Sports – Viral Stories Just another WordPress site Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:01:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 140408441 Barry Bennell: 31 years in jail for soccer’s ‘satan incarnate’ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:51:39 +0000 The 64-year-old former soccer coach, now often known as Richard Jones, was sentenced for 50 counts of kid sexual abuse in opposition to 12 boys between the ages of eight and 15 from 1979 to 1991.

During his summation, Judge Clement Goldstone QC informed Liverpool Crown Court that Bennell’s actions had been “sheer evil.”

“Your behavior towards these boys in grooming and seducing them before subjecting them to, in some cases, the most most serious, degrading and humiliating abuse was sheer evil.”

He added that Bennell had appeared to his victims as a god, including: “In reality, you were the devil incarnate. You stole their childhoods and their innocence to satisfy your own perversion.”

Bennell was a ‘monster’

As the clapping that met the sentencing subsided, victims and their households started to embrace on the conclusion of the six-week trial.

Monday marked the primary time throughout the trial that Bennell — who had watched the proceedings through video hyperlink from jail, the place he’s receiving medical remedy — had come nose to nose along with his victims.

Bennell sat and listened impassively as 4 victims learn out impression statements, detailing how his abuse had wrecked their lives.

Andy Woodward: Pedophile football coach could 'do what he wanted'Andy Woodward: Pedophile football coach could 'do what he wanted'

One sufferer informed the court docket of Bennell: “That monster decided it was fun for him to use me as a sex toy, someone he could get his kicks from.”

Another sufferer mentioned that the abuse had made him pondering of taking his personal life.

“Not a day goes by without thinking about the abuse I suffered. I loved football and like most boys it was my dream to play professionally,” he mentioned. “My dreams were shattered and I often think what could have been.”

The revelation of Bennell’s crimes and the sheer scale of his abuse despatched shockwaves via English soccer when the allegations burst into the general public consciousness in November 2016.

A former youth workforce coach with Crewe Alexandra and a Manchester City junior scout, Bennell’s affect spanned throughout the northwest of England.

But it was solely after former participant Andy Woodward broke his 30-year silence over how he was abused by Bennell throughout a 2016 interview with the Guardian that others started to come back ahead.
Former footballer Andy Woodward (L) arrives with his partner Zelda (R) at court on Monday.Former footballer Andy Woodward (L) arrives with his partner Zelda (R) at court on Monday.
Speaking exterior court docket after the sentence, Woodward, who had beforehand described Bennell as a “monster,” informed reporters: “No sentence is lengthy sufficient for that man and proper to the loss of life he did not present any regret or apologize to anybody.

“I am proud that I did communicate out. If I hadn’t have executed, all of us would not be stood right here now at present.”

Another sufferer, Steve Walters, informed reporters that Bennell had not proven “one ounce of regret, not one shred of decency.”

“He is calculated, devious and scheming. He was then and he’s now,” said Walters. “But he has lastly been held to account for his horrific crimes in opposition to kids.”

‘Master of management’

Since Woodward broke his 30-year silence in his interview with the Guardian, a number of others have spoken of how Bennell abused them.

A press release from one other sufferer, Chris Unsworth, which was learn out at court docket, revealed that he had chosen in opposition to having kids out of worry he can be unable to guard them in opposition to “predatory individuals like Bennell.

In an interview with the BBC, Unsworth described how Bennell raped him between 50-100 occasions from the age of 9.
Ex-Manchester City youth football player Chris Unsworth (C) arrives at court on Monday.Ex-Manchester City youth football player Chris Unsworth (C) arrives at court on Monday.

“Barry Bennell abused me, groomed me, manipulated me and destroyed all my childhood and dreams of becoming a professional footballer,” Unsworth mentioned in a press release, in line with the UK Press Association.

He added: “Despite trying to bury what happened to me all those years ago this continues affect me now.”

Who is Barry Bennell?

A extremely regarded youth workforce coach throughout the 1980s, Bennell was described by Woodward as a “master of control” when it got here to charming kids and their mother and father.
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A former youth participant at Chelsea, Bennell gained a popularity for creating younger gamers whereas at Crewe Alexandra, a membership in the northwest of England, in addition to having fun with hyperlinks with Manchester City.

