"While watching Wales take on Russia, I noticed that the score in the top left corner of the screen was WAL 0 1 RUS," says Peter Scarborough. "Remove the numbers and you've got a WALRUS. Can any other teams (international or otherwise) make up the name of an aquatic mammal?" Who would have thought that such a question would get the knowledge readers' minds whirring so frenziedly - even if few of you managed to stick to the aquatic mammal specification? Elliot Jacobs did so with an imagined meeting of Belgium and Uganda, thus producing BELUGA - "a species of white whale best known for it's rather tasty eggs." An impressive start, Mr Jacobs, but the rest of our respondents were forced to look on dry land for their tittersome combinations. Graeme Peden is obviously a man with a sharp focusing pair of binoculars and a green wax gilet, having come up with the distinctly ornithological example of Finland versus China (FINCH). Meanwhile Nick Parkhouse speculates that Martinique … [Read more...] about How often have animals been seen on scoreboards?
By Hazel Shearing Published 3 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes An inquiry is being launched into children who are not attending school in the wake of national lockdowns, the children's commissioner for England has said. Dame Rachel de Souza said between 80,000 and 100,000 children were not on any school rolls at all. "Literally, I am going to go out and find them," she told BBC News. The Department for Education (DfE) said its "top priority" was supporting children to attend school and college. Dame Rachel told BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour programme about 95% of children were usually in school at this time of year - but now, this figure was about 87%. Some absences were down to illness and Covid, she said, but other children had simply failed to return following classroom closures during the … [Read more...] about Covid in schools: Inquiry launched to find 100,000 pupils absent in England
Alan Shearer has blamed Chelsea ’s recent poor form on Thomas Tuchel ’s constant complaining about fatigue and player welfare. The Champions League holders boast one of the strongest squads in the Premier League and looked on course to challenge for the title when they led the table in early December, following a fine start to the season. Injuries and a Covid outbreak limited Tuchel’s options during the festive period but Shearer believes the German still had enough at his disposal to be able to comfortably navigate a hectic schedule. Instead, the former England captain believes the negative messages Tuchel has been sending out has impacted adversely on a group of players who looked out of sorts at Brighton last night during a disappointing 1-1 draw. Chelsea have now gone four games without a Premier League victory and trail leaders Manchester City by an insurmountable 12 points, having played a game more. Responding to Tuchel’s claim that his players, who … [Read more...] about Alan Shearer blames Thomas Tuchel for Chelsea dropping out of the Premier League title race
Some of Europe’s biggest stars could be set to leave their current clubs for free in the summer. There is a growing trend of footballers running down their contracts and eventually departing for free, with agents touting their clients around to potential new clubs in a bid to get the biggest contract and signing on-fee. Any player out of contract in the summer is free to sign an agreement with a foreign club from January 1. With the January window just around the corner, Metro.co.uk takes a look at 10 of the best talents who could be available for free in the summer. Alexandre Lacazette Alexandre Lacazette has made 142 appearances for Arsenal during his five years at the club so far, but has struggled for game time during the past year. The French striker revealed last month that his representatives were already looking at potential new clubs for him ahead of the January window, with Atletico Madrid and AC Milan among the clubs reportedly interested in … [Read more...] about Alexandre Lacazette, Paul Pogba, Antonio Rudiger and the players who will be out of contract in the summer
Steve McManaman insists he would ‘love’ Liverpool to sign Bukayo Saka and Jarrod Bowen but has played down the chances of the Arsenal and West Ham stars heading to Anfield. Liverpool have been linked with moves for Saka and Bowen as they prepare for life without at least one of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. Firmino, Salah and Mane have been brilliant servants to Liverpool – helping the club win the Champions League in 2019 and Premier League in 2020 – but all three of the forwards are closer to the ends of their career than the starts, meaning Jurgen Klopp must at least consider bringing in new attackers. Saka has quickly established himself as one of Arsenal’s most important players and an England regular over the past three seasons, scoring six goals and making four assists in the Premier League this term. Bowen, meanwhile, has netted nine goals and provided eight assists during the 2021-22 campaign, helping West Ham climb to fourth in … [Read more...] about ‘I would love it’ – Steve McManaman rates Liverpool’s chances of signing Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka and West Ham star Jarrod Bowen
Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has three offers from Premier League rivals but will seek a move away from England if he leaves Stamford Bridge. Christensen is one of three Chelsea defenders who are out of contract at the end of the season alongside Antonio Rudiger and club captain Cesar Azpilicueta. Barcelona are eager to sign the Denmark international and with the club still facing financial restrictions, they are eager to land him on a free transfer at the end of the season. According to Sport , negotiations over a pre-contract agreement with the 25-year-old have reached an ‘advanced stage’, But Barcelona are eager to get the deal agreed as soon as possible, aware that other sides are talking to the player. The report adds Christensen has three offers from other Premier League sides with Bayern Munich also in the hunt. But the defender is said to be leaning towards a move abroad and is keen on the move to the Camp Nou. Chelsea also remain locked in … [Read more...] about Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has three offers from Premier League rivals but favours Barcelona move
Former Manchester United treble winning centre-half Jaap Stam has questioned his old club’s decision to spend a world-record £80million on their struggling skipper Harry Maguire. The England international has suffered a lengthy hangover from his exertions at last summer’s European Championships and has been a shadow of himself so ar this season. Injuries have also hampered Maguire over the course of a difficult campaign during which he has struggled to build a partnership with summer recruit Raphael Varane who, himself, has also suffered fitness issues and found it hard to adjust to the rigours of English football. United made Maguire the world’s most expensive defender when he joined from Leicester City three years ago, a decision that Stam questioned at the time. The former Netherlands international, once the most expensive defender of all-time, himself, believes his former teammate Wes Brown was a far better player than Maguire, who is guilty of trying to … [Read more...] about Jaap Stam slams Man Utd recruitment team over £80million Harry Maguire transfer
Line Of Duty: Detectives interview Terry Boyle after arrest Don't miss the best Christmas TV specials and biggest new releases for 2022 SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info The actress, who plays Detective Inspector Kate Flemming, returns to TV screens tonight in the second episode of Line Of Duty season six. McClure rose to fame in the film This Is England before going on to star in a TV adaptation of the football drama, Broadchurch and Alex Rider. During her career, the 37-year-old has won an RTS and a BAFTA award for her portrayals. Related articles Line Of Duty's Kelly Macdonald argued 'posh Scots are English' Line of Duty's Adrian Dunbar warned Brexit 'won't be good' Despite being a popular … [Read more...] about Line Of Duty’s Vicky McClure confession on BBC show spoilers: ‘I tell them everything!’
MASKS and home working are to be scrapped after Boris Johnson announced that the UK had passed the peak of the Omicron variant. And come March, all Covid measures including isolation are set to end. Do I have to wear a face mask in pubs and restaurants? You not have to wear a mask in pubs and restaurants, until January 26, masks are only required in shops and public transport. People are still advised to wear coverings in enclosed or crowded spaces, particularly when meeting strangers. The prime minister also said the government would immediately drop its advice for people to work from home. The PM said England was reverting to "Plan A" due to boosters and how people had followed Plan B measures. He told MPs that scientists believed the Omicron wave had peaked nationally. In a statement to MPs in the House of Commons, the prime minister confirmed mandatory Covid passports for entering nightclubs and large events would end, though organisations could choose to … [Read more...] about Do I have to wear a face mask in pubs and restaurants?