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hello. this is bbc news with carole walker. the headlines. the european union's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, has said the eu would prefer an ambitious future partnership with britain once it leaves, but has warned member governments to prepare for no deal. theresa may is meeting ministers to decide whether to increase the amount britain is prepared to pay the eu, as part of a so—called divorce bill. as protesters take to the streets, president mugabe faces impeachment proceedings as early as tomorrow, after a deadline set by the country's ruling party for him to step down, expired. after the breakdown of coalition talks, germany's chancellor angela merkel says she'd rather have fresh elections than lead a minority government. police in dorset say that three people who'd been arrested in connection with the disappearance of the teenager gaia pope have been released from their investigation, and will face no further action. the world of tennis has been paying
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tribute to one of the sport's most popular personalities, jana novotna, the former wimbledon singles champion, who's died of cancer at the age of 49. in a moment, it will be time for sportsday, but first a look at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news... in beyond 100 days, the latest developments from the united states, which is designating north korea a state sponsor of terrorism, triggering further economic sanctions. at eight o'clock we'll have the latest brexit developments, from our correspondents in westminster and brussels. and at 10:40 we'll bring you the paper review talking about the queen and prince philip's long marriage. and at
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10:40pm... the philip's long marriage. and at 10:40pm. .. the papers. with larissa brown from the times and buzzfeed's political editorjim waterson. hello and welcome to sportsday — i'mjohn watson. 0n the way tonight. the tennis world remembers jana novotna — the former wimbledon champion who's died at the age of 49. another day another managerial sacking — west brom part company with tony pulis. and why former footballer michael 0wen is dealing with corners of a different kind. hello and welcome. it's a moment remembered by a generation of tennis fans. jana novotna comforted by the duchess of kent after losing
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the 1993 wimbledon final. today, the tennis world rembered her incredible career, after she lost her battle with cancer. she was 49. 0ur correspondent david 0rnstein has more. it is one of wimbledon‘s most enduring images. jana novotna may have lost the final but she won a shoulder to cry on from the duchess of kent and the hearts of the british public. shejust told me, jana, you will do it. i believe one day you will do it. and ijust became very emotional. it was very nice. i appreciated it. novotna finished runner—up again in 1997, but a year later she finally won the trophy. news of her death has been met with a mixture of
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shock and an outpouring of tributes. i can only describe her as a ruthless competitor on the court but utterly sweet and charming off it. she was such a warm person. always very friendly. she would come up and smile and give you a couple and give you a couple kisses. she was really loved by everyone. she rose to prominence in the early 90s and went on to become one of the most exciting, popular and successful players of her generation. wimbledon was her only grand slam singles title but she collected 16 in doubles and 100 tournament wins across a glittering career, playing her way into the international tennis hall of fame. she was back on the lawns of wimbledon as recently as 2016, rolling back the years in the invitational mixed doubles. but novotna will always be remembered for the tears and then
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the triumph, refusing to let the setbacks keep her down, eventually coming out on top and writing her name into history with a smile. russell fuller, the bbc‘s tennis correspondent, joins me now. we remember the images from 1993, such an incredible outpouring of emotion, but she showed incredible spirit to come back five years later and win the title. and i think that is an important point to make as we remember her as a great champion, a graceful player, and she was an instinctive serve and volley player. she had guts. that defeat in 1993 was one of the worst a professional could suffer. she was completely in control of the match against the
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great steffi g raf control of the match against the great steffi graf with a double break advantage, 4—1 up in the deciding set and the acacia got the better of her and you can develop a tag in the sport as a choker. somebody who cannot win big matches. she came up short again and then won the title on centre court to go with all the other trophies she won. 16 grand slam doubles champion. she won 0lympic medals, she won the fed cup with the czech republic. we have seen pictures of the emotion, both winning and losing and since leaving tennis she has worked alongside you in the commentary box. what was she like as a person? we have been lucky to have her particularly at wimbledon in recent years. she is compassionate, a lovely smile, i a lwa ys compassionate, a lovely smile, i always found her very warm. she did not talk much about her personal
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life, but she loved the game, she was not interested in sensationalist headlines but when she came to the commentary box she was absorbed in the way players constructed points plotted their way around the tennis court. softly spoken. engineers a lwa ys court. softly spoken. engineers always had to turn up the microphone so always had to turn up the microphone so she could be properly heard but thatis so she could be properly heard but that is heated wimbledon and particularly centre court and when she spoke she spoke with huge authority. 0k, russell, many thanks. we will have news on another premier league departure in a moment at west brom. but starting with chris coleman. he has been appointed manager of sunderland. you wonder what would've happened had he taken ajob, what would've happened had he taken a job, perhaps he would be in the frame for thejob
