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Alan Shearer: Dementia, Football and Me review – heading for trouble

The former Newcastle and England striker’s investigation into links between brain damage and heading the ball is fascinating yet inconclusive. Plus: more Blue Planet II and The Queen’s Favourite Animals

In comes the cross from the right: who’s there for it? Alan Shearer, who else. Unchallenged, he braces himself, heads the ball cleanly, down to his left, the net bulges, goal!

So now he’s presumably going to peel away towards the corner flag, with a Cheshire cat grin and his right arm raised, palm open, while adoring black-and-white-clad geordies chant: “Shearer, Shearer!”

Related: Football is heading for trouble over brain injuries caused by the ball

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FIFA 18 Review

With every passing year, the release of FIFA feels more and more like an event. Soccer’s real-life stars line up to talk about their in-game rating, to inspect their Fut cards and to emphasize their love of the brand. All the time, the line is being blurred between the sport we enact on our screens, and the real sport itself.

In FIFA 18, that’s never more evident than in the return of The Journey, the story of eighteen-year-old sensation Alex Hunter, now in his second season of professional football. Over the course of six chapters, EA unrolls the red carpet for its famous supporting cast who are faithfully motion-captured for their starring bow. From Ronaldo to Muller to Griezmann and a certain Gunners legend, the A-listers join Alex on a globetrotting adventure that feels like a big high-five to soccer itself.

Using the Frostbite engine for its sophomore year,
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Finally the new era can begin

For me, it’s been a long time coming, but the last of the ‘old guard’ has finally bowed out of international football. Out with the old and in with the new and all that. That’s not being disrespectful to Wayne Rooney, he will remain as one of England’s greatest players, and his goal scoring record will be safe for a good while yet. However, like any player, time finally catches up with you. Though when your all time leading goal scorer is dropping back in between the centre backs to receive the ball alarm bells should start ringing. For certain games it was as if England were playing with ten men, and when you have a player roaming around the pitch, the shape and system of a team ultimately suffers.

For me, Rooney should have been dropped for the Euros. I understand why it’s difficult to drop a player like Rooney,
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BBC salaries: corporation falls short on Bame, gender gap pay

Just 11% of top talent from diverse background.

Just one-tenth of the BBC’s top on-screen talent is from a black, ethnic, minority background (Bame), the corporation’s Annual Report has revealed (reports Broadcast).

Bame stars make up 11% of the corporation’s top earners, with the likes of BBC Radio DJ Trevor Nelson and newsreader George Alagiah among the highest paid, with salaries of between £250,000 and £300,000.

Radio 4 Today programme presenter Mishal Husain earns between £200,000 and £250,000, less than half than her colleague John Humphrys’ £600,000-£650,000 salary.

Across the BBC, some 14% of its workforce is from a Bame background, in line with the national average.

Bame stars’ salaries pale in comparison with some of the corporation’s biggest earners, which include Radio 2 presenter and former Top Gear host Chris Evans, who topped the payroll with a salary of around £2.2m.

Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman, who also hosted a Michael Buble special at Christmas and Film 2016, was the highest
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BBC salaries: corporation falls short on Bame pay

Just 11% of top talent from diverse background.

Just one-tenth of the BBC’s top on-screen talent is from a black, ethnic, minority background (Bame), the corporation’s Annual Report has revealed (reports Broadcast).

Bame stars make up 11% of the corporation’s top earners, with the likes of BBC Radio DJ Trevor Nelson and newsreader George Alagiah among the highest paid, with salaries of between £250,000 and £300,000.

Radio 4 Today programme presenter Mishal Husain earns between £200,000 and £250,000, less than half than her colleague John Humphrys’ £600,000-£650,000 salary.

Across the BBC, some 14% of its workforce is from a Bame background, in line with the national average.

Bame stars’ salaries pale in comparison with some of the corporation’s biggest earners, which include Radio 2 presenter and former Top Gear host Chris Evans, who topped the payroll with a salary of around £2.2m.

Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman, who also hosted a Michael Buble special at Christmas and Film 2016, was the highest
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The World’s Most Expensive Toys review – watch before your Christmas shop

A Swarovski-crystal-encrusted rocking horse and luxury doll’s house complete with miniature posh family are probably not what your children need

I thought my boys were going to do all right for presents this Christmas. Not from me, obviously, but from their mum, and their grandparents. Older one is getting a bike (it’s Ok, he won’t see, he’s not a Guardian reader). We’ve decided that one day he’s going to win the Tour de France, though at the moment it looks as if he’s going to need a lot of very good drugs. The younger one is getting an electronic keyboard; he’s going to be a very successful popstar. Plus, there are a couple of small things – toy bus, whoopie cushion, etc. Less than the national average, which, says the programme, is £500 per child, the second highest in the world. But not too bad,
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30 Football Cliches That Badly Need To Die

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You know that subtle annoyance you feel as you’re watching football on the TV? That niggling irritation you feel as you listen to football conversations in the pub? That impulse you can’t seem to control that makes you detox from football every fifth year of your life? Have no fear, for many of us share the same symptoms; we are all suffering from Football Cliche Aversion.

While your extreme responses are a good thing – this is just your immune system trying to protect you – you’re at greater risk of developing Cliche Syndrome yourself if you spend a lot of time digesting the views of football pundits and former players turned television personalities. The syndrome creeps up slowly: first you start quoting John Motson, then you’re laughing at Lineker’s jokes. Before you know it you’re fully parroting Alan Shearer with a bit of Lawro thrown in for poetic advantage,
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6 Current Newcastle Players Who Would Have Been Keegan’s Entertainers

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Steve McClaren’s men might be a million miles away from earning ‘The Entertainers’ tag awarded to Kevin Keegan’s class of ’96, but there are a few rare gems in the current squad that wouldn’t look out of place in the grandad-collared wearing clan.

Not exactly known for his tactical prowess, King Kev was the master of getting the best out of his players without, well, doing too much. Certain fans will argue this is the polar opposite of Steve McClaren, who has a wealth of underachievers in his ranks.

With little in common, other than being part of the former England managers club, it’s clear that McClaren would love to have a few of the old guard at his disposal – Les Ferdinand, Philippe Albert and later Alan Shearer to name a few.

But who exactly would make the transition the other way? Who
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Carlo Ancelotti Set For Astonishing Cameo In Star Trek Beyond

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Chelsea might have a struggle convincing the current third favourite (and intelligent pundit’s choice) to replace beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho, if former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti gets the acting bug and moves to Hollywood.

That might sound like the wild ravings of someone with a serious head injury, but it seems there is an actual possibility of it happening.

According to Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, the 56 year old is set for the most unlikely of cameos in Star Trek Beyond:

According to @Corriereit, @MrAncelotti will make a cameo role in the next "Star Trek Beyond" movie as a doctor. Scene filmed in Vancouver.

— Wf Commentaries (@worldfootballcm) October 23, 2015

It would seem that the Italian – who was wanted for the Milan job before he decided to take some time off from football – wants to follow in the footsteps of Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand and
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10 Shocking Newcastle United Failures

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It’s not often that I write a list where it’s harder to condense ideas rather than devise them but creating a feature involving unsuccessful players at Newcastle United is as simple as getting Brendan Rodgers to talk about himself.

The sorting process is relatively simple. You just have to ask three questions. Did the player play during Kevin Keegan’s 1995-96 or Bobby Robson’s 2001-04? Is the player Alan Shearer? Were they part of Alan Pardew’s remarkable fifth place finish in 2011-12? Right, now if the answer is no for each then they were probably a Tyneside failure.

Obviously there are a few exceptions (Antoine Sibierski for starters): a handful of players have escaped the shame of being placed on this list as my warm heart believes they were either poorly managed or not really expected to be any good in the first place.
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David Beckham tackles acting. Will he be the new Eric Cantona – or Stan Collymore?

As the footballer warms up for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur movie, we score the hits, misses and fouls of other athletes turned actors

Two questions spring to mind following the news that David Beckham has been given a cameo role in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur movie. Historians will know the answer to the first one. Would it be inaccurate for the knight he plays to strip down to his Y-fronts, disclosing enviable musculature and more than 30 tattoos?

