hammers scored the only goal after just six minutes when Arnautovic curled a deft strike into the bottom corner after exchanging passes with Manuel Lanzini on the edge of the area. Chelsea responded well before the break but were repelled by an organised West Ham defence and two solid saves from Adrian, retaining his spot in place of the dropped Joe…

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Turia Pitt welcomes her first baby with fiance Michael Hoskins

Athlete and author Turia Pitt has celebrated the arrival of her first child, a son named Hakavai Hoskin. The ultra-marathon burns survivor shared the news in an email alongside two images of the newborn. Turia Pitt The Australian Women’s Weekly & Qantas host the Annual Women of the Future Awards 2017. Photo: Belinda Rolland “Michael and I want to introduce you to someone… Meet Hakavi Hoskin,” the 30-year-old wrote in a newsletter sent to fans.  “We’ll be in this little newborn bubble for a few weeks, but we wanted to pop our heads…

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Hamilton musical wows first London audience

The first UK performance of Broadway hit Hamilton has left audience members singing the hip-hop musical’s praises. Self-proclaimed “theatre addict” Alex Packer called the performances from the London cast “faultless“, and Jen Waller called the evening “truly special“. The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye said it had been “the best first preview of a musical [he’d] seen since Miss Saigon”. In the Telegraph, meanwhile, Veronica Lee said the show at the Victoria Palace theatre “went without a hitch”. The opening of the show had been put back a fortnight, due to…

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