CMA Fest stars mix country with hip-hop and rock in memorable performances

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This year’s CMA Fest in Nashville has included some memorable moments, and Saturday night’s shows were no different.

Tim McGraw cranked out his biggest country hits, including “All I Want,” and “Southern Voice.”

But McGraw halted his show at one point to salute country star Randy Travis, who was in the audience.

Travis recently released new music six years after suffering a near-fatal stroke.

“Ladies and gentlemen, Randy Travis is right there in the front, come on,” McGraw said, according to the Tennessean of Nashville. “How much better can it be in Nashville than to be in a stadium and have Randy Travis on the front row?”

Tim McGraw performs during day 3 of the 2019 CMA Music Festival on June 8, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (Getty Images)

Also Saturday, singer Billy Ray Cyrus took the stage with Lil Nas X and Keith Urban for a performance of the hit country-hip hop hybrid song “Old Town Road,” the Tennessean reported.

The song was the center of controversy when it was removed from a Billboard country chart earlier this year.

Billy Ray Cyrus, left, and Lil Nas X perform at HOT 97 Summer Jam 2019 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, June 2, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (Associated Press)

On Friday night, it was a mix of country and rock as superstar Carrie Underwood was joined onstage by Joan Jett.

According to People magazine, the pair teamed up for five songs familiar to Jett’s fans: “Bad Reputation,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Fresh Start,” and “I Love Rock & Roll.”

Joan Jett, left, and Carrie Underwood perform during day 2 of the 2019 CMA Music Festival on June 7, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (Getty Images)

Underwood was fresh off her big night at the CMT Music Awards, taking home the show’s top honor with Video of the Year for “Cry Pretty.”

CMA Fest started Thursday with acts including Rascal Flatts and Florida Georgia Line.

The event will conclude Sunday with artists such as the Marshall Tucker band, Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan scheduled to perform.

The big-name artists have been performing at Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, while other shows have been held at nearby stages and amphitheaters.

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EU puts money first we put jobs first! Italy nails BATTLE OF BELIEFS ‘which will split EU’

The grave warning to the EU was made by political commentator Brian Maguire on Euronews after EU Parliament President Antonio Tajani gave a statement claiming populists in Italy were isolating the Mediterranean nation. Mr Tajani said: “Italy is isolated. When you shout, scream and insult then you remain alone and results are very modest.” Euronews host Tesa Arcilla asked Mr Maguire: “The Salvini-Le Pen alliance… does it seems that now he’s shopping for friends?

“Does it seem that Italy is actually more isolated now after the election results came?”

Without hesitation, Mr Maguire fired back: “Don’t underestimate Salvini.

“Salvini’s game is much bigger than that.

“He’s got problems with the budget deficit, with GDP and growth.

“Where he may find he has friends across bigger parts of the group is when it comes to reforming the eurozone.

“The eurozone prioritises inflation above employment – it is is a big north-west, east-west divide in Europe.

“There is, within the progressive groups, a strong desire to reshape the eurozone – to put employment first.

“If he does that, he may get somewhere towards what he’s looking for.”

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage snubbed Matteo Salvini’s invitation to join his band of eurosceptic MEPs in the European Parliament.

Mr Farage walked away from talks to join the Italian deputy prime minister’s anti-Brussels super bloc.

Mr Salvini was keen to secure the services of the 29 Brexit Party MEPs in order to gain a superior foothold in the EU Parliament’s decision-making processes.

But the Brexit Party chief announced he would not be joining the Italian’s Europe of Nations and Freedom when the new Parliament sits for the first time in July.

Mr Farage said: “I can confirm that this is not the case and that the Brexit Party will not be joining the ENF Group.

“Following a brief social meeting with a member of the ENF group last week there has been much speculation, fuelled by that individual, that the Brexit Party will join them in their European Parliament group.”

A number of Brexit Party MEPs have privately raised concerns about joining Mr Salvini and French eurosceptic Marine le Pen’s National Rally in a group because of their hardline views.