The second question is even more pressing: Do sports stars have anything to offer acting other than short-term capitalisation on their former celebrity in clunking bit parts and fatuous comedy turns? Alan Shearer is a case in point. If you think the Newcastle United and England striker is the last word in wooden on Match of the Day, then you haven’t seen him in the 2000 football movie Purely Belter which,
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Akshay Kumar Gets Dizzy for The Global Goals Campaign

Check it out Akshay Kumar is dizzy and it is for a very good cause!

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The cause is the #dizzygoals challenge, a campaign for the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Launching at the United Nations General Assembly by 193 world leaders, The Global Goals are a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030.

Akshay Kumar, is the first Indian personality to get behind the #dizzygoals challenge. So what is the dizzy goals challenge you ask? Using the connection of ‘goals’, the dizzy goals challenge invites personalities and the public to run around a ball until they’re dizzy and then to try score a goal.

The above video was shot when Akshay Kumar took the hilarious challenge in Houston, USA during rehearsals for his sell-out concerts Fusion which also marks the superstar’s
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John Carver: “Mitrovic Is The Nearest Thing We’ve Had To Alan Shearer Since Alan Shearer”

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Former Newcastle United head coach John Carver thinks new £13 million signing Aleksandar Mitrovic is stylistically the closest striker The Magpies have had to Alan Shearer since the club’s record goal scorer retired nine years ago.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Goals On Sunday, the former United gaffer was full of praise for the former Anderlecht man but did see some disciplinary problems in his future.

Carver said: “He’s an old-fashioned centre-forward & he’s the nearest thing we’ve had to Alan Shearer since Alan Shearer.”

This is spectacular praise indeed for Mitrovic when you consider some of the strikers United have had in their ranks since Shearer decided to call it a day in 2006.

Demba Ba and Loic Remy were fantastic in their own right for The Toon during their respective spells at St James’ Park – but neither were really the sort of physical ‘number
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Every Player To Score On Their Newcastle Debut In The Premier League

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Georginio Wijnaldum certainly made the best impression possible at Newcastle United. Just 48 minutes into his Barclays Premier League debut for the Magpies, the £14.5 million summer signing from Psv Eindhoven rose in the Southampton area to meet a delicious Gabriel Obertan cross and power home a header.

Signed to add goals to a Toon midfield severely lacking in such an area – Wijnaldum netted 14 times in 33 league games as he captained Psv to the Eredivisie title last season – the 24-year-old Dutchman made the perfect start by delivering on his Newcastle bow.

Strangely, however, scoring on Premier League debuts is not something Newcastle United players have done very often since their first appearance in the reformed league in 1993-94.

In fact, Wijnaldum is just the seventh player to achieve such a feat. Michael Owen didn’t manage it. Demba Ba failed to do so. Heck, even Newcastle’s favourite son
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Jermaine Jenas – I Made Right Decision Choosing Newcastle Over “Glamorous” Man Utd

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Jermaine Jenas is adamant he made the “right decision” in choosing Newcastle United over the more “glamorous” option of Manchester United back in February 2002.

Then an 18-year-old at Nottingham Forest, the former England midfielder claims he had £5 million offers on the table from both Leeds United and the Magpies, as well as a £2 million bid from Man Utd.

With then-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson telling the midfielder he should move to Old Trafford because it was “an honour” to play for the Red Devils, Jenas instead decided to head to St James’ Park in order to feature week-in, week-out for Newcastle as Sir Bobby Robson had promised him he would.

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After arriving in the North East for £5 million in February 2002, Jenas went on to play 152 times for Newcastle, scoring on 12 occasions before Tottenham Hotspur tempted him away from the “goldfish bowl” of
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10 Players Newcastle Should Break Their Transfer Record For

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On the August 24th 2005, Newcastle United announced that they had agreed a record-breaking fee of £16.8 million to sign Michael Owen from Real Madrid.

