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Tour de France crash: Fan causes huge pile up in peloton as Tony Martin collides with sign

One careless fan at the Tour de France who was not paying attention to the race managed to cause a heavy crash that wiped out over 20 competitors during the peloton but thankfully, there were no serious injuries.

The collision, which occurred between Brest and Landerneau, spelt the end for many of the riders, with many unable to continue following the nasty incident that took place with around 45 kilometres to go.

Jumbo Visma’s Tony Martin was pedalling when he crashed into a spectator who was holding out a sign onto the road.

Replays showed that the supporter was holding up a cardboard sign that read: “Allez Opi-Omi!”

Yet instead of making the most of their view of the race, the fan was looking at the cameras on a passing bike and smiling as the riders raced towards them.

Disaster soon followed when Martin crashed into the sign and was subsequently knocked off his bike.

The trailing competitors then slammed into his body, with one even running over his head as several others were flung from their seats.

The whole of the Jumbo Visma team was wiped out in the incident in bitterly frustrating circumstances.

Among those was Primoz Roglic, who went down heavily in a hugely unfortunate crash for the Slovenian.

Sonny Colbrelli and Julian Alaphilippe were also among those caught up in the crash.

Martin was riding on the right side of the road when he came into contact with the spectator’s flailing arm.

Shortly after, Ineos riders and the Deceuninck-Quickstep team began to make their way down the road as the huge pile of bodies and bikes slowly began to disperse.

Jasha Sutterlin of Team DSM was the first rider to call it a day after the collision.

In the meantime, there was huge outrage on social media after the video of the crash went viral.

Team Qhubeka NextHash, Africa’s first UCI World Tour Team, had a clear message for spectators after the incident and encouraged the crash to be a wake-up call for those watching the action.

“Our beautiful sport is completely unique and extra special in how accessible we are to the fans,” they tweeted.

“If we could please remind all spectators along the roads to stand back, at a safe distance, as the race passes by.”

As the race neared the finish, Mikkel Bjerg, of UAE-Team Emirates was pictured riding with ripped shorts from the chaos.

There was yet another huge crash later in the race in the final stretches.

Chris Froome was also amongst those injured in the ruckus as well as Andre Greipel.

While it looked like Froome was on course to drop out, he managed to soldier on after receiving medical attention.

Tour de France Stage 1: Top 3

  1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck–Quick-Step)
  2. Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange)
  3. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed

Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 – A Rock Solid Switch Port For A Pair Of Pros

If there’s ever been a pair of videogames that need little to no introduction, whose glowing reputations proceed them to the extent that everyone from tired old pros to fresh-faced newcomers has surely heard of them by this point, it’s the genre-defining Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and its sublime sequel. The first two entries in a franchise that successfully brought the gnarly world of skateboarding to the attention of the masses before hardflipping itself into mediocrity with a bunch of superfluous sequels, these are, without exaggeration, a couple of the greatest arcade sports games ever made, here remastered and remixed into something very close to absolute perfection by developer Vicarious Visions.

We all know they’re great then — Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 isn’t sat on a Metacritic rating of 98 for no reason, after all — and this revamped collection has been universally lauded on each and every platform it’s been released for thus far, so really the big question here is how does this pair of remakes perform on the Nintendo Switch? Is this port a feeble attempt or a triumphant airwalk?

Well, thankfully, Vicarious Visions has managed to pretty much nail the tricky transition from more powerful hardware with a pair of games that look crisp, clean and wonderfully detailed whilst managing to perform at a rock solid 30fps as you kickflip, nosegrind and tailslide your way around their meticulously reimagined levels.

From your humble beginnings learning the ropes in the first game’s tutorial arena to pulling off 360 Varial McTwists on the sunny streets of San Francisco, this Switch edition of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 plays a nigh-on flawless game, with nary a framerate stutter or bug encountered in all of our time spent grinding its rails and wall-planting its buildings.

On both a technical and aesthetic level this is a masterful remake of two games that you’d already have been hard pressed to find fault with in their original Neversoft-developed forms. Vicarious Visions has been oh-so clever in what it’s chosen to add, remove, touch up and tweak and the end result is an experience that’s been brought bang up to date for modern audiences whilst remaining absolutely faithful to its roots. The reworked levels here are a sight to behold, once barren arenas that let your imagination do most of the heavy lifting with regards to the finer aspects of their urban settings, they’re now dripping in wonderful little details that help bring them to life like never before.

Controls have been tightened up and refined, new music tracks have been carefully selected and added to the already excellent soundtrack and a handful of transformative moves from later entries in the series — reverts, spine transfers and wall plants — have been added into the mix, cleverly altering the gameplay for the better, allowing you to pull off much longer, higher-scoring combos as well as granting you the ability to transition seamlessly through multiple different grinds and trick types in order to put together evermore complex skating sequences on any given run. If you’re an old hand who isn’t interested in any of the new tweaks or refinements noted above you’ve got the option to revert back to classic controls and the more restrictive original move-sets, and newcomers also have a wealth of assists (and cheats) available should they find themselves struggling to get to grips with certain aspects of the game.

