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Ryan Mason: Children should be banned from heading footballs

‘I’ll never be able to accept retirement’ – Mason Former Tottenham, Hull and England midfielder Ryan Mason has called for a ban on children heading footballs to be introduced. The 27-year-old was forced to retire in February 2018 after suffering a fractured skull during an aerial challenge in a Premier League game against Chelsea 13 months earlier. A ban would emulate rules in the United States, where under-11s are outlawed from heading by the the US Soccer Federation – with limitations in place for players between 11 and 13. “If…

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Climate change: World heading for warmest decade, says Met Office

Image copyright Getty Images The world is in the middle of what is likely to be the warmest 10 years since records began in 1850, says the Met Office. It’s forecasting that temperatures for each of the next five years are likely to be at or above 1C compared to pre-industrial levels. There’s also a small chance that one of the next five years will see global temperatures temporarily go above 1.5C. That’s seen as a critical threshold for climate change. If the data matches the forecast, then the decade…

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National champion Clemson heading to White House

Clemson’s national championship football team will continue its victory tour on Monday, when it visits President Donald Trump in the White House. Jan 8, 2019; San Jose, CA, USA; Detailed view of the College Football Playoff national champion trophy won by Clemson Tigers during a press conference at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Trump made the announcement via Twitter on Friday. “I look forward to hosting, right out of the great State of South Carolina, the 2019 NCAA Football Champion Clemson Tigers at…

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May heading to Brussels amid scramble to finalise Brexit deal

Image copyright EPA Image caption Theresa May’s meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker comes ahead of this weekend’s summit of EU leaders Theresa May will meet EU officials later as the two sides scramble to finalise a Brexit deal in time for Sunday’s summit of European leaders. The EU missed its deadline on Tuesday to complete the text of its declaration on future relations with the UK, amid concerns from several member states. Stumbling blocks remain over UK access to the EU single market, access to UK waters for EU boats and…

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Stephen Hawking’s thesis, wheelchair heading for auction

LONDON (Reuters) – From a copy of his PhD thesis to his wheelchair, items belonging to Stephen Hawking are headed for auction, offering fans of the late British physicist famed for his work exploring the origins of the universe a chance to buy some of his possessions. Known for his acclaimed research on black holes, the wheelchair-bound Hawking, who suffered from motor neurone disease and used an electronic voice synthesizer, died in March at the age of 76. “On the Shoulders of Giants”, which also features documents penned by Isaac…

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Stephen Hawking’s thesis, wheelchair heading for auction

Fine-art handler Tom Richardson poses with a jacket belonging to British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking ahead of an auction of items from Hawkings’ personal estate at Christie’s in London, Britain October 30, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville LONDON (Reuters) – From a copy of his PhD thesis to his wheelchair, items belonging to Stephen Hawking are headed for auction, offering fans of the late British physicist famed for his work exploring the origins of the universe a chance to buy some of his possessions. Known for his acclaimed research on black holes,…

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Rothera wharf ‘kit of parts’ heading to Antarctica

Image copyright BAS Image caption The current wharf at Rothera is too small for the new BAS ship to moor An international team of builders is preparing to ship an entire kit of parts from the UK to create a new wharf in the Antarctic. The work is part of the £100m upgrade of the Rothera research station to accommodate its new vessel, the RSS Sir David Attenborough. Almost 4,000 tonnes of equipment and materials will be shipped 6,835 miles (11,000km) next month. Project manager Martha McGowan described it as…

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Olympics – Talks to reinstate Kuwait heading in a positive direction

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Negotiations to lift an Olympic ban on Kuwait are making progress but more issues still need to be ironed out before the country’s Olympic return, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Kuwait Olympics Committee and Sports Federation in Kuwait City in this June 28, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Tariq AlAli/File Photo Kuwait’s national Olympic committee (KOC) has been banned since October, 2015 after the government was accused of interference with a new sports law. International Olympic Committee (IOC)…

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England v India: Jos Buttler hits century but hosts heading for defeat

England v India: Jos Buttler scores a maiden century but home side still face heavy loss Third Specsavers Test, Trent Bridge (day four of five) India 329 & 352-7 dec: Kohli 103, Pujara 72, Rashid 3-101 England 161 & 311-9: Buttler 106, Stokes 62, Bumrah 5-85 India need one wicket to win Scorecard England are on the verge of a huge defeat by India in the third Test despite the defiance of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes on day four at Trent Bridge. Buttler made his maiden Test century and…

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Brain injury expert calls for ban on heading in football

Dr Bennet Omalu, one of the world’s leading experts on brain injuries, believes heading in “dangerous” and “does not make sense” Heading a football should be restricted in the professional game and banned for those under the age of 18, according to one of the world’s leading experts on brain injuries. Dr Bennet Omalu discovered the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The condition has long-term effects and is caused by repeated head trauma. “It does not make sense to control an object travelling at a high velocity with your…

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