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The Voice coach Anne-Marie says tours could be ‘nightmare’ because of Brexit

The Voice coach Anne- Marie says tours will be a “nightmare” without new European visa arrangements.

The singer’s close friend Ed Sheeran was one of 100 musicians along with Sir Elton John and The Who’s Roger Daltrey who signed a letter accusing the Government of “shamefully failing” musicians following Brexit.

The letter called on the Government to “urgently do what it said it would do and negotiate paperwork-free travel”.

Anne-Marie says: “It’s a nightmare – I don’t see why it should be. Everyone is going to keep fighting for it. Hopefully, it will change.”

Ed was one of 100 musicians who signed a letter accusing the Government of “shamefully failing” musicians

With a huge following in East Asia, Anne-Marie says she hasn’t had to worry about any red tape before. “We’ve never experienced that,” she says. “It’s always been super-easy – though obviously, in some countries, you need visas.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden will be discussing the issue with music industry representatives on Wednesday.

In the meantime, artists are struggling to even plan shows. “It’s pretty rubbish,” continues Anne-Marie, 29. “But I guess it’s something that we will never take for granted. We’ll never moan if we have to fly to another country!”

The singer made the best of it on the weekend, kicking it off in style by drinking wine, whisky, vodka and a Malibu and Coke on the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen Live. At 11.30am she admitted on social media: “I’m drunk.”

Currently at No. 2 in the charts with her single Don’t Play, with KSI and Digital Farm Animals, Anne-Marie is looking forward to the end of lockdown restrictions.

She says: “Before this all happened, my life was touring. I’m still struggling to be OK with being still and being in one place.

“We just have to take it step by step and wait for the day we can all be inside, sweaty and touching each other again.”

Who’d have thought we’d miss touching sweaty people at gigs?

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Wayne Rooney announces his retirement from the courts and begins his time as a coach | The State

Rooney, in his time as a DC United player in MLS.

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Wayne Rooney confirmed this Friday his official retirement as a footballer, at the age of 35, to direct the bench of the Derby County, of the English second division (Championship).

The club reported today that the former forward of the Manchester United will be your technician for two and a half years, after having been in charge of the team on a provisional basis since last November 14, when he was dismissed Phillip cocu.

Since then, the former English international, considered one of the best players of his generation in the British Isles, has led nine games from the wing, of which he has won three, drawn four and lost two.

Although I had other offers, I knew instinctively that Derby County was the place for me.í, ”Wayne Rooney said.

“To have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Brian Clough, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Phillip Cocu is a true honor. I can promise everyone involved in this club, as well as the fans, that I will leave no stone unturned to achieve the potential that I have witnessed in the last twelve months at this historic club.“He added.

The former English coach David moyes, who offered Rooney the first opportunity to play for Everton when he was 16 years old, said for his part that “if he has decided to stop playing”, “he will have done so for the right reasons.”

“You are going to find yourself in a completely different world. Not all great players have become the best coaches, but Wayne’s passion for the sport, his motivation and his attitude are the best guarantee for his success“, He concluded.

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The New York Jets already have a coach by stealing their defensive genius from the 49ers | The State

Robert Saleh led the 49ers defense for four seasons.

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Robert Saleh, the energetic coach who earned prestige as the defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers, has agreed to become the new head coach of the New York Jets.

The Jets met for the second time with Saleh, 41, that week and reached the agreement, according to an ESPN report. Several teams that do not have a head coach had met with him. The team confirmed the news.

The mission of Saleh, who spent four years leading the 49ers defense with remarkable success especially in 2019, will be to rebuild the Jets, a franchise in ruins, which this season only won two games.

Reporter Adam Schefter said Saleh would bring Mike LaFleur, who was an assistant coach in San Francisco, to New York to be his offensive coordinator. LaFleur’s brother, Matt, is the head coach of the Green Bay Packers.

The news came the same day it was reported that Urban Meyer, one of the best college football coaches of recent times, will be the new boss of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team that had the worst record of 2020 with 1-15.


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‘’ One more excuse from the coach ’’, lawsuit between Zidane and President of La Liga prior to the Super Cup | The State

Four days have passed since Real Madrid’s bumpy trip to PamplonaThe least of that game seems to have been the zero draw against Osasuna, or the poor performance of the “Merengues.”

