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The UK's deportation ruling in Rwanda has been challenged when the prince sparked a row

Opponents of the UK government's plan to deport migrants to Rwanda are preparing for a hearing at an appeals court on Monday amid political backlash after reports Prince Charles had privately described the policy as "appalling". A coalition of groups including immigration rights advocates and public sector workers' unions will ask the Court of Appeal in London to overturn a lower court ruling allowing the first deportation flight as planned on Tuesday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative government announced plans in April to send some undocumented migrants to Rwanda, where their asylum claims would be processed in the East African nation. (Author: Gardener)

RwandaLONDON (AP) - Opponents of the UK government's plan to deport migrants to Rwanda are preparing for a hearing at an appeals court on Monday amid the political backlash after reports that Prince Charles had privately called the policy "appalling". A coalition of groups including immigration rights advocates and public sector workers' unions will ask the Court of Appeal in London to overturn a lower court ruling allowing the first deportation flight as planned on Tuesday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative government announced plans in April to send some undocumented migrants to Rwanda, where their asylum claims would be processed in the East African nation. If successful, these migrants would stay in Rwanda. Britain paid Rwanda £120 million ($158 million) upfront and will make additional payments based on the number of people deported. The scheme aims to discourage migrants from risking their lives by crossing the English Channel in small boats after such trips have surged in the past two years. But human rights groups say the policy is illegal and inhumane and will only increase risks for migrants. The debate filled British news media over the weekend after the Times of London reported that an unidentified person had voiced opposition to the policy against Prince Charles in private conversations "on a number of occasions". Charles' office, Clarence House, declined to comment on "anonymous private conversations" but insisted the prince remained "politically neutral". Charles's comments are problematic because he is heir apparent and the British monarch is expected to remain above the political fray. The reported conversations raise concerns about whether Charles can be a neutral monarch after a lifetime of speaking out on issues ranging from marine plastic to the preservation of architecture. The comments sparked a firestorm in British newspapers, with the Daily Express warning the Prince of Wales: "Stay out of politics, Charles!" The Mail on Sunday said: "We will not back down on Rwanda, Charles." Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis, who represented the government on Sunday morning's UK television programmes, offered a robust defense of the plan, saying the UK government wants to turn the people smugglers' business model on its head. "The reality is that this is a policy that will produce results - to ensure that modern slavery and these people smugglers know their criminal methods are being broken down," he told Sky News. According to government statistics, more than 28,500 people crossed into the UK on small boats last year, up from 1,843 in 2019. The risk of such crossings was highlighted on November 24 when 27 people died after their dinghy sank in the waters between Britain and France was. The Interior Ministry, the agency overseeing border enforcement, launched its own defense of the policy on Sunday, posting comments from a Rwandan government spokesman on social media. "It is about protecting and ensuring the well-being and development of migrants and Rwandans in Rwanda," said Rwanda spokeswoman Yolande Makolo. A High Court judge in London on Friday rejected a request by opponents of the plan to block Britain's asylum flights to Rwanda pending the court's decision on whether the program is illegal. Government lawyer Mathew Gullick said Friday that 37 people were originally supposed to be on board Tuesday's flight, but six had their deportation orders overturned. The government still intends to operate the flight, he said. The government has not provided details on those selected for deportation, but refugee groups say they include people fleeing Syria and Afghanistan. Rwanda is already hosting tens of thousands of refugees. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has opposed Britain's plans, saying it is an attempt to export the country's legal obligations to grant asylum to those seeking a safe haven. Follow all AP stories on global migration at https://apnews.com/hub/migration. Follow all AP stories about the British royal family at https://apnews.com/hub/queen-elizabeth-ii.

