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Elise Christie: British mixed relay team fail to qualify from heats

Christie spent the summer recovering from an ankle injury she picked up in Pyeongchang Elise Christie’s return to speed skating ended in disappointment as the British mixed relay team failed to qualify from their heats in Canada. The short-track quartet finished third behind the Netherlands and Russia in a time of two minutes 40.769 seconds. The new 2,000m event was Christie’s first since the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, where she fell or was disqualified in all three of her races. Christie, 28, injured her ankle ligaments in the 1500m in…

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Celebrity Jewish-Arab wedding stirs mixed feelings in Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A surprise celebrity wedding bridging Israel’s Jewish-Muslim divide drew mixed public reaction on Thursday in a country where such inter-marriage is extremely rare. Lucy Aharish and Tsahi Halevi pose for a photo at their wedding party in Hadera, Israel October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Meggie Vilensky Wednesday’s nuptials of Tsahi Halevi, an Arabic-fluent Jewish actor, and Lucy Aharish, a Muslim anchor on a top Hebrew news show, followed a four-year romance that, friends said, they had kept secret to avoid falling foul of cultural sensitivities. “We Are Signing a…

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Mixed reactions to Seann Walsh Strictly apology

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStrictly’s Seann Walsh: ‘We made a huge mistake’ Viewers tweeted a range of reactions to Seann Walsh and Katya Jones’s apology on It Takes Two. The pair, who are partners on Strictly Come Dancing, appeared on the BBC Two show to address being caught kissing. Some viewers on Twitter felt sorry for Walsh, with one tweeting to keep the pair in the competition and “keep it about the dancing”. A lot of other people however, were far less forgiving and didn’t think…

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Mixed Martial Arts-Putin congratulates Nurmagomedov after McGregor win

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin met and congratulated Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov on Wednesday after he retained his UFC lightweight title against Conor McGregor in a bout overshadowed by a post-fight brawl. Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with mixed martial arts fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia (R), UFC lightweight champion who recently defeated Conor McGregor of Ireland in the main event of UFC 229, and his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov on the sidelines of a sports forum in Ulyanovsk, Russia October 10, 2018. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS…

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Hopman Cup: Serena Williams to face Roger Federer in mixed doubles

Serena Williams last played the Hopman Cup in 2015 Serena Williams is set to face Roger Federer in her first event of the 2019 season when the USA play Switzerland in the mixed doubles at the Hopman Cup. Williams, 37, has not played since her controversial US Open final defeat by Naomi Osaka in September. The 23-time Grand Slam champion partners Frances Tiafoe, while 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer and Belinda Bencic will seek to defend their title. Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter will represent Great Britain in Perth. “The…

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Cycling: Mixed relay event added to world championships program

(Reuters) – Men and women cyclists will join forces in a new event being introduced at next year’s Road World Championships in Britain as part of a move by the sport’s governing body (UCI) to “encourage gender equality”. The event, called the team time-trial mixed relay, will be contested by national teams consisting of three men and three women, and replaces the trade team time-trial featuring professional outfits. The mixed relay will be run over two laps of a 14 km Harrogate circuit in Yorkshire, with the men riding the…

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2019 Road World Championships: Yorkshire to host first team time trial mixed relay

Britain’s Lizzie Deignan won the 2017 women’s Tour de Yorkshire in Harrogate Men and women will race together for their nations for the first time in the 2019 Road World Championships in Yorkshire. The team time-trial mixed relay is being introduced as part of a drive to “encourage gender equality”. UCI president David Lappartient said the new event was designed to “increase the attractiveness” of cycling. The Worlds, including Para-cycling for the first time, are on 21-29 September with races finishing in Harrogate. The new mixed relay race will feature…

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Mixed Martial Arts- McGregor promotes fight, whiskey at raucous press conference

(Reuters) – Conor McGregor sipped whiskey and boasted he would need just one round to defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov and reclaim the UFC lightweight title during a typically wild news conference to promote his return to the octagon on Thursday. Sep 20, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Conor McGregor during a press conference for UFC 229 at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports McGregor repeatedly referenced the infamous April incident when he threw a metal dolly through the window of a bus carrying Nurmagomedov and other…

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Maniac: Mixed reviews for Emma Stone’s Netflix show

Image copyright Netflix Image caption Emma Stone and Jonah Hill star in Maniac Netflix’s sci-fi dark comedy Maniac, starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, has had a mixed reception from critics. The series, released next week, follows Stone and Hill’s characters as they take part in a drug trial. Entertainment Weekly’s Darren French called it “as much fun as getting your head examined”. He said: “The story-splitting nature of Maniac gives the stars the rare opportunity to give several bad performances in one project. “Hill defaults his face into a…

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US Open 2018: Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands win mixed doubles title

Murray and Mattek-Sands were competing together for the first time at this tournament Jamie Murray successfully defended his US Open mixed doubles title by coming from behind to win a tight final. The Briton and American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands beat Poland’s Alicja Rosolska and Croat Nikola Mektic on a match tie-break 2-6 6-3 11-9. The win gives Murray a fourth Grand Slam mixed doubles title and is his sixth overall. It is Mattek-Sands’ eighth Slam title but first since a career-threatening knee injury at Wimbledon in 2017. The pair were…

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