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at 21:06 27 Feb 2021

Indian man killed by his own rooster during cockfight

A rooster that had been fitted with a knife for an illegal cockfight has killed its owner in southern India.

The bird's owner was impaled in the groin by the knife as the animal tried to escape. The man died on the way to hospital from a loss of blood.

Police are now searching for 15 more people involved in the event, which took place in the village of Lothunur in Telangana state earlier this week.

The animal was held at a police station before being transferred to a farm.

Police said the animal was being readied to take part in a fight when it tried to escape. Its owner attempted to catch it but was struck by the 7cm-long (three inch) knife on the animal's leg during the struggle.

Those involved in the event face charges of manslaughter, illegal betting and hosting a cockfight, the AFP news agency reports.

Local police officer B Jeevan said the animal would be taken to court as evidence at a later date, according to The New Indian Express.

Cockfighting was made illegal in India in 1960 but fights are still relatively common in rural areas such as Telangana with many falling around the Hindu festival of Sankranti.

It's not the first time an owner has been killed by their rooster. Last year a man in Andhra Pradesh died after he was hit in the neck by a blade attached to his rooster.

According to CNN, the owner was taking his rooster to a cockfight when the incident occurred.

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at 22:04 26 Feb 2021

Stuart Moore
at 21:52 26 Feb 2021

Blackpool Football Club can confirm the signing of Stuart Moore on a contract until the end of the season.

The stopper, 26, has been training with the Seasiders in recent weeks and will provide additional competition in the goalkeeping department.

Born in Sandown, his past playing experiences have included stints with the likes of Peterborough United, Luton Town, Swindon Town and MK Dons.

Neil Critchley said:

“We’ve been able to take a look at Stuart closely, from both a goalkeeping and character perspective, and we’ve been impressed with him. The goalkeeping department is an area we’ve been looking to strengthen and we feel Stuart will be a valuable addition between now and the end of the season.”

Stuart Moore added:

“I’m delighted to be here and can’t wait to get going. We’ve got a great goalkeeping group here and hopefully I can add to that. I’m here to work hard every day and push the others for a place in the squad.”

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End of Lockdown
at 16:28 22 Feb 2021

Covid-19 lockdown: Up to 10,000 fans to return to stadia by mid-May

Up to 10,000 fans could be back in stadia by mid-May as part of the government's plans to move England out of lockdown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a four-part plan to lift the coronavirus lockdown.

Outdoor sports including football, golf and tennis will be allowed to resume in England from 29 March.

The plan to ease lockdown requires four tests on vaccines, infection rates and new coronavirus variants to be met.

"The turnstiles of our sports stadia will once again rotate," said Johnson.

Leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools can open from 12 April.

Venues such as gyms, tennis courts and golf courses have been closed across England since lockdown was announced on 4 January.

In Scotland, outdoor non-contact sports like golf and tennis are currently permitted and the government hopes to publish a route out of lockdown in the coming week.

Under Wales' current restrictions, sport and leisure facilities are closed but up to four people from two different households can meet to exercise outdoors.

First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced minor easing of restrictions and said he hopes the "stay-at-home" requirement can end within three weeks.

Indoor and outdoor sports facilities are closed in Northern Ireland, where lockdown has been extended until 1 April, with a review of current measures on 18 March

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at 16:06 22 Feb 2021

Stewart and Turton To Attend Team Talk Session With Female Fans
at 15:07 22 Feb 2021

Kevin Stewart and Ollie Turton will be participating in a special Team Talk session with female fans on Wednesday evening.

The pair will be live on Zoom from 7.30pm to answer questions about their lives as footballers and converse about mental health and wellbeing.

The event, to be hosted by Blackpool FC Community Trust, follows a similar Team Talk with Chris Maxwell and James Husband last month, which was attended by male supporters who had engaged in specific Trust programmes.

