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Two days before official opening, softball gets delayed Olympics under way without fans

Japan won gold when softball was last in the Olympics at Beijing 2008, and began with a convincing 8-1 victory in a match held two days before the official opening ceremony. But the match took…

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Marcus Rashford defends charity deals over profit claims

“Last summer, 1.3M children had access to food support, through my relationship with Burberry children have a safe place to be after school where they will be fed, following the November investment vulnerable children have…

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UK and France agree deal to tackle rise in Channel crossings

France will double the number of police patrolling its beaches as part of a deal with the UK to stem the number of migrants crossing the English Channel. It comes as the number of people…

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Brexit: UK to outline how it wants to overhaul Northern Ireland Protocol

image copyrightEPA UK ministers will outline how they want to overhaul trading arrangements between Britain and Northern Ireland that came into effect after Brexit. The Northern Ireland Protocol helps prevent the need for checks on…

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Tokyo 2020 Great Britain v Chile: Ellen White opens the scoring

Manchester City’s Ellen White scores the first goal at Tokyo 2020 for Great Britain against Chile in the opening match in Sapporo. Watch highlights of Tokyo 2020 on BBC One, BBC Two, the BBC Sport…

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‘I’m speaking up for future generations’ – USA swimmer Meyers withdraws from Paralympics

Meyers, who is deaf and blind, usually has her mother accompany her as a personal care assistant (PCA). However, Covid safety restrictions mean there will be a single PCA for all USA Paralympic swimmers in…

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M&S to cut Christmas products in Northern Ireland

image copyrightGetty Images Marks & Spencer has warned it is already cutting Christmas products in Northern Ireland due to concerns over forthcoming post-Brexit customs checks. Chairman Archie Norman told Radio Four’s Today Programme the changes…

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Bucks complete series turnaround to win first NBA title for 50 years

The Bucks’ 4-2 series win was sealed in front of a 17,000 crowd as 65,000 celebrated outside the Fiserv Forum. They are only the fifth team to win the best-of-seven finals series after losing their…

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Covid-19: Cancelling Olympics ‘not ruled out’ and lockdown anger

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Wednesday morning. We’ll have another update for you this evening. Cancelling the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – which kicks off with women’s…

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Covid: Anger as half of Australians in lockdown again

image copyrightEPA Anger is growing in Australia as 13 million people – about half the population – endure fresh lockdowns to quash Covid outbreaks. A third state, South Australia, joined Victoria and parts of New…

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