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NBA legend urges Draymond Green and Warriors to improve defensively in Finals

EXCLUSIVE: Three-time NBA Champion Bruce Bowen spoke to Mirror Sport about the worrying pattern of the Golden State Warriors, the X-factor of these NBA Finals and his choice to win it all (Author: Gardener)

NBAEXCLUSIVE: Three-time NBA Champion Bruce Bowen spoke to Mirror Sport about the worrying pattern of the Golden State Warriors, the X-Factor of these NBA Finals and his choice to win it all. Bruce Bowen won three NBA championships with the San Antonio Spurs and triumphed in 2003, 2005 and 2007. The Boston Celtics went by a narrow 2-1 lead over the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals in an intriguing contest of offensive inconsistency , tactical ingenuity and physical defense. Few figures in NBA history can claim to have a better understanding of perimeter defense systems in this era of three-point shooting than Bruce Bowen. The San Antonio Spurs icon won three championships in his eight seasons with the franchise, during which he established himself as both a clutch shooter and a formidable defenseman. Like millions around the world, Bowen has been eagerly watching these NBA Finals, which no doubt piqued his interest thanks to the mesmerizing schematic encounter between the Warriors and the Celtics. For the 50-year-old, whose No 12 jersey was retired by Spurs, late in games, clutch performance has proved the defining aspect of this 'enormous' championship streak. "You can see a pattern happening with the Golden State Warriors making a brave comeback in the third quarter," Bowen told Mirror Sport exclusively. "The Warriors don't play a fourth quarter. “They have to pay better attention to details and not allow the guys to be so comfortable. The rotations have to be better and I say that because when guys are in trouble it really affects their game – in the third quarter Draymond Green fouled and the Warriors weren't at full strength. "To play against this young team in the Boston Celtics, you have to be at your best all the time." Bruce Bowen played for the San Antonio Spurs from 2001-2009 and won three championships. In Boston's 15-man roster, not a single player had appeared in a single NBA Finals, compared to Golden State's 123 total appearances in championship games. "There's nothing like experience and that's Golden State's greatest strength in this final," Bowen said. If you can't defend at full strength in the fourth quarter, that should be a sign. “The Warriors can have their way against a younger team if they can defend effectively. Draymond Green struggled in Game 3 as No. 0 Jayson Tatum scored 26 points in the Boston Celtics' win to give them a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals. Bowen was one of the most feared perimeter lockdown defenders in NBA history, having been named eight times for the NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams. That's perhaps why the Spurs icon - who played alongside Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker - is so keen on Draymond Green's importance in this physical series. Green is a former Defensive Player of the Year and seven-time NBA All-Defensive First and Second Team Player — a true throwback to the physical game of someone like Dennis Rodman, who hardly impressed on the stats. The 32-year-old has struggled at times in that series and while he was able to make a positive impact in Game 2, Bowen called on Green to clean up the mistakes that were evident in Game 3 on Wednesday night. “[Draymond Green] is the heart and soul of the Golden State. He needs to control those emotions better and not come up with stupid fouls," Bowen explained. It's not just defense where Bowen sees room for improvement for the Warriors. He understands the burden is on Steph Curry, but the defensive guru believes the two-time NBA MVP desperately needs help from his teammates to shoulder the load given the inconsistency of the likes of Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins. "When Klay [Thompson] sees the ball going in the basket, it gives him rhythm," added Bowen. Andrew Wiggins needs to play better offensively; drive the ball to the basket and stop settling for jump shots.” The Canadian, the 2014 NBA draft pick, was in his championship debut despite a sort of breakout season that saw Wiggins for the first time in his career All-Star was underwhelming. Bruce Bowen has urged Andrew Wiggins to use his size to better defend Jayson Tatum in the remaining NBA Finals. Who do you think will win the NBA championship - the Boston Celtics or the Golden State Warriors? When asked who the three-time NBA champion thinks can deliver the X-Factor and inspire their respective teams, Bowen paused for a moment before offering his insight: "Obviously, it's different guys at different times. I felt like Williams had a big impact on the offensive end in Game 3 while Gary Payton had a big impact in Game 2 for Golden State. “However, I think the greatest has to be [Andrew] Wiggins. Wiggins has the ability to get the cut but he doesn't finish around the basket. He has to finish better and defend better because of his size and ability to match [Jaylen] Brown or [Jayson] Tatum.” Bowen was putting up excellent points all the while discussing the NBA Finals, but the ultimate question remained: who did the three-time champion think he'll be lifting the Larry O'Brien trophy when all is said and done? "My pick for the NBA Finals was Golden State in six games," Bowen said with a shy smile on his face. "So it's still going that way, but if Boston wins Game 4, my favorites are in trouble!" Follow Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Arena or NBA League Pass.