Mr Salvini is struggling to recruit numbers for his supergroup, with Poland’s Law and Justice and Hungary’s Fidesz.

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Kate was ‘tense’ with Meghan at Queen’s birthday celebrations says body language expert

The Duchess of Cambridge joined Camilla, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for the ride to London’s Horse Guards Parade for the Trooping the Colour parade yesterday.

Meghan beamed and chatted away to Kate Middleton as she made her first public appearance since giving birth to Archie, seemingly putting to bed long running “feud” claims.

But a body language expert studying yesterday’s pomp and ceremony – used to mark the Queen’s official birthday – has revealed Kate’s “posture” suggested otherwise.

“Kate’s non-verbal confidence signals have been increasing recently but the lack of relaxed splaying here suggested inner tension.

“It was clearly Meghan looking the happiest and most relaxed here, using a cheek-rounding, congruent-looking smile and eye contact as she chatted to Kate.”

The expert’s thoughts come after Daily Star Online reported that Meghan once attempted to put the “feud” to bed as rumours of a rift reached fever pitch.

The row apparently died down after Meghan and Harry moved out of Kensington Palace and into their new cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Despite this, royal fans hoping to see Meghan and Kate together on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the RAF flypast were left disappointed.

The Duchesses stood on opposite sides of the balcony as Kate and William’s son Prince Louis stole the show with his royal wave.

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Kate Garraway: ‘We must never forget the sacrifices our D-Day heroes made’

As I stood in glorious weather on the clifftops of Ver-sur-Mer beach in France this week, I struggled to ­comprehend the carnage our soldiers endured in the same spot 75 years ­earlier during the D-Day landings.

They were just boys really – some as young as 15.

Waiting to go into battle, watching the sun rise on a day they knew they might never live to see the end of. I have spoken to so many veterans this week and have been moved by every story.

There is no doubt they are all heroes, but none thinks of themselves as one.

We talked together in Normandy, where they had returned, not to celebrate their own endeavours but to pay tribute to others, to the comrades whose lives were lost – and to see their sacrifice at last rightfully recognised.

There hasn’t been a permanent memorial there for the British killed in these battles – until now.

So as I watched the veterans salute the official inauguration of one to be built on the very spot where so many of their friends lost their lives, I’m not ashamed to say I shed a tear.

And I wasn’t alone.

Young serving officers, the same age as the veterans were on D-Day, struggled to properly express to me how much admiration they clearly had for them, but it showed in the tender way they offered their arms to the veterans, now frail with age.

These young men and women told me how the veterans had reminded them of why they had joined the army in the first place – to fight for what’s right and to put others before themselves.

Wars today are more complicated.

Back then, the enemy was clearly evil, “our side” was clearly good.

In recent years, we have entered wars we have regretted, with aims that are unclear, but it reminded me that what we ask of our ­servicemen and women today is no less great, their sacrifice no less valuable.

The dignitaries present were clearly moved too. I noticed as I stood a few feet from Theresa May how she looked deep into each veteran’s eyes, simply and genuinely saying: “Thank you.”

She looked relaxed in their company, happy even, on her last public day as leader of the Conservative Party.

Maybe it was the veterans’ sense of duty that appealed to her – after all she has buckets of that herself.

Or maybe it was that if ever an event put the Westminster ­bickerings and backstabbings over Brexit into perspective, it was this, a time when a sense of common good over personal ambition took over.

The course of my own family’s history was changed by war.

My great-grandfather was shot dead in the trenches during the First World War.

They say you can’t die of a broken heart but I believe my great-grandmother did just that.

She passed away less than a year later.

My grandfather and his ­siblings suddenly became orphans and were split up into different foster homes.

But each carried a segment from a photograph that was found on the body of William when he died.

It was of his beloved family, burnt around the edges, no doubt from ­gunfire. It was all that was left.