The court docket heard how Bennell would hoodwink mother and father into gaining their belief earlier than taking their kids and abusing them at his house, in his automotive, on soccer excursions and at vacation parks.

Prosecutors spoke of how Bennell had a “power hold” over his victims, who had been fearful that talking out might jeopardize their goals of turning into skilled footballers.

Several of his victims had turned to alcohol in later life, whereas others had spoken of their melancholy and having suicidal ideas.

This isn’t the primary time Bennell has been prosecuted for offenses in opposition to kids.

He has been jailed three different occasions for youngster abuse, together with as soon as in the United States the place he was reportedly described by Florida police as having “almost an insatiable appetite” for younger boys.

In 1998, Bennell was jailed for 9 years after pleading responsible to 23 prices of sexually abusing six kids. Woodward was amongst his victims at Crewe soccer membership.

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – The Alpine snowboarding team event seems like missing in star high quality when it makes its Olympic debut in Pyeongchang this week after Lindsey Vonn grew to become the newest high-profile athlete to say she in all probability gained’t be participating.

The inaugural team event is scheduled for Saturday because the climax to this system and can convey combined intercourse competitors, knockout racing and parallel snowboarding to the Olympic Alpine slopes for the primary time.

Marcel Hirscher, who has claimed two gold medals in Pyeongchang, dominated out competing for Austria earlier than the beginning of the Olympics as a result of he felt it might compromise his bid to win a seventh successive World Cup total title.

Norwegian velocity racers Aksel Lund Svindal, the boys’s downhill champion, and Kjetil Jansrud have headed again to Europe after the completion of their particular person occasions.

American Teg Ligety mentioned he would race in the event if total World Cup chief Mikaela Shiffrin did, however on Sunday he confirmed his run in the boys’s big slalom had introduced an finish to his Pyeongchang Olympics.

“I was an absolute no before but I was thinking about it,” Vonn mentioned on Monday.

“But now Ted’s gone and Mikaela is not doing it and so I don’t really think we have a strong chance of getting a medal since none of our top athletes are doing it so I probably won‘t.”

Hirscher, favourite to win a 3rd gold in the boys’s slalom on Thursday, had mentioned competing in the team event would permit him inadequate time to get to Slovenia for the resumption of the World Cup subsequent week.

“It would be a big honor to start for Austria but… it is not possible,” the 28-year-old mentioned.

”If you do the team event, 4 days later you might be again in Europe at Kranjska Gora in the enormous slalom, no time for preparation, no time for restoration, no time for getting used to European time.

“So, it would be great to be there but if I‘m professional, it is not possible.”

The team event, an try by the governing International Ski Federation to refresh the Alpine program, will probably be contested by 16 groups on a knockout foundation with the winners of the ultimate spherical taking gold.

Editing by Nick Mulvenney, enhancing by Ed Osmond

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Ice Hockey: U.S. women ease past Finland into final Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:25:33 +0000

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) – The U.S. cruised into their third straight women’s Olympic ice hockey final on Monday, shutting down Finland 5-Zero within the semis with two targets by Dani Cameranesi and a shutout from goaltender Maddie Rooney.

In the type of offensive burst U.S. coach Robb Stauber has been ready for, the Americans, silver medalists in Sochi and Vancouver, transformed on three of six powerplays. Heading into the sport the U.S. had been one-for-11 on the powerplay throughout the event.

“I look at the shots on goal and we maybe had 39 tonight,” Stauber mentioned. “The other nights we had 44, 50 etc and we didn’t score as much. Our plan coming in was to repeat the good habits that we talked about earlier in the tournament. You’re going to get rewarded.”

The Americans, displaying little resemblance to the crew that needed to come from behind in opposition to Finland of their first assembly, went out entrance early within the first interval.

Captain Meghan Duggan fed line mate Gigi Marvin within the slot and she or he one-timed it past goaltender Noora Raty.

Cameranesi intercepted an tried clearing move and skated uncontested in on Raty earlier than going high shelf with a wrist shot.