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How the Indiana Pacers can sign and trade Ricky Rubio in NBA Free Agency

The Indiana Pacers could be looking at sign-and-trade guard Ricky Rubio in the NBA Free Agency next month. (Author: Gardener)

Ricky RubioThe Indiana Pacers had to open a roster spot late in their 2021-22 season to sign Terry Taylor and Duane Washington Jr. They could have done without guard Ricky Rubio, who was out with a knee injury and with an expiring contract for the season open that spot. Instead, Pacers decision-makers opted for a move from Keifer Sykes, keeping Rubio on the roster despite offering no value to the team on the pitch. Rubio is set to become a free agent later in the summer - the three-year contract he signed with the Phoenix Suns in 2019 expires at the end of this month. The Pacers have his Bird rights, which means that as long as they keep his free agent cap on their paybook, they can offer him any legal contract, even if they're over the salary cap. J. McConnell, Washington and other guards with ball-handling skills on the list, Rubio wouldn't play a big role at blue and gold going forward unless multiple trades took place. Indiana decision makers would be better off putting their money elsewhere on the open hand -- a senior point guard isn't needed on a younger team with backcourt depth. So while the Pacers have the means to keep the Spanish Guard, it's likely they kept his contract on the books this offseason for another reason: sign-and-trade opportunities. Since the Pacers have full Bird rights to Rubio and can sign him on any deal, they could elect to sign him on a deal roughly his market value and then immediately trade him to another roster, who does not have the means to acquire the 11. year per. Under-the-cap teams could just sign the guard without going through the Pacers, but any squad sitting above the salary cap who want to add Rubio without using his mid-level exception, for example, would be a natural fit for a sign-and-trade situation. The Pacers would have to bring back matching salary on a deal unless the team bringing in Rubio has a trade exception of sufficient size for the deal to work. But sending the veteran guard to an over-the-cap team that needs point guard depth could help Indiana earn an asset, maybe a second-round pick — something they couldn't have done if they would have cut him during the season. "To my knowledge he's rehab over there [Spain] and doing well," Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said of Rubio during the season. The injury could mean Rubio's league-wide value has dropped. The Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception (MLE), worth around $10.3 million for teams next season, could be enough to take the watch this summer. But if an over-the-cap team used their MLE for Rubio, they couldn't use it for anything else, while Rubio was added to a team via a sign-and-trade, the team would still have access to their entire MLE . So there's value for rival squads to add Rubio via a sign-and-trade, but the fact that the MLE might be enough to bring in the Veteran Guard will take some leverage off the Pacers. Another way a team can include Rubio in a sign-and-trade is by using a traded player exception (TPE). These exceptions effectively count as appropriate salary during a trade. So if a team uses one to acquire Rubio, Indiana wouldn't have to bring back a player and salary in a deal. Six teams currently have a TPE valued at more than $7 million so their TPE could be ideal candidates for a Rubio sign-and-trade: Boston, Brooklyn, Dallas, Los Angeles (Clippers), and Portland Utah. Outside of TPEs, any team wishing to sign-and-trade Rubio from the Pacers would need to return a matching salary in the form of a player. That might not be ideal for blue and gold, but if that player could be valuable to the franchise or a valuable asset is sent with the player, then Indiana might be worth it. Without knowing Rubio's league-wide value, it's difficult to predict what a deal of this nature would look like. In any case, between TPEs and Rubio-for-Player Sign-and-Trades, there are opportunities for the Pacers to acquire capital in exchange for Rubio. That's why they stuck with the guard at the end of the 2021-22 season. Even if Rubio agrees to a deal with a team that has the salary cap required for a contract, the Pacers could still sign-and-trade to generate their own TPE -- the exact move they made with Doug McDermott the Off-season 2021. Outside of sign-and-trades, any team wishing to acquire Rubio would have to sign him directly using an exception or salary cap range. The Pacers would get nothing in return from such a swap, so the Indiana front office will be scouting the league for potential moves in the coming weeks. To make matters worse, Rubio could be signed-and-traded in combination with other Pacers players in a bigger, more dramatic move. If they manage to find a deal, they can purchase an asset in exchange for Rubio, which would be a nice price for the Pacers to receive in exchange for a player who never donned a Pacers uniform.

