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Octavian: The rapper who went from homelessness to winning the BBC Music Sound of 2019

Image copyright Black Butter Records Image caption Octavian: “My music is weird, man.” “My mum, the last thing she told me before I left was, ‘You’re either going to be in prison or you’re going to be big.’” Octavian – who has just got a step closer to the big time after being named winner of BBC Music’s Sound of 2019 – is recalling the day, at the age of 14, that he was thrown out of his mother’s house. “She was bare angry at me, so it was weird…

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Miss Algeria trolled for skin color after winning title

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Winning a beauty pageant should be a moment of joy, but Miss Algeria Khadija Ben Hamou, from the country’s vast desert south, was immediately targeted online for her dark skin color. Ben Hamou, 26, is the first southerner to win the title that leads to a shot at the Miss World crown. More than 75 percent of Algerians live in the north, with most prominent figures in public life being lighter skinned northerners. Only one government minister is dark skinned. Some southerners feel excluded from development in…

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Andy Murray makes winning return in Brisbane with defeat of James Duckworth

Murray decided in Brisbane a year ago to have hip surgery Andy Murray made a winning start to 2019 but admitted he does not know how much longer he will be able to play top-level tennis after hip surgery. Britain’s former world number one beat Australian wildcard James Duckworth 6-3 6-4 at the Brisbane International in his first match since September. Scot Murray, 31, struggled to contain his emotions as he told how last year had been “really hard”. Fellow Briton Johanna Konta beat 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stevens…

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Murray makes winning return in Brisbane after hip injury

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon Preview – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2018 Britain’s Andy Murray during practice REUTERS/Peter Nicholls SYDNEY (Reuters) – Former world number one Andy Murray made a successful return to competitive tennis on Tuesday with a 6-3 6-4 victory over local favorite James Duckworth at the Brisbane International tournament. The 31-year-old Murray ended his season early last year after suffering pain in his hip following surgery earlier in 2018 that ruled him out of three of the four Grand…

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Impressive Federer gives Switzerland winning start at Hopman Cup

(Reuters) – World number three Roger Federer outplayed Briton Cameron Norrie 6-1 6-1 to secure a winning start for defending champions Switzerland at the Hopman Cup on Sunday. Gearing up for his Australian Open title defense, Federer overcame three break points in his opening service game before rediscovering his rhythm to race out to a 5-0 lead. With 18 winners and four aces, Federer wrapped up the opening set in 31 minutes. Norrie, who had defeated Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets on Saturday, struggled to match Federer’s crisp stroke-making…

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USOC prized winning over athlete safety: congressional report

(Reuters) – The U.S. Olympic community prioritized “medals and money” over the safety of its athletes, creating a culture that contributed to widespread instances of sexual abuse, according to a congressional report released on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, stands in court during his sentencing hearing in the Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Michigan, U.S., February 5, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File Photo The report comes after more than 350 women testified that former USA Gymnastics…

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NBA roundup: Thunder’s George scores 47, hits winning 3

Paul George hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds remaining and finished with a season-high 47 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied for a 114-112 road victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. Dec 5, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots against Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) and guard Allen Crabbe (33) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports The Thunder overcame a 23-point deficit to notch their largest comeback in franchise history. Russell Westbrook…

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Premiership: Saracens beat Wasps 29-6 to keep up winning run and go above Exeter

Saracens’ England hooker Jamie George scored a hat-trick of tries in last season’s 38-19 win over Wasps Gallagher Premiership Saracens (9) 29 Tries: George, Isiekwe Cons: Lozowski 2 Pens: Lozowski 5 Wasps (3) 6 Tries: Cons: Pens: Daly 2 Saracens clocked up a ninth straight Premiership win of the season by beating Wasps to go top of the table and maintain their 100% winning start. Champions Sarries’ 16th successive Premiership victory, going back to last season, owed much to the boot of Wasps old boy Alex Lozowski. He kicked five…

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NFL: Dallas Cowboys defence bring New Orleans Saints winning streak to an end

Watch the best moments from the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive masterclass as they restrict the New Orleans Saints to just 10 points and 176 yards of offense to break their 10-game winning streak. WATCH MORE: Juju turns on the jets in NFL plays of the week Watch NFL This Week on BBC iPlayer. Available to UK users only. Source link

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Aston Villa 2-0 Bolton: Villa back to winning ways

Jack Grealish scored his first goal in 24 games to get Villa off to a perfect start Aston Villa eased to their second straight home win under new boss Dean Smith as they eventually saw off free-falling Bolton Wanderers. Jack Grealish’s fourth-minute strike gave Villa the perfect start, but all they could add to it was a second-half header from skipper James Chester. Villa’s victory – only their fifth in 16 Championship games this season – lifts them four places to 13th going into the rest of the weekend fixtures,…

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