The U.S. broke it open within the second interval on two powerplay targets 34 seconds aside.

Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson blasted a slap shot past Raty with two seconds remaining on a two-player benefit and Hilary Knight made it Four-Zero, redirecting a shot from the purpose by Sidney Morin.

Cameranesi’s second got here inside the primary minute of the third interval, once more on the powerplay.

Ice Hockey – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Women’s Semifinal Match – U.S. v Finland- Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea – February 19, 2018 – Hannah Brandt, Kelly Pannek and Dani Cameranesi of the U.S. rejoice a aim scored by crew mate Hilary Knight. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Amanda Kessel, sister of Pittsburg Penguins ahead Phil, took a cross ice move and fed the puck low to Hannah Brandt. She rapidly acquired it to Cameranesi who beat Raty excessive on the glove aspect.


For a sport meant to be freed from body- checking, it was a really bodily contest, with the most important hit delivered on Finland defenseman Ronja Savolainen by Duggan.

As Savolainen was clearing her zone, Duggan rammed into her and despatched her sprawling.

She hit the sidewall face first and rolled on to her again earlier than being helped to the dressing-room by crew mates and coaches.

No penalty was assessed and Savolainen returned for restricted motion within the second and third durations.

“It was an open-ice hit and you can’t body-check in women’s hockey so that should have been a penalty,” Raty mentioned. “Obviously, the ref decided it wasn‘t.”

The U.S. should await the end result of Monday’s late sport between four-times gold medalists Canada and the Olympic Athletes from Russia to see who they play in Thursday’s final.

“Tonight we beat a very good goaltender and a very good hockey team,” Stauber mentioned. “This was really a gold medal preparation for us because they’re a darn good team.”

It is the fifth gold medal sport look in six Olympic tournaments for the American women who gained the primary women’s ice hockey event in 1998. Canada have gained all 4 since.

Finland proceed to the bronze medal sport on Wednesday in opposition to the loser of the Canada-Russia sport. The Finns have gained bronze twice, in 1998 and 2010.

Reporting by Dan Burns,; enhancing by Ed Osmond

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Shiffrin to miss downhill after combined moved forward Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:07:23 +0000

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – American Mikaela Shiffrin has withdrawn from Wednesday’s girls’s Olympic downhill race after it was introduced that the combined occasion can be introduced forward 24 hours to Thursday due to fears of robust winds.

Shiffrin, the game’s dominant drive this season, gained gold within the big slalom earlier than ending fourth within the slalom. She additionally withdrew from the super-G.

”As a lot as I needed to compete within the Olympic downhill, with the schedule change it’s necessary for me to focus my vitality on making ready for the combined,” Shiffrin stated in an announcement issued by United States Snow and Skiboard.

“I’m looking forward to cheering on our girls racing in the downhill and to compete myself in Thursday’s combined,” added Shiffrin, who was 16th quickest in downhill observe.

Austria’s Stephanie Venier was quickest in Monday’s second observe session however race favorites Sofia Goggia of Italy and American Lindsey Vonn had been shut behind.

The combined occasion was introduced forward due to robust winds forecast for Friday.

The males’s slalom, through which Austria’s Marcel Hirscher might win his third gold medal of the Games, will happen as scheduled on Thursday on the Yongpyong mountain.

Three of the primary 4 races on the Alpine schedule had been postponed due to winds gusting up to 72 kilometers per hour which closed the gondola taking the rivals to the highest of the mountain.

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney/Mitch Phillips, modifying by Ed Osmond

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Ski leaping: Norway soar to victory in team event Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:49:48 +0000

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Robert Johansson soared by the evening air to land a spectacular ultimate leap that sealed victory for Norway in the lads’s ski leaping team event on the Alpensia resort on Monday.

The Norwegians, who scored 1,098.5 factors in complete, have been dominant all through en route to their second ski leaping gold of the Games. Germany completed 22.eight factors behind to take silver and Poland claimed the bronze.

The Norwegians took a slender lead into the ultimate spherical, two factors forward of the Germans and 5 away from the Poles.

