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Squash: Eight-time world champion David to retire at end of season

(Reuters) – Malaysia’s eight-time world squash champion Nicol David will retire at the end of the season, the 35-year-old has said. David, who won the Asian Squash Championship a record nine times and was ranked world number one for a total of 112 months, is considered the greatest women’s player of all time with 81 PSA singles titles. “After more than 20 years playing squash for Malaysia, competing on the professional tour and achieving the utmost best from my career… I can proudly say that I am ready and happy…

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Scottish Secretary David Mundell says ‘coming out was difficult’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Father-of-three Mr Mundell revealed in 2016 that he was gay Scottish Secretary David Mundell has said coming out as gay was “one of the most difficult things I’ve done”. Mr Mundell revealed in January 2016 that it was time to “acknowledge in public as well as in private, who I am”. At the time, the father-of-three was believed to be the first openly-gay Conservative cabinet minister. Mr Mundell, 56, will host a reception in Edinburgh on Thursday to mark LGBT History Month. The MP…

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David Beckham: New Salford City co-owner watches non-league match against Dover Athletic

Beckham walked around the pitch at the Peninsula Stadium before kick-off Fans of non-league Salford City were joined by former England captain David Beckham when he turned up to watch their home game against Dover Athletic. Saturday’s match was the first time he had attended one of the club’s games since becoming co-owner last month. Beckham took a 10% stake, joining former Manchester United team-mates Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville as co-owners. With son Romeo, he saw Salford lose 3-1 to Dover in the…

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David Ibbotson: Emiliano Sala pilot’s family in underwater search plea

Image copyright Getty Images/David Ibbotson Image caption Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson The family of missing pilot David Ibbotson have said they don’t want him left “out there on his own”. Mr Ibbotson, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, was flying Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala from Nantes to the UK when their plane crashed near Guernsey on 21 January. The footballer’s body was recovered from the wreck on the seabed, but Mr Ibbotson’s body has not been found. An inquest into the death of…

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Mbappe donates to Sala pilot David Ibbotson search fund

Image copyright Getty Images/David Ibbotson Image caption Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson French football star Kylian Mbappe has donated £27,000 to a fundraising appeal set up by the family of missing pilot David Ibbotson. Mr Ibbotson, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, was flying Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala from Nantes to the UK when their plane crashed near Guernsey on 21 January. The footballer’s body was recovered from the wreck on the seabed, but Mr Ibbotson’s body has not been found. Former England captain…

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Who is Trump’s World Bank president pick David Malpass?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Malpass was part of President Trump’s 2016 election team US President Donald Trump has nominated David Malpass as his pick for the next World Bank president. So who is David Malpass, and what opinions does he hold? Mr Malpass, a Trump loyalist, was a senior economic adviser to the US president during his 2016 election campaign. The 62-year-old has criticised the World Bank in the past, along with other institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, for being “intrusive” and “entrenched”. After senior…

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David John and Jamie Jones: Pair banned after snooker match-fixing investigation

Jamie Jones reached the last 16 of the 2018 World Championship Two Welsh players have been banned from snooker after a corruption inquiry. Former professional David John will serve a suspension of five years and seven months, while Jamie Jones has been given a one-year ban. Jones, world number 39 at the time he was charged, was cleared of match-fixing but admitted failing to report a corrupt approach. He was suspended in October after being accused of being part of a plan to fix a match between John and Graeme…

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Billionaire David Harding’s £100m gift to Cambridge University

Image caption Former student David Harding’s gift to Cambridge is the biggest single British donation to a UK university A hedge fund billionaire has donated £100m to Cambridge University. The donation from David Harding, via his foundation, is the biggest single gift made to a university in the UK by a British philanthropist. The money will fund postgraduate scholarships for more than 100 PhD students and be invested in attracting students from “under-represented groups”. Vice-chancellor Prof Stephen J Toope said it was “extraordinarily generous”. Image copyright Cambridge University Image caption…

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Ashes 2019: Banned duo Steve Smith & David Warner to play ‘huge part’, says Australia captain

David Warner and Steve Smith have played club cricket since being suspended in March 2018 Banned duo Steve Smith and David Warner will play a “huge part” in this year’s Ashes series against England, says Australia captain Tim Paine. Then-captain Smith and his deputy Warner were banned for a year for ball-tampering in South Africa in March. Smith and Warner are expected to return to the national side when their suspensions expire next month. “I see us going to the Ashes and them having a huge part in us winning…

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UK needs black culture museum, says architect Sir David Adjaye

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sir David Adjaye grew up in Africa, Yemen and Lebanon before moving to Britain Architect Sir David Adjaye has called for a “long overdue” museum celebrating black culture in Britain. He believes it would help generations of black children to feel part of “the language, DNA and roots” of the UK. He explained that the contribution of black people to the British Isles was an important talking point. The British-Ghanaian achieved global fame as the architect of the National Museum of African-American History and…

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