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Tennis – Battling Kvitova downs Barty to claim Sydney title

(Reuters) – Petra Kvitova warmed up for the year’s first Grand Slam by coming from behind to beat home favorite Ashleigh Barty 1-6 7-5 7-6(3) and win her second Sydney International title on Saturday. Kvitova, the 2015 champion, surrendered her serve in the opening game and struggled to recover from her poor start, with the Czech’s usually lethal backhand disintegrating amid a flurry of unforced errors in the first set. The world number eight hit her stride in the second, staying within touching distance of Barty until pouncing to take…

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Strictly Come Dancing finalists discuss their ups, downs and future plans

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStrictly Come Dancing: Finalists share memories and best bits from the season “I was in an ice bath last night, and oh my word I’ve got calves.” YouTube star Joe Sugg‘s life has changed in many ways since he started Strictly Come Dancing 14 weeks ago. “Suggs aren’t known for their calves, but I can actually feel a calf now,” he says proudly. “Look, I’ve got calves!” Speaking to the press on the last day of rehearsals for the Strictly final, Joe…

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‘I don’t want everything to be about Down’s’

Image copyright Jacqui Tyson Last autumn, Brent Marriner, a 27-year-old from Sunderland, collected a Chinese takeaway by himself for the first time. He tweeted about his achievement and got more than 10,000 likes and retweets. The positive response was more than he could have hoped for. But since then, he has found himself dragged into controversial debates or hounded for what he posts. Brent, who has Down’s syndrome, and his “Mam” Jacqui Tyson set up their joint account @Being_Brent in 2015. Brent wanted to show people that he can do…

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Ups and Downs: Belfast actor James Martin on TV role

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJames Martin has been acting with the Belfast drama group, Babosh, for many years A Belfast actor with Down’s syndrome has landed his first TV role in a new BBC NI drama. James Martin, 26, has been acting since he was a teenager and won his part after auditioning for the role of Conal in the film Ups and Downs. His character goes on a road trip with his sister Rosie to the frustration of his very protective mum. Martin says his…

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Barty downs Wang to win WTA Elite Trophy

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Ash Barty made a blistering start and rode out a tighter second set to win the WTA Elite Trophy title with a convincing 6-3 6-4 victory over rising Chinese talent Wang Qiang in Zhuhai on Sunday. The 22-year-old Australian beat defending champion and top seed Julia Goerges in the semi-finals and picked up where she left off in that match to win the $2,349,363 tournament for the 12 best ranked players who fail to qualify for the WTA Finals. It was Barty’s third WTA title after…

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Top 25 roundup: No. 7 Georgia downs No. 9 Florida in key SEC battle

Quarterback Jake Fromm threw for 240 yards and three scores as No. 7 Georgia got redemption from its blowout loss to LSU two weeks ago with a 36-17 win over No. 9 Florida at Jacksonville, Fla. Oct 27, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm (11) runs the ball against the Florida Gators during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports With the victory, Georgia (7-1, 5-1) puts itself in position to win its second straight SEC East crown should it beat…

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The 23-year-old busting myths about Down’s syndrome

A 23-year-old with Down’s syndrome has told BBC Radio 5 Live that people’s misconceptions about the condition make her feel sad. Heidi Crowter works in a children’s hair salon, has a boyfriend and lives independently in her own flat. She said she wanted to make this video to challenge some of the misconceptions surrounding people with Down’s syndrome. Heidi said: “As that bearded lady said in The Greatest Showman, ‘This is me. Take me as I am.’” Source link

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Tennis: Zhang downs Kerber to set up Osaka clash in Beijing

(Reuters) – Zhang Shuai stunned Wimbledon Champion Angelique Kerber 6-1 2-6 6-0 in the China Open on Thursday to set up a quarter-final clash with Naomi Osaka. Tennis – China Open – Women’s Singles – Third Round – National Tennis Center, Beijing, China – October 4, 2018. Zhang Shuai of China takes selfies with fans after her match against Angelique Kerber of Germany. REUTERS/Thomas Peter China’s Zhang broke Kerber’s serve five times and fired 22 winners to seal the victory in an hour and 27 minutes in her second meeting…

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Huddersfield Town 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane double downs winless Terriers

Harry Kane has scored more Premier League goals at the John Smith’s Stadium than any Huddersfield player Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham beat Huddersfield to keep the winless Terriers bottom of the Premier League. The hosts started brightly but went behind when Kane headed in Kieran Trippier’s right-wing cross. Spurs added a second when Danny Rose went down in the box after slight contact from Florent Hadergjonaj, and Kane sent Jonas Lossl the wrong way with the resulting penalty. Laurent Depoitre hit the bar, but in truth the hosts…

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Mocked Down’s syndrome Everton fan meets players

An Everton fan with Down’s syndrome was invited to meet players and train with squad after being mocked online. Danny, 28, from Liverpool was included in the annual team photo. Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra – if you miss us you can listen back here. Source link

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