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James DeGale retires: Former Olympic & world champion quits at 33

James DeGale retires: Former Olympic & world champion quits at 33

Sports
James DeGale, the first British boxer to win an Olympic gold medal then a professional world title, has retired.The 33-year-old lost on a unanimous points decision to Chris Eubank Jr in London on Saturday."It's been an unbelievable journey," said DeGale, who won 25 and lost three of his 29 fights as a professional. "It's hard to admit that I'm not the fighter I once was. I'm human and, along the way, my injuries have taken a toll - both on mind and body."DeGale beat American Andre Dirrell on points to claim the vacant IBF super-middleweight belt in May 2015.He lost his title in December 2017 but won it back in an April rematch with American Caleb Truax.However, he gave up the belt in July 201...
Actor quits Twitter after online abuse over Black Mirror role

Actor quits Twitter after online abuse over Black Mirror role

Entertainment
Actor Will Poulter has quit Twitter over the response to his role in Black Mirror film Bandersnatch. The British star appeared as Colin Ritman in the Netflix drama, which allows viewers to make interactive selections impacting the path of the storyline.Some social media users are said to have called Poulter "ugly" after he featured in the show with dyed blonde hair and glasses.The 25-year-old actor wrote on Twitter on Wednesday: "In light of my recent experiences I am choosing to take a step back, of sorts, from Twitter. He added: "There are positives to enjoy and inevitable negatives that are best to be avoided."It's a balance I have struggled with for a while now and in the interest of my mental health I feel the time has come to change my relationship with social media...
US envoy Brett McGurk quits over Trump Syria pullout

US envoy Brett McGurk quits over Trump Syria pullout

World
A top US official in the fight against the Islamic State group has quit over President Trump's decision to pull troops from Syria, reports say.Brett McGurk, the US special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat IS, brought his departure forward from February.Before Mr Trump's announcement he had insisted that the US would continue working against IS in Syria.It follows the resignation of Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday.Gen Mattis had also opposed withdrawing troops from Syria as well as reducing the US presence in Afghanistan.Mr McGurk is an experienced diplomat who was appointed to his current role in 2015 under the Obama administration.In early December he told reporters: "We want to stay on the ground a...
Kevin Hart quits as Oscars host amid tweets row

Kevin Hart quits as Oscars host amid tweets row

Entertainment
US comedian and actor Kevin Hart says he has stepped down from hosting the 2019 Oscars following a controversy over homophobic tweets.He said he did not want to be a distraction and that he was "sorry he had hurt people".The choice of Hart for host was only announced on Tuesday. But tweets from a decade ago emerged of anti-gay slurs, sparking calls for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to drop him.Kevin Hart had said hosting the Oscars was "a goal on my list for a long time".But in a tweet late on Thursday he said he had chosen to step down "because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists".He said: "I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words of the past."Comments Hart made during a c...
Astronaut quits halfway through training, 1st in 50 years

Astronaut quits halfway through training, 1st in 50 years

Technology
For the first time in 50 years, an astronaut-in-training is quitting NASA. Astronaut candidate Robb Kulin has resigned halfway through his two years of training at Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said his departure is effective Friday and that he is leaving for personal reasons that the space agency cannot discuss due to privacy laws. Kulin was among 12 new astronauts chosen last summer from a record 18,300 applicants. Kulin, 34, was working as a senior manager at SpaceX when selected and said at the time he was hoping to fly on a vehicle he helped design. SpaceX and Boeing are developing NASA's first commercial crew capsules, due to launch within the next year. He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and an ice drille...