There’s been a laudable shift towards more diversity in representation with regards to the roster of skaters here, too. All of the old guard are still present and correct — and looking suitably middle-aged at this point in proceedings — but they’re now joined by a new crop of characters, including Nyjah Huston, Riley Hawk and Leo Baker, the series’ first ever trans, non-binary skateboarder. Any attempt to widen the scope of representation within gaming is something that should be vigorously applauded and it’s great to see such a beloved and long-running franchise planting its flag firmly here. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, just like the real world sport on which it’s based is, as it should be, for everyone.

Of course amidst all of the additions and augmentations, the all-new challenges that net you XP to unlock items in the store, the central hub that unifies the two games and gives the whole thing a wonderfully cohesive sense of progression, the newly added skill points dotted around maps and so on, it’s really the underlying mechanics of the skating here that makes these games so very special. Refinements and additions aside, the core gameplay experience in these revamped classics is much the same as it was back in the day and putting together runs across each and every one of the excellent maps here (there really isn’t a full-on dud amongst them), focusing on nothing else for two minute bursts, or picking out routes and examining your surroundings for possibilities is as fiendishly addictive now as it’s ever been. The skating here is just so wonderfully responsive, so flexible in how it allows you to put together endless combinations of tricks and so clever in how it draws you in and slowly transforms you from bewildered beginner to swaggering skate champ.

Jumping into Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 for the very first time can be overwhelming for newcomers. Arenas are laden with shiny collectibles, littered with obstacles, dangerous ledges and enormous vert ramps, but everything here has been ever so carefully arranged to guide you, to help you master these gauntlets and begin to see your surroundings as opportunities to score big rather than places to break every bone in your body. As you slowly tick off the to-do lists of each area, gathering up golden S-K-A-T-E letters, busting open hydrants, breaking school bells, grabbing popcorn buckets and finding all of those hidden VHS tapes, you’ll get to know these spaces intimately and it’s then that the real possibilities, and the wonderfully freeform scope of these classics, make themselves clear.

In terms of modes, everything is present and correct on Switch, with the full suite of single player options including both skate tours, ranked and free skate and the wonderfully in-depth Create-A-Park adding potentially hundreds of hours to your estimated playtime. Multiplayer also makes the cut in its entirety with online leaderboards, jams, competitive mode and local split-screen offering chilled out free-skating with friends as well as trick attack, score challenge, combo mambo, horse, tag and more. There’s a robust character creation suite on offer too with an absolute ton of clothes, boards, wheels and customisable bits and bobs for you to get your hands on as you rise through the ranks.

If we did have any complaints here — if we really had to have a grumble — this Switch version, as expected, can’t quite match up to the visuals of other versions on more powerful hardware. Textures can be a little muddy here and there in and around levels. You’ll also often see them slowly deblur and come into focus on items and objects whilst browsing the in-game store. Loading times between levels can be a little on the long side, too (something which, to be fair, is also a niggling problem on other platforms). The in-game camera can also be a tad unruly from time to time, becoming a little bit of a pain in tight corners and small corridors.

Further to this, we can’t yet speak to how well online actually performs on Switch at this present time as servers weren’t available for us to try out the various multiplayer modes, so fingers crossed it all runs smoothly once it starts populating with eager skaters. These small niggles aside, however, this really is an excellent port, a rock solid Switch edition of a stellar remake that brings together two of the very best games we’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. This is a collection we highly recommend you grab a hold of at the earliest opportunity; an arcade sports experience that’s as much fun for avid skate fans as it is for casual gamers just looking for a well crafted and addictive timesink to disappear into.


Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 on Nintendo Switch is a rock solid port of a pair of genuinely fantastic remakes. These really are two of the very best arcade sports titles of all time, revamped, reworked and re-imagined for modern audiences with all the graphical bells and whistles, collectibles and game modes we’ve come to expect in this day and age. With flawless performance in both docked and handheld modes and visuals that still look the part after a few necessary concessions here and there, this is one collection we highly recommend you kickflip right into as soon as possible.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Reviews

Olympic champ Tony Ervin fails to advance at US swim trials

Ervin made history in 2016 as the oldest individual swimming champion in Olympic history.

OMAHA, Neb. — Reigning Olympic champion Tony Ervin failed to advance from the preliminaries of the 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. swimming trials Saturday.

Ervin, who went by Anthony when he won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, returned for one more trials at age 40 knowing he had little chance of earning a spot on the team.

