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Mary Earps wins Sports Personality of the Year | UK News

England and Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps has been crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The 30-year-old strung a series of impressive performances as the Lionesses reached the Women’s World Cup final this summer, including a penalty save from Spain’s Jenni Hermoso in the final – a game England lost 1-0.

Earps also won the Golden Glove award as the best ‘keeper at the tournament.

File photo dated 27/10/23 of England goalkeeper Mary Earps. England goalkeeper Mary Earps has won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Issue date: Tuesday December 19, 2023.
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Earps won the Golden Glove award at the finals


England goalkeeper Mary Earps saves a penalty from Spain's Jennifer Hermoso during the FIFA Women's World Cup final match at Stadium Australia, Sydney. Picture date: Sunday August 20, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story WORLDCUP Final. Photo credit should read: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire...RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.
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Earps saves a penalty from Spain’s Jennifer Hermoso

Last season Earps kept 14 clean sheets for Manchester United as they finished second in the Women’s Super League.

Earps’s popularity was summed up when Nike initially refused to sell her England replica goalkeeper shirt, only for it to sell out in five minutes after the sports manufacturers performed a U-turn.

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Mary Earps on ‘injustice’ of Nike shirt row

It’s the second year running that a women’s footballer has picked up the coveted prize, with Euros star and Earps’ England teammate Beth Mead the winner last year.

Retired England cricketer Stuart Broad finished second in the vote, while world heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson came third.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson (left) and Stuart Broad pose with their respective third and second placed BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards during the 2023 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards held at MediaCityUK, Salford. Picture date: Tuesday December 19, 2023.
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Katarina Johnson-Thompson (left) and Stuart Broad were runners up

Wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett, jockey Frankie Dettori and golf star Rory McIlroy were the three other contenders for the prize.

‘This is wow’

“I feel a bit sick actually,” Earps said upon receiving the award at the ceremony in Salford, Manchester.

“I would like to say how humbled I am to be among incredible athletes. Sport is a fantastic thing that brings the world together and to hear your stories is unbelievable.

“Thanks to everyone for voting for me, I’m very honoured and humbled. This is the ultimate all-round sporting accolade, us Lionesses and Manchester United have had an amazing couple of years. But this is wow.”

Recipients of other awards included Manchester City’s striker Erling Haaland, who won World Sport Star of the Year and his manager Pep Guardiola, who was named coach of the year.

Manchester City's Erling Haaland speaks via video after winning the BBC World Sport Star of The Year during the 2023 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards held at MediaCityUK, Salford. Picture date: Tuesday December 19, 2023.
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Manchester City’s Erling Haaland has been a giant for his club

Sir Kenny Dalglish, a Liverpool legend, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

And snowboarder Mia Brooks was crowned Young Sports Personality of the Year, while Fatima Whitbread was honoured with the Helen Rollason Award.

Zara Aleena: Sexual predator Jordan McSweeney who murdered law graduate wins appeal for shorter sentence | UK News

A sexual predator who stalked and murdered law graduate Zara Aleena has won an appeal to reduce the minimum term of his life sentence.

Jordan McSweeney, 29, stalked at least five women before he targeted 35-year-old Ms Aleena in Ilford, east London, as she walked home after spending an evening with friends in the early hours of June last year.

McSweeney dragged her into a driveway before brutally kicking her and stamping on her.

He then sexually assaulted Ms Aleena and left her for dead in an attack that lasted nine minutes and left her with 46 separate injuries resulting in her death after she was rushed to hospital.

McSweeney, who refused to attend his sentencing hearing, was handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 38 years in December at the Old Bailey after admitting Ms Aleena’s murder and sexual assault.

In a ruling on Friday, three judges at the Court of Appeal in London found the sentencing judge had imposed too high an “uplift” to the minimum term, replacing it with a life sentence with a minimum term of 33 years.

The Lady Chief Justice Lady Carr said: “Having correctly found that Ms Aleena must have been rendered unconscious at an early stage in the attack, the judge had lacked a sufficient evidential basis on which to be sure that there had been additional mental or physical suffering such as to justify an increase in the 30-year starting point.”

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Andrew Tate wins appeal from Romanian court to be released from house arrest | World News

Andrew Tate has won his appeal in a Romanian court to be released from house arrest pending trial.

The controversial influencer has been held in Romania charged with human trafficking, rape and forming an organised crime group.

The Bucharest Court of Appeals said in a written ruling that it “replaces the house arrest measure with that of judicial control for a period of 60 days from 4 August until 2 October.”

Tate was indicted in June along with his brother Tristan and two Romanian female suspects for human trafficking, rape and forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit women.

