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Johanna Konta beats Maria Sakkari to reach Eastbourne International third round

Johanna Konta beats Maria Sakkari to reach Eastbourne International third round

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Venue: Devonshire Park, Eastbourne Dates: 23-29 June
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Britain’s Johanna Konta beat Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the third round of the Nature Valley International at Eastbourne.

The world number 19 was 5-3 down in the second set but fought back to secure victory in one hour 37 minutes.

Konta, 28, will play Ons Jabeur in the third round after the Tunisian defeated Mandy Minella 2-6 6-2 6-1.

“There was so little in this match. I felt she was playing better than me for most of that match,” Konta said.

“I’m really pleased to have stayed tough and created as many opportunities as possible.”

Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber progressed by beating Sam Stosur 6-4 6-4 and plays Rebecca Peterson in the last 16 after the Swede saw off Lesia Tsurenko 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki beat German Andrea Petkovic 6-4 6-4 but the Dane faces a tougher challenge in the third round, where she will play eighth seed Aryna Sabalenka.

Second-set wobble for Konta

Konta had to save two break points in the fourth game of the match before a drop shot-volley combination saw her break Sakkari for a 3-2 lead.

Having taken the first set, the French Open semi-finalist appeared the more likely player to break through in the second set until a fall seemed to unsettle her and Sakkari broke to love for a 5-3 lead.

However, she was unable to serve out the set and Konta wrapped up the win in a tie-break with a forehand winner.

Earlier, France’s Alize Cornet knocked out Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina 7-5 6-2 in a match delayed by rain on Monday. She will play Zhang Shuai in the third round after the Chinese player saw off Daria Gavrilova 6-3 6-1.

Sixth seed Simona Halep enjoyed a straightforward 6-2 6-0 win against Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and plays Polona Hercog in the third round, but former US Open champion Sloane Stephens squandered a one-set lead against 2018 Wimbledon semi-finalist Jelena Ostapenko to lose 1-6 6-0 6-3.

Ostapenko will face world number 52 Ekaterina Alexandrova, who beat Belinda Bencic 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 6-3.

The Swiss 10th seed was playing her second match of the day after rain pushed her first-round game back.

Dutch third seed Kiki Bertens defeated Yulia Putintseva 6-4 6-1 and next plays Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam, who upset 16th seed Anett Kontaveit 6-3 6-4.

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Boris Johnson refuses to answer questions about ‘row with partner’

Boris Johnson refuses to answer questions about 'row with partner'

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Boris Johnson has refused to answer questions about reports of a row between him and his partner in which police were called.

Speaking at a Tory Party hustings in Birmingham, Mr Johnson said people did not “want to hear” about the reported row between him and Carrie Symonds.

The Guardian had said Ms Symonds was heard telling the Tory MP to “get off me” and “get out of my flat”.

Police said they spoke to all occupants of the address, who were safe and well.

In the first of 16 hustings events, Mr Johnson and Jeremy Hunt made their pitches to an audience of party members to succeed Theresa May as prime minister.

Mr Johnson was asked about the incident a number of times by hustings moderator Iain Dale, an LBC radio presenter, but each time avoided answering the question.

After being accused by Mr Dale of ducking the question, Mr Johnson did not respond directly, instead saying: “People are entitled to ask me what I want to do for the country.”

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Boris Johnson told members of the audience not to boo Iain Dale

Mr Dale pressed again, telling Mr Johnson: “If the police are called to your home it makes it everyone’s business.

“You are running for the office of not just Conservative Party leader, but prime minister, so a lot of people who admire your politics do call into question your character, and it is incumbent on you to answer that question.”

In response, Mr Johnson accepted this was “a fair point” and said he “was a man who keeps to political promises”.

Pressed another two times on the issue, Mr Johnson said it was “pretty obvious from the foregoing” he would not be making further comments on the incident.

Mr Dale was jeered by members of the audience at one point during the exchange, but Mr Johnson responded by telling the crowd “not to boo the great man”.

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Carrie Symonds pictured with Mr Johnson’s father, Stanley, at a demonstration earlier this year

The report of the row between Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds in the Guardian said a neighbour had told the newspaper they heard a woman screaming followed by “slamming and banging” in the early hours of Friday.