I found it so touching that my grand-father cherished that little part of a photo so much and took such comfort from it.

We have heard a lot of stories of courage this week, and read about the bravery and sacrifice of the D-Day generation.

You may be feeling all “gratituded” out, but if you ever get the chance to stand on those beaches and think, really think, about what so many went through, I know you will be reminded that we can never say thank you enough.

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The Voice Kids host Emma Willis in tears over contestant’s emotional audition

The Voice Kids viewers were left in tears by contestant Sam on Saturday, with host Emma left moved backstage.

His father revealed ahead of his audition that after being diagnosed with leukaemia, his wife, Sam's mother, sadly suffered a rare complication and she passed away just 15 months before filming.

Sam’s music is said to have helped him and his family through the difficult time, with the 13-year-old performing at his mother’s funeral.

He took to the stage and performed Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan, and quickly impressed the coaches.

Danny Jones was first to turn his red chair, soon followed by Pixie Lott.

But at the end of his track, the judges were intrigued by his talents on the harmonica, with him singing while also playing the instrument during his perfomance.

He then revealed he could also play guitar, and even wrote his own songs.

Danny offered him his own guitar, and the coaches joined him on stage requesting he performed an original track.

Sam’s father and sister were backstage with Emma, watching in awe as Sam sang an emotional song, with Danny playing the harmonica.

It wasn’t long before host Emma was in tears over the special moment, and she wasn’t the only one.

Taking to Twitter , viewers praised the teenager admitting they were in tears.

One fan said: “Sam has moved me massively!!”

Another agreed: “I’m bawling at this boys song,” as a third said: “Awful to lose his Mum at such a young age, but the kid handles himself well.”

The Voice Kids airs next Saturday at 8pm on ITV.

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Women’s World Cup 2019 — From Lucy Bronze to Carli Lloyd, seven women to watch this summer – The Sun

YOUNG, gifted and female – meet the seven standout stars of this summer’s Women's World Cup.

And if you want to show your support by buying a shirt to match the players, this is where you can buy one the cheapest. Here's all you need to know about the biggest names at this year's tournament.


She missed Euro 2017 with a serious knee injury, so Kim most certainly has her eyes on the prize in France this year.

Back at Arsenal for a second stint after moving to US side Seattle Reign in 2014, the Aberdeen-born midfielder has 132 caps to her name.

Regarded as one of the most talented players in the tournament by her peers, Kim has been playing for Scotland at a senior level since the age of 16 and the national team would be lost without their vice captain.

  • WATCH: Scotland V England, today, 5pm


Often called the greatest female player of all time, Marta, who plays for Orlando Pride in the US, has the not-so-PC nickname “Pelé in a skirt” from, er, Pelé.

Women’s football was illegal in Brazil until 1979, but Marta has stuck two fingers up to the sexism around the game.

The striker has won the FIFA World Player of the Year a whopping six times and goes by one name. Like Cher.

  • WATCH: Brazil V Jamaica, today, 2.30pm.


She might be the oldest player on the American team, but with four World Cups, three Olympic Games and almost 300 caps under her belt, we’d have Carli in our squad any day.

The midfielder not only captained the US when they beat Japan to win the 2015 World Cup, but she also hit three of the winning five goals, becoming the first woman to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final.

The Sky Blue FC player also won the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament.

So no pressure this year, Carls.

  • WATCH: United States V Thailand, Tuesday, 8pm.


Widely considered to be the best player Down Under, Sam is the all-time leading goalscorer in the US National Women’s Soccer League (from when she was with Sky Blue FC and Chicago Red Stars) and the W-League in Australia.

She’s played for the Matildas (the Oz team’s nickname) since she was 15 and is set to earn more than half a million quid this year, thanks in part to becoming the face of a new Nike campaign.

Look out for her trademark backflip goal celebration.

  • WATCH: Australia V Italy, today, 12pm.