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Steph Curry could win even if Warriors loses; Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown Neck and Neck

We'll explore the precedent of a losing player winning Finals MVP and where Curry fits into the conversation (Author: Gardener)

Steph CurryWith the 2022 NBA Finals tied 2-2 returning to San Francisco for Game 5 on Monday, it's a good time to catch the always entertaining Finals MVP race. If the Golden State Warriors win, Stephen Curry is a lock. So far, as we'll discuss, even if the Warriors lose the series, he's made a good case for winning the award. On the Boston Celtics side, it's a tight draw between Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown at the moment. One of those three guys will win Finals MVP. After four games, I see the breakdown of the leaderboard as follows. Curry is the favorite because, on paper at least, Golden State is in a better position as of today to win the championship after reclaiming home field advantage in a three-game streak. Should the Warriors fall short, there is precedent for a player from the losing team to win Finals MVP. Jerry West received the honor in 1969 when his Lakers lost to the Celtics in seven games. If ever a player from a losing team was to become a Finals MVP in more recent times, it would have been, and probably should have been, LeBron James in 2015, when he averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 in Cleveland's loss Assists scored to the Golden State. We know who actually became Finals MVP in this series in 2015: Andre Iguodala. It remains hotly debated, with Iguodala himself recently saying he deserved the award against Stephen Curry, who averaged 26-6-5 for his standards despite some tough games and created so much of the space in which Iguodala and others thrived . This year, Curry, whose missing Finals MVP was hotly beaten to death on an otherwise Mt. Rushmore-worthy résumé, leaves no doubt. Again, if the Warriors win this series, he'll have the hardware in his pocket. The question is: should Curry win the award even if the Warriors lose the series? If Curry lays an egg or two on the final leg of this series, he won't win. For a loser to win MVP, the gap must be large enough to be overwhelming. Nobody in that streak has come close as great as Curry, who is currently averaging 34.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and two steals on 50 percent shooting. Dude shoots 49 percent from 3 to a tick over 12 tries per game. With 25 triples made to date, Curry is the first player in history to have made at least five 3s in four straight finals games. Following his 43-point feat in Game 4, he's also one of three point guards to ever set a 40-point/10-rebound final line, joining Magic Johnson and the aforementioned West. Considering the constant defense he faces and the lack of help he gets from his own team, what Curry is doing right now is superhuman. The Celtics are a better team than the Warriors. They have two elite scorers at Golden State. None of their lineups need to compromise offense for defense or vice versa, while Golden State somehow patches at least one glaring hole every second of this streak. If you're still seeing this Warriors team through the lens of what it used to be, get your eyes checked. These are not the ancient warriors. However, it's Old Curry that's literally the only card Golden State has to play. LeBron had the Cavaliers team leading Mathew Dellavedova, Timofey Mozgov, Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson 2-1 against a 67-win Warriors team. He wasn't as efficient as Curry in that series. But he was by far the best player in that series, and he didn't win the award. Some people would argue that if LeBron didn't get it then, Curry can't get it now. My gut is that I feel kinda weird when a player from the losing team wins Finals MVP, although I usually despise arguments leaning on the old, shaky leg of traditionalism. But if LeBron had won in 2015, I would feel comfortable. To me, LeBron should have set the modern precedent in 2015. But my colleague Sam Quinn challenged me in our chat room to answer a simple question: why misinform the other? As Sam claimed, it's similar to the argument that a baseball player can't be unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame because Babe Ruth or Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle wasn't. So they misunderstood them. Why do we have to keep doing these things wrong? Baseball voters finally broke their stupid code when Mariano Rivera got 100 percent of the vote in 2019. People said the same about Curry, who unanimously won the 2015-16 regular season MVP. Again, two wrongs don't make a right. There was no viable pick to win the 2015-16 MVP other than Curry. They got that right. So again, if he continues at this current pace and the Warriors lose the streak, Curry will surely have a case to win his first Finals MVP. And again, personally, I'm not sure how I would feel about it. Of course it doesn't matter how I feel. All that matters is how the voters feel. I know this: If all the Boston players are up there in their championship hats and shirts announcing Curry as MVP, it's going to set off one hell of a Twitter firestorm. Unless Boston wins the series and Curry doesn't break modern precedent, it's a razor-thin gap between Tatum and Brown right now. It's almost impossible that both have averaged exactly 22.3 points and 7.0 assists so far in the series. Brown's scoring was far more efficient than Tatum's, but I still lean towards Tatum for the style of play. His 7.8 assists per game is twice Brown's. All in all, entering Game 4, Tatum was responsible for 45 percent of Boston's offense, either through his goals or assists. Tatum is the one defended like the Superstar, and Brown, if we're splitting hairs, benefits from the secondary creation opportunities Tatum's gravity provides. Tatum's finishing issues near the rim resurface, but he's hitting 45 percent of his 3s this series. To me, Brown has felt like the best player for Boston so far, in a way that Iguodala has felt like the best player for Golden State in 2015. Curry of 2015 - to let the inefficiency slide and really appreciate the overall impact of the bus driver, as Charles Barkley likes to say. But Brown was great. His style of play, while not at Tatum's level, was significant and it's not like he's not creating much of his own offense. He beat Draymond Green multiple times for one-on-one buckets in Game 4. Both Brown and Tatum play their typically superb defense. This is the race that is far from over. Once again, if Golden State wins, Curry is a suspension. For Boston, these next two or three games will decide the MVP debate between Tatum and Brown. A week from now, if the Celtics have their way, Tatum and Brown will both have played great throughout this series to lead Boston to the trophy he really cares about.

