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    Until they prove otherwise, the Orioles, a winning team in reach of a playoff spot, are sellers. In their first summer trade, the Orioles sent Trey Mancini, their longest-tenured player, to the Houston Astros for a pair of well-regarded pitching prospects in a three-team deal also involving the Tampa Bay Rays. Hours later, Baltimore beat the Texas Rangers to move above .500 and within 2 1/2 games of a playoff spot. In offering an explanation for making a seller’s move, Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias pointed to doubt that Baltimore’s surprising performance continues through the season’s final two months, all the time that Mancini’s contract guaranteed he remain an Oriole. Instead, he sought to maximize the chances of success in future seasons rather than the current one. “I think the .500 record we have, the winning last couple of months that we have, the momentum we have, has made this a much more difficult decision and a much more complicated trade deadline than it would’ve been or that any of the past ones have been,” Elias...
    DAME Deborah was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer shortly before Christmas 2016, at the age of 35 — and was given just an eight per cent chance of living five years. But she defied the odds and turned 40 last October, before hitting the five-year milestone a few months later. 5Deborah James' devastated family shared a stunning photo of her tonight as they revealed she has died of bowel cancer, aged 40 5The courageous mum-of-two raised £6.7m in just weeks after learning treatment would be withdrawnCredit: bowelbabe/Instagram Her tragic death was announced in an Instagram post tonight, with her beloved family paying tribute to "the most amazing wife, daughter, sister, mummy". Deborah, who raised an astonishing £6.75million in the weeks before her death through BowelBabe, shared every step of her journey with Sun readers in her column Things Cancer Made Me Say. She went on to present the award-winning BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C with fellow cancer patients Rachael Bland, who died in September 2018, Lauren Mahon and Rachael’s husband Steve. In the five-and-a-half years since...
    DAME Deborah James says she feels like her ‘lucky streak continues’ after she defied the odds to make it to Royal Ascot yesterday. The Sun writer stunned in a polka dot dress and was accompanied by her brother Benjamin James and his fiancé Ashley Hall. 5Dame Deborah James beamed at the camera yesterday as she enjoyed a day at Royal AscotCredit: Getty 5Deborah James, brother Benjamin James and his fiancé Ashley Hall were all smiles at the event in BerkshireCredit: Getty 5Ruth Langsford, Dame Deborah James and Eamonn Holmes posed for a snapCredit: Getty 5Debs also chatted with singer Natalie Rushdie, who wore a pink coat and a matching hatCredit: Getty The 40-year-old mum-of two beamed at the camera as she enjoyed the event in Berkshire. She told The Sun: “It was very impromptu, but it was such a lovely day. “I tend to go to Ascot every year with my girlfriends, so to get to go this year feels really special. “I didn’t expect to make it.” TO DONATE to BowelBabe Fund visit www.bowelbabe.org Read more on Deborah James ‘SUNSHINE...
    Binga, Zimbabwe (CNN)The Zambezi River is one of the largest bodies of water in Africa. It rises in Zambia, then it curves, snake-like on its 2,500km journey first to the west through Angola, skimming Namibia and Botswana, then flowing south along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, before finally running eastward through Mozambique, heading for the ocean. Along the Zambezi's route to the Indian Ocean, where it feeds the man-made Lake Kariba, is Binga district, Zimbabwe, formed to house the Tonga people who were forcefully removed when their land was flooded to build the Lake. In Sebungwe Mouth, one of the villages in Binga, Brandina Mundimba is using a reed known locally as malala to weave a basket which, when complete, will be transported to the market along with the rest and sold for 1500 Zimbabwean dollars (Z$) ($4). This is how 40-year-old Mundimba and the other members of her fishing cooperative have been scraping together a living since their fishing rig broke down last October. Other teams resumed fishing "but we could not because our fishing rig's engine needed...
    A premature baby born the size of a bag of sugar who was kept alive in a plastic bag has defied the odds to start primary school. Darcey Clegg, now four, weighed just 1lb 5oz when she was born on 27th September 2016 via an emergency c-section - three months early. 4Little Darcey had an early battle for survivalCredit: SWNS 4But now she is delighted to start schoolCredit: SWNS The little girl had to fight for her life in the neonatal unit at Royal Oldham Hospital, Greater Manchester, until she miraculously came home on 30th December after 64 days in hospital. Now despite everything, she is getting ready to start school in September, and mum, Gill Glegg, 50, couldn't be prouder. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED Gill, a carer, from Littleborough, Greater Manchester, said: "Darcey is amazing. "She was so tiny in that little sandwich bag, I didn't know if she would make it. "But now she has defied the odds and she is perfectly healthy. "It's so emotional to see her start school....
    (CNN)Lille's 2-1 victory over Angers on Sunday secured arguably the most unlikely league title in European football this season, as the French club beat powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 trophy by a single point.As is the case for every other team in France, Lille's budget is a fraction of the Qatari-backed PSG's and its ascent to the top of French football -- from avoiding relegation by a single point as recently as 2018 -- is nothing short of remarkable.The recipe for success is Lille's close-knit squad, which has become a mix of mostly young players with a few older stars to guide them, as well as diverse group of nationalities.Lille boasts the fourth-youngest squad in Ligue 1 and has given playing time to only 21 players this players, the fewest in the league, according to Transfermarkt.One of the older players is defender José Fonte, who was brought to the club three years ago to help guide the talented youngsters that Lille's scouting department is so adept at unearthing.Read MoreThe 37-year-old Portugal international, one of numerous Portuguese-speaking players and...
