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Ben Stokes: Sports Personality winner reflects on his ‘amazing’ 12 months

Ben Stokes: Sports Personality winner reflects on his ‘amazing’ 12 months

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Ben Stokes said his cricket heroics in 2019 moved his life forward after a troubled previous year.The 28-year-old, who helped England win the Cricket World Cup and starred in the Ashes, was voted Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday, 16 months after being found not guilty of affray following a street brawl near a Bristol nightclub."2019 will be very hard to top and wipes away anything that happened the year before that," said Stokes. "It is a shame 2020 has to start." Social media reacts to emotional Sports Personality...
Sports Personality of the Year 2019: Ben Stokes crowned winner

Sports Personality of the Year 2019: Ben Stokes crowned winner

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device England cricketer Ben Stokes has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019.The all-rounder was man of the match as England won the World Cup for the first time with a dramatic super over victory against New Zealand at Lord's.Stokes, 28, also hit an unbeaten 135 in the one-wicket third Ashes Test triumph against Australia at Headingley. In a public vote, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton finished second while sprinter Dina Asher-Smith was third.Manchester City and England footballer Raheem Sterling, world heptathlon ...
Russia faces ban from all major sports events – Wada

Russia faces ban from all major sports events – Wada

Sports
Russia could face a ban from all major sports events over "discrepancies" in a lab database, the World Anti-Doping Agency has warned.The country has been given three weeks to explain "inconsistencies" or risk being excluded from the Olympics and world championships.Russia also faces being barred from hosting major events. "There's evidence this data has been deleted," chairman of Wada's compliance panel, Jonathan Taylor, told BBC Sport."We need to understand from the Russian authorities what their explanation is."Background Russia handed over data from its Moscow laboratory in January as a condition of its reintegration back into the sporting fold after a three-year suspension for a state-sp...
Sports Direct faces £605m tax bill and ‘terminal’ problems at House of Fraser

Sports Direct faces £605m tax bill and ‘terminal’ problems at House of Fraser

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter Sports Direct says it is facing a €674m (£605m) tax demand from Belgian authorities - as boss Mike Ashley warned that problems at House of Fraser were "terminal".Mr Ashley also warned of more store closures at House of Fraser and expressed apparent regret for buying it, as Sports Direct published a much-delayed set of full-year financial results. The tycoon used the results statement to deliver a stark assessment of the problems his business is facing as well as venting at length about those he blames for them.He warned that the acquisition of House of Fraser had "led to significant uncertainty as to the future profitability of the group as a whole".Meanwhile, the group said its chief financial officer Jon Kem
Sports Direct shares slip as House of Fraser weighs on results

Sports Direct shares slip as House of Fraser weighs on results

Business
Shares in Mike Ashley's Sports Direct have dived more than 10% after the retailer said it had delayed the publication of its annual results.The company, whose shares trade on the FTSE 250, blamed problems integrating its purchase of House of Fraser (HoF) stores last summer and increased scrutiny of its accounts. It added that this could affect its financial forecasts. Image: House of Fraser was bought by Mr Ashley in August last year Sports Direct had been due to publish results for the year to 28 April on Thursday but said it now expected to release them between 26 July and 23 August.Its statement said: "The reasons for the delay are the complexities of the integration into the company of the House of Fraser business, and the current...