4,500 jobs at risk as William Hill axes 700 stores

Which betting shops are affected? We don’t know yet. William Hill will not be revealing which stores will close until later this year. However, staff at the shops were told about the decision earlier this week. What are fixed-odds betting terminals? Gambling firms pledge £60m to help addicts The government cut the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which had previously been £100, because of widespread concern that players were able to lose large amounts of money in a …

Bielsa-esque Pierluigi Collina defends referees and Fifas new rules | Suzanne Wrack

The chair of Fifas refereeing committee gave an energetic presentation in Paris following controversial incidents in the Womens World Cup In the midst of a refereeing and VAR storm Pierluigi Collina was calm. A media briefing on refereeing mid-tournament is not a new occurrence. At Swedens defeat of Canada to show exactly why there was a lengthy stoppage and whether prioritising accuracy over time was correct. Responding to the most common complaint, that the Womens World Cup is being used …

Israel Folau looks for $2.1 million in legal battle with Rugby Australia

(CNN)Israel Folau, who was sacked by Rugby Australia following a homophobic social media post, is crowdfunding A$3 million (US$2.1 million) to pursue a legal battle against the governing body. “My fight with Rugby Australia to defend my right to practice my religion has so far cost my wife Maria and me over A$100,000 in legal fees,” Folau says in the video. “Rugby Australia has an army of lawyers at their disposal and they have already said they will divert significant …

How Elite Tennis Players Crank Out Serves at 150 MPH

It’s early afternoon in Orlando, the hottest time of day on a characteristically sultry Wednesday in Florida, a state famous for its perennially warm, wet, shirt-soaking conditions, which just so happen to be pretty much perfect for playing tennis. Or so I’m told. I’m standing—sweating, squinting, panting—at the opposite end of a court from 21-year-old Ulises Blanch, one of the many elite athletes who train here at the United States Tennis Association’s National Campus. I’m here to learn about the …

Lucy Bronze: Phil Neville is not the best coach but made England better

Lucy Bronze has defended Phil Neville, who has admitted his tactical deficiencies, but she added: Were disappointed not to have won the World Cup Lucy Bronze acknowledges that Phil Neville is not quite the finished article but the right-back Englands manager labels the worlds best believes he has succeeded in confounding the doubters during the past month at France 2019. Phils said himself hes not the best coach with the best tactics, said Bronze as the Lionesses headed home after …

Europe sizzles in scorching temperatures as heat wave spreads across continent

(CNN)Europe’s scorching heat wave expanded across the continent on Saturday, with people from Britain to the Balkans sweltering under abnormally high temperatures after a record-breaking week. The hot weather is hitting sporting events across Europe, including the first-ever Major League Baseball game to be played in London. In a sign of how unusual the June heat wave is, organizers at Lord’s Cricket Ground in the city even allowed spectators at the World Cup match between Australia and New Zealand to …

Online pornography age checks ‘face further delay’

All you need to know about the under-18 porn block How do your porn habits compare? Does pornography still drive the internet? The plans for compulsory age-checks for UK porn viewers – which the government has described as a world-first – were aimed at protecting children from inappropriate content. Pornographic sites will have to verify the age of UK visitors by law. If they fail to comply they will face being blocked by internet service providers. There has been confusion …

Peru set up Brazil clash in Copa Amrica final after resounding win over Chile

Peru advanced to the final of the Copa Amrica and a date with hosts Brazil after beating double defending champions Chile 3-0 Peru advanced to the final of the Copa Amrica and a date with hosts Brazil after beating double defending champions Chile 3-0. Chile were outclassed by a quick and eager Peru side, who looked a different outfit from the one that scored just three goals in four games on their way to the semi-finals and lost 5-0 to …

It’s Time For Women’s Soccer To Break Away From FIFA

World Cup press conference, a reporter Megan Rapinoe how to grow women’s soccer. “Doing the same exact thing [as the men’s side] and trying to replicate that within a system that has kept women down for a long time is probably not the best way to go about it,” the attacking midfielder responded.  But maybe she should have.  confederations and associations ― and build a better system, separate from the men’s game.  Two of FIFA’s confederations scheduled men’s tournament finals on …