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Russian hopes for closing ceremony fade as OAR athlete banned from Games

Russian bobsleigh pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva has been banned from the Winter Olympics for doping – just a day before Olympic chiefs meet to discuss lifting sanctions on her country. The International Olympic Committee banned Russia over “systemic” doping at Sochi 2014, which the country hosted. However, 168 athletes who proved they were clean were allowed to compete as neutrals at the Pyeongchang Games. Sergeeva is the second of those 168 to have failed a doping test. The IOC’s executive board met on Saturday, when a discussion on whether to maintain…

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Transfer gossip from Saturday's papers: Manchester United eye £35m Ligue Un star amid Pogba doubts

All the top transfer-related gossip from Saturday’s papers and online… Manchester United officials are becoming increasingly annoyed by the conduct of Mino Raiola and his reaction to the dropping of Paul Pogba, his star client.United had built a good relationship with Raiola over the past two and a half years, with five members of his illustrious stable joining the club. But senior figures at Old Trafford are now becoming concerned that the relationship with the agent may be more hassle than it is worth. (The Times) Manchester United have stepped up…

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Stephen Fry recovering from prostate cancer surgery

Stephen Fry is recovering from surgery for prostate cancer and said “it all seemed to go pretty well”. The broadcaster, who had his operation in early January, said on his website: “They took the prostate out,” adding: “So far as we know it’s all been got.” He said it was an “aggressive” cancer and surgeons removed 11 lymph nodes. He added: “For the moment I’m fit and well and happy and I just wanted to let you know because rumours had started to swirl.” In the video on his site,…

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Get the soil right first: gardening tips from UK's celebrated Great Dixter

Bertelsen got a taste of working everywhere at Great Dixter: in the ornamental beds, the vegetable garden, the kitchen. But in 1999 he left to study horticulture at Kew Gardens and subsequently spent two years working at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in Israel. Then in 2005 – the year before Lloyd died – Bertelsen went back to live and work at Great Dixter. He has been there ever since, for more than a decade as both the vegetable gardener and cook. This month Bertelsen visited Australia on a speaking tour…

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Charity boss Justin Forsyth resigns from Unicef

Ex-Save the Children chief executive Justin Forsyth has resigned from Unicef as he says he does not want coverage of his past to “damage” the charities. Mr Forsyth faced three complaints of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff before leaving Save the Children, the BBC reported this week. He was accused of sending inappropriate texts and commenting on what young female staff were wearing. He said he “apologised unreservedly” to the three workers at the time. Mr Forsyth said the reason for his resignation as Unicef’s deputy director was not because…

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Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Roma: Ukrainian side come from behind to gain slender advantage over Serie A club

Shakhtar have only reached the quarter-finals once before after beating Roma in 2011 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco bemoaned his side’s inability to hold on to their lead after Shakhtar Donetsk came from behind in the first leg of thire Champions League last-16 encounter. Young Turk Cengiz Under scored his fifth goal in four games to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in Kharkiv, but Facundo Ferreyra equalised early in the second half and a stunning free-kick from Fred earned Shakhtar a 2-1 victory and a…

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