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The West Midlands’ has produced a wealth of musical talent over the years, and tonight’s ceremony sought to show off the very best of it to a worldwide audience and watching royalty. Viewers were treated to performances from past stars such as Dexys Midnight Runners and UB40, to the stars of today like Jorja Smith and Mahalia – heavy metal, rap, reggae, grime and pop were all on display. And organisers saved the best for last, as Osbourne turned up to belt out Black Sabbath’s Paranoid to close the curtain on 11 days of sporting competition. Amid the celebration the region’s contribution to music, there was also a celebration of how it life has changed over the years, and a sneak peak of the new Peaky Blinders stage show.

It is a huge occasion as Gio van Bronckhorst’s men battle it out to keep their Champions League hopes alive. The Ashes gets underway this week as England seek to end their poor record in Australia. The Spaniard has been in inspired form throughout the season, cementing his place as one of the world’s best. The 30-year-old lifted the roof off London’s velodrome with scratch race victory, a magical moment that she felt stacked up against five Olympic titles.

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has plan to secure final two signings of transfer window MIKEL ARTETA is not set for a quiet last few weeks of the transfer window at Arsenal. Frenkie de Jong is reportedly refusing to negotiate with Chelsea and Manchester United, despite the two Premier League clubs being interested in signing the Barcelona midfielder. Meanwhile, Barcelona are currently trying to convince de Jong to take a reduction to his salary, but the Dutchman is not agreeing to their demands, lidaweb.com and has made it clear that he will not be pressured into lowering his wages. This latest twist follows reports on Monday that Barcelona have told De Jong that they want to rip up his current contract and revert back to the one that he signed when he first joined in 2019. TOP GRUB I’m a nutritionist – what I tell all Prem players about diet & how you can copy it IT’S come home – all thanks to the Lionesses. And now fans have a new season and the World Cup this winter to look forward to.

  • But given Qatar’s compact geography and the proximity of team hotels, training grounds and stadiums, journey times will be short when compared with the vast distances teams had to cover at Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018.
  • Barcelona may have to pay an additional ‘£262 million’ in wages to four players as a result of deals signed in October 2020 that were designed to save the club money in the short term.
  • Comparisons to Beckham quickly followed, as supporters reminisced about the England legend’s wonder strike from inside his own half against Wimbledon in 1996.
  • But every year the first weekend of the season brings added excitement as fans get to see their summer signings in action for the first time in a competitive match.

The Mercedes driver has had to make do with fighting to be the best of the rest this season, with his 2021 title rival Max Verstappen seemingly on course to retain his crown. It is a mark of just how far MMA has come that only one current champion in any of the male divisions was born in the USA. The UFC have always strived to spread their tentacles worldwide and now fighters from Europe, Africa and Oceania are having their time in the sun. Where the stars and stripes once had a stranglehold, the grip has now loosened with only Aljamain Sterling, Julianna Pena and Carla Esparza flying the flag at the top of their respective weight classes. Jonny Drury and West Brom correspondent Lewis Cox give their take on Albion’s 1-1 draw with Watford in their first home game of the season. Anglers who are fed-up with the poor sport in Kent have gone west to find better luck.

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Man Utd urged to follow Arsenal transfer strategy with five players to save summer window MANCHESTER UNITED could go down the same route as Arsenal. MAL-ICIOUS Watch MMA star hit KO & force rival to spin 360 before celebrating with Masvidal MALCOLM WELLMAKER produced an incredible moment while fighting at iKON FC 4 on Friday. Barcelona may have to pay an additional ‘£262 million’ in wages to four players as a result of deals signed in October 2020 that were designed to save the club money in the short term. Villarreal are trying to sign Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele in a loan deal and are also interested him his team-mate Giovani Lo Celso. Manchester United players had to change sides with Brighton in the famous Old Trafford tunnel just moments before kick off as captain Harry Maguire appeared to get confused with what side players should line up on.

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Born in Merseyside, Coady captained Wolves for the past four seasons and was a hugely influential figure both on and off the pitch for the West Midlands club. Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury is attracting interest from Watford and West Brom. The Premier League outfit have been looking to add an experienced shot-stopper to their ranks this summer, and they have now landed the 32-year-old on an initial one-year deal. It’s just the second tournament of the season for the 40-year-old Williams, who returned to competition at Wimbledon just over a month ago. Villa’s manager stripped the England international of the captain’s armband in pre-season and appointed John McGinn in his place. You knew you were up against 11 stars, 65,000 supporters – and sometimes the referee, too!

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