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Best friends become two unlikely (or maybe perfect) lovers (or maybe not) in a reality-based musical Straight Forward

Billy Aberle and Chris Sabol's Straight Forward is an original musical inspired by an article by Mike Iamele that went viral on social media in 2014, explaining how he began developing romantic and sexual feelings for his male best friend Garrett Lech, although both identified as straight. (Author: Gardener)

twoI think it was 1976 when I first saw a Tony Award television show. That was the year that A Chorus Line vs. Sincerity won big, but that was just a sprint. Take a look at the list of long runs on Broadway and you could say Cynicism won the marathon. When people mention their favorite moments in Tony Awards history, they might mention Jennifer Holliday singing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" or Michael Jeter dancing to "We'll Take A Glass Together." One of my favorite moments is a little less well known. It was 1961 and Phil Silvers, who starred in the David Merrick-produced musical Do Re Mi, was hosting the show. Nicknamed "The Abominable Showman" for his ruthless (and hugely successful) production style, Merrick received a special Tony that year for his recent propensity to put together successful shows. But as powerful a businessman as he was, Merrick was a little quieter when he spoke, so Silvers stepped up beside him and said, "Like you told me in Philadelphia, speak up, David." The best way a theater journalist could do it Bringing you to see your new musical, which will have three performances at a remote downtown festival... ...is to schedule an experienced publicist who specializes in off-off-Broadway and indie theater. The next best thing is to hang out at the Don't Tell Mama bar on a Sunday afternoon and strike up a conversation with someone who writes a column promoting cheap theater in New York. Method number two took me to the LATEA theater on Suffolk Street on Friday night for the New York Theater Festival production of Billy Aberle and Chris Sabol's Straight Forward, an original musical inspired by a 2014 social media article by Mike Iamele went viral. He explained how he began developing romantic and sexual feelings for his male best friend Garrett Lech, despite them both identifying as straight. After traveling to Boston to interview the two former college roommates, the authors - who share the book, music and lyrics - developed a warm and sensitive one-act musical for two with an almost through-score, the the story is told with minimal spoken dialogue and narration. There's a believable chemistry between Greyson Riley as Mike, the workaholic whose lifestyle threatens his health, and Andrew King as Garrett, the more reserved and responsible who spends each day caring for his recovering friend despite being in a long ... permanent relationship with a woman. Realizing that the feelings he's developing for Garrett won't go away, Mike reluctantly brings up the subject, and the two simultaneously experience not only exploring how they feel about each other, but also trying to figure out their feelings own identity in relation to sexuality. It's a common observation that love develops quickly in musical theater, but what makes this piece work so well is that the writers take their time and musicalize every important moment; from revealing emotions to first attempts at physical intimacy to how it affects their other relationships. Granted, the attention to detail can slow things down a bit, but there's not a moment that doesn't pull you in, especially when presented by Sofia