VALENCIENNES, France (AP) — As the Cameroon players protested and play was delayed, England’s staff and players watched in disbelief. “I didn’t know what was going on,” England coach Phil Neville said. “Are they going to walk off?” Twice, the English couldn’t be sure if Sunday’s Women’s World Cup last-16 game would resume as the opposition lost its cool in the humidity of northern France and complained about decisions that went against them. Anger erupted when video reviews on offside decisions allowed Ellen White to send England to a 2-0 lead before halftime and then denied Cameroon the goal that would have brought them within one after the break. Referee Quin Liang struggled to maintain control, or resume the game as Cameroon players seethed. “It’s never happened to me before in a game of football,” England forward Fran Kirby said. “We had to keep our heads and stay in the game.” England won 3-0 … [Read more...] about England beats seething Cameroon 3-0 to advance in World Cup
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Courtney Lawes used to dream of winning Grand Slams — but at Wimbledon rather than Twickenham. The England star is in the mix to start against visitors France in round two of the Six Nations on Sunday, with Maro Itoje out for at least two matches with knee-ligament damage suffered in Saturday's win over Ireland. Lawes is the most experienced forward available to head coach Eddie Jones — his next cap will be his 70th, and only three England locks have won more. For a decade he has made brutal hits, yet he started out smashing tennis balls rather than opponents on the rugby pitch. “Growing up, I didn’t have a set plan— other than to play sport,” said Lawes, who turns 30 on February 23 — the day England play Wales in Cardiff. “I loved football and tennis, which I played all the time. Tennis gave me good hand-eye co-ordination and helped me in other ways — you’re on your own. You can’t rely on anyone else to do it for … [Read more...] about Six Nations 2019: England’s Courtney Lawes reveals surprising past as TENNIS player
The remains of an ancient Roman fort dating back nearly 2,000 years have been unearthed underneath a bus station in southern England. The fort, located in Exeter, is a “very important and completely unexpected” find, according to city officials, who are working on redeveloping the area. “This is a very important, and completely unexpected, discovery, in an area that has been heavily changed by previous post war redevelopment," Exeter City Council member Andrew Pye said in a statement. "Along with other recent work in Exeter, it demonstrates just how much of the city’s history can still survive in unlikely places, despite damage caused by bombing and modern concrete foundations." (Credit: Exeter City Council) ANCIENT ROMAN MINE WITH 'SOME OF THE WORLD'S RICHEST MINERAL DEPOSITS IN THE WORLD' DISCOVERED IN ENGLAND Pye added: "This discovery of yet another new Roman 'fort' within the city does demonstrate, along with that of the fortress and baths back in … [Read more...] about Ancient Roman fort found in England: ‘Very important and completely unexpected’
VALENCIENNES, France (AP) — After all the rage and rebellion in the stadium, England players received a far more convivial reception back at their hotel they shared with Cameroon. It came remarkably from Cameroon supporters who were far more graceful than some of their dissenting national team players earlier on Sunday evening in the humid cauldron of Stade de Hainaut. England players who had denied their country a place in the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals by winning 3-0 were applauded back into the Royal Hainaut Spa and Resort Hotel. The England traveling party led by Phil Neville welcomed the unexpected reception. The manager had concerns the moment he was informed by the team operations manager that they were sharing with the opposition in the small city of Valenciennes. “I thought, ‘No, that’s not right,’” Neville said. “Then we went to hotel and it’s been amazing. We saw them go out to training (on Saturday) and they had a … [Read more...] about After World Cup rage, Cameroon faces demands for punishment
The Haute Savoie region in France has been named as a base camp for Russian spies specialising in targeted killings around Europe. According to French newspaper Le Monde, British, Swiss, French, and American intelligence services had been tracking up to fifteen suspected agents, who all passed through mountains near the Swiss and Italian borders between 2014 and 2018. The list includes some of those who planned the poisoning of ex Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March 2018 in Salisbury, in the south of England. "It's the first time since the second world war that a chemical attack was ordered by one state to another in Europe," journalist for Le Monde Jacques Follorou told Euronews. "In this case from Russia to England." "There was a reaction of solidarity between France, Great Britain and Switzerland and their allies like the USA. For them, the red line had been crossed and it was not acceptable." A list of 15 members of the Russian military intelligence … [Read more...] about Are the French Alps a hub for a Russian espionage network?