It said that in the recording – heard by the Guardian, but not by the BBC – Mr Johnson was refusing to leave the flat and telling the woman to “get off” his laptop before there was a loud crashing noise.

Ms Symonds is reported to be heard saying that the MP had ruined a sofa with red wine, adding: “You just don’t care for anything because you’re spoilt. You have no care for money or anything.”

‘Important public interest’

The neighbour who made the recording has since come forward to explain his reasons for contacting the Guardian about the row.

Tom Penn, 29, said he and his wife had concerns for their neighbour’s safety.

He told the paper: “Once clear that no one was harmed, I contacted the Guardian, as I felt it was of important public interest.

“I believe it is reasonable for someone who is likely to become our next prime minister to be held accountable for all of their words, actions and behaviours.

“I, along with a lot of my neighbours all across London, voted to remain within the EU. That is the extent of my involvement in politics.”

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A poster opposite Boris Johnson’s London home shows not everyone supports his leadership bid

Mr Johnson’s relationship with Ms Symonds – a former director of communications for the Conservative party – became public after Mr Johnson and his wife, Marina Wheeler, announced they were divorcing in 2018.

Ms Symonds was seen in the audience during Mr Johnson’s leadership campaign launch on 12 June.


By BBC News political correspondent Jonathan Blake

Nobody can say that Conservative Party members don’t have a choice.

The contrast between the two candidates to be their new leader and the UK’s next prime minister was clear to see on stage in Birmingham.

Both men gave performances which reaffirmed their strengths and weaknesses as politicians.

Boris Johnson delivered soaring rhetoric, swerved the specifics and worked the room with cheeky asides and shameless flattery.

Jeremy Hunt stressed his serious side, played it straight and gave carefully considered answers.

Mr Johnson looked a little uncomfortable at times, asking at one point “how much longer have we got?”

Mr Hunt seemed keen to convey a softer side – his best friend coming out on the last day of school was one of many anecdotes.

Supporters of each will have likely left the event further convinced that their favourite is the man for the job – and those yet to decide have some food for thought.

One down, 15 to go.

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County Championship: Joe Denly makes fine century for Kent against Notts

County Championship: Joe Denly makes fine century for Kent against Notts

Joe Denly spent most of the early summer at the IPL and with England
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Tunbridge Wells (day three)
Kent 309 & 277-3: Denly 111*, Bell-Drummond 79; Pattinson 2-67
Nottinghamshire 267: Nash 67, Patel 52; Milnes 5-68
Kent (6 pts) lead Notts (5 pts) by 319 runs
Match scorecard

England batsman Joe Denly scored a fine unbeaten century to help put Kent in charge against winless Nottinghamshire at Tunbridge Wells.

Denly made 111 not out off 176 balls as the hosts closed day three on 277-3 in their second innings, a lead of 319.

A 152 stand with Daniel Bell-Drummond (79) took the game away from Notts.

In the morning session the visitors collapsed from 208-4 to 267 all out, with paceman Matt Milnes (5-68) taking a first five-wicket haul of his career.

Denly, who was left out of England’s World Cup squad, had only scored 44 runs in five County Championship innings as he came to the crease at 19-1.

But the 33-year-old rediscovered the form which saw him score more than 2,000 first-class runs and nine hundreds in the 2017 and 2018 campaigns, hitting 13 fours and spending more than four hours in the middle.

Bell-Drummond was also impressive in making his second half-century in 14 innings this season before he nicked James Pattinson behind.

A heavy shower ended play 11 overs early, time out of the game that may well affect Kent’s chances of winning.

Nottinghamshire, who are bottom of Division One, had begun the day hoping of a first-innings lead – but once captain Steven Mullaney was bowled by Milnes to leave them 228-5, the innings folded.

Mullaney’s side are now likely to have to bat for the majority of three sessions on Thursday to prevent a fourth loss in seven matches.

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County Championship: Robson gets Middlesex off to solid start against Glamorgan at Radlett

County Championship: Robson gets Middlesex off to solid start against Glamorgan at Radlett

Sam Robson has played in seven Test matches for England
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Radlett
Middlesex 151-3 (51 overs): Robson 85*
Glamorgan: Yet to bat
Middlesex 0 pts, Glamorgan 1 pt
Match scorecard

Sam Robson’s season-best score of 85 not out gave Middlesex a solid start as they reached 151-3 against Glamorgan on a rain-shortened first day at Radlett.