    HOUSTON -- Claudia Martinez was just a normal college student before her life took a terrifying turn. "... I started getting symptoms. Headaches, numbness, and tingling in my legs," She says. That's when doctors discovered that her brain was just a little bit too large for her skull, which caused a compressed spinal cord. "But for me, I didn't see it as a barrier at all. I just kept persevering. I had brain surgery in colleges. I continued having brain surgery during medical school." After she had these surgeries, Claudia experienced a stroke that left her unable to function from the waist down. She had to learn how to walk and do simple tasks like brushing her teeth again. But through it all, she maintained her dream of becoming a doctor. GET INSPIRED: Click here for more Localish!
    Neon Leon was holding court in the bar at Sardi’s, the historic Broadway restaurant where Frank Sinatra once escaped being slain by drive-by machine-gunners as he dined at one of the window tables. Vincent Sardi, one of the long line of family proprietors, was telling us the story of Sinatra’s miraculous survival amid a hail of bullets and shattering glass. He finished his tale of what was taken to be an attempted mob hit on Ol’ Blue Eyes by explaining: ‘That’s why we replaced those see-through windows onto the street with this opaque glass.’ Leon Spinks, pictured in 2018, tragically passed away from prostate cancer at the age of 67 Spinks was the only man to ever defeat the great Muhammad Ali when he was a champion RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Deontay Wilder's sacked trainer Mark Breland brutally takes... Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, who beat legend... Share this article Share Leon Spinks guffawed through the trademark gap in his front teeth and shouted: ‘Thank God for that,...
    By Joseph Tanfani and Tim Reid (Reuters) - As he closed his campaign with a series of boisterous rallies, President Donald Trump told his cheering crowds they would prove all the experts wrong again - just as they had when he improbably won the U.S. presidency in 2016. “A great red wave is coming,” Trump said at an Oct. 31 rally in Pennsylvania, predicting a surge of Republican support would carry him to re-election. “There’s not a thing they can do about it.” Trump lost the White House, according to media outlets that called the tight race on Saturday morning for his Democratic opponent Joe Biden, the former vice president. And yet Trump clearly outperformed scores of polls that suggested he might lose in a landslide and proved his base of supporters was bigger and more loyal than many observers realized. Democrats had hoped that voters would hand Trump a stark repudiation of his often chaotic first term and his divisive campaign. Instead, Trump has captured about 7.3 million more votes than he did in 2016, preliminary returns show. Many...
    Demi Lovatos Dating History This couple created their own tiny house island How Dodgers, Astros defied the odds to create one of the most dramatic rounds in MLB postseason history Since so much of the 2020 season has been unexampled throughout the sprawl of baseball history, why wouldn't the postseason wind up giving us more of the same? Why not indeed.  © Provided by CBS Sports An unprecedented 60-game regular season fed into the largest playoff field ever, and as a function of the latter we had losing teams in the postseason for the first time. Those unparalleled phenomena are calculated, or at least slowly wrought through the regular season. What's been more improvisational and quick-twitch are the playoff achievements of the Astros and Dodgers.  With Saturday's win in Game 6 over the Braves, the Dodgers have come back from down 3-1 to force a Game 7. Coming into 2020, 87 teams had fallen behind 3-1 in a best-of-seven MLB postseason series. Of those 87 teams, just 17, or 19.5 percent, were able to force a Game 7.  The...
    A BOY of four who defied the odds to twice beat leukaemia enjoyed his first day of school. Josh Stockhill’s parents admitted they had sometimes feared they would never see him in a uniform. 4Josh Stockhill, 4, went to school for the first time after twice beating leukaemiaCredit: SWNS:South West News Service 4Josh was first diagnosed with leukaemia when he was eight months oldCredit: SWNS:South West News Service Josh was eight months old when he was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. He underwent chemotherapy but after a month developed sepsis, and ended up in intensive care. Mum Kirsty Knighton, 36, said: “We were told there was a 50/50 chance he would make it through the night.” Josh endured nine months of chemo, but Kirsty and partner Craig Stockhill, 40, were dealt another devastating blow. Josh relapsed at two years old and required a bone marrow transplant to survive. Fortunately, Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge found a match in Spain. Josh ­— who has three older brothers and one younger — has recovered well. November marks two years since the op....
    ‘Pregnant’. I don’t know how long I have been sitting in my office bathroom staring at that single word flashing in front of my eyes, my hands shaking on the handle of the blue and white stick. I feel a deep pulling sensation in my stomach and I’m not sure if it’s excitement or fear; probably both. After everything that’s happened over the last two years, I am going to have a baby, a miracle baby. I just can’t believe it. I cast my mind back to my last visit to the doctor, when we had discussed the results of my fertility test. ‘We can’t be sure,’ she had told me, ‘But unfortunately the results aren’t good. You will likely find it very difficult to get pregnant, and if it does happen for you there will be a lot of associated risks.’ Lucy Leonelli who recently gave birth, revealed that she experienced a traumatic motorbike accident that made her future uncertain just months before. Pictured: Lucy and baby Fox Lucy explained that she didn't tell her parents when...
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