Cirque du Soleil performer falls to his death during Florida show

An experienced Cirque du Soleil performer has died after plunging onto a stage during an aerial straps routine at a weekend show in Tampa, Florida. The incident occurred on Saturday night when Yann Arnaud, 38, fell during a performance of the show Volta, according to Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. The French performance artist died …

Johnny Sexton hails Ireland’s ‘incredible’ defence under Andy Farrell

Ireland were forced to cancel their planned homecoming in Dublin on Sunday because of the adverse weather but it will take more than that to dampen the celebrations after securing only a third grand slam in their history. For the defence coach, Andy Farrell, the manner in which it was achieved makes it all the sweeter. …

Navratilova: BBC pays McEnroe 10 times more for Wimbledon role

Tennis champion Martina Navratilova has accused the BBC of valuing male voices more than female voices, after discovering that fellow Wimbledon pundit John McEnroe is paid at least 10 times more than her. Navratilova, who was crowned Wimbledon ladies’ champion nine times, told Panorama she was paid about £15,000 by the BBC for her commentator …

High-interest ‘doorstep loans’ need to be regulated says charity

Britons saddled with high-interest “doorstep loans” should be given the same protection as people with payday loans and be saved millions of pounds’ worth of excess charges a year, said Citizens Advice. In the UK, more than 1.6 million people use loans sold door-to-door – which are also known as home credit – and the …

Almost half of women in politics have faced abuse or violence

Almost half of women in politics have faced serious abuse, including threats of murder, rape and assault, according to a global survey conducted ahead of a summit on increasing women’s political participation. As women politicians from more than 20 countries meet in London on Monday to agree a common code of conduct in a bid …

Cancer Research bans unpaid internships to preserve public’s trust

Cancer Research UK is to ban unpaid internships in a move understood to be the first by a big charity as it attempts to improve the diversity of its workforce. The health charity has historically recruited up to 180 unpaid interns a year, benefiting from rules that say “genuine volunteers” are not entitled to the …

Chelsea’s Morata tries to run his way into Antonio Conte’s good books | Barney Ronay

Antonio, Antonio. And still, just about, Antonio. Never mind the tide of snark on social media, or the sense of death that attaches itself to the endgame of every Chelsea manager; the travelling fans still sing Antonio Conte’s name with the same protective affection as they did from the start at the King Power Stadium. …

Juan Martín del Potro beats Roger Federer at Indian Wells for first Masters title

Juan Martín del Potro handed Roger Federer his first loss of the year with a tense 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 victory in the BNP Paribas Open final at Indian Wells on Sunday. The defending champion had chalked up 17 consecutive wins in 2018, a run which included the Swiss winning his 20th grand slam title at …

UK anti-obesity drive at risk from new US trade deal, doctors warn

Britain’s post-Brexit trade deal with the United States could lead to even higher rates of obesity through the import of American foods high in fat and sugar, children’s doctors have warned. US “hostility” towards measures aimed at promoting healthier eating habits, such as traffic light labelling, is also a major threat to the government’s anti-obesity …

Stunning round sees Rory McIlroy claim Arnold Palmer Invitational title

This isn’t the biggest win of Rory McIlroy’s career but it is without question among the most significant. A day to supposedly confirm Tiger Woods’s status as the returning hero instead belonged to McIlroy, for whom injury frustrations have dogged so much of his recent past. How McIlroy confirmed his key part in the narrative …