He merely wanted to get as far as the final, with hopes of passing the baton to the next generation of sprinters. But Ervin managed only the 23rd-fastest time in the morning heats at 22.61 seconds — 1.21 off his winning time five years ago.

The top 16 advanced to the evening semifinals.

Ervin was a two-time gold medalist in the 50 free, tying for the top spot at the 2000 Sydney Games before improbably returning 16 years later to claim another gold at 35 — the oldest individual swimming champion in Olympic history.

Caeleb Dressel was top qualifier at 21.29, while eight-time Olympic medalist Nathan Adrian shook off a disappointing performance in the 100 free to post the third-fastest time (21.85).

The 32-year-old Adrian must finish in the top two of the 50 to make his fourth Olympics team.

In another bounce-back performance, Simone Manuel was second-fastest in the preliminaries of the women’s 50 free at 24.56.

The 2016 Olympic champion in the 100 free stunningly failed to make it past the semifinals in that event, revealing afterward that she had been diagnosed with overtraining syndrome.

Like Adrian, Manuel’s only hope of making it back to the Olympics is to finish in the top two of the 50.

Abbey Weitzeil, who won the 100 free Friday night, was fastest in the 50 free prelims at 24.50.

This post originally appeared on CBS8 – Sports

Marilyn Monroe: Tony Curtis claimed their Some Like It Hot affair resulted in pregnancy

Back in 1958, Billy Wilder shot his classic comedy starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon opposite Marilyn Monroe herself. The movie followed two musicians who disguised themselves in drag to escape the Mafia, after they witnessed the gangsters committing a crime. Monroe, who played singer Sugar, was notoriously difficult on set by often being late or not showing up to filming.

However, it should be noted that Monroe, who would have been 95-years-old today, was also suffering from physical and mental issues at the time.

Curtis, who played saxophone player Joe, famously said that filming romantic scenes with the icon was like “kissing Hitler”

Although years later in 2008, he told The Guardian the origin of this line which seemed to be taken out of context.

He told the outlet: “Someone said to me, ‘Hey, what’s it like kissing Marilyn?’ I said, ‘It’s like kissing Hitler. What are you doing asking me such a stupid question?’ That’s where it came from.”

A year later, Curtis would publish his memoir The Making of Some Like It Hot: My Memories of Marilyn Monroe and the Classic American Movie.

In the book, released just a year before his death, the actor claimed he had an affair with Monroe while both of them were still married.

The pair had briefly dated in 1949 before either of them shot to stardom, but rekindled the romance on the set of Some Like It Hot.

According to The Guardian, the 84-year-old said at the time: “What I experienced with her was unforgettable.”

After filming was completed, Curtis claimed he learned that Monroe had had a miscarriage.

The Hollywood icon would tragically die just a couple of years later on August 4, 1962, of barbiturate poisoning. She was only 36-years-old.

Last year, 2000 Brits were polled by Klook to find out which famous dead star or historical figure they’d most like to meet if time travel were possible.

Monroe, the second American after Elvis Presley, came sixth place. Below is the rest of the Top 10.

1. Princess Diana 8%
2. Freddie Mercury 6%
3. Winston Churchill 6%
4. Elvis Presley 5%
5. William Shakespeare 4%
6. Marilyn Monroe 4%
7. Bob Marley 4%
8. John Lennon 3%
9. Stephen Hawking 3%
10. Robin Williams 3%

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Tony Blackburn describes heartbreak of sister's death to Covid 'It's made me cautious'

Asked if he had lost anyone during the pandemic, Tony spoke of his sister.

“Yes, I have. My sister,” he sadly said.

“She died of Covid about six or seven weeks ago, so it really hits you when it happens to someone close to you in the family, and so many people have.

Going into further detail he admitted that the loss had made him “very cautious” about going forward.

“She was on oxygen for a week and she came out and she never really recovered from it.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

The long-delayed Tony Awards finally have a date — Sept. 26

This year, the award show will start on Paramount+ exclusively, then two hours later continue on CBS with a live concert event.