Team Talk sessions informally bring fans together (virtually or in-person where safe to do so) to talk about football – helping them stay connected during what has been a difficult time.

Blackpool FC Community Trust has offered many programmes and initiatives throughout the current pandemic, from doorstep visits (current safety measures in place) to simple welfare phone calls. There are fitness programmes, which include mobility aids and a training plan to do at home, plus a ‘Sporting Memories’ session where a person will receive a special box of memorabilia and action plan to help with mental health and combating loneliness. Most recent guests in attendance were former Seasiders Tony Green and Eamonn O’Keefe.

Female fans who would like to attend the Team Talk session with Kevin and Ollie on Wednesday are asked to email info@bfcct.co.uk for further information.

Joey Barton
at 14:08 22 Feb 2021

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at 13:59 22 Feb 2021

It's not just in the woods now!!
at 19:42 21 Feb 2021

Alaska woman attacked by bear while using toilet

A woman in Alaska says she "jumped up and screamed" after she was attacked by a bear while using the toilet.

Shannon Stevens sustained a puncture wound while using a remote outhouse toilet at Chilkat Lake last weekend.

After hearing her scream, Ms Stevens' brother went to see what had caused the injury, only to find a bear's head in the hole of the toilet.

Ms Stevens says the wound was caused by either a bite or a swipe from the animal's claw.

She was spending the weekend in a yurt with her brother Erik and his girlfriend when the incident occurred. Earlier in the evening they had cooked sausages on an open firepit.

"I got out there and sat down on the toilet and immediately something bit my butt as I sat down," she told the Associated Press news agency.

She screamed for her brother who came out with a head torch to help her.

After she pointed him to the toilet, Erik saw "right there at the level of the toilet seat was a cinnamon-coloured bear face," he said.

They ran from the outhouse and into the yurt, opting to stay inside until it got light.

She managed to treat her wound using a first aid kit.

The following morning, they noticed bear prints by the firepit and the outhouse.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Carl Koch told KTOO News that he thinks the animal was a black bear.

"[She] might be the only person this has ever happened to. I wouldn't be surprised over the years if other folks have had bizarre things - but during February to sit down in an outhouse and have something like that happen is very unusual."

Ms Stevens told the Anchorage Daily News that she will practice a "look before you sit" policy in the future.


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EFL 'disappointed' as government imposes restrictions on £100m loan
at 07:31 21 Feb 2021

The EFL says it is "extremely disappointed" the government imposed restrictions on a loan to Championship clubs less than 24 hours before it was due to be paid.

Clubs were told on Thursday that the loan, worth over £100m, would not be paid on Friday as the EFL attempts to "secure a solution" with the Treasury.

The money was due to cover clubs' outstanding tax bills.

But a clause added would prevent players being offered improved deals.

The EFL had thought the clause would apply to the governing body as it will be distributing the cash - and would therefore only apply to executives.

But players are regarded as "relevant individuals" in the agreement for the loan, which is due to come from the Treasury's Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF).

A spokesperson for HM Treasury said: "The CCFF provides short-term loans to big companies that make a material contribution to the UK economy. It currently helps support almost 2.5 million jobs in the UK.

"Companies wishing to take out loans have to agree to certain conditions on dividends and pay restraint, as taxpayers would expect."

In December, a bail-out package was agreed, in which the Premier League would pay £15m to secure a £200m interest-free loan for Championship clubs, which would be capped at £8.33m per club and has to be repaid by June 2024.

External sources of funding are being sought and EFL sources are confident this will be secured.

However, this has not yet happened and the £100m-plus loan due to come from the CCFF is regarded as vital.

Despite the urgency of the situation, it is thought unlikely clubs would be willing to agree to a loan that prevented them making incentive payments to their players.

"We are extremely disappointed by the developments at this late stage of our discussions and we will continue to strongly negotiate with HM Treasury to secure a solution that meets the requirements of Championship clubs and is consistent with the parameters other industries are being asked to meet," said an EFL spokesperson.

