KAROLINA PLISKOVA is among the best tennis players in the world at the moment, after rising from junior champion at the Australian Open in 2010. But she has yet to find similar success in the senior game - here is all you need to know. Who is Karolina Pliskova? The Czech Republic star was born March 21, 1992 in Louny - that makes her 26-years-old. She found early success in the junior ranks, beating Great Britain's Laura Robson to win the Australian Open in 2010, before stepping up to senior Grand Slam tournaments two years later at Roland Garros. Since then, she has won 11 WTA titles, including the Stuttgart Open and Pan Pacific Open earlier this year. Pliskova is currently ranked fifth in the world, but was number one last year, spending eight weeks at the top. Yet, the Czech has not won a Grand Slam title, with her only final coming at the US Open in 2016. THE LONG GOODBYE Andy Murray has 'no motivation to do anything else' outside pro tennis ACE GUY How much is Andy Murray worth, … [Read more...] about Who is Australian Open star Karolina Pliskova and when did she marry her agent Michal Hrdlicka?
A Plymouth-born spy shook the world when he was uncovered as a traitor working for the Soviet Union. Having worked his way from the family home in Devonport to the MI6, the BBC and the Foreign Office, few expected an unassuming man to make waves across the global intelligence world. When Guy Burgess hurriedly left England on a midnight ferry crossing and made his way to the USSR in 1951 he sparked a global scandal. With a dark complexion and dark curly hair he could have easily passed as just another passenger, but this seemingly innocent man had turned British Intelligence on its head. He was a Soviet spy and he had just betrayed his country for the last time. As one of five men all recruited out of Cambridge University, Burgess had become a spy for the Soviet Union in the early 1930s. Now widely branded in history as a traitor to his country, Burgess remained largely undiscovered during his near-20 year career in espionage, communicating with the KGB as Britain braced itself first … [Read more...] about The secret life of the Plymouth double-agent who sparked a global scandal
It is now six years since Mark Cartwright oversaw his first transfer window as Stoke City’s technical director overseeing player recruitment. The former lower league goalkeeper and agent was brought in to ‘find Stoke the best players around the world who suit exactly what the manager wants’ in December 2012. There have been dozens of high profile comings and goings over the following seasons, although he has mostly tried to stay in the background. He has worked with four different managers, signing 50 different players for a combined figure of about £176m – from Bojan and Marko Arnautovic to Kevin Wimmer and Brek Shea. Stoke have broken their transfer record twice during that time, signing Xherdan Shaqiri for £12m – which meant £1m profit when he was sold to title-challengers Liverpool last summer – and Giannelli Imbula for £18.3m from Porto in 2016. Kevin Wimmer, Badou Ndiaye and Joe Allen have also cost seven figure fees. … [Read more...] about Rank all Stoke City’s 69 transfers since Mark Cartwright was appointed
Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 9:34 AM EST Jan 1, 2019 NFL power rankings, post-regular season edition: 1. Saints (1): Talented, balanced team armed with home-field advantage at one of NFL's toughest venues. Pretty much your prohibitive Super Bowl favorites. 2. Bears (2): League's stingiest defense has gotten deserved acclaim after being overlooked in recent years. Coordinator Vic Fangio now a hot HC candidate. 3. Rams (3): Needed bye with Todd Gurley, Andrew Whitworth on mend. Won't open playoffs hosting Kryptonite Eagles, who have beaten Rams six straight times. 4. Chiefs (5): Finally completed quest for AFC's top seed. But what do they do with it given they've lost six consecutive playoff games at Arrowhead? 5. Ravens (6): Appropriate they reached wild-card round given they're ultimate wild cards with dynamic rookie QB, grind-'em-up attack and jackhammer defense. 6. Chargers (4): They crest too soon? Philip Rivers has looked quite mortal since heroics in Kansas City and … [Read more...] about NFL power rankings playoff edition: Ravens crack Top 5
Alan Gomez USA TODAY Published 4:51 PM EST Dec 17, 2018 The Department of Homeland Security has informed members of Congress that they cannot interview the Border Patrol agents who detained and processed a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in their custody. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Tuesday are scheduled to tour the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station in New Mexico, where agents took Jakelin Caal Maquin and her father after they illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. The members had requested a chance to speak directly with the Border Patrol agents who arrested, detained and transported the girl and her father before she was flown to a children's hospital and died. A Homeland Security spokeswoman said Monday that the agents will already speak with the department's Inspector General, which is conducting an investigation into the girl's death, and that they can't be forced to speak with members of Congress while that process is ongoing. "While DHS … [Read more...] about Congress can’t interview agents who detained migrant girl, 7, who died