The three leaders illustrated the gulf in class to the remaining, leap-frogging forward of one another in a tense ultimate that supplied an excellent showcase for the game.

Daniel Tande Andre opened up a niche for with the primary of Norway’s 4 jumps in the ultimate, scoring 145.5 factors for the world champions and forcing Poland and Germany to play catch-up.

The Norwegians sensed their time had come and Andreas Stjernen added 139.eight factors with their subsequent soar to put much more daylight between them and the chasing pair.

Ski Jumping – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Men’s Team Final – Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre – Pyeongchang, South Korea – February 19, 2018 – Gold medalists Daniel Andre Tande, Andreas Stjernen, Johann Andre Forfang and Robert Johansson of Norway have fun throughout the victory ceremony. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

Richard Freitag put the Germans again in rivalry for the silver medal, however no matter hope they’d of gold was nearly utterly snuffed out when Johann Andre Forfang landed his soar to maintain Norway firmly in the lead.

The see-saw battle continued as Andreas Wellinger restored Germany’s lead earlier than a surprisingly tame soar from World Cup chief and particular person massive hill gold medalist Kamil Stoch left the Germans forward of Poland in the race for silver.

The stage was set for Johansson, his trademark handlebar mustache seen beneath his goggles, and the 27 year-old, who received bronze in each the conventional and enormous hill particular person occasions, soared by the crisp evening air to declare a well-deserved Olympic gold medal.

“I could see on the top that we had 22 points on Poland before the last jump, and that made me a bit calmer. But anyway, the nerves are coming more and more as its closing in on your jump,” Johansson informed a information convention.

“I just tried to calm myself down and tell myself that I‘m good enough to deliver what it took. Nervous, but a fantastic feeling afterwards,” he added.

Johansson is hoping his third medal of the Games spurs him on to even higher issues.

“It means a lot for the motivation for the upcoming season and what’s left of this one. It’s way over what I could have expected in my first Olympics,” he stated.

Reporting by Philip O’Connor, enhancing by Ed Osmond

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Ice Hockey: Canada crush OAR to set up U.S. showdown Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:25:56 +0000

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) – Canada thumped the Olympic Athletes from Russia 5-Zero on Monday to guide their spot within the Olympic ladies’s ice hockey closing and renew one of many Winter Games’s biggest rivalries.

Canada have performed for gold at each Winter Games since ladies’s hockey grew to become a part of the Olympic program in 1998 and for the fifth time in six Winter Games will face off towards the United States.

“We have something special here and we’re ready our coaching staff has prepared us as best they can and we just need to go out and just play,” Canada ahead Meghan Agosta advised reporters.

“This is something we have worked hard for all year and it comes down to one game and it is going to be the better team that comes out on top and there is no doubt in my mind that we are going to be ready for whatever it takes.”

The U.S. set the stage for a rematch after they shutout Finland 5-Zero to attain the ultimate for the third consecutive Olympics.

Although the U.S. and Canada have met on each closing count on on the 2006 Turin Olympics, the Americans haven’t had gold hung round their necks for the reason that Nagano Games with the Canadians occupying high spot on the rostrum ever since.

Ice Hockey – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Women’s Semifinal Match – Canada v Olympic Athletes from Russia – Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea – February 19, 2018 – Jenn Wakefield of Canada (L) scores a 3rd interval objective previous goalie Nadezhda Aleksandrova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia. REUTERS/Matt Slocum/Pool

On a day when International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel introduced the Olympic match on the 2022 Beijing Winter Games would increase from eight to 10 groups, Canada and U.S. continued to present they continue to be a category aside.

Canada wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as they related on their first shot, Natalie Spooner digging the puck out of the nook and feeding an unmarked Jennifer Wakefield, who slammed it previous Valeria Tarakanova 1:50 into the opening interval.

The defending champions dominated massive stretches of play put couldn’t put one other puck by Tarakanova till Marie-Philip Poulin beat the OAR netminder with a neat backhand 5 minutes into the second.