Shirey's suitably understated direction. General admission tickets for this afternoon's Straight Forward closing performance are $25, but hopefully there will be more opportunities to see this very promising performance in the near future. If it seems insensitive, to call Reisman's Spindle Shuttle Needle a raucous comedy about the vulnerability of women in war-torn countries... ...I'll confidently point out the bursts of laughter that consistently accompanied Thursday night's performance. The second entry of Clubbed Thumb's 25th Summerworks festival, held at The Wild Project, Spindle Shuttle Needle (tickets $25, students $20), is described by its playwright as "a fable about what it means to be too long stuck in his house and how we're going to deal with what's next." Oliva (set) and Dina El-Azize (costumes) contribute fairytale visuals to director Tamilla Woodard's production, delivering a Grimm interpretation of the grim realities endured by four women confined to a tiny cottage making blankets for soldiers , while they shoot guns and cannons blare nearby. Tilda (Mia Katigbak) is the group's badass leader, with the restless Hanni (Zoë Geltman) as their daughter, fathered by a fallen soldier. They feed on the animal carcasses, which they can barter to a slick fleece merchant played by New York stage gem Tina Benko. Seth Clayton, the only male member of the group, plays a hapless soldier who unknowingly helps Hanni in her quest for a better life. And at the end of the war, women have to adjust to a new kind of free market. None of this might sound particularly funny, but Spindle Shuttle Needle is cleverly written with dark humor, skillfully performed by a sizzling ensemble that conveys the message that sometimes tales of woe are best told with humor. It's not that I felt particularly aggressive when I arrived to see playwright/director Stephen Kaliski's The Refugees... ...but when I saw the note on my chair asking me to do a haiku In response to the statement "You haven't done enough," my immediate response was: The play, which runs through June 26 (tickets, $35), has an interesting concept; To discuss contemporary refugee issues in the form of ancient Greek drama, which was often used to debate the issues of the day. As climate change renders neighboring countries inhospitable, Queen Clytemnestra of Argos (a pensive Rachel McPhee) learns that refugees from Athens, Minoa and Thrace have gathered at the border, begging for entry and a chance to work and re-establish themselves . Her handsome daughter Electra (Carolina Đỗ) and son Orestes (Jonathan Nathaniel Dingle-El), a celebrity lifestyle, want to let them all in, but the queen is reluctant to help others if it causes the slightest distress to her own people. So her children insist that she takes them to the refugee camp to meet representatives of all three groups. This is where audience haikus come into play. It's no spoiler that The Refugees leans heavily on its side to welcome anyone who can be helped, and a curtain call urges viewers to donate to Women for Afghan Women on their way out. “I am against identity politics when it deviates from moral greatness and spiritual greatness and integrity, honesty and decency. Well, someone like John Coltrane was as black as he can be in the best sense of the word, but 'A Love Supreme' isn't just about loving black people. Stephen Sondheim, Jew as he can be. One of the greatest musical geniuses before his death. He will touch the depths of your soul as Aretha will touch the depths of your soul she sings "Respect". This is what the quest for moral and spiritual greatness is all about.

