• Aluko won 102 caps, five FA Cups and three English league titles
• ‘I feel like I’m ending on a high. I feel very excited’
The former England international striker Eni Aluko has announced her retirement from football at the age of 32, six weeks after she left Juventus 18 months into a two-year contract to return to England.
Aluko won five FA Cups and three English league titles while at Birmingham, Charlton and Chelsea, represented the American sides Saint Louis Athletics, Atlanta Beat and Sky Blue FC, and won the league and domestic cup in Italy.Continue reading...
- NBA champion dies not far from Los Angeles at age 41
- No other survivors were reported in Calabasas incident
- Full story: NBA legend involved in crash
“This is a moment that leaves us struggling to find words that express the magnitude of shock and sorrow we are all feeling right now, and I am keeping Kobe’s entire family in my prayers at this time of unimaginable grief,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement earlier, Reuters writes.
There are no indications yet as to why the helicopter carrying Bryant crashed on a hillside in Calabasas, California, near Malibu on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
Smoke could be seen rising from the crash site. A press conference is planned for 2pm local time (5pm ET), which may shed more light on what has happened.Continue reading...
UK government urged to reassure public that NHS is ready for cases within days
About 100,000 people could be infected with the new coronavirus around the world, experts have warned, as the UK government faced calls to reassure people that the NHS is ready to deal with any British cases within days.
Prof Neil Ferguson, a public health expert at Imperial College, said his “best guess” was that there were 100,000 affected by the virus even though there are only 2,000 confirmed cases so far, mostly in the city of Wuhan in China where the virus first appeared.Continue reading...
Kobe Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna among dead in California helicopter crash, say reports
- Qualifiers had been scheduled for Wuhan
- No dates or venues confirmed for February games
Sydney will host the Matildas’ Olympic qualifying group matches against China, Taiwan and Thailand after the Asian Football Confederation elected to move the games away from Nanjing due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The group B games were originally moved from Wuhan – the source of the outbreak – to Nanjing but will now take place in Sydney in February after the Chinese Football Association withdrew as host. The AFC nominated Sydney as the replacement host after working with the Australian officials.Continue reading...
Enjoy the beauty of a tiny young crescent moon as it approaches conjunction with Venus, the brightest planet
Observers in both hemispheres have the opportunity to see an extremely thin crescent moon this evening and tomorrow. Such tiny lunar slivers are extraordinarily beautiful but often hard to locate. Although this one takes place in the constellation of Aquarius, the water bearer, which is notoriously devoid of bright stars to act as wayfinders, Venus, the brightest planet, is helpfully on hand to guide our view. From London, look south-west this evening. The chart shows the view at 18:00GMT. From Sydney, look due south. The moon will be lower than Venus and just 7% of its surface will be illuminated. If you do not manage to catch a glimpse of the moon tonight then don’t worry, tomorrow is also good. Over the next 24 hours, the moon will have drawn level with Venus in the sky, and 13% of its surface will now be illuminated. Given clear skies, this conjunction is really worth making the effort to see. It will be a picture perfect end to the first month of the year.Continue reading...