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Simone Biles opens up about going out on her own terms

As gymnastics star Simone Biles looks to become a repeat Olympic champion, she’s opening up about her future and when she’ll know it’s time to call it quits.

WASHINGTON — U.S. gymnastics star Simone Biles and her teammates arrived in Tokyo Thursday ahead of the Olympic Games. 

Biles spoke to the Associated Press on Wednesday before taking off for Japan and said she’s excited to be representing the U.S. again at the Olympics, but knows it’s going to be a completely different environment than the 2016 Rio Games. Japan’s government has banned fans, including athletes’ family members, from attending any competitions to try to contain surging COVID-19 cases. 

“Yeah, it’s going to be really tough, I think, only because I’ve never competed without a crowd. I’ve never competed without my family there. So to be very different. But I know they’ll be there in spirit and we’ll be chatting before and after the meet. So hopefully fingers crossed it goes well,” Biles explained. 

The 24-year-old is looking to become the first female gymnast to become a repeat Olympic champion in more than 50 years.  

Biles is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated and discussed when it might be the right time to call it quits. She explained that she wants to go out on her own terms.

“Always have to give something you love up on your own time and I think that’s why I would stop because I wouldn’t want it taken from me and have a doctor say you can’t do this or it’ll be really hurtful to you, so I’d rather just hang it up myself and you just have to learn when it’s your time, whenever that is,” she explained.

After winning four gold and one bronze medals at the 2016 Games, Biles is ready to headline an American team heavily favored to win a third straight Olympic title.  

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Man Utd make improved £75m Jadon Sancho transfer bid as Dortmund set out terms for move

Manchester United have submitted an improved £75million bid for Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to land his top target ahead of the new season, according to reports. The 21-year-old has been on the club’s radar for some time and could finally make the switch to Old Trafford this summer after the Red Devils failed in their efforts to secure his services a year ago.

United pushed hard to sign Sancho last summer but were unable to meet Dortmund’s reported nine-figure asking price which ultimately poured cold water on their hopes of a deal.

The England man stayed in Germany as a result and went on to play a significant role in helping the Bundesliga heavyweights to achieve Champions League qualification and seal their fifth DFB-Pokal triumph.

Sancho chipped in with 16 goals and 20 assists in all competitions, earning a place in Gareth Southgate’s final 26-man squad for Euro 2020 in the process.

United have rekindled their interest in the Camberwell native ahead of the new campaign, with Solskjaer keen on adding a top-class winger to his ranks in order to aid a renewed Premier League title challenge.

Sancho is said to be a priority target for the 20-time champions, who acted on their desire to bring the former City starlet back to Manchester with a formal offer, according to German newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten.

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And it is now believed that United have returned with a second bid for the player, with personal terms said to have already been settled.

However, the offer reportedly fails to match Dortmund’s valuation of £81.6million plus bonuses, a figure that is understood to be non-negotiable.

Sancho’s current employers want the situation to be resolved by mid-July at the latest, suggesting that United could miss out on his signature once again if they fail to strike a deal at club level within the next four weeks.

It seems as though Dortmund are planning for life without the forward after reportedly identifying PSV Eindhoven teenager Noni Madueke as a potential replacement.


It remains to be seen whether United will be able to complete a move for Sancho this time around, but the Old Trafford club appear determined to follow through on their interest after years of admiring the player from afar.

Solskjaer’s side have looked two or three players short of being able to challenge City for the Premier League title in recent outings, and the addition of Sancho would see the 47-year-old benefit from the additional star quality at his disposal.

However, former Liverpool forward John Barnes recently suggested that United will struggle to return to the summit even if they manage to land the Dortmund winger this summer.

“They’ll still be inconsistent,” Barnes told Bonus Code Bets earlier this month.

“Manchester United’s problem hasn’t been their attacking play and scoring goals. They’ve got [Edinson] Cavani, [Mason] Greenwood, [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford, [Bruno] Fernandes and [Paul] Pogba, they’re all good attackers.

“Sancho will add to that, but their problem is that they’ve not been consistent enough and they’ve conceded goals and lost matches because they’re not strong enough defensively.

“It’ll be a good signing for them – a young English player which is what you want in the squad. But I don’t think it will make them challengers.

They’ll be in the top four, but they’re not consistent enough and they haven’t got the right balance between attack and defence to compete with Manchester City or Liverpool.”

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When will music fans be able to really rock out again, and on what terms? RT’s Boom Bust asks an expert

Vaccination campaigns that have been rolled out across the world are bringing fresh hope to millions of music fans, who are itching to once again attend concerts and music festivals.