Aged 11 and unable to play for a local junior side due to an FA ban on mixed teams from Under-12s up, Lucy had to travel 45 miles from her home in Alnwick to Sunderland.

Now with France’s Olympique Lyon (the best-paid women’s sports team in the world – average salary £143,000), she was 2018 BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year.

Head coach Phil Neville called Lucy “phenomenal”. High praise indeed.

  • WATCH: England V Scotland, today, 5pm.


Perhaps the most iconic footballer of her generation, as a teen Lieke was always told women couldn’t play football.

The Barcelona midfielder sure showed them.

Thrust into the spotlight when Netherlands hosted and won Euro 2017, Lieke went on to bag FIFA Women’s Player and UEFA Women’s Player of the Year.

For the girl with a dream that didn’t exist (her words), she’s done OK, right?

  • WATCH: Netherlands V New Zealand, Tuesday, 2pm.


Wendie is captain and the biggest star at Olympique Lyon, but it’s not been an easy journey for the French defender.

Growing up on Martinique in the Caribbean, Wendie says she had to play “twice as hard and twice as smart” as the boys to earn respect.

And when she declared her teenage ambitions of becoming either a professional footballer or a flight attendant, her teacher told her the former was definitely not an option.

Luckily for France, it turns out it was.

  • WATCH: France V Norway, Wednesday, 8pm.

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Replica football shirts costing £107 made by sweatshop workers ‘on 75p an hour’

Replica football shirts selling for £107.90 are being churned out by factory workers earning “just 75p an hour”.

Followers of treble winners Manchester City will stump up the huge sum for their special edition shirt – while Chelsea fans will pay £102.90 for a top to mark their victory in Europe.

But the Nike shirts cost just an estimated £3 to produce.

And Thai workers making them are claimed to be earning a pitiful £7.53 for a 10-hour day.

For their £102.90, Chelsea and City fans get a shirt with their favourite player’s name, number and markings commemorating their club’s success.

City’s top-priced shirt hits £107.90 because it includes a shoulder badge.

Sales come as Chelsea won the Europa League and City the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.

Arsenal hoped to cash in too with a similar top at £109 but reduced it to £98.99 after they failed to win a trophy or qualify for the Champions League.

Unlike normal replicas, the shirts are made from easy breathe fabric and are identical to those worn by players.

But even Chelsea Supporters Trust said paying £102.90 was “particularly unfair as many supporters are already struggling with the financial commitment of buying season tickets”.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are marking their European Cup win with a Champions of Europe shirt at £86.99 – and £74.99 for juniors.

Back in Thailand, cam-paigners say Nike workers doing 60 hours a week receive £7.53 a day. The living wage of £17.60 a day is deemed sufficient to support an adult and two children.

The figures come from the fashion poverty charity Clean Clothes Campaign. It claims kit makers have failed to improve life for workers, insisting: “Poverty in the industry isn’t improving, it’s getting worse.”

Nike, Puma, Adidas and Under Armour have all been accused of failing to pay the living wage to a single worker anywhere in the world.

Nike make kits for Chelsea, Brighton, Watford and Tottenham.

Adidas are the brand behind Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester City’s kits. Puma will make Man City’s new kit, as well as Crystal Palace and Newcastle United’s.

A Clean Clothes Campaign report said dire conditions facing garment workers needed urgent improvement.

Author Anna Bryher said: “Our message to the brands is that human rights can’t wait and workers making the clothes sold in our shops must be paid enough to live with dignity.”

Campaigner Neva Nahtigal added: “Workers who make almost all the clothes we buy live in poverty, whilst huge brands get rich from their labour.

“It is time for brands to be held accountable for the system of exploitation they created and profit from.”

The prices for replica shirts rocket once the tops leave the factories. Nike pays Chelsea £60million a season for the licence to produce its replica kits.

City’s agreement with Nike ends next month and a new deal has been signed with Puma worth a reported £65million a year. Man United collect £75million a year from Adidas and sell about 1.5million kits annually.

