Leyton Orient relegated from the Football League after 112-year stay

League One• Swindon Town were relegated to League Two after losing 2-1 at home to Scunthorpe, ending a five-year stay in the third tier. Swindon, who appointed Tim Sherwood as director of football in November, are now five points behind Gillingham with only one game to go. Gary Madine eventually wrapped up a 2-0 win for Bolton but down on the Kent coast Fleetwood were mounting a comeback. Bolton will still go into the final round of games two points above Fleetwood, however, and with a far superior goal difference. League Two• Leyton Orient’s 112-year stay in the Football League ended after a 3-0 defeat at Crewe sealed their relegation.

April 22, 2017 18:34 UTC

Trump administration removes Obama surgeon general pick Vivek Murthy

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services said Murthy was asked to resign after ‘assisting in a smooth transition’The Trump administration has removed Dr Vivek Murthy as US surgeon general, leading one Democratic senator to accuse the president of “politicising the position”. Murthy had incurred the wrath of the National Rifle Association by saying gun control was a “healthcare issue”. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services said Murthy was asked to resign after “assisting in a smooth transition”. His deputy, rear admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, will serve as acting surgeon general and leader of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, of which Murthy will remain a member. “By firing Dr Murthy, President Trump is politicizing the position of surgeon general and risking the credibility of our nation’s top public health official.”In a statement posted to Facebook, Murthy said: “Two years and four months ago, I was honored to be sworn in as the 19th surgeon general of the United States.

April 22, 2017 18:32 UTC

Eden Hazard clinches semi-final thriller for Chelsea against Tottenham

Chelsea last won the Cup in 2012 and Conte now has a chance to mark his first season in England by winning the Double. All the pre-match conversation had centred on Chelsea’s eccentric starting line-up with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa named on the bench for one of the biggest matches of the season. Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup semi-final – live! Once the game got underway the Chelsea changes had an almost instantaneous positive effect. Just when Conte must have been weighing up the pros and cons of putting his strongest team out for the second half, Chelsea unexpectedly regained the lead.

April 22, 2017 18:23 UTC

Joan Bakewell responds to Pinter's Betrayal with her take on their affair

One was Pinter’s Betrayal. The other was Joan Bakewell’s Keeping in Touch, written in response to Pinter’s play which used details of the couple’s seven-year affair. Pinter at the time was married to Vivien Merchant, and Joan to Michael Bakewell who had directed several Pinter plays on radio. In Pinter’s play the husband, Robert, goes to the same poste restante and sees a letter, also addressed to the family name. In Pinter’s play the central characters were lovers long before the Venetian mishap.

April 22, 2017 18:00 UTC

Rafael Nadal into Monte Carlo final with contentious win over David Goffin

• Spaniard to face Albert Ramos-Viñolas on Sunday after 6-3, 6-1 victory • Goffin a break up in first set when his call of out was overruledPoor David Goffin. Nadal, who was blameless, could do little but hold focus as he broke back and went on to take the set. Goffin, one of the Tour’s gentlemen, refused to shake Mourier’s hand and was applauded from the arena by the crowd. I started to hit stronger and it started to work very well.” As for his final opponent, Nadal added: “Ramos is playing unbelievable, today and before. But I think he’s playing better the past couple of months.

April 22, 2017 17:15 UTC



Saracens reach Champions Cup final as Chris Wyles seals win over Munster

A double double beckons for Saracens. Munster, despite enjoying 70% of the possession in the first half, struggled to create space. There was a period in the second half when Sarries led 16-3 and Munster mounted their final tilt for victory. Farrell’s third penalty put Saracens 13 points ahead before the outside-half’s chip to the line prompted a Simon Zebo fumble and Chris Wyles picked up to score. Stander’s last-minute consolation try was reward for the home side’s resolution but Saracens’ pursuit of the double double had meant double trouble for Munster.

April 22, 2017 17:08 UTC

March for Science puts Earth Day focus on global opposition to Trump

They make up everything.”More than 600 marches took place around the world, on every continent bar Antarctica, in events that coincided with Earth Day. “Rigorous science is critical to my administration’s efforts to achieve the twin goals of economic growth and environmental protection,” Trump said. Budget director Mick Mulvaney has said climate research is a “waste of your money”. John Holdren, science adviser during Barack Obama’s presidency, said Trump had “shown no indication of awareness of the role of science and the role of science in government”. “When politicians cater to fossil fuel interests by denying the basic realities of climate science and pursuing anti-science climate policy, they endanger the jobs, justice, and livelihoods of ordinary people everywhere.”