"There remains a significant amount of debt - including HMRC - being stored up by Championship clubs, caused simply by the inability to generate normal levels of income due to the circumstances created by the pandemic.

"With the moratorium on Paye liability enforcement coming to an end on the 31 March, this is very much a live issue for our clubs, who throughout Covid have continued to incur significant costs and need to be able to plan with greater certainty without further risk in order to keep their clubs fully operational for the benefit of their local communities."

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Blackpool's updated squad list made public by the EFL
at 12:06 18 Feb 2021

Blackpool have left two spots vacant in their 22-man squad, according to the EFL’s updated squad lists.

Details of squad lists were not made public in the first half of the campaign, but the EFL have now listed the squads for each of the 72 EFL clubs.

The only new name on the squad list, submitted after the closure of the January transfer window, is recent arrival Kevin Stewart.

Players aged 21 or under don’t count towards the 22-man squad limit, hence why loanees Dan Ballard, Elliot Embleton and Ellis Simms aren’t included.

Keshi Anderson remains a part of the squad despite recently undergoing surgery which could keep him out of action for the remainder of the campaign.

Teddy Howe and Oliver Sarkic have been omitted from the squad following their loan moves to Scunthorpe United and Mansfield Town respectively, while MJ Williams has also been taken out following his permanent switch to Bolton Wanderers.

While Jamie Devitt, Ryan Hardie, Calum Macdonald Adi Yussuf all left the club in January, they weren’t named in the club’s original squad list back at the start of the campaign.

Clubs in League One and League Two are able to name 22 players in their squads, although this will drop to 20 for the beginning of next season.

20-man squad list

Keshi Anderson, Kenny Dougall, Marvin Ekpiteta, Luke Garbutt, Daniel Gretarsson, CJ Hamilton, James Husband, Sullay Kaikai, Jordan Gabriel (loan), Bez Lubala, Gary Madine, Chris Maxwell, Demetri Mitchell, Ethan Robson, Kevin Stewart, Jordan Thorniley, Ollie Turton, Matty Virtue, Grant Ward, Jerry Yates

Under-21 contracted players

Cameron Antwi, Rob Apter, Dan Ballard (loan), Ewan Bange, Elliot Embleton (loan), Alex Fojticek, Cameron Hill, Brad Holmes, Nathan Shaw, Ellis Simms (loan), Jack Sims, Nathan Tshola

Portsmouth Match Thread
at 00:02 18 Feb 2021

I stole Wayne Rooney's boots
at 07:27 17 Feb 2021

Ravel Morrison: Former Manchester United prodigy on career regrets, 'thieving boots' and wanting to play for Arsenal

There are few enigmas in the game like former Manchester United prodigy Ravel Morrison.

After playing for 11 clubs in 11 years, across six countries, the 28-year-old attacking midfielder - an England youth international who last year made his senior debut for Jamaica - is without a club after leaving Dutch side ADO Den Haag in January.

He opened up about his career, and controversies - including how he stole Wayne Rooney's boots so he could sell them "to put food on the table" - in a wide-ranging chat with ex-United and England defender Rio Ferdinand on his Vibe with Five podcast.

'I'd change 90% of my life'

Ferdinand texted former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson to ask him about his enduring impressions of Morrison, a player he gave a senior debut to in the League Cup in 2010.

Ferguson said he has "always treasured" a letter of thanks that Morrison gave him following that match, a gesture that left him "gobsmacked".

"The boy had a good heart, he was just beaten by his background," Ferguson wrote.

After hearing from Ferguson, Morrison said he was "touched".

"If I could go back in time I would change 90% of my life," Morrison said. "But you have to look forward, you can't think about the past too much."

Off-field problems led to his departure from Old Trafford in 2012.

An Arsenal-supporting Red Devil

Ferdinand recalls Morrison lining up for lunch with luminaries such as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rooney and telling Gary Neville that Arsenal were a better team than United.

