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Team GB celebrates female atheletes in London

Team GB celebrates female atheletes in London

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Thousands filled Trafalgar Square Tuesday afternoon to honour the heroes of Team GB and their success at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. More than 300 Olympic and Paralympic athletes took the stage to thunderous applause and roaring cheers, but the biggest cries came when host Ore Oduba recognised the dedication, talent, and triumph of the 164 female Olympians that competed this year. “There are some incredibly inspirational, fantastic women up there,” Oduba told the crowd. “We have so many represented on this stage, and so many that represented at Rio.” 130 British athletes medaled in Rio, and approximately 41% were women. In total, Team GB racked up 67 medals -- 27 were gold-- while Paralympians brought home 147. More than 60 of the Paralympic medals were won by females. Among th
London mayoral election 2016: Could football play a part?

London mayoral election 2016: Could football play a part?

Politics, Sport
London's upcoming mayoral election in May might not be as close-run a thing as first thought, but it could be that football fans will have the final say. Politics and Football: A History Football has long been a bastion of English pride. From celebrities to your average man in the pub, all corners of society gleefully grasp at the pride and respect that supporting a club can bring you. Being a fan means more than just following a team. It is an unequivocal and unwavering belief in seemingly pointless weekly rituals. And it is this faith that makes announcing your allegiance so inviting to politicians. From Tony Blair's love of Newcastle to Alastair Campbell's vociferous following of Burnley, it is hard to resist the temptation football provides. Unfortunately, this desperate need to

A very British national anthem: should England have its own?

Audio, Culture, Music, Sport
A last chance rush for the bar ensued in a crowded north London pub on Saturday the 19th of March as the English and French rugby teams emerged onto the pitch of the Stade de France in Paris. The last game of the Six Nations between historic rivals England and France was about to begin, and with championship victory already secured England fans were in high spirits, hopeful for a five of five grand slam win. The teams lined up for the traditional rendition of the national anthems and as the opening drum roll of God Save the Queen began a distinct hush, punctuated by the odd clinking of glass, descended upon the ensemble crowd. But the uncharacteristic vigour with which the anthem was sung by both the players and supporters over on the continent failed to be matched by the north London

How London’s football fans are fighting back against depression

Health, Sport
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50.  But can football forums provide an avenue for men to talk about their mental health? It has almost become a cliché, comparing football to a religion. Stadiums are built bigger than the largest cathedrals, and still fill each week. Fans, like pilgrims, travel thousands of miles to see their teams play. And many clubs, overwhelmed by requests to scatter ashes, have been forced to build memorial gardens, to prevent damage to their playing surface. While this comparison maybe somewhat tenuous, football is clearly more than a game to many of its followers. According to the UK charity, The Mental Health Foundation, football can have a major impact on mental health. It is thought to affect emotions, relationships, identity and self-esteem. I

Spurs still in title race after convincing win against Bournemouth

Sport
Tottenham Hotspur recorded 16th win of the season. Team of Mauricio Pochettino remains five points behind leaders Leicester City. The game was already over before it had really started. After just 44 seconds Harry Kane extended a cross of Kyle Walker behind Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc to give Spurs the lead. It was the start of a very comfortable afternoon in where the home team put in a strong and convincing performance. Fifteen minutes after the 1-0, Harry Kane doubled the score and his goal telly for the day. Dele Alli put him in front of Boruc, after which Kane finished the ball in the far right corner. It was his 21st goal of the season, which made him the fifth Englishman to score more than 20 goals in consecutive Premier League seasons. https://twitter.com/OptaJoe/sta

New rules for transgenders in 2016 Olympics

International, News, Politics, Sport
The Olympics only guidelines are that male to female hormone therapy is a must but doesn’t comply for female to male.   Medical chiefs at the International Olympic Committee say that changes in these rules can see athletes partaking in Olympic events as soon as this year on the new rules. Those athletes that have already transitioned from male to female must however declare their gender identity as female. In the twelve months before competing they must also show that their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomols per litre. The levels of testosterone must remain below this whilst competing and testing could be carried out on a regular basis. The head of the IOC said ‘"it is necessary to ensure in so far as possible that trans athletes are not excluded from the opportunity

Cyclist champion Pendleton is an accident waiting to happen

#breakingnews, Sport
 Victoria Pendleton's safety is being questioned as she waits approval to compete at the Cheltenham Festival Victoria Pendleton will find out today whether she will compete next week at the Cheltenham Festival. Last week the Olympian gold medalist cyclist switched jockey won her first race on the 5.4 favourite Pacha Du Polder at Wincanton. She led all the way to win by 29 lengths. “I feel honoured to ride such a horse” Pendleton said: “I really wanted to get round and give him the ride he deserved”. In a series of twists and turns she has recently come under criticism for unseating in her next ride in a point to point at the weekend. A former champion jockey John Francome said: " She wants saving from herself. I've never met her, she seems a lovely girl but she can't ride and sh

Palace beaten by Liverpool in stoppage time

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Crystal Palace lost 1-2 to Liverpool at Selhurst Park. The Defeat meant the 12th consecutive league game without a win for The Eagles. Crystal Palace was hopeful of breaking a winless sequence against a team of who they had beaten on their three previous meetings. Two of those wins came at Anfield last year, and those results could have given Palace some confidence. They needed that as they hadn't won in the league since 19 December 2015. After a goalless first half things started to look bright for Palace in their game against Liverpool today, as Jo Ledley put the hosts in front with a shot on the edge of the penalty box. But they couldn't maintain the lead, as Roberto Firmino levelled after 72 minutes. Both teams then seem to settle for a draw, only for Palace to concede a last

Van Gaal’s ‘dive’ causes Twitter uproar

Sport
Luis van Gaal fuelled the internet fire on Sunday after falling to the ground in apparent protest of perceived play-acting on the part of Arsenal players. Though the Dutchman has been on the receiving end of the fans' anger following a run of disappointing results, Manchester United's manager displayed the lighter to side to his character during his team's win over rivals Arsenal. Late into the second half at Old Trafford, Van Gaal began berating the fourth official, as Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger stood nearby. As if to display his displeasure at the proceedings on the pitch, Van Gaal threw himself to the ground, stretching out his arms as if asking a question of the officials. The response on social media was as immediate as the roar of laughter from the crowd. Gary Lineker tweeted...

Five London clubs involved in quarter final FA Cup draw

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No less than five London clubs were involved in the FA Cup quarter final draw which was made this evening. Although Arsenal still have to play a fifth round replay, the influence of the capital clubs in the cup is significant. After Chelsea beat Manchester City 5-1 and Crystal Palace defeated Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 earlier today, the draw was made for the quarter final in the FA Cup. Former West Ham United player Trevor Sinclair and Graeme Le Saux (ex-Chelsea) made the draw, which was very London-orientated. First of all, there is the game between Reading (which is really close to London) and Crystal Palace. That match means Palace manager Alan Pardew goes back to his former club. On the website of the FA the manager commented on his sides success and the romance of the competition: "I