The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas defended himself of the claims against him for not suspending the match of day 18 due to a winter storm, “What has bothered me the most is the version that has been given of Real Madrid’s trip.”he declared.

Tebas insisted that “if AENA says that there is no possibility of taking off Real Madrid would not have taken off “ and that “The final decision to travel is made by Real Madrid”.

I don’t know the information that Zidane had. I have seen so many excuses that the coaches have given when the games they have not this will be one more“, Tebas adapted in an interview for TVE, after the technician spoke of the convenience of having postponed the meeting to its conclusion.

For his part, before these statements, the coach of the white box, Zinedine Zidane, affirmed that it was not an excuse. “It doesn’t bother me, I don’t care, I said what I said the other day, it was what I was thinking at the time but they are not excuses or anything, it was evidenceHe said in his first reply on the matter.

“I’m not going to get involved, nor am I going to answer. This is past and now we are thinking about tomorrow’s game, which is what interests me the most, ”he added.

Preparation for the Super Cup closes in Malaga

Real Madrid completed in The Rose Garden, scene of the second semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup that faces Athletic Club, his last training session to close his preparation with the absences of Dani Carvajal and Serbian Luka Jovic.

“We feel good, we have been preparing the game for days, happy we can play it. We are prepared, we will have to compete against a very strong rival that will make us run a lot and fight. We will try to have a great game, “he said at a press conference on the eve of the semifinal.

It was the last chance to define his starting team for Zinedine Zidane, with clear ideas in a block to which he has given continuity and a single doubt to clear, the one chosen to cover the absence of Dani Carvajal, due to a muscular mishap, on the right side. Everything points to the continuity of Lucas Vazquez although it also has options Nacho Fernandez.

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Patriots Coach Bill Belichick Applauded By Fans After Dissing Trump & Rejecting His Medal Of Freedom

NE Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick is turning down receiving the nation’s highest civilian honor from Donald Trump. Fans are applauding him for refusing the Medal of Freedom after the Capitol riots.

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick is putting his country above himself in turning down receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s higest civilian honor — because it would be presented to him by Donald Trump. The most winning Super Bowl HC released a statement on Jan. 11, saying that “I was flattered…out of respect for what the honor represents and admiration for prior recipients.” But Trump inciting a large group of supporters to riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 — in which five people died — has changed Bill’s mind about wanting to accept the honor from Trump, 74.

The 68-year-old continued in his statement, “Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award. Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy. I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team.” Fans, sportscasters and former players applauded Belichick’s decision.

Despite being friendly, Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick has refused receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump due to the Jan. 6 Capitol rioting he incited. Photo credit: MEGA.

Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi — who Belichick coached for 13 season — tweeted, “Proud to have played for this man…” while ESPN Sportscaster Skip Bayless shared, “Good for Bill Belichick.” Dale Arnold, who hosts Boston Bruins hockey games for the New England Sports Network wrote, “You cannot handle this better than Bill Belichick did tonight. You can be sure the players on his team love this.” Famed Harvard Law professor and Patriots fan Lawrence Tribe tweeted, “Good for him! Go Pats!!”

Fred Guttenberg — whose daughter Jaime died in the Parkland school massacre wrote, “In any other moment in life, I would be explaining to anyone who would listen why I hate Bill Belichick. Yes, I am a Miami Dolphins fan. Not tonight. Today I am a Bill Belichick fan. Thank you Coach for standing up for America today.” Legendary former Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan tweeted, “Congratulations, Bill Belichick. You have Done The Right Thing.” The day prior when it was announced that Bill was receiving the honor, Bob wrote, “If this story about Bill Belichick accepting a Medal of Freedom from the disgraced occupant of the White House is true, he’s dead to me. Say it ain’t so, Bill. I sincerely hope this is Fake News.” 

Belichick even referenced in his statement how the Black Lives Matter movement also helped influence his decision. “One of the most rewarding things in my professional career took place in 2020 when, through the great leadership within our team, conversations about social justice, equality and human rights moved to the forefront and became actions. Continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team and county I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award,” he wrote.

Belichick was due to receive the honor on Jan. 14. He has had a friendly relationship with Trump over the years, as has Patriots owner Robert Kraft and former quarterback Tom Brady. Belichick and Trump have golfed together, and Trump even said he would call Belichick if he went to war. During an appearance on the Hugh Hewitt Show on Aug. 11, 2020, Trump said, “You know, if I ever had a military battle, I’d call up Belichick and say what do you think? What do you think? Give me a couple of ideas. And he’d be as good as any general out there.”