The long-delayed Tony Awards have been given a fall air date and a four-hour streaming canvas to celebrate the pandemic-shortened Broadway season that upended the theater world.
Producers of the telecast announced Wednesday that the Tonys will be held Sept. 26 and will air on CBS as well as Paramount+. As if making up for lost time, the usual three-hour event has added a fourth hour.
This year, the award show will start at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Paramount+ exclusively, then two hours later continue on CBS with a live concert event “featuring superstar Broadway entertainers and Tony Award winners re-uniting on stage to perform beloved classics and celebrate the joy and magic of live theater.” Capping the evening will be the awarding of the three top awards: best play, best play revival and best musical.
“There is nothing that compares to the magic of live theater — and we are thrilled to be able to share its celebratory return and the incredible talent and artistry of the abbreviated 2019-2020 season with theater fans everywhere,” said a statement from said Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, president and CEO of the American Theatre Wing. 
There was no word on whether there would be a host. 
Broadway theaters abruptly closed on March 12, 2020, knocking out all shows — including 16 that were still scheduled to open in the spring. Broadway shows have been given the green-light to restart and the first will be “Hadestown” on Sept. 2. Presumably, the Sept. 26 date for the Tonys means the nominated shows can be ready to perform on the telecast from their respective home theaters to cut down on overcrowding.
This season’s nominations were pulled from just 18 eligible plays and musicals, a fraction of the 34 shows the season before. During most years, there are 26 competitive categories; this year there are 25 with several depleted ones. 
The sobering musical “Jagged Little Pill,” which plumbs Alanis Morissette’s 1995 breakthrough album to tell a story of an American family spiraling out of control, has the most nominations with 15.
There are three best musical nominees: “Jagged Little Pill,” “Moulin Rouge: The Musical” and “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical.” And there are five best play nominees: “Grand Horizons,” “The Inheritance,” “Sea Wall/A Life,” “Slave Play” and “The Sound Inside.”
Nipping on the heels of “Jagged Little Pill” for overall numbers of nominations is “Moulin Rouge!,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 movie about the goings-on in a turn-of-the-century Parisian nightclub, that got 14 nods.
Two very different offerings are tied with 12: “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical,” which tells the rock icon’s life with songs that include “Let’s Stay Together” and “Proud Mary,” and “Slave Play,” Jeremy O. Harris’ ground-breaking, bracing work that mixes race, sex, taboo desires and class. The dozen nods make “Slave Play” the most nominated play in Tony history.
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This post originally appeared on CBS8 – Entertainment

Rumour: It Sounds Like A New Tony Hawk Game Might Be Happening

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3

Before Activision’s announcement of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, a number of musicians spilled the beans ahead of schedule.

Now it seems history could be repeating itself. On an episode of The Behind Closed Doors Podcast last month, the drummer of the band CKY, Jess Magera, mentioned how they would be featured in a new Tony Hawk game.

“Yeah, I believe we’re doing the new one coming out too”

The drummer follows up the conversation noting how his “son just got a PS5 and got the remaster of one and two” – which further clarifies his previous comment.

So, what might the new game be? As highlighted by our friends over at PushSquare, CKY’s song ’96 Quite Bitter Beings’ previously featured in the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 soundtrack…

One burning question is who would develop this game, as Vicarious Visions was merged with Blizzard earlier this year and has now been assigned to Diablo II: Resurrected.

Could you see Activision doing another Tony Hawk game? Would you be up for the return of the third and maybe even fourth game? Leave a comment down below.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

Boris should delay lockdown roadmap date to prevent deaths, says Tony Blair Institute

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: UK Feed

The authors also suggest two more measures the Government should take in order to prevent a third wave of the deadly virus. They believe it could potentially save 15,000 lives. The Government’s roadmap envisages the final set of lockdown restrictions being lifted by June 21. This date will see all legal limits on social contact rescinded and will allow all the remaining closed sectors of the economy to reopen, such as nightclubs.

However, epidemiological advisers on SAGE have warned the country to expect a third wave of Covid-19 infections once the final restrictions have been lifted.

Scientific modelling predicts that there could be between 20,000 and 40,000 further deaths in the UK and upwards of 100,000 additional hospital admissions.

The report’s authors argue that as many as 15,000 lives could be saved if the Government follows three important steps.

Firstly, they urge the Prime Minister to postpone the final stage of his roadmap by a month if the pace of vaccination cannot be increased towards the rates achieved in March.

So far, over 34 million people have had their first Covid jab and over 14 million have had their second.

However, the number of first doses administered each day now has fallen from an average of about 500,000 in mid-March to roughly 118,000 per day.

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In conclusion they write: “We find that this package would save around 77 percent of the anticipated deaths between now and June 2022 – amounting to around 15,000 lives across the UK over the course of the year – relative to the central case assessment of the SAGE modellers.

“We recommend that the Government asks its epidemiological advisors to explore these proposals and alternatives.”

Currently the UK has three vaccines approved for use: Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Moderna, all of which require two doses for maximum protection.

Tony Robinson breaks silence on why he won't be in Time Team revival ‘It should feel new’

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

“This is the first time a heritage TV show has been brought back by the fans. When they see the programme going out they will be thinking, ‘Crikey, I helped make that’.”

He added he hoped the episodes will bring in a “new generation interested in archaeology”.

During lockdown, Tony, created in collaboration with Checkatrade, wrote a new short mini-documentary, which explores how Roman innovations underpin modern-day trades like tiling, roofing, plumbing, glazing and painting.

The documentary is available to view here.