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a job, perhaps he would be in the frame for the job at the hawthorns. this is what he said to the media following the appointment. you can go through your career without managing a big club. we are bottom of the championship and there has been negativity surrounding it. it is still sunderland football club, that is 117,000 fans. they might not all becoming at the moment but they are still there. the temptation to be part of that and experience that and try to make a difference here is just too experience that and try to make a difference here isjust too big for me. i got the opportunity to manage a big football club, seriously big club, andi a big football club, seriously big club, and i was not going turn that down. i know all the challenges here. i will not be in a comfort zone up here. i would say nothing good ever comes from a comfort zone. iam good ever comes from a comfort zone. i am looking forward to it. a smile on his face and we wonder if that will continue. you wonder whether
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had he bided his time, he might have beenin had he bided his time, he might have been in the running for the job at the hawthorns because tony pulis is the hawthorns because tony pulis is the fifth premier league sacking so far of the season. i'm sure that is at the back of the mind ofany i'm sure that is at the back of the mind of any manager taking a job, if i wait mind of any manager taking a job, if iwaita mind of any manager taking a job, if i wait a few more days there might be another opportunity. there is a strong rotation at the moment. ten league games without a win for tony pulis and two in the last 21 in the premier league last season. any manager will feel the pressure and they dropped within a point of the relegation zone. the writing on the wall. tony pulis might have overachieved in his first three seasons finishing comfortably mid—table and last season inside the top ten. people saying on social media may be the west brom fans should be careful what they wish for. maybe what they thought was not a cce pta ble for. maybe what they thought was not acceptable might be better if they
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got relegated. if he had notjust been sacked he would be the ideal candidate. he has never had a relegation. west brom fans, speaking to them, it is disappointing this season, not scoring, conceding too many, and something had to give. he is seen as a safe pair of hands. you imagine he would not be short ofjob offers down the line. west brom are in danger of relegation. he will come in and guide them to safety? we have just heard from chris coleman. it could be tony pulis is involved in the international setup. international managers, the respective coaches of northern ireland and the republic of ireland, martin 0'neill ireland and the republic of ireland, martin o'neill and martin neill. alan pardew. he could be in the
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frame. nigel pearson, who set the ground work that led to leicester winning the premier league title. he could be in the frame. west brom a clu b could be in the frame. west brom a club that were known as an up—and—down team. when they do the recruitment male looking for a coach that will keep them up but in the back of their minds, if they go down, they need a manager who can bring them back up. they have totte n ha m bring them back up. they have tottenham at wembley on saturday. notan unfamiliar tottenham at wembley on saturday. not an unfamiliar feeling for west brom fans, their six permanent manager they are looking for in six yea rs. manager they are looking for in six years. other clubs at the bottom, crystal palace, swansea, do they have enough to stay safe, west brom? this is why i say perhaps overachievement from tony pulis who last season said the club had not signed players he wanted but they finished in the top ten and they made a big deal of it in the midlands. clearly the players were
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good enough to do it last season but you look at the relegation zone, one point above west ham and two above swa nsea, point above west ham and two above swansea, very close for two teams who want an extra bounce. west brom infora who want an extra bounce. west brom in for a worrying few weeks. also coming up in the programme... michael owen — footaller, turned horse trainer, nowjockey. find out why he's donning the silks.. but before that, england have arrived in brisbane ahead of the first ashes test with australia, which starts on thursday. joe root‘s side hold the urn after victory here two years ago and will be desperate to make a good start, which will be far from easy at the gabba, where the hosts have not lost a test in 27 years. andy swiss is there. welcome and behind me you can see australian players put through their
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paces. this stadium is a hive of activity as ground staff get things ready for the first test on thursday. england players have been taking things relatively easy today. earlier, some were here helping to launch a new poll deck. looking resplendent in england swimming trunks. they included jake ball, backin trunks. they included jake ball, back in contention for the final bowling spot in the team. looks like a shoot out between him and craig 0verton. ball said he has recovered from the injury he picked up in the warm up match in adelaide. from the injury he picked up in the warm up match in adelaidelj from the injury he picked up in the warm up match in adelaide. i thinki have my eyes closed a split second and thought did it hurt. it did. but i got some movement. walking did not seem i got some movement. walking did not seem too bad. as soon as i got the results of the scam, they were positive and from then on, the medical staff have been amazing as sorted me out. back fully fit now.
