A double from Vivianne Miedema took her tally to 53 goals for the calendar year but Arsenal’s victory against Everton was marred by injury to Beth Mead. Miedema scored either side of Kim Little’s penalty to ensure Arsenal lead the Women’s Super League table into the new year. A late goal from former Gunner Chloe Kelly was not enough to trouble the visitors but hinted at the resurgence taking place under Willie Kirk. Though Arsenal have won each of their last eight games against Everton, the Gunners’ trip to Southport was not quite as forgone a conclusion as it has been in preceding seasons. It is one year since Kirk made the move from Manchester United, having spent six months as Casey Stoney’s assistant manager, to Everton and the team’s turnaround has been impressive. Having picked up just three wins in the league last season, Everton already have five this term with eight games played. Kirk was rewarded for his side’s wins against Liverpool … [Read more...] about Vivianne Miedema keeps Arsenal clear at summit but Mead injury mars win
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Caroline Flack's boyfriend Lewis Burton was seen for the first time on Saturday morning since the presenter was arrested for assault. Departing his own house in Sidcup, the 6ft 4in tennis player, 27, kept a low-profile while zipping away in a Range Rover, while Caroline, 40, is yet to be seen. It was reported that Lewis shouted 'I was normal till I met her' as she was arrested and charged with assault after an alleged fight at her home. Shock: Caroline Flack's boyfriend Lewis Burton was seen for the first time on Saturday morning since the presenter was arrested for assault Lewis seemed particularly keen to keep to a low-profile following the explosive news that has plagued the couple over the past two days. Police were called to Flack's home in Islington, north London, in the early hours of Thursday morning to reports of a man being assaulted. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next I'm A Celeb winner Jacqueline Jossa's husband … [Read more...] about Caroline Flack’s boyfriend Lewis Burton is seen for FIRST TIME since her assault arrest… as he emerges from his home after ‘being treated for injuries amid row with the presenter’
Gordon Banks, who has died aged 81, was the best goalkeeper England have ever had and is widely regarded as one of the finest to have played for any side in any era. A World Cup winner in 1966, he also appeared in the 1970 World Cup finals, where, against Brazil, he was responsible for what is often cited as “the greatest save ever made” – a supremely agile effort from a close-range header by Pelé. The scene of Banks’s famous save was Guadalajara in Mexico, where England were playing Brazil in the group stage. Jairzinho, the fast and powerful Brazilian outside-right, crossed the ball after beating the England left-back, Terry Cooper. Pelé, Brazil’s most lauded player, met the ball with a downward, bouncing header, and was already shouting “Goal!” when Banks miraculously hurled himself across his goal, reached the ball with a flailing right arm, and turned it over his crossbar. “As soon as I got my hand to it, I thought it was … [Read more...] about Gordon Banks obituary
Stories of human journeys into the Underworld are as old as literature itself. But few of them are happy tales. Old Babylonian cuneiform tablets recording the Epic of Gilgamesh were first incised around 1800BC. These tell of the Sumerian hero Enkidu who reappeared from a long imprisonment underground in the Netherworld, during which he had to sail through storms of hailstones that struck him like “hammers”, and surfed waves that attacked his boat like “butting turtles”. Gilgamesh questions him: “Did you see my little stillborn children who never knew existence?” “I saw them,” answers Enkidu. Similar journeys end as darkly for Orpheus, Hercules and Aeneas as they do for their direct counterparts in Finnish, Inuit, Aztec, Mayan and Hindu mythology. In Greek mythology tales of haunting journeys down the rivers of the dead are sufficiently common that they have their own collective noun: katabasis. But for every Theseus who enters the … [Read more...] about Underland by Robert Macfarlane review – a dazzling journey into deep time
In the small hours of 25 February 1983, the playwright Tennessee Williams died in his suite at the Elysée, a small, pleasant hotel on the outskirts of the Theatre District in New York City. He was 71: unhappy, a little underweight, addicted to drugs and alcohol and paranoid sometimes to the point of delirium. According to the coroner's report, he'd choked on the bell-shaped plastic cap of a bottle of eyedrops, which he was in the habit of placing on or under his tongue while he administered to his vision. The next day, the New York Times ran an obituary claiming him as "the most important American playwright after Eugene O'Neill", though it had been two decades since his last successful play. It listed his three Pulitzer prizes, for A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Night of the Iguana, adding: "He wrote with deep sympathy and expansive humour about outcasts in our society. Though his images were often violent, he was a poet of the human heart." He was also a … [Read more...] about What drives writers to drink?