April 22, 2017 16:23 UTC

Conservatives on course for landslide victory in election, poll suggests

The Tories have more than doubled their lead over Labour to 19 points since Theresa May called a snap general election last Tuesday, according to a new poll that suggests the Conservatives are heading for a landslide victory on 8 June. Backing for the Lib Dems suggests that the party’s clear anti-Brexit strategy is appealing to hardcore Remain voters. The poll suggests opinions are hardening in favour of May and the Tories, and against Corbyn, across a range of indicators. The only cause for concern in Tory circles is the growing sense that the Conservatives are heading for a comfortable victory at Labour’s expense. Even among Remain voters, there is support from many for the way May is handling Brexit.

April 22, 2017 16:17 UTC

Stefan Johansen’s double caps stunning Fulham win at Huddersfield

Tenth in early February, Slavisa Jokanovic’s team capped their well-timed surge with a stunning response to a fourth-minute deficit. “I believe many months ago but they start to trust now.” As others feel the pressure, Fulham play with flair and freedom. In the absence of the suspended top scorer Chris Martin, Stefan Johansen assumed that mantle with two goals. The teenager was a captivating presence but if anyone epitomised Fulham, it was Floyd Ayité, and not merely because he lent pace and incision. Then Johansen added two goals in nine minutes, the first after Sessegnon’s shot was blocked, his second completing an unwanted double for Jonathan Hogg.

April 22, 2017 16:16 UTC

Fernando Llorente and Tom Carroll seal Swansea’s vital win over Stoke

Paul Clement admitted luck was on his Swansea team’s side as goals from Fernando Llorente and Tom Carroll ensured they ended a six-game winless run. The two-point gap could have been extended if Marko Arnautovic had converted his second-half penalty to draw Stoke level. Swansea pestered Stoke’s rearguard and were rewarded when their top goalscorer Llorente headed them in front in the 10th minute. Ten-man Hull’s Sam Clucas seals win over Watford to boost survival bid Read moreThe visitors started the second half with more purpose. Stoke could have lost by a larger margin if Butland had not denied Carroll and Jordan Ayew late on.

April 22, 2017 16:05 UTC

Manchester City face uphill challenge as Camille Abily inspires Lyon

Pep Guardiola’s hope that Manchester City will face his old club, Barcelona, in the women’s European Cup final appears unlikely after this sobering defeat for England’s champions. While Barcelona face Paris Saint-Germain in the other semi-final, Nick Cushing wanted his side to be tested against the best. “Wolfsburg kept the ball better than Lyon and we beat them 1-0 [earlier in the competition]. Already the gulf between Lyon and Fortuna Hjorring, who City eliminated in the previous round, was clear. Lyon continued to pose questions of City while Cushing’s team only sporadically responded.

April 22, 2017 16:03 UTC

Thousands rally around the world for ‘March for Science’ – video

Thousands of people gathered in demonstrations across the globe for the ‘March for Science’ on Saturday, in a rebuke of Donald Trump’s dismissal of climate science and his attempts to cut large areas of scientific research. People congregated in cities such as London, Sydney and Berlin, with more than 600 marches planned across the US, Europe, South America and Australia

April 22, 2017 15:56 UTC

Racing news and tips: Barney Roy a big 2,000 Guineas hope after Greenham romp

Backers hoping to oppose the hot favourite Churchill in the 2,000 Guineas in two weeks’ time have another option to consider after Barney Roy’s impressive success in the Group Three Greenham Stakes here on Saturday. It was Dream Castle, though, that was travelling like a winner and apparently about to cruise into a clear lead. The picture changed in a moment when James Doyle asked Barney Roy for an effort, and the colt’s response overwhelmed Dream Castle in a few strides. “I thought he was in trouble there for a bit but he’s relaxed enormously,” Hannon said. “I feel the jockey is inclined to want to run Daban at Newmarket and Dabiyah in France,” Gosden said, “but we’ll see what the owner wants to do.

April 22, 2017 15:40 UTC

Chelsea 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup semi-final – as it happened

Chelsea won a six-goal Wembley thriller, Nemanja Matić scoring one of the sweetest Wembley goals.

April 22, 2017 14:37 UTC

Abortion in Ireland: committee votes for constitutional change

Citizens’ Assembly votes 87% in favour of advising government to change eighth amendment on right to lifeA committee set up to deliberate on Ireland’s strict abortion regime has voted for the constitutional rules to be changed. In the first of a series of votes by members on whether to advise constitutional reform, the assembly voted 87% in favour of change. A series of other votes are being held over the weekend to determine the specific changes the assembly will recommend. Last year the UNHRC ruled that by forcing Mellet to leave Ireland to have an abortion, the state had inflicted trauma and distress on her. For the first time in its history, Ireland compensated Mellet as a result of the ruling.

April 22, 2017 14:37 UTC




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