After two gritty durations the OAR lastly succumbed to Canadian stress within the third when Wakefield collected her second of evening and Emily Clark added one other 31 seconds later, chasing Tarakanova from the sport in favor of Nadezhda Alexandrova.

”I‘m simply excited to type of get the monkey off my again a little bit bit,“ Wakefield said. ”We’re simply excited to play them (U.S.).

“We have the rivalry, it’s well-documented and we’re just looking forward to the opportunity to bring home another gold.”

Rebecca Johnston closed out the scoring by banging dwelling a unfastened puck from a scramble in entrance of the Russian internet.

Shannon Szabados was not overworked however turned in a rock- strong effort within the Canadian internet, making 14 saves for the shutout.

Additional reporting by Dan Burns. Editing by Ed Osmond

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Speed skating: Norway’s Lorentzen edges Korean in photo finish Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:03:01 +0000

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) – Norwegian Havard Lorentzen struck gold in the lads’s 500 meters velocity skating on the Gangneung Oval on Monday after edging out South Korea’s Cha Min-kyu in a dramatic photo finish.

After Cha had damaged the Olympic document in a blistering lap, the ice-cool Lorentzen went zero.01 seconds sooner, zooming across the monitor in a time of 34.41. Chinese Gao Tingyu took the bronze medal.

“I was tying my skates when Cha did his race and the atmosphere was amazing. Then he sets the Olympic record,” Lorentzen informed reporters.

“I wasn’t sure I could beat that but I knew I could at least do a medal. And when I did the last 50 meters I said to myself this has to be a medal…. And then to cross the finish line and the entire stadium just goes to silence – it’s quite cool.”

Lorentzen was the primary Norwegian to win the Olympic 500m title since Finn Helgesen 70 years in the past and he grew to become his nation’s first medalist in the occasion since Magne Thomassen received silver in 1968.

Norway, as soon as a powerhouse in the game alongside the Netherlands, has struggled in latest a long time and till Monday had not received a gold medal in velocity skating on the Olympics since Adne Sondral’s victory in the 1,500m in Nagano in 1998.


Racing in the 14th pair, Cha stormed out of the gates to ship the group wild and the Korean introduced the home down when he crossed in document time with eight racers to return.

Speed Skating – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Men’s 500m Competition Finals – Gangneung Oval – Gangneung, South Korea – February 19, 2018. Cha Min Kyu of South Korea reacts. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

“It has more meaning that it (happened) in my own country,” the Korean mentioned of his silver medal, talking by way of and interpreter.

“There might not be another time when the Winter Olympics might be happening in Korea, so I‘m so happy to get this medal.”

Lorentzen, who was in the third-last pair alongside Sochi bronze medalist Ronald Mulder of the Netherlands, was behind Cha after the primary 100 meters, however edged in entrance over the race.

He ended with a flurry of effort, his legs and arms pumping like pistons, earlier than ready nervously till the timekeepers put his identify up on the large display screen.

“It’s the best race I’ve ever done,” mentioned the 25-year-old, who’s coached by Canadian Jeremy Wotherspoon, a former 500m world document holder.

“It’s been 20 years since the last gold (for) Norway in speed skating, so it’s been a while. It was time for Norway to step up on the top of the podium again. It feels so good to do that.”

The Dutch, who swept the rostrum in Sochi, completed outdoors the medal locations for the second race in succession after their failure to medal in the ladies’s 500m on Sunday.

Mulder, whose twin brother Michel received gold on the final Olympics however didn’t qualify for the Pyeongchang Games, was the highest-placed of the three Dutch skaters in seventh.

At the Sochi Games, the Netherlands dominated the velocity skating occasions, profitable 23 of 36 medals, together with eight golds. The have received six velocity skating golds in Korea to date, and 11 of the 27 medals on supply.

“It’s not good when one nation dominates (speed skating) too much. Today and yesterday there were no Dutch on the podium,” Lorentzen mentioned. “It’s good for the sport.”

Reporting by Simon Jennings, enhancing by Ed Osmond

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Coleman can go sooner, former world record holder Greene says Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:44:53 +0000

(Reuters) – Newly topped 60 meters world record holder Christian Coleman can run even sooner in each the indoor race and the outside 100 meters, former holder Maurice Greene believes.