The Tate brothers are accused of tricking seven women into sexual exploitation on fake promises of a relationship or marriage – a technique authorities have labelled the “loverboy method”.

It is alleged that the Tate brothers, along with the two Romanian female suspects, formed the group in 2021 to commit human trafficking in Romania and other countries – including the US and UK.

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The brothers were first arrested at a property in Bucharest in December last year and held in custody until March – when they were released under house arrest.

The former professional kickboxer has repeatedly claimed Romanian prosecutors have no evidence and alleged the case is a political conspiracy designed to silence him.

Andrew Tate, who has been based mainly in Romania since 2017, is an online influencer who has amassed millions of followers, particularly among young men.

EuroMillions: UK ticket-holder wins more than £110m jackpot | UK News

One UK ticket-holder has won the £111.7m jackpot in tonight’s EuroMillions draw, Camelot said.

Players have been urged to check their tickets to see if they won the prize in Friday’s draw.

The winning numbers are 03, 12, 15, 25, 43.

The Lucky Stars are 10 and 11.

Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at the National Lottery, said: “What a fantastic night for UK EuroMillions players, as a single ticket-holder has scooped tonight’s special £111.7m EuroMillions jackpot.

“Players are urged to check their tickets and to give us a call if they think they are tonight’s lucky winner.”

Only a handful of UK players have won more than £100m in a EuroMillions jackpot.

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In July last year, an anonymous UK ticket holder won a record jackpot of £195m.

Braverman wins ‘Battle of Waterlooville’ in selection for proposed new Hampshire constituency | Politics News

Suella Braverman has won a contest against backbencher Flick Drummond to continue as an MP, in what has been dubbed as the “Battle of Waterlooville”.

The two Conservatives went head-to-head for a new proposed constituency of Fareham and Waterlooville, which will be created due to boundary changes in the Hampshire area.

Ms Braverman, the home secretary, won a vote of eligible local Tory party members by a slim majority of 77 to 54.

“I am honoured and humbled to have been adopted by Conservatives members to be their Parliamentary Candidate for the new Fareham and Waterlooville constituency,” Ms Braverman wrote on Twitter.

Ms Drummond said she was “incredibly disappointed” by the election result but said she would “continue to be Meon Valley MP” until the next election, a position she has held since 2019.

The new constituency will scrap the existing constituencies of Meon Valley and Fareham.

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Flick Drummond

This is just one of a number of proposed constituency changes that have been proposed across the UK as part of the 2023 boundary review.

The review will present its final recommendations on 1 July, after being launched in January 2021. Changes are expected to be implemented before the next election.

Ms Braverman’s successful win comes on the same day that the Home Office confirmed a giant vessel docked off the Dorset coast will be used to hold hundreds of asylum seekers.

Despite legal threats from local Conservatives, the barge, called the Bibby Stockholm, will be berthed in Portland Port for at least 18 months and will accommodate about 500 single adult males while their claims are processed.

The accommodation was described as “basic” with healthcare provision, catering facilities and 24/7 security by the Home Office.

Anthony Joshua wins heavyweight fight against Jermaine Franklin | UK News

British boxer Anthony Joshua has won his heavyweight fight against American Jermaine Franklin by unanimous decision at London’s O2 Arena.

The former two-time world champion was fighting without a belt on the line for the first time since 2015.

Joshua, 33, went into the ring having lost three of his previous five contests, which included consecutive losses to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk.

The judges scored the London bout 118-111, 117-111 and 117-111 in favour of the home favourite after a laboured display.

Joshua regularly landed with his left jab and caught Franklin, 29, on a number of occasions with his powerful right but the American stood firm – and on occasion cheekily poked his tongue out at his far bigger and taller opponent.

There was a bizarre moment in the final 12th round when Joshua pushed his head into Franklin sparking an angry reaction from Lorenzo Adams, the strength and conditioning coach of the US boxer, who pushed the Finchley fighter.

Anthony Joshua clashes with Jermaine Franklin and a member of Franklin's coaching staff
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Joshua clashes with a member of Franklin’s coaching staff

But the matter was quickly settled and Joshua’s hand was lifted to earn him a 25th professional win.

Speaking after his victory, Joshua told the 22,000-strong crowd: “Last time I grabbed the mic, it was a bit chaotic. I’m calm; I appreciate everyone coming out this evening.”

Joshua was referencing the second Usyk clash where he had a post-fight meltdown.

He added: “I should have knocked him out but it is done. On to the next. He is here to prove himself, not roll over. I wish I could have knocked him out.”

Joshua celebrates after winning the heavyweight contest
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Joshua after winning the heavyweight contest

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Joshua invited WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury to think about a future fight.