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French coach indicted for rape of underage skaters | The State

Sarah Abitbol and Stephane Bernadis during a European figure skating competition in 2002.


The old French coach Gilles beyer was charged this Friday for sexual assault and harassment against skaters, months after one of them had unleashed a scandal with a book in which she denounced not only having been raped by him, but also the indifference of the French Federation of Ice Sports.

Beyer, who had been under arrest since last Wednesday, was left in freedom under judicial control After appearing before the judge who indicted him, he is accused of sexual assaults on three skaters under his authority and sexually harassing other six.

The French justice opened a first investigation for rapes and sexual assaults on minors on February 4 of last year, a week after the expat Sarah Abitbol, bronze at the 2000 World Cups, published a book in which he uncovered everything. The scandal led to the resignation immediate of the president of the federation.

In the publication titled “Un si long silence” (Such a long silence) Abitbol claimed to have been raped by Beyer, who was his coach. He later acknowledged that he had “intimate relations” with her, which he described as “inappropriate”, and asked her forgiveness.

The events took place when the athlete had between 15 and 17 years And despite his complaints then they did not translate into consequences for Beyer, who continued to hold important positions in the Federation.

The events described by Abitbol occurred in the early 1990s and, therefore, have prescribed criminally, but the prosecutor in charge of the case assures that they will seek “other victims who may have suffered infractions of the same nature ”.

From there, other cases of possible victims equally minor, but the facts were prescribed. The crimes for which he has been charged now concern other athletes who were of legal age at the time of the events.

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The joke in bad taste about the death of Maradona made by the former coach of the France team | The State

Domenech and Maradona during a friendly match between France and Argentina.

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Raymond Domenech, the new coach of Nantes of the League 1 French rose controversy this Friday, after making a joke in bad taste about the death of Maradona at a press conference.

While talking about possible reinforcements for the team, the coach had the “idea” to refer to the legendary Argentine 10 who died 7 weeks ago.

I am very secretive during the transfer window. I would have liked to sign Maradonabut he’s dead“Said Raymond Domenech.

The strategist has been characterized by various conflicts, being one of the most remembered when he fought with the players of the French team, which he directed, since during the 2010 South Africa World Cup ran from concentration to Nicolas Anelka and he faced the comrades who expressed their discontent with a protest the next day.

It is also in the public domain his fanaticism for astrology, which has led him to do not trust players born under the sign of scorpion, reason why it did not lead to Robert Pires to said World Cup.

As if that were not enough, in his biography he criticized the stars Thierry Henry, Patrice Evra and Frank Ribery: “When things went wrong, everyone was the first to jump off the boat. I couldn’t take that gang of idiots anymore. I had no energy left, ”he said.

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New Man Utd coach Darren Fletcher has already made feelings on Martial clear

Darren Fletcher has become the latest member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team coaching staff.

The former midfielder has been given the role after recently cutting his teeth coaching with United’s academy.

He will now step up to work with first-team stars ahead of a huge second half of the Premier League season.

And he has already admitted being “surprised” by one particular player the past.

Anthony Martial has been inconsistent during his time at Manchester United.

But he found a rich vein of form that caught Fletcher off guard following the resumption of the Premier League last year.

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It prompted the Scot to state he has all the makings of an “elite No.9” as he made his admiration for the talented Frenchman clear.

“I thought Anthony Martial was fantastic,” Fletcher said on MUTV Group Chat after United’s 2-2 draw with Southampton .

“I think his endeavour, his work-rate… the talent has always been there.

“I think he’s been fantastic. I think we’re seeing somebody on the cusp – if he keeps this going – of being a real elite No.9 goalscorer.

“His attitude all night was a real positive for me.”

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After struggling to recapture his form from last season this Premier League campaign, Martial has been backed to kick-on after finding the net against Aston Villa in United’s last game.

Solskjaer said: “Anthony is going to improve. He’s going to be better and better. He’s had a few chances this season.

“He’s still creating chances, he’s just not had that little bit of luck, margins in front of goal. They’ll come. We saw a better version of Anthony, a more confident one.”