RT’s Boom Bust talked to Steve Stewart, co-founder and CEO of Vezt, the intellectual property rights marketplace for musicians, to access the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the music industry and find out when the sector will resume its normal course.
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According to Stewart, the former manager for US rock band Stone Temple Pilots, the pandemic didn’t just hit performers, like Taylor Swift, who sometimes have a substantial financial cushion.

The industry veteran highlighted that the lives of thousands of people involved in management, production, and promotion depend on the artists going out or touring

“It’s going to be difficult to keep distances and keep all the parameters in place,” Stewart said when speaking about long-awaited events that are planned for the end of summer.

He also stressed that such measures as vaccination certificates are set to pose huge challenges for event organizers.

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March Madness: 15 terms you need to know as games tip off

Educate yourself on the specifics of the NCAA Tournament and how the pandemic is changing the way March Madness will be played in 2021.

March Madness is here which means friends, family and colleagues are urging you to put together bracket after bracket whether or not you know what you’re talking about. Instead of relying on your NCAA-savvy friends to get you through another year, educate yourself on the specifics of the tournament with this helpful term sheet.

One key thing to know for 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all games in this year’s tournament will be played in Indianapolis rather than at locations across the country.
Most of the following terms were provided and defined by the NCAA’s website.
Automatic bid – Teams receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament when they win their conference tournament at the end of the regular season. There are normally 32 automatic bids, with one team representing each of the 32 Division I conferences. But the Ivy League canceled its season, so there will only be 31 this year.
At-large bid – The other 37 teams in the tournament (normally 36) receive an at-large bid, which is an invitation to the tournament from the Selection Committee. These are usually teams who, even though they didn’t win their conference tournaments, impressed the committee enough to participate.
Bracket Buster – If someone fills out a bracket expecting a team to go far in the tournament, but that team loses in the early rounds, that constitutes having a bracket “busted.” It can make or break someone’s chances in an office pool.
Bubble Team – This means that the team’s qualification is on the fence. It could be on the verge of making the tournament, but an invitation from the Selection Committee isn’t guaranteed.
Cinderella – A team that does much better than expected. This is generally a low-seeded team, such as 10-16, beating a higher-seeded opponent. Some argue a team only needs to pull a first-round upset to be a Cinderella, while others say such a team needs to at least get to the Sweet Sixteen or farther.
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NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) – This debuted for the 2019 tournament. The NCAA says this tool “relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses.”
Regionals – Traditionally, the NCAA tournament bracket is split into four regionals: South, East, West and Midwest. Teams are assigned a regional based on how they look compared to other teams, their overall seed, their geographic proximity to that region and other factors. But in 2021, all of the tournament games will be played in Indianapolis to adhere to COVID protocols and ensure the best chance for the tournament to go off without a hitch. While the region names are still being used for the bracket, everyone is sticking around Indianapolis. 
S-curve – The system by which teams will be placed in the bracket just for the 2021 tournament. Since all games are being played in one area, thereby taking geography out of the equation, the NCAA has changed how it is seeding teams. This means the top No. 1 seed may not find itself facing the top No. 2 seed in the Elite Eight, as often happens.
Seed – There are 68 teams which earn bids to the tournament and each one receives a seed (1-16) that determines where the team will be placed in each regional. The highest-ranked team faces the lowest-ranked team in each region of the bracket. The four lowest-seeded at-large teams and the four lowest-seeded automatic qualifiers go to the “First Four.”
Selection Committee – The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee is responsible for how the entire tournament is organized. They choose the participating teams, their seeds and put the field into a bracket based on those seeds.
Selection Sunday (March 14) – The day all 68 teams in the tournament were announced.
First Four (March 18) – Due to COVID-19 restrictions, these four games that were normally played over two days following Selection Sunday will now all be played on one day — Thursday. These will whittle down the field from 68 to 64. That will move the first and second rounds to Friday through Monday.
Sweet Sixteen (March 27-28) – The third round of the tournament in which only 16 teams remain. The winners move on to the “Elite Eight.” It’s normally played on Thursday and Friday, but it’s been moved to Saturday and Sunday.
Elite Eight (March 29-30) – The fourth round of the tournament in which only eight teams remain. It’s traditionally also known as the regional championships. The winners move to the national semifinals, better known as the “Final Four.” It’s normally played on Saturday and Sunday, but it’s moved to Monday and Tuesday.
Final Four (April 3) – The fifth round of the tournament in which only four teams remain. The winners move on to the championship game.