Uncontrollable optimism seeped through St James’ Park as the former Real Madrid striker – clad in the black-and-white Northern Rock-sponsored kit – was presented to 15,000 ecstatic Geordies. The signing represented ambition, hope and a genuine first-class striker who fans could idolise in the way they had with Alan Shearer.

But the pedestal on which Owen stood as fans in the Sir John Hall stand gawped at their new No 10 has not been seen again in the ensuing 10 years. Deconstructed and slid into the St James’ Park storage cellar, ancient vibrations still circulating in the metal tubes are all that remain of that raucous applause and joyous celebration. Despite a couple of decent signings this summer, Aleksandar Mitrovic for £13 million and Georginio Wijnaldum for £14.5 million,
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Newcastle 1-0 Sacramento Republic – Nufc Match Ratings

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The second match of Newcastle United’s three-game American tour saw The Magpies battle to a 1-0 victory over Sacramento Republic.

James Kiffe scored an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime own-goal in the 48th minute to give United the slender victory. The defender showed shades of Alan Shearer vs. Everton to send a thunderous volley past his own keeper.

Of course, there is a never a “simple” friendly where the black and whites are concerned. This one, in the sweltering California heat, saw that mind-boggling Og, a disallowed effort, a controversial red card no less, elbows, great saves, an apoplectic Steve McClaren – oh, and a debut for the Magpies’ new £14.5 million man.

And yet there’s still some people on social media lamenting the contest for being a tad on the boring side…

If the match deciding goal wasn’t enough, unfortunately for Newcastle the game was overshadowed by the
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Watch Thierry Henry line up with Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer in mighty new Premier League advert

Sky Sports may have just released its mightiest Premier League advert yet.

Pundit and ex-Arsenal player Thierry Henry previews the 2015/16 season, joined by the likes of Wayne Rooney, Alan Shearer and Eric Cantona as Henry revisits some of the greatest moments in the League's history.

Henry has imposed himself into scenes including glorious goal scoring and celebrations, a rather vocal Roy Keane arguing near the changing rooms and managers invading the pitch following wins.

Henry even runs alongside himself on the pitch - celebrating a win for Arsenal.

Some of the players featured include Rooney, Shearer and Cantona, alongside Steven Gerrard and Sergio Aguero.

Closing the advert, Henry watches Chelsea celebrate winning the competition and tells the viewer directly: "That is why this is the best league... in the world."

The Premier League kicks off on Saturday, August 8.
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6 Reasons Why Newcastle Must Sign Aleksandar Mitrovic Rather Than Charlie Austin

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Have you all calmed down yet? Have you all learned how to pronounce Georginio Wijnaldum’s name? Well, guess what? There’s more. Newcastle United are hoping to add some strike-power to their ranks in the form of Anderlecht forward Aleksandar Mitrovic and have spoken about a five-year-deal, according to reports in Belgium.

The Belgian Pro-League side are holding out for €18 million in order to let their prized striker, who scored 28 goals in 51 games last season, leave the club. The Magpies who announced their first signing of the transfer window this morning are reportedly happy to pay Anderlecht’s asking price and hope to bring the player to Tyneside before they leave for their USA pre-season tour.

Newcastle have been also linked with Qpr striker Charlie Austin this summer but no official bid was made with the club making it clear they would not pay more
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5 Reasons Newcastle Must Sell Papiss Cisse (And 5 Why They Shouldn’t)

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Newcastle United supporters adore their No 9s. Players such as Hughie Gallagher, Jackie Milburn, Wyn Davies, Malcolm MacDonald, Andy Cole and, of course, Alan Shearer have adorned the iconic black-and-white jersey down the years, receiving the affection of the St James’ Park crowd as they hammered in goal upon goal.

To the supporters on the terraces at St James’ Park the player who has been given the responsibility of wearing the No 9 out on the field is not merely parading around in just another shirt – he is carrying the hopes and dreams of the Toon faithful.

For some, the number has proved a burden that has lain heavy on their back. Obafemi Martins, for example, simply could not live up to the huge weight of expectation that comes with the No 9 shirt on Tyneside.

But what about Papiss Cisse? The 30-year-old Senegalese international arrived at Newcastle
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