They are made in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. United charged £110 for a short-sleeve “elite” top last season – made by workers paid just 64p per hour. Women working in the factory have previously told how they were ordered to make up to 100 shirts an hour. New Balance make Liverpool’s kit in The Philippines, where the minimum wage is £8 a day and conditions have been criticised.

Umbro, who make Bournemouth, Burnley and West Ham’s 2019/20 kits, also manufacture in Bangladesh, scene of the 2013 tragedy in which 1,134 textile workers died in the Rana Plaza collapse. Unions branded it “mass industrial homicide” after the badly-maintained building collapsed.

Brands have since promised to pay living wages and clean up their act. But the Clean Clothes Campaign claim the pledges are ignored by third-party suppliers who set pay rates.

Anna Bryher said: “Global brands and retailers have known for years the wages are not enough to live on, yet they continue to make empty promises while raking in massive profits.”

Kit makers defended themselves last night. Nike said: “Everyone in Nike’s supply chain has the right to compensation sufficient to meet basic needs and provide some discretionary income. Nike’s Code of Conduct requires suppliers to pay at least the local minimum wage, including premiums for overtime, benefits and compliance with social insurance regulations.”

Puma said its kits were made in China and Vietnam, adding: “We monitor our suppliers and our compliance program has been accredited by the Fair Labor Association since 2007. Our suppliers pay 21 per cent above minimum wages and 84 per cent above minimum wage when including overtime and bonuses.”

Adidas said its workers were among the “highest paid in the industry”. A spokesperson added: “We have strict procedures to ensure individuals are paid and treated fairly. All apparel suppliers in Cambodia are subject to audits.

“We are also one of the very few companies in the industry that has fully disclosed its global supplier list.”

A Chelsea spokesman said: “A number of supporters wish to celebrate our Europa League victory by purchasing a commemorative shirt and we are happy to cater for that market. But Chelsea FC sell the main replica shirt for £64.95 for adults and from £51.95 for children, in line with other leading European clubs.”

Man City were approached for comment but had not responded last night.

Prices are a kit in teeth say parents

By Stephen Hayward & Alex Miller

Parents last night accused brands of ripping supporters off over kit prices.

They reacted as five Premier League sides revealed price rises for their standard tops for next season – with some clubs tipped to follow suit.

Liverpool’s short sleeved junior shirt has shot up from £39.99 to £47.99 while Bournemouth’s new top has risen from £35 to £40.

Southampton and Brighton have increased their replica short sleeved shirts for kids from £40 to £42.

And Crystal Palace’s has gone up by the same amount, from £38 to £40.

Justine Roberts, founder of the Mumsnet website, said: “Each season they seem to get increasingly unaffordable. Eight out of 10 parents on Mumsnet believe football merchandise is ripping off families, with children’s shirts costing as much as £92.90.

“Sadly, many families don’t have a footballer’s pay packet to cover the cost.”

The Sunday Mirror checked kits at all 20 Premier League clubs. Of the nine short sleeved adult kits launched so far ahead of next season, five clubs have raised their prices while the other four have pegged them.

A Liverpool replica adult shirt now costs £59.99, up £5 from last season.

A source close to the club said Liverpool was working hard to keep its prices competitive. Southampton’s short-sleeved top has gone up from £50 to £55 while Bournemouth have increased theirs by £5 to £50.

Brighton and Crystal Palace are both charging an extra £2 – up to £52 and £50 respectively.

Manchester United, Chelsea, West Ham and Leicester have pegged their prices, with adult sizes ranging from £55 to £65. The replica kit market is worth £265million a year.

But club representatives have defended the rising cost to fans.

Bosses insist the new prices are in line with other top sides across Europe and that they reflect the investments made in design, innovation, development and manufacturing.

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Two Amish kids in horse-drawn buggy killed by drunk driver: cops

Two young Amish children were killed when a drunk driver in a pickup truck plowed into their family’s horse-drawn buggy in Michigan, according to a report Saturday.