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jake ball in with a chance of playing here on thursday and as for australia, they have their own selection issues. their squad has raised eyebrows, with the inclusion of left—field selections like keeper tim paine and batsmen shaun marsh. they have an incredible record here at the gabba, not losing a test match here ryan almost 30 years and not surprisingly they are full of confidence. we know how to lay here and the crowd gets behind australians. we are hoping to see a packed crowd out singing with the barmy army. 0ne packed crowd out singing with the barmy army. one of my favourite places to play cricket in australia andi places to play cricket in australia and i look forward to getting out there and hopefully making the english look uncomfortable. this place something of a fortress for australian cricket and may well be confident they can get off to a
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winning start when the first test gets under way on thursday. and don't forget, you can follow the ashes with the bbc‘s test match special team. there will be live commentary of every ball of every test beginning at midnight on thursday throughout the early hours on 5live sports extra and the bbc sport website and app. a look at the other headines now, with some flash photography in the pictures you're about to see. there's to be no rematch between david haye and tony bellew — for now anyway. their fight, scheduled for london on the 17th of december, has been postponed after haye suffered an arm injury in training. england women's rugby union captain sarah hunter will win her 100th cap when she leads the red roses out against canada tomorrow. the 2014 world cup winner was named world player of the year last year. sussex have appointed jason gillespie as head coach on a three—year deal. the former australia fast bowler guided yorkshire to the county championship in 2014 and 2015. and manchester city defender john stones will be misisng for up
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to six weeks after picking up a hamstring injury on the weekend. pep guardiola will be without him as city take on feyenoord at home in champions league tomorrow night having quit football, michael owen turned his attention horse racing. and ownership in particular. and now for the first time he will see the other side of the sport, as a jockey, as he competes in his first race. at ascot no less. richard askam joined up with him at his yard in cheshire to find out why he was pulling on the silks. a cold morning on the gallops at manor house stables and one of the hottest strikers of his generation is having to learn fast. half a tonne of muscle that is fed and bred and trained to explode into life, it is so difficult. even though he has been involved with horses for many
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yea rs, been involved with horses for many years, as a rider he is a total rookie. you think clutch and gears and indicators! michael has had to think, train, and crucially eat as a jockey and at the moment it is fish, vegeta bles jockey and at the moment it is fish, vegetables and water all the way.|j was about 13 stone six, six weeks ago, and had to get my head down and lose weight. i would like to eat to give me energy but i carp. don't worry, i will do it for you! up at 6am, every morning, she took to the saddle in the spring thinking one thing he would not have to worry about was leg strength. how wrong could he be. everybody said you will need to strengthen your thighs and i thought the size of my thighs, they are muscular, compared to a jockey‘s. you have to ride the horse andi jockey‘s. you have to ride the horse and i have been in situations two thirds up the gallop and my thighs
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have gone. anybody who knows about riding a horse, will appreciate you 37 and have never sat on one, it takes guts to get on horse. are you thinking, iam takes guts to get on horse. are you thinking, i am trying to win it?|j will definitely want to win.|j thinking, i am trying to win it?|j will definitely want to win. i have a really good horse. he says it would be right up there as one of his greatest achievements. it certainly would be an achievement. he's called it the biggest day of his acreer, and it's hard to disagree with tommy fleetwood afterfinishing the year as europe's number one golfer. as he won the race to dubai, after the conclusion of yesterday's tour championship. stuart pollitt has been following the progress of the man from merseyside. the final day of the season. the
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biggest one for tommy fleetwood's career. this is what you play for and it's brilliant, it makes me smile. your race to dubai leader, tommy fleetwood. after a perfect start with a birdie the round did not go to plan as he dropped down the leaderboard. he needed main rivaljustin rose to falter and that is what happened. in the end, a year of golf around the world came down to one putt. rose needed an eagle effort to win. when he missed, tommy fleetwood's team could celebrate. tommy fleetwood! cheering there he is, a very happy tommy fleetwood, but it was an event where he was pushed to the limit and, in
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the end, the tiniest margin did it for him. iam for him. i am lost for words the first time ever. i am lost for words for the first time in 35 years. that says a lot. we are a bunch of northern lands, working and out on tour. it is great to have mum and dad, fiance, baby, closest friends, everybody here to enjoy that. it has been the best year of my life by a mile and on the course has been great and off the course, i am such a happy person. we will have to think of ways to better this. a happy person. we will have to think of ways to better thism a happy person. we will have to think of ways to better this. it was an emotional day for two men who have been with tommy since the

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