“I would be honoured to fight for the WBC Heavyweight championship of the world. If he’s listening, he knows my promoter; we’ve had dialogue before, so let’s continue this. We ain’t getting any younger,” he said.

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Joshua speaking to Sky News ahead of his fight

Without a knockout to have sealed the deal, questions remain about a fight with Fury.

“Tonight was a step down from Oleksandr Usyk, but there was huge pressure,” said promoter Eddie Hearn, who added that Joshua “ended the fight well”.

UK ticket-holder wins £171m EuroMillions jackpot – check your numbers here | UK News

A UK ticket-holder has won more than £171m with the EuroMillions jackpot – the third biggest National Lottery win of all time, Camelot has said.

Tonight’s National Lottery EuroMillions winning numbers were: 14, 15, 22, 35, 48.

The Lucky Stars were: 03, 08.

One UK millionaire has been created with a winning code of: HJML89118.

Only 16 people in the UK have won more than £100m, putting the latest winners in an elite group.

Camelot’s Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at The National Lottery, said: “What an amazing night for one UK ticket-holder who has scooped the giant £171 million EuroMillions jackpot.

“This winner has just become the third biggest National Lottery winner of all time and the sixth UK EuroMillions jackpot winner this year alone.

“Players are urged to check their tickets and to give us a call if they think they are tonight’s lucky winner.”

But they won’t surpass two previous record holders – winners Joe and Jess Thwaite, a couple from Gloucester, who revealed their identities after winning £184m on the EuroMillions back in May.

Mr Thwaite, who bought the ticket, said: “Generally my luck is pretty terrible, to be honest with you.”

Meanwhile, the UK’s biggest winner of £195 million chose not to go public, after winning in July.

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What can you buy with £171 million?

The winner is now richer than Adele (who is worth £150m) – and £171 million will go an unsurprisingly long way.

They could buy 585 houses, based on the latest UK average. Or if luxury property is more their thing, they can now buy three Mayfair townhouses – complete with gym and library – and still have change to spare.

UK ticket wins £110m EuroMillions jackpot | UK News

A UK ticketholder has won Friday’s £110m EuroMillions jackpot, Camelot says.

The winning numbers were 07, 12, 13, 20 and 45 – while the Lucky Stars were 03 and 12.

Andy Carter, Camelot’s senior winners’ adviser at the National Lottery, said: “Players are urged to check their tickets and to give us a call if they think they are tonight’s lucky winner.

“Thanks to National Lottery players, more than £30m is generated every week for good causes across the country.

“This supports everything from local projects making a difference where you live, to our nations’ athletes at the recent Commonwealth Games.”

Only 15 UK players have ever won a jackpot of more than £100m, with the record-holder winning £195m in July.

Joe Thwaite, 49, and Jess Thwaite, 46, from Gloucestershire celebrate after winning the record-breaking EuroMillions jackpot of £184M from the draw on Tuesday 10 May, 2022, at the Ellenborough Park Hotel, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2022.
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Joe and Jess Thwaite

That lucky player was not identified but in May, Gloucester couple Joe and Jess Thwaite decided to reveal themselves as the winners of £184m.

They spoke to reporters about the shock and disbelief they felt when they found out they had won what was then Britain’s biggest lottery win.

Tory leadership race: Rishi Sunak wins over audience in Sky News’ Battle for Number 10 programme | Politics News

Rishi Sunak was deemed to have won Sky News’ Battle for Number 10 after the majority of audience members voted for him over rival Liz Truss.

Ms Truss and Mr Sunak faced tough challenges from Conservative members who are mostly undecided, followed by questions from Sky News’ Kay Burley.

After the pair put forward their arguments for why they should replace Boris Johnson as leader of the Tory party, and therefore prime minister, the audience members were asked who they thought had won the argument.

The audience, made up of Conservative Party members, convincingly backed Mr Sunak in a show of hands, rather than Ms Truss – who has been winning polls since the battle was whittled down to two.

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Ms Truss put herself forward as the candidate of integrity, repeatedly saying she will always listen to people and will do something different if a policy is not working.

She said a recession is “not inevitable”, hours after interest rates were hiked, and promised “bold” action compared with Mr Sunak’s caution.

However, former chancellor Mr Sunak said Ms Truss’ vision “will make the situation worse” as he reminded audience members of his financial actions to help people during the COVID pandemic.

He stressed a need to get a grip on runaway inflation before cutting taxes, adding: “But it all starts with not making the situation worse.

“Because if we just put fuel on the fire of this inflation spiral, all of us, all of you, are just going to end up with higher mortgage rates, savings and pensions that are eaten away, and misery for millions.”