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Sky Sports presenter cast doubt on Middlesbrough's Djed Spence over Tottenham Hotspur rumors

Middlesbrough defender Djed Spence is on a high after securing promotion to the Premier League with loan club Nottingham Forest. Middlesbrough allowed Spence to go on a season-long loan last summer after then-manager Neil Warnock felt the requirements were redundant. With the emergence of Isaiah Jones, Spence fell down the pecking order and a move to Nottingham Forest looked to suit all parties. (Author: Gardener)

Sky SportsMiddlesbrough allowed Spence to go on a season-long loan last summer after then-manager Neil Warnock felt the requirements were redundant. That was certainly the case as the right-back starred for Steve Cooper's side as they achieved promotion in the play-off final last weekend. He also earned a spot on the division's Team of the Season and so his form has seen him begin to attract a great deal of interest in the top flight. The likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Brentford and Nottingham Forest have been linked, but Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be in pole position. "We saw him everywhere he went, Conte - he signs players aged 26 and over who have proven themselves at European level and in the elite league," he said. "I would be incredibly surprised if a player like Djed Spence came to Tottenham. "I think someone like Thomas Meunier is a more likely option, to be honest, than Djed Spence. "I think he'd rather open the doors to 29/30-year-old full-backs and full-backs who have been at the highest level and have done it consistently." Spence has only played a handful of seasons in the Championship since his debut and has never been before represented in the Premier League. Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a number of other players capable of playing at right-back and as such, Antonio Conte will be weighing his options.

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Hailstorm, high winds uproot trees, shake cars on roads in Delhi-NCR

Hailstorm accompanied by strong winds slammed across Delhi and the national capital region on Monday evening. The thunderstorm, accompanied by gusty winds, uprooted many trees and brought traffic to a standstill in many places. (Author: Gardener)

DelhiNEW DELHI: Hailstorm accompanied by strong winds battered Delhi and the national capital region on Monday evening. The thunderstorm, accompanied by gusty winds, uprooted many trees and brought traffic to a standstill in many places. Images posted to Twitter by residents of Delhi, Gurugram, Noida and Ghaziabad show damage to several old buildings and vehicles as trees fell on them. In the aftermath of a thunderstorm in Delhi, the air conditioner fell off its hinges and dangled dangerously from ITO's Express Building. Air conditioner parts dangle precariously from Express building, ITO pic.twitter.com/tlXBeC4WzM Also read – Fire breaks out at Jain Hospital in Delhi, 5 firefighters rushed to site Parts of Delhi and Noida also witnessed trees uprooted amid heavy rain, that hit the state capital region. #CLOCK | Delhi is witnessing trees uprooted amid heavy rains that have hit the national capital. pic.twitter.com/213buZrif2 Pictures posted by Delhi residents also showed cars swaying on the streets, propelled by the high wind speed. City experiences hailstorm and thunderstorm, Flights affected, Wind shakes cars on streets, Several trees uprooted, Cars damaged, Heavy traffic jam in city. #DelhiRains pic.twitter.com/VE2ctGY8ij Bright evening skies amid the intense heatwave, and according to the Regional Weather Forecasting Center (RWFC), dust storms and thunderstorms began in the state capital from 4.30am, bringing the temperature down and providing relief from the scorching heat. For breaking news and live news updates, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Read more about the latest Delhi news at India.com.

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Vick Hope arrives from Ibiza to launch the ITV chat show

The BBC Radio 1 DJ said she has just returned from the Balearic Islands, where fiancé Calvin Harris owns a farm, in the first episode of her new ITV chat show on Sunday morning (Author: Gardener)

ITVVick Hope arrives from Ibiza to launch ITV chat show after fiancé Calvin Harris' appearance BBC Radio 1's DJ said she has just returned from the Balearic island, where fiancé Calvin Harris owns a farm, in the first episode of her new ITV Sunday Morning Chat Show Thank you for subscribing! We've got more newsletter Show me viewers praised Vick Hope for her first ITV chat show on Sunday morning (12 June). The BBC Radio 1 DJ, 32, launched the series with musicians Kate Nash and Aitch and romance novelist Jojo Moyes. It's Hope's first new project since her engagement to Dumfries DJ Calvin Harris last month. According to The Sun, Harris is said to have proposed on his farm in Ibiza. Hope presented the recorded program after they had just returned from the Balearic island in the Mediterranean. Describing the drink as "summer in a glass," Hope added, "I'm always in Ibiza, mate." Goodman is the creator of The London Cocktail Club. Just hours before the launch of the ITV show, Vick shared videos of the crowd at Calvin Harris' event at Ushuaia Ibiza, where he has a residency every Friday during the summer. She then shared clips of an Ibiza beach in the sun on her Instagram Stories: "I'm so excited to be here and to be with you so enjoy because for the next eight weeks I'm bringing you some cheery Sunday vibes. ] Me got everything from what to read to what to drink and all with a sprinkling of games, giggles, adorable guests and loads of alliteration it seems Viewers have been commenting on the show on social media and praised Hope for her first chat show performance. Dawn said: "@VickNHope an excellent show today, just what Sunday morning needed". Kev added: "It's a lovely little Sunday morning show, VH is very personable and positive and obviously gorgeous." Good for you on your first breakfast show on ITV! Before joining Jordan North on BBC Radio 1 Drivetime, Hope spent three years hosting the Capital Breakfast Show in London. The Vick Hope breakfast show resumes next Sunday at 8.30am on ITV and the ITV Hub.