After a lost morning, Robson looked composed in bowler-friendly cloudy conditions, with a green-tinged strip for Radlett’s first Championship game.

Despite an opening stand of 77 with Stevie Eskinazi (31), Robson’s partners looked less assured.

David Lloyd, Graham Wagg and Marchant de Lange claimed a wicket each.

The hosts did well to survive relatively unscathed after being put in to bat by Lloyd.

But Glamorgan’s seamers notched up plenty of near-misses.

Middlesex batsman Sam Robson told BBC Sport Wales:

“It was tough. They bowled well, so it was pleasing. We’re happy with where we’re at.

“We’ve played a bit here and trained here so we knew what it was like. The ground staff have done a great job here considering the weather over the last week and a half.

“There was still good value for shots, so we knew if we could hang in, there were scoring opportunities.

“I’ve not got as many as I would have liked over the last few weeks, so it was good to be back in the runs. Hopefully I can keep going.”

Glamorgan captain David Lloyd told BBC Sport Wales:

“A frustrating day, we did bowl pretty well in parts and probably deserved a couple more wickets. Another day we could have got them five or six down but it wasn’t meant to be.

“We’ll look to go bang-bang in the morning and put the pressure back on them.

“When you come to out grounds you know what to expect. It’s a lovely ground and a nice wicket.

“The lads reacted well because it might have drifted away but we got wickets. It’s a shame we couldn’t have got one more but not a bad day.”

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Barking fire: Barbecue may have caused’ blaze at flats

Barking fire: Barbecue may have caused' blaze at flats

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A barbecue on a balcony could have caused a block of flats to be engulfed by fire, according to its builders.

Twenty flats with wooden balconies were destroyed and 10 more damaged in Sunday’s fire in Barking, east London.

Residents said concerns were raised with builder Bellway Homes about potential fire hazards.

A Bellway spokesman said they it was “relieved that the fire protection measures… ensured that occupants were safely evacuated”.

The London Fire Brigade said the cause of the fire was still under investigation.

Fire investigators and scientific advisers have been at the scene carrying out “extensive investigations”, the service added.

It said: “We understand that the blaze was contained to the external envelope of the eastern elevation of the building, with initial reports suggesting that it was caused by a barbecue on a resident’s balcony.”

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Residents claim they had raised concerns about the safety of the building

The Metropolitan Police said 15 to 18 families were evacuated from their homes and taken to the Thames View Community Centre, about a mile from the scene.

Following an investigation by BBC Watchdog in May, Peter Mason, chair of the Barking Reach residents’ association, said he asked Bellway Homes to review the fire risk.

In an email seen by the BBC from the firm last month, Bellway said the construction method used on the development in Scotland examined by Watchdog was different and so the Barking homes in De Pass Gardens were not affected in the same way.

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Firefighters took “less than six minutes” from the first 999 call to get to the scene

More than 100 firefighters tackled the Barking blaze, which spread over six floors, for more than two hours.

A Bellway spokesman said the fire was “a very serious issue” and said it was working with all parties to establish how it happened”.

He added: “Whilst we are continuing our investigations into this matter, we are supporting London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in securing alternative temporary accommodation for affected residents and are offering our support to help remediate the damaged apartments.”

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Justin Edinburgh: Leyton Orient manager dies at the age of 49

Justin Edinburgh: Leyton Orient manager dies at the age of 49

Justin Edinburgh, who has died aged 49, managed sides in three Wembley finals

Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh has died at the age of 49 – five days after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Edinburgh, who guided Orient back into the English Football League in 2018-19, had been taken to hospital on Monday.

“We are completely heartbroken by this tragedy,” Orient chairman Nigel Travis told the club’s website.

Edinburgh, who won the FA Cup as a Spurs player, managed Northampton Town, Gillingham and Newport County before moving to Orient in November 2017.

“All our thoughts and love are with the Edinburgh family and we know from the messages that have flooded into the club over the last week that the wider football world will share our sentiments,” added Travis.

“The success that Justin brought to Leyton Orient was incredible, but more importantly the impact he had on us all as a winner and a wonderful, inspirational human being will be his legacy and will stay with us forever.