A 2-year-old and 6-year-old died Friday when a pickup truck rear-ended the carriage, which was traveling on the side of a highway in the central town of Marshall, Michigan State Police Sgt. Todd Price told ABC News.

All seven people in the carriage, including five children and two adults, were thrown from it, according to the report.

Two kids, ages 3 and 4, and an adult woman were also critically injured.

The unnamed driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident, Price said. He is being held in Branch County Jail.

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Templegate's racing tips: Goodwood and Perth – Templegate's betting preview for racing on Sunday, June 9

CARRIE on winning at Perth.

CARRIE DES CHAMPS (2.15, nap) looks several steps ahead of these rivals.

She hasn’t done much wrong for trainer Gordon Elliott with three wins and a place from four bumper efforts.

Her debut over hurdles brought a win at Tipperary last time and there should be a lot more to come.

ELIGIBLE (5.15 Goodwood, nb) clocked a personal best on his first run as a three-year-old at Leicester last time.

That was a good third and he starts handicapping here from a fair mark. He wouldn’t have to improve much to strike.

PAPER STAR (3.05 Goodwood, treble) has been found a good chance to get off the mark by trainer Archie Watson.

He’s gone close on all three starts so far and this is a drop in class.

Templegate's treble

NAP 2.15 Perth – Carrie Des Champs: 'Her debut over hurdles brought a win' (Latest odds)

NEXT BEST 5.15 Goodwood – Eligible: 'He wouldn’t have to improve much to strike.' (Latest odds)

TREBLE  3.05 Goodwood – Paper Star: 'He’s gone close on all three starts' (Latest odds)


2.00 Mubhij

2.30 Lyrica’s Lion

3.05 Paper Star (treble)

3.40 October Storm

4.10 Boy In The Bar

4.45 Norma

5.15 Eligible (nb)



2.45 Copper West

3.20 Green Zone

3.55 Global Jackpot

4.25 Indian Temple

5.00 Always Tipsy

5.30 Keen On

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Chelsea 'revive interest' in £80m Leon Bailey to replace Eden Hazard but must wait for transfer ban to end

CHELSEA have reportedly 'revived their interest' in Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey.

But any hopes of signing the winger must be placed on hold for another year as the Blues serve their transfer ban.

Fifa have placed a two-window embargo on Chelsea making any signings because of their recruitment of foreign minors.

So they must hope no other side manages to convince Leverkusen to sell Bailey – or receive an unlikely reprieve from the Court of Arbitration for Sport to delay their ban.

The Mail on Sunday reckon the Blues could bid a whopping £80million for the rising star next summer.

Bailey, 21, would be seen as a replacement for Eden Hazard, who joined Real Madrid on Friday in a £130m deal, as well as Pedro and Willian who are both in their 30s.

He is the latest Leverkusen star to attract the interest of some of Europe's biggest clubs.

Julian Brandt has signed a five-year deal to move to Borussia Dortmund this summer and Kai Havertz looks set to make the switch to Bayern Munich next year.


Bailey may not have had his best season this term, registering just five goals and five assists, but his versatility and threat from both flanks could see Chelsea fork out a record transfer fee for him.

The Blues were among a host of top clubs tracking the star – who looks set to finally commit his international allegiance to Jamaica this summer – when he was leaving Genk in January 2017.

The Stamford Bridge club are tracking Ajax star David Neres, with Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool also keen.

It looks likely that Chelsea will have to settle with the current crop of players for the next season, though.

That means Christian Pulisic would be the only new signing after completing his move from Borussia Dortmund in January.

Mateo Kovacic will be allowed to make his loan from Real Madrid permanent if he signs for the club before his temporary spell expires.

But the rest of the squad Maurizio Sarri – or whoever is in charge next season – will be made up of players already on the books, including those returning from loans.

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