At 46 years of age, James Cracknell has done something no one close to his vintage has ever done before: he has won the university boat race. In a unrelenting battle up the Thames, Cambridge held off a late Oxford challenge to maintain the tightest of leads to the end. And Cracknell, grinning widely in triumph, reckoned if age had not withered him then hauling a boat four and a half miles up the Tideway had come close. “I’ve only ever raced 2K before,” he said. “It suddenly dawned on me after I’d done that there was still another 3.5k to go.” It was the most remarkable achievement, winning the race some 15 years after picking up his second Olympic gold at Athens, at which point he had retired from rowing. It had, he grinned as he stood on the riverside at the end point, been as physically demanding a race as any he had encountered before. “They were complaining at the end,” he said of the Oxford crew’s objections to a clash of oars … [Read more...] about Cambridge and James Cracknell win as they defeat Oxford in men’s Boat Race
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0 Have your say AS they prepare to welcome the England Women team for a second time this season, Doncaster Knights executive chairman Tony De Mulder says the club are willing to potentially increase the size of their Castle Park stadium to secure further fixtures. England face France there in the Six Nations on Sunday with Doncaster having already successfully hosted Simon Middleton’s side for the 27-19 victory over Canada in November.This was part of the Rugby Football Union’s attempt to take games away from their Twickenham base and inspire a new generation of not only women players, but new fans, too.A crowd of 3,876 watched the Canada Quilter Internationals fixture and Doncaster expect that attendance to be improved on at the weekend. It is, then, no surprise the Championship club are keen to continue their partnership with international rugby.De Mulder told The Yorkshire Post: “The RFU were delighted last time with both the organisation … [Read more...] about England Women packing them in at Castle Park
The Latest on Saturday at the Australian Open (all times local): 11:50 p.m. Karolina Pliskova has reached the fourth round at the Australian Open for the third year in a row. The 2016 U.S. Open runner-up and No. 7 seed eliminated 27th-seeded Camila Giorgi 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Pliskova will face two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza for a quarterfinal berth. ___ 9:30 p.m. Two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza got to enjoy a much earlier start — and much earlier finish — at the Australian Open this time. One round after playing a match that began at 12:30 a.m. and ended after 3 a.m., Muguruza's workday was done before bedtime thanks to a far more reasonable schedule and a straightforward 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory over Timea Bacsinszky. This one was underway before 7:30 p.m. and was done by about 9:15 p.m. The 18th-seeded Muguruza's previous outing, a three-setter against Johanna Konta, is believed to have been the first Australian Open singles match to start after midnight. In the … [Read more...] about Tennis, Australian Open, Day 6: Pliskova tops Giorgi in 3 sets; Zverev through to fourth round
Shocking figures have revealed that more Scouse women are dying younger, as life expectancy has been slashed over the past three years. The life expectancy rate for women steadily increased from 78.9 years in 2001-2003 to 81.5 years in 2011-2013. But between 2015-2017 life expectancy dropped to 81.2 years, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. For women, life expectancy at birth in Liverpool has seen a decrease from 80.4 years to 80.2 years, St Helens has dropped from 81.4 years in 2012-2014, to 80.9 years in 2015-2017 and Wirral has seen a drop from 82.1 years to 81.8 years. Speaking about the figures MP Dan Carden laid the blame at austerity's door. Dan Carden, MP for Liverpool Walton, said: "These shocking figures are just the latest damning indictment of this government's harmful austerity agenda, which hits the most deprived communities the very hardest. "Liverpool has had its funding slashed by a staggering 64% since 2010, and the fact that life … [Read more...] about Why are more Scouse women dying younger in 2018?
0 Have your say It is a traditional way of life that has long been associated almost exclusively with men, but the proportion of women who run crofts in Scotland has doubled in the space of just four years. While crofting has generally been perceived as a male-dominated pursuit, the gender profile is starting to shift. Women now account for more than one in every four registered crofters in Scotland.A new survey of crofters across the country shows that whereas women made up just 13 per cent of crofters in 2014, the proportion has jumped to 26 per cent this year.Patrick Krause, chief executive of the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF), the largest association of small-scale food producers in the UK, described the findings as “fantastic”. He pointed out the number of women finalists in awards recognising Scotland’s best new crofters far outweighed the men.Krause said: “There is a high proportion of young women among the people who are … [Read more...] about Number of women crofters doubles in four years