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North Korea's cheerleaders steal spotlight at Winter Games with synchronized chants

North Korea's cheerleaders steal spotlight at Winter Games with synchronized chants

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Clad in coordinated outfits of red with white and blue accents, North Korea's throng of more than 200 cheerleaders are stealing the spotlight at the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in South Korea as they chant, sway and dance in unison. North and South Korea agreed to form a joint female ice hockey team for the 2018 Winter Olympics and to march together at the opening ceremony under a "Korean Peninsula flag," according to a joint statement from the countries released last month. In addition to sending 22 athletes to compete at the games in Pyeongchang, North Korea also deployed a 229-strong all-female cheering squad to root for both nations. At Saturday's hockey match between Switzerland and the unified Korean team, the North Korean cheerleaders split up into groups and situated themselves in...
Birmingham named 2022 Commonwealth Games host city

Birmingham named 2022 Commonwealth Games host city

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Birmingham has been announced as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.The city's was the only bid submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) by the deadline of 30 September after it was chosen ahead of Liverpool as Britain's candidate.The CGF initially deemed the bid was "not fully compliant".However, the city has now been confirmed as the host of the £750m Games, the most expensive sports event in Britain since the London Olympics.Birmingham mayor Andy Street described the announcement as a "fantastic Christmas present for our region". Birmingham celebrates Commonwealth Games hosting winLive reaction to the announcementThe bidding process has been beset with problems, with the South African city of Durban awarded the Games in 2015 before being stripped of the event because it
Swansea sack Clement after just three wins in 18 games

Swansea sack Clement after just three wins in 18 games

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Swansea City have sacked manager Paul Clement with the club bottom of the Premier League, having won just three league games this season.Clement, 45, took charge in January with Swansea in the relegation zone and guided them to a 15th-place finish.Chairman Huw Jenkins said that changing the manager halfway through a season "was the last thing we wanted to do".He said: "We felt we couldn't leave it any longer and needed to make a change to give the best chance of an uplift."Swansea announced that assistant managers Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi have also left the club.The Welsh club says it will give a further update on replacement coaching staff "within the next 24 hours".Before joining Swansea, Clement had worked as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant manager at Chelsea, Paris St-Germain and Real M...
Victor Oladipo helps Indiana Pacers snap Cleveland Cavaliers' win streak at 13 games

Victor Oladipo helps Indiana Pacers snap Cleveland Cavaliers' win streak at 13 games

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo couldn't point to any major reason for his second-half explosion. "I was just going out there being aggressive and trying to make plays," Oladipo said after scoring 25 of his 33 points in the final two quarters to help Indiana Pacers top the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-102, snapping their league-leading 13-game winning streak on Friday night. Oladipo scored 20 in the third quarter as the Pacers turned a six-point halftime deficit into a three-point lead (89-86) after three quarters. The Pacers (15-11) have now won both meetings with Cleveland (18-8), but Oladipo wasn't ready to call it a statement win. "We haven't done anything," Oladipo said. It was just another game that we had to go out there and compete and win. We did a great job playing as a team, working h...
Manchester City news: A Premier League assessment after eleven games

Manchester City news: A Premier League assessment after eleven games

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Things have gone swimmingly for Manchester City in the Premier League this season Thursday, November 9, 2017This season has seen City live up to the expectation of having Pep Guardiola as manager and some have even suggested they could go an entire season unbeaten in the league. League position: 1st (31 points)Best game: Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool Worst game: Manchester City 1-1 Everton Best player: Kevin De Bruyne The Belgian showed signs of brilliance last season, but De Bruyne has really taken his game to the next level this term. If he carries on like this it will be hard to look at anyone else as the Premier League's star man. ReportManchester City have been streets ahead of any other side and look unstoppable at present with t...