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Conte suggested dropping Djed Spence's interest and switching to Dortmund instead

Tottenham have been advised to abandon the planned move of Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence in favor of a swoop for Borussia Dortmund star Thomas Meunier. (Author: Gardener)

ConteTottenham have been advised to abandon the planned move of Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence in favor of a swoop for Borussia Dortmund star Thomas Meunier. However, having secured promotion to the Premier League on loan at Nottingham Forest, the 21-year-old is now being advised to make a permanent move to the City Ground. He believes Conte should instead go after a more experienced player like Meunier, not Spence. Thomlinson told Football Daily's Sunday Vibes: "We've seen him everywhere he's gone, Conte - he's signing players over 26 who have proven themselves at European level and in the elite league. I would be incredibly surprised if a player like Djed Spence arrived at Tottenham. "I think someone like Thomas Meunier is a more likely option, to be honest, than Djed Spence. "I think he would rather open the doors for 29/30 year old full-backs and full-backs who have been at the highest level and have done it consistently." Conte has shown confidence in youngster Ryan Sessegnon in the closing stages of the season. However, with Perisic seemingly being tricked into covering left-back, Conte decides he wants a more youthful option on the right. That would open the door to Spence or any other connected player in Max Aarons. Sessegnon could even go that side if Emerson Royal or Matt Doherty are shown the door. Meunier remains a good player, scoring two goals and providing five assists for Dortmund last season. Perisic, despite being 33, still has that Meunier isn't fast in any way. With that in mind, a Spence or Aarons move still seems more likely than Meunier.

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Bryan Abasolo shows off washboard abs in posed photos

Bryan Abasolo flaunts his washboard abs shirtless, and Bachelor Nation fans couldn't get enough of it. (Author: Gardener)

Bryan AbasoloBachelor Nation first met Bryan Abasolo on season 13 of The Bachelorette starring Rachel Lindsay, the franchise's first-ever Black Bachelorette. Since the show, Rachel has become an advocate for racial diversity. She is a television personality while Bryan is a co-host with Mike Johnson for the podcast Talking It Out with Bachelor Nation. In his most recent Instagram post, Bryan posed shirtless and his abs were bursting. Along with his washboard abs, Bryan showed off his muscular arms and showed off the waistband of his Calvin Klein underwear band with his unbuttoned black jeans and partially unzipped. Bryan captioned the photos, "Casual Sunday (sunshine emoji) #Sunday #Love #SundayFunday #Weekend #Sundayvibes #vibes." The first person to comment was Eric Bigger, a fellow cast member of The Bachelor season Rachel when he wrote, "Waiting for AB class bro (muscle emoji)." Bryan's co-host for her podcast, Mike Johnson, gave him a flame-fire emoji and said, "Flex on em." Other fans gave more heart-shaped emojis, flames of fire emojis and hands-up emojis as they said, "Perfection and stop the madness." One woman even asked, "Um, do you have 0% body fat?" Additionally, two fans commented on his caption, as they wrote: "Bring your lazy Sunday to us every day" and "Very lazy it seems. Not that we mind, Dr. Abs." Recently, Bryan and Rachel spoke about having a family in the future and how difficult it is to balance work and home, especially since the two are so involved in their careers at this point. It seems Bachelor Nation doesn't mind seeing photos of Bryan Abasolo's abs and toned physiques, and wouldn't mind seeing more in the near future.

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