Sam Billings has taken break from franchise cricket after he was snubbed from England’s limited-overs squads for the tour of South Africa on Friday. Billings has had a an unfortunate past year as a shoulder injury at the start of the season ruled him out of England’s world cup squad despite being one of the front-runners. Later in the year, he was also released by his Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings ahead of the auction slated for next week. Billings was named England vice-captain for their five-match T20I series in New Zealand. However, he failed to make a major impact with 34 runs in five innings that included three not-outs. After the England squads were named, Billings wished them best while also expressing his disappointment at missing the cut. “All the best to the lads heading to South Africa,” Billings wrote on Twitter. “Huge amount of depth esp [sic] in the white ball game atm. Of course disappointed not to be involved but … [Read more...] about Ignored for South Africa Series, England’s Sam Billings Takes Break Franchise Cricket
SAM Gowland, who has rekindled his romance with Chloe Ferry, will be back in the spotlight as he takes part in Fame MMA UK. Here's everything you need to know about the former Geordie Shore star who is set to make his debut in mixed martial arts. Who is Sam Gowland? Sam Gowland, 24, is from Middlesbrough. Before he joined the cast of Love Island he was working on an oil rig. His cousin Jonathan Grounds plays football for Birmingham City, and he's mates with Geordie Shore star Holly Hagan. He watched every series of Love Island before he took part, and always thought he would be a good fit for the show, but he was in a relationship at the time so couldn't apply.How did Sam Gowland become famous? Sam Gowland rose to fame by appearing on the third series of ITV's popular show Love Island. He's in a very high-profile relationship with Geordie Shore star Chloe Ferry. He is now set to appear on Fame MMA tomorrow night in a fight against Martin McKenna. What MMA experience does Sam Gowland … [Read more...] about Who is Sam Gowland, what MMA experience does he have and does the Geordie Shore star have a girlfriend?
England all-rounder Ben Stokes was picked up by Rising Pune Supergiants for IPL 2017. © AFP London: Ian Botham says "box-office" Ben Stokes deserves every penny of the more than £1.7 million ($2.1mn) that the England all-rounder will rake in playing in the Indian Premier League. Stokes set a record for an overseas player in the cash-rich Twenty20 competition when Rising Pune Supergiants shelled out for him at last week's auction. The 25-year-old Stokes has come up through the ranks at Durham, where Botham is the newly appointed chairman having finished his illustrious playing career with the English county. Botham, one of the outstanding all-rounders of his generation, said he was glad that Stokes -- set to have fresh responsibilities with England as vice-captain to new Test skipper Joe Root -- was being well-rewarded."He is getting for the IPL what most guys going to China to play football are getting for a fortnight's wages," Botham told a news conference at Durham's … [Read more...] about IPL 2017: ‘Box-office’ Ben Stokes Deserves Windfall, Says Ian Botham
WASHINGTON: The US is concerned about the implications of the citizenship law in India, a top American diplomat responsible for monitoring international religious freedom has said and expressed hope that the government will abide by its constitutional commitments. The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday and the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, provides for granting citizenship to non-Muslim persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. "One of India's great strengths is its Constitution. As a fellow democracy, we respect India's institutions, but are concerned about the implications of the CAB bill. We hope the government will abide by its constitutional commitments, including on religious freedom," Sam Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, tweeted on Friday. Brownback's remarks come ahead of the 2+2 ministerial dialogue between India and the US. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence … [Read more...] about US concerned about implications of India’s new citizenship law: Sam Brownback
Nicole Scherzinger and Sam Smith appeared to share a bottle of poppers in what sounds like a truly wild night out in London’s West End on Thursday. The famous pair were joined by Nicole’s rumoured boyfriend and X Factor: Celebrity contestant, Thom Evans - while one-time X Factor winner Joe McElderry also took part in the fun night out. The famous faces were among the crowds dancing and drinking in London at popular nightclub Freedom in Soho - and legal highs were also part of the night, according to an eye witness. A gentleman named Ben took to Twitter and Instagram to give a wild account of all the fun and merriment taking place - sharing a selfie of himself with Nicole from the night out. “Last night was so weird. We were in Freedom and I ended up caught between Nicole Scherzinger and her fit rugby bf and Sam Smith whilst Joe McElldry was watching from afar,” the clubber wrote on Twitter. “Sam was offering their poppers around,” they continued, … [Read more...] about Nicole Scherzinger’s wild ‘poppers-fuelled’ night out with Thom Evans and Sam Smith
ACTRESS Rebel Wilson had to sniff Sir Ian McKellen’s bum in rehearsals for Cats. She attended “cat school” to learn how to act like a moggy in preparation for the film. And Aussie comic Rebel said she had to get down on her knees to “bond” with the 80-year-old thespian. Rebel, 39, said: “I did most of my Cat School with Sir Ian McKellen and I did sniff his a**e. “It’s Sir Ian, me and they’re like, ‘You’re cats, you have to bond with each other’. “Everyone was taking it very seriously. No one didn’t do it. At one point, I was like, ‘Why am I sniffing Ian McKellen’s a**e’, but it was part of my training and I had to do it.”The cast for the movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical also includes Taylor Swift, 29, James Corden, 41, Idris Elba, 47, Dame Judi Dench, 85, and Jason Derulo, 30. MOST READ IN TV & SHOWBIZ'Just bloated' Jac Jossa says she's 'not pregnant' … [Read more...] about Rebel Wilson had to sniff Sir Ian McKellen’s bum in rehearsals for movie Cats