“All our thoughts are with Justin’s wife Kerri and their children Charlie and Cydnie.”

Success as player and manager

After turning professional at Southend, Edinburgh – a left-back – spent a decade playing for Tottenham, making 258 appearances and winning the FA Cup in 1991 and League Cup in 1999 before moving to Portsmouth.

He became player-manager of non-league Billericay Town in 2003 before spells at Fisher Athletic and Rushden and Diamonds.

His managerial breakthrough came at Newport County, whom he led to promotion to League Two in 2013 having guided them to the FA Trophy final a year earlier.

A 23-month spell at Gillingham from January 2015 followed, before nine months at Northampton in 2016-2017.

He was appointed Orient boss in November of 2017, and led the club to 45 wins in his 82 games in charge.

Orient pay tribute to ‘amazing and inspirational’ Edinburgh

Edinburgh celebrated promotion with Orient less than two months ago

Orient striker Macauley Bonne tweeted: “There are no words to describe the loss of our gaffer, our leader & inspiration. He brought us all together – we’re eternally grateful for everything you’ve done.”

Fellow forward James Alabi said he was “absolutely broken” while defender Jamie Turley said he was: “Devastated and lost for words at the loss of this great man. It was an honour to play for him. Truly an amazing and inspirational person in all aspects.”

Defender Marvin Ekpiteta tweeted he was “lost for words” while winger James Brophy posted: “A wonderful man, who had a positive impact on everyone he met no matter how much time you’d spent with him! Never be forgotten! Thank you for everything.”

BBC London’s Orient reporter Dave Victor tweeted: “Justin Edinburgh was a man of great integrity who commanded respect.

“Justin was a winner. His passion for the game he loved, together with his ability to inspire, enabled others to achieve so much.”

‘Players adored him and journalists loved him’

BBC Sport Wales reporter Michael Pearlman, who covered Newport County for the local newspaper when Justin was manager:

It is no surprise to see such a rush from people within football paying tribute to Justin Edinburgh.

While he spent virtually his entire playing career at the top level, Edinburgh had to do it the tough way in management, starting at the bottom.

Because of his character and ability, Edinburgh thrived at Billericay, Fisher and Rushden before I encountered him when he arrived at Newport County.

Just as he did with Orient – either side of spells at Gillingham and Northampton – he took a club on its knees and made it proud again, going from relegation worries to promotion in unthinkably quick time.

Players adored him because he knew how they wanted to be treated, and we as journalists loved him because whatever the result, he was always happy to be available and accountable, happy to talk morning, noon or night. He even texted me on my wedding day.

I saw him go above and beyond in giving his time to supporters and the community time and time again and will remember him very fondly for his sense of humour, passion for football and, mainly, his dedication to his family.

His loss will be felt enormously.

Tottenham’s 1991 FA Cup winners ‘devastated’

Edinburgh (centre holding FA Cup) played alongside Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne at Tottenham

Edinburgh was in the Spurs side that beat Nottingham Forest in the 1991 FA Cup final.

Gary Lineker, a team-mate that day and now BBC Match of the Day presenter, tweeted: “Deeply saddened to hear that Justin Edinburgh has passed away.

“He was an excellent coach and a terrific full-back who was a delight to share a dressing room with and have as a team-mate.”

Paul Stewart, who scored Spurs’ equaliser in the 1991 final said he was “gutted” while Steve Sedgley tweeted: “Devastated, A sad, sad, day, a truly great person.”

Meanwhile, former Spurs player and manager Glenn Hoddle tweeted he was “devastated” by “the very sad and tragic news”.

Edinburgh’s former club tweeted their condolences

Tributes to ‘a true professional’ and ‘wonderful man’

Edinburgh’s former clubs were also among those to express their grief.

Southend, his first team as a player, sent their “thoughts and heartfelt condolences” to Edinburgh’s family and friends and “everyone at Leyton Orient”.

Newport County tweeted they were “saddened” by the news, while Northampton Town said: “Everyone at Northampton Town Football Club is shocked and deeply saddened.”

Gillingham tweeted: “The thoughts of everybody at Gillingham Football Club are with Justin Edinburgh’s friends, family and colleagues at Leyton Orient at this very difficult time. Such sad news. RIP Justin Edinburgh.”