The 2000 Olympic champion made the prediction after world 100 meters silver medalist Coleman ran the 60 in a scorching 6.34 seconds on the U.S. indoor championships in excessive altitude Albuquerque, New Mexico on Sunday.

The time sliced zero.05 seconds off Greene’s 20-year-old world record and got here a month after Coleman had run 6.37 in a South Carolina assembly that was not ratified due to the absence of digital beginning blocks.

“He might be able to knock off a couple (of hundredths), maybe (run) 6.32, 31,” Greene instructed Reuters in a phone interview.

“I was very impressed how he picked it up after the start,” mentioned Greene, who set world information in each the 60 and 100 meters throughout his profession.

“He didn’t get that good of a start, but he really accelerated and went for it.”

Coleman, Greene and four-time Olympic dash medalist Ato Boldon all indicated there may very well be one other quick time coming on the March 1-Four world indoor championships in Birmingham, England, with U.S. staff mate Ronnie Baker there to push Coleman.

Baker turned the third quickest 60 meters runner of all-time along with his 6.40 seconds runner-up end at Albuquerque.

”He actually pushed me,“ Coleman told reporters. ”Ronnie rattling close to ran the world record.

“Now we have another big moment coming up in two weeks (in Birmingham). I think it will be another special race.”

Boldon, now a tv analyst, wouldn’t be shocked at one other record if all goes effectively.

Feb 10, 2018; Boston, Massachussetts, USA; Christian Coleman (USA) wins the 60m in 6.46 through the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix her (at Reggie Lewis Center. From left: Keston Bledman (TTO), Christopher Belcher (USA), Noah Lyles (USA) and Coleman. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

“(He) can go faster at worlds because that was a poor start by his standards,” the former Trinidad and Tobago star mentioned on Twitter.


Catching Usain Bolt for the quickest 60 meters ever recorded could be a problem, although.

The Jamaican was timed unofficially at 6.31 seconds outdoor throughout his 100 meters world record run of 9.58 seconds on the 2009 Berlin world championships.

Feb 10, 2018; Boston, Massachussetts, USA; Christian Coleman (USA) poses after profitable the 60m in 6.46 through the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix at Reggie Lewis Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

But Coleman, who completed forward of the now retired Bolt however behind countryman Justin Gatlin on the 2017 world championships in London may develop into the person to beat within the 100 this yr.

Collegiate dash champion indoors and out final yr, he took down the school 100 meters record with a blazing 9.82 seconds for the quickest time of 2017.

And he is able to run sooner, Greene mentioned.

“You know he is in the low 9.7 (seconds) range now,” Greene mentioned of a time solely seven sprinters have run.

But the three-time world 100 meters champion want to see Coleman run a number of races earlier than making any predictions.

“I want to see if he has fixed that last 20,” Greene mentioned of Coleman’s tendency to lose prime velocity sooner than others on the finish of a race.

“If he fixes that last 20, it is going to be hurtful for a lot of people.”

Boldon is already satisfied.

“Some may deny his ability to now dominate the 100, but the combo of that start, that acceleration and sub 19.7 200m ability = very few legit threats to him out there,” the analyst and coach mentioned.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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Muguruza to play in Birmingham before Wimbledon title defense Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:17:52 +0000

(Reuters) – Spain’s Garbine Muguruza will put together for the defense of her Wimbledon title by taking part in the Birmingham Classic on grass in June, the match organizers stated on Monday.

Two-times grand slam winner Muguruza, who defeated Venus Williams to declare her maiden Wimbledon title, will be part of British primary Johanna Konta and twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the sector at Edgbaston Priory Club.

“Winning my first Wimbledon title was so special and I can’t wait to play in front of British crowds again,” the world quantity three, who reached the semifinals in Birmingham final yr, stated in an announcement.

Kvitova is the defending champion on the WTA Premier match, which will probably be performed from June 16-24.

The occasion precedes the Eastbourne International, which is a final probability for gamers to fine-tune their grasscourt recreation before Wimbledon.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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