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'A massive inspiration' – Sports Personality contender Jonnie Peacock

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 Date: Sunday, 17 December Time: 18:45 GMT Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool Coverage: BBC One, Radio 5 live, BBC Sport website We are showcasing each of the 12 contenders in the run-up to the Sports Personality of the Year award on 17 December. Today – Jonnie Peacock. Age: 24 Sport: Para-athletics Year in a nutshell Jonnie Peacock overcame serious cramp in the warm-up to take victory at the World Para-athletics Championships in London. Peacock, who is from Cambridgeshire, won the T44 100m final in…

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Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham: Spurs take massive step towards Champions League knock-out stages

Harry Kane was the headline act but Hugo Lloris stole the show as the Frenchman’s stunning save helped earn Tottenham a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid. Spurs took a surprise lead at the Santiago Bernabeu through Raphael Varane’s own goal, only for Cristiano Ronaldo to level from the penalty spot after Serge Aurier had fouled Toni Kroos. From there, however, Mauricio Pochettino’s men had Lloris to thank as the goalkeeper denied Karim Benzema from four yards with his legs, when the striker looked certain to score. Kane could have even…

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Tour will be massive challenge – Froome on 2018 route

Chris Froome says he faces a “massive challenge” to win his fifth Tour de France, as the route for the 2018 race was announced on Tuesday. The 105th edition will run from 7 to 29 July and be the shortest route of the 21st century, covering 3,329km. It will start with a 195km stage from Noirmoutier-en-L’ile and stage nine will include 21.7km of cobbled road. There is a return for the famous climb and finish up Alpe d’Huez on stage 12 and the shortest stage will be 65km. Stage three…

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Puerto Rico struggles with massive environmental crisis

Raw sewage is pouring into the rivers and reservoirs of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. People without running water bathe and wash their clothes in contaminated streams, and some islanders have been drinking water from condemned wells. Nearly a month after the hurricane made landfall, Puerto Rico is only beginning to come to grips with a massive environmental emergency that has no clear end in sight. “I think this will be the most challenging environmental response after a hurricane that our country has ever seen,” said Judith…

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Check Out These Massive Straw Art Sculptures on Japan's Honshu Island

Japan’s fall rice harvest is finished, but the remnants continue to find new life as art in rural Japan, especially in Niigata Prefecture on the island of Honshu. Since 2008, the Niigata Wara Art Festival has showcased massive sculptures made from rice straw created by art students from Tokyo’s Musashino Art University, in collaboration with local farmers and residents. Wara, as rice straw is called in Japan, is what’s leftover after the rice grains have been threshed out (it’s similar to how wheat is produced). Wara is most often used for things like…

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