League Managers’ Association chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “Justin will be remembered by all in the game as a true professional. A hard-working man who became successful as a player at the highest level of the game and turned his love of football into a lifelong career as a coach and as a manager.”

Justin Edinburgh (right) celebrates with Jobi McAnuff as Leyton Orient win promotion in April

Gary Neville, who co-owns Salford City – who were beaten to the National League title by Orient – described Edinburgh as “a champion that managed a team that played with your spirit”.

Carlisle United director of football David Holdsworth said: “Justin was a close personal friend and everyone is devastated at this news.

“He was a football man through and through and an extremely professional and well-respected player and manager. Words can’t explain how sad we are and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

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On-the-run Salisbury Novichok hoaxer jailed

On-the-run Salisbury Novichok hoaxer jailed

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A drug dealer who sparked fears of a Novichok attack similar to that which hospitalised a former Russian spy and his daughter has been jailed.

Alex King went on the run in December after claiming he had been poisoned at a Prezzo restaurant in Salisbury.

The hoax in September came six months after the nerve agent was used against Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

King, 42, was found guilty of selling drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy and sentenced in January to 11 years.

He was arrested on Wednesday, admitted breaching his bail, and was jailed at Southwark Crown Court for a further four months.

‘Glamorous, seedy existence’

King claimed he had been poisoned in a branch of Prezzo, where he had been dining with his Russian-born wife, Anna Shapiro, last September.

It sparked a major incident and the area was sealed off in echoes of the aftermath involving the Skirpals, who fell ill shortly after leaving Zizzi, another Italian dining chain in the city.

King was last seen leaving a flat near Harley Street, with his wife, on 17 December.

He was arrested about half a mile away at an address in Chiltern Street, in Marylebone, west London.

Scotland Yard said a 30-year-old woman who was arrested for assisting an offender remains in police custody.

King’s lifestyle was laid bare in court earlier this year when he was convicted of two charges of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, one charge of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs and one charge of conspiracy to supply Class C drugs.

Sebastian Gardiner, defending one of King’s associates, described King in court as a “very bizarre” character who lived a “glamorous, albeit seedy, existence”, making money from arranging parties, selling drugs and supplying high-class escorts to his VIP clients.

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County Championship: Sussex bowl out Middlesex for 138 on day one at Lord’s

County Championship: Sussex bowl out Middlesex for 138 on day one at Lord's

Sussex seamer David Wiese tore through Middlesex’s top order
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Lord’s (day one)
Middlesex 138: Harris 38*; Wiese 5-26
Sussex 169-4: Salt 50; Murtagh 3-34
Sussex (3 pts) lead Middlesex (1 pt) by 31 runs

Middlesex were skittled for just 138 by Sussex on day one as the visitors took early control of the game at Lord’s.

Sussex seamer David Wiese starred with 5-26 and paceman Ollie Robinson claimed three wickets with only James Harris (38 not out) passing 20 for Middlesex.

Captain Dawid Malan, who has been in superb form this season, was one of five batsmen to edge behind for 15.

Sussex closed on 169-4, a lead of 31, with opener Phil Salt (50) one of three wickets for Irishman Tim Murtagh.

Harris gave Middlesex a late boost by removing Laurie Evans lbw for 31, but Stiaan van Zyl went to stumps on 46.

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Charlton Athletic offer Patrick Bauer and Joe Aribo new contracts

Charlton Athletic offer Patrick Bauer and Joe Aribo new contracts

Patrick Bauer (right) scored the goal which secured victory for Lee Bowyer’s Charlton in the League One play-off final

Charlton Athletic have offered new deals to Joe Aribo, Patrick Bauer, Jake Forster-Caskey and Tariqe Fosu after winning promotion from League One.

Centre-back Bauer, 26, scored the 94th-minute goal which sealed a 2-1 win over Sunderland in Sunday’s play-off final.

Meanwhile, Josh Parker and Jonny Williams are among six players who have been released by manager Lee Bowyer.

Nicky Ajose, Mark Marshall, Ben Reeves and Igor Vetokele will also leave The Valley when their contracts expire.

Forward Parker, 28, and Wales international Williams, 25, both featured against the Black Cats at Wembley.

“They are all different reasons as to why we haven’t offered those lads contracts,” Bowyer told the club website.