Asked by Ferdinand if Morrison recalled saying that he would "sign for Arsenal soon" if he could, the midfielder said: "Yeah, because I wanted to play with Thierry Henry.

"Obviously, Rio knows he played in a superstar team but the way I like football and my style, Arsenal were the ones for me.

"You had Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Sylvain Wiltord, Nicolas Anelka. Wicked."

'Stealing boots to feed the family'

Morrison admits that he looked at United as an "impossible team to break into" at time when Cristiano Ronaldo, Rooney and Scholes were winning Premier League and Champions League titles with the club.

Trying to juggle a young career, future ambitions and life away from football, however, proved difficult and he confessed to stealing Ferdinand's and Rooney's boots to help his family.

"Remember I got kicked out of the changing room for thieving your boots?" Morrison asked Ferdinand.

"Obviously I was on a scholar's wage, I was young.

"You used to get £250 for a pair of boots. You take two pairs of boots, you get £500 and go home and buy your family a Chinese or something.

"You guys used to get 30 pairs of boots. I didn't mean it to cause harm but when I saw yours or [Wayne] Rooney's deliveries, you'd get 20-30 pairs at a time.

"I was thinking one pair to put some food on the table at home, it wouldn't be a big problem."

'I'd have stayed at West Ham'

Morrison left Manchester United for West Ham in 2012, scoring five goals in 24 appearances for the Hammers until he left in 2015.

He recalls it as one of the most "enjoyable" places to play.

But he alleges a disagreement over a contract with then manager Sam Allardyce ended his time with the Hammers.

"If I had the opportunity I'd have stayed with West Ham all the way through," added Morrison.

A La Liga or Championship move next?

Morrison, whose most recent spell in England was on loan at Middlesbrough from Premier League side Sheffield United last season, is now a free agent.

He has high hopes of making an imminent return to the pitch, either in England or Spain.

"I had meeting with a Championship club and think that's looking very positive," he said. "I'd like to stay local because of family, I've got two little brothers and my mum, and I've been travelling all my life.

"But I've got a team in Spain, in La Liga, so that could happen."


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Jordan Gabriel
at 19:03 15 Feb 2021

Gabriel: A Great Experience To Help A Historic Club

Jordan Gabriel says the opportunity to join Blackpool for the season was too good an offer to turn down, as the right-back continues to impress in tangerine whilst on loan at Bloomfield Road.

The 22-year-old joined the Seasiders on a season long loan deal from Nottingham Forest in October, and has since gone on to make 16 appearances in all competitions so far this season, starting the last four.

“I’m enjoying being here and getting games under my belt, particularly at a Club the size of Blackpool,” Gabriel said.

“This is a huge Club that were playing Premier League football just ten years ago. There is a clear vision and aspiration in place here to take the Club back there again one day, so to come and play my part in a project like this is really exciting.

“From a personal point of view, it also helps my development to be involved as much as possible on a match-by-match basis. I heard that Blackpool were really keen to bring me on board in the summer, and it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down, given the size of the football club. To add that to my CV is something I’m really proud of.”

With this season proving to be extremely busy, with matches coming thick and fast, competition for places was a key factor in the summer recruitment. Gabriel joined to compete alongside the Club’s current-longest serving player, Ollie Turton, and the loanee has enjoyed vying for the regular right-back spot with his team-mate.

“Competition for places is a really good thing, and I think that can help push yourself and the team on to better things,” Gabriel admitted.

“I’ve got a great team-mate in Ollie. He is a great player and he has been here a number of years now, so knows all about what this Club has been through over recent seasons. He’s a great professional and someone who I enjoy working with. Whoever is picked to play in the right-back role, we both back each other to do really well against any opponent.”

“There’s still plenty of matches and points to play for this season as we are only halfway through. I’m confident we can achieve the things we set out to do at the start of the season and really push this Club forward.”

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