Asked about his efforts to bring the best out of Martial: he added: “We’ve had some chats, of course.

“We have spoken about last season and how important he was for us then and he is going to be important for us this season.

“A player’s form is temporary but when you have got class that is permanent. I think he has proven he is class.

“Now he is getting fitter and fitter and that means he is going to get better and better.

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Former coach John Muckler is no longer

Former National Hockey League coach John Muckler passed away on Monday.

The man who helmed the Minnesota North Stars (1968-69), Edmonton Oilers (1989-91), Buffalo Sabers (1991-95) and New York Rangers (1997–2000) ) passed away at the age of 86.

The Midland, Ont., Native won the Stanley Cup when he led the Alberta team in 1989-90, his first season as head coach with the Canadian club. He had also lifted the precious trophy on four other occasions with the Oilers, while on the staff of head coach Glen Sather.

“On behalf of the Edmonton Oilers organization and John’s many friends in hockey, I want to offer my sincere condolences to Audrey and the entire Muckler family,” Wayne Gretzky said in a statement. When you have 22 really good hockey players and have been successful, it’s hard to imagine that adding an assistant coach was the last step in getting the Edmonton Oilers to the top of the mountain, but that’s exactly what happened when John joined the team. ”

“He was tough, strict, but above all fair,” added the famous number 99. He helped lay the groundwork to make our team more accountable to each other, which allowed us to become champions. He was a great family man and a great friend. He personally took my career to another level. ”


Kyrie Irving scoffs at idea of player-coach ‘disconnect’

Steve Nash has often eschewed calling timeouts, saying he wants his Brooklyn Nets to play through things themselves and problem solve on the floor.

On Sunday, Kyrie Irving took matters into his own hands during Brooklyn’s 123-122 loss to the Wizards at Barclays Center.

Brooklyn’s defense was in disarray and getting torn up on switches by Washington’s Rui Hachimura. The forward scored three Wizards baskets and assisted on the fourth in a run before Irving called a timeout with 7:35 in the third.

Asked to elaborate on the seeming disconnect between the bench and the players, Irving pushed back against the question.

“Disconnect? I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he snapped. “This is basketball. It’s pretty simple.”

Kevin Durant claimed not to have noticed the whole affair.

“I didn’t even see that,” said Durant. “But Steve knows when to call timeouts. He knows what he’s doing over there. We all trust him. He’s only going to get more comfortable as time goes on.”

Durant and Irving were doing their own on-court coaching.

Irving appeared to counsel Caris LeVert after his young teammate picked up a technical. And Durant pulled Joe Harris aside after a defensive breakdown and implored the small forward not to get caught over-helping him, something both have admitted the Nets have been guilty of.

“I had my guy bottled up, and I [saw] somebody out the side of my eye just coming over trying to, I guess, just trying to give some resistance,” said Durant. “I told guys, if I’ve got somebody inside the 3-point line and they pick their dribble up, there’s no need for you to help. And Joe understood.“And I also told him that he can guard, so you don’t have to help so much on him. He can guard it one-on-one. I think we’re all starting to understand each other even more. It’s only going to get better.”

There was a lot of coaching going on out on the court, with Nets players talking to one another. Irving saw a value in those teachable moments.

“It’s basketball. We should be able to communicate out there openly,” said Irving. “So just want to make adjustments on the fly. Just got to continue to get better at that.”

LeVert had just six points on 3 of 13 shooting. He sat down the stretch in favor of Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, who bounced back with 14 points on 4 of 5 shooting from deep.

Spencer Dinwiddie hasn’t had surgery yet, but he posted a picture on Instagram of himself working out. Nash commented that the versatile guard’s absence is underrated.

“He’s almost the forgotten guy in a sense when you throw him out there in the lineup, but he’s about as well-rounded a player as we have along with Kevin and Ky,” said Nash.

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“He has great size. … He defends well for his position, he’s one of our best athletes, and he can score, playmake, handle the ball and brings a lot to the table. So we miss a lot. He fills a lot of gaps for our team.”

Hall of Famer Paul Westphal died Saturday at the age of 70. His last position in the NBA was as a Nets assistant in 2016.

He was diagnosed with brain cancer last August.

“The Brooklyn Nets mourn the loss of former Nets assistant coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Paul Westphal,” the Nets said in a statement. “Our thoughts and condolences are with his loved ones.”