Normality resumed. Aston Villa are in the Premier League. This isn't your average Championship play-off-winning football club.Here, we have one that has spent 105 seasons in England's top division - only Everton have spent longer there (116). They've won 21 major trophies in their 145-year history, including a European Cup.Villa see off Derby to win PL promotionAs it happenedMany would agree with head coach Dean Smith that they are back where they belong.He said: "It feels right that Villa are in the Premier League. It is a Premier League club. History tells you that. We've done some hard years."The 40,000 Villans inside Wembley Stadium knew the 90 minutes with Derby was a huge moment in the club's history in terms of their trajectory. Congratulations Aston Villa on achieving promotion back to the Premier League! #UTV https://t.co/SO8p5ZIITu— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 27, 2019 Premier League regulars … [Read more...] about Dean Smith says Aston Villa are back where they belong – but how will they fare in Premier League?
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Five players to watch in the Cricket World Cup starting on Thursday: VIRAT KOHLI (India) He’s the best batsman in the world and undoubtedly cricket’s biggest star. Now Virat Kohli is aiming to underline his status as one of the game’s modern greats by winning the World Cup for the second time with India. Kohli is the active player with the highest average in one-day internationals (nearly 60) and has 41 ODI centuries, second only to India great Sachin Tendulkar (49). Test, ODI or Twenty20, Kohli excels in any format. Last year, he showed he could master English conditions by hitting two centuries and three half-centuries — including a 97 — in a brilliant five-match test series against England. That will surely give him confidence ahead of his return to English conditions. CHRIS GAYLE (West Indies) At 39 and approaching 300 ODIs, the powerful West Indies opener is playing his last World Cup. Can he leave the ODI format on a high? Gayle has the form to make … [Read more...] about 5 players who could shine in the Cricket World Cup
Top Tory Brexiteers have arrived at Theresa May's country retreat today, after the Prime Minister summoned them in the hope of persuading them to finally back her doomed divorce deal. The Prime Minister is holding sink or swim talks at Chequers this afternoon with leading eurosceptics including Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, David Davis and Iain Duncan Smith. Mr Duncan Smith arrived at the country house in a British racing green classic sports car with the top down. Former Brexit Secretary David Davis and Tory chief whip Julian Smith shared a car and arrived together. And Mr Rees-Mogg arrived with his son in the passenger seat. European Research Group spokesman Steve Baker was also seen arriving at the meeting, but was not on the list of expected attendees. Witnesses said Mr Johnson did not appear to be wearing a seatbelt as he drove on the public road leading up to Chequers. She is expected to warn them that with MPs on the brink of taking over the Brexit process they have one last … [Read more...] about Brexiteers arrive at Chequers for Theresa May’s sink-or-swim summit
The parcel was sent from Niagara, Ontario, shipped via Canada Post, and addressed to Campobello Island, New Brunswick. But when it arrived at Dale Calder's home, he found it had been opened by agents of a foreign government. "EXAMINED BY U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION," read the bright green tape that now resealed the package. Campobello Island, a 15-square-mile outpost of some 900 souls, hangs low off the Maine coast, closer to the United States than to Canada. During the summer, a ferry connects the community to the rest of New Brunswick. But the rest of the year, the only way anyone or anything gets on or off the island is a bridge to Lubec, Maine. For islanders, it's part of daily life: To visit their doctor, buy their groceries, even gas up their cars, they must travel to a foreign country. But in recent months, islanders say, U.S. border officials have added a disturbing new wrinkle: They're opening the mail. "I was not very happy," said Calder, a retired Canadian government … [Read more...] about To reach this Canadian island, mail crosses through Maine. Now U.S. agents are opening it.
LONDON (AP) — Months of planning came to sweet fruition as India passed its first big test in style at the Cricket World Cup. India revealed its ambition ran deep to regain the title it lost to Australia four years ago in crushing the Aussies by 36 runs on Sunday at an atmospheric Oval packed to the rim in blue shirts. India paced its innings superbly in racking up 352-5 with a century by opener Shikhar Dhawan. After choosing to bat first and inflicting the highest World Cup total by a team against Australia, India captain Virat Kohli then unleashed his bowlers, who squeezed the Australians to the point they never made the chase credible. The defending champions were all out for 316 on the last ball, and were flattered to be within 36 runs of the Indians. “It was the perfect game for us,” Kohli said. India was so in control that Kohli took sympathy on Australia’s Steve Smith and signaled to India fans to stop abusing Smith and applaud him instead. Smith, just … [Read more...] about India shows title ambitions with 36-run win vs Australia