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France plans alcohol bans for matches in Lens

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France plans alcohol bans for matches in Lens

There will be a certain amount of mood dampening as French authorities plan to impose 24-hour alcohol bans in the Lens when the city hosts European Championship games.

The city’s main stadium, Stade Bollaert-Delelis will host four games next month, including the British derby between England and Wales in Group B.

The alcohol ban will run for 24 hours in Lens on June 16 for the British Derby, from 6am local time to 6 am the next day. Alcohol will be sold within the stadium but not in bars and stores, and French authorities will conduct searches in cars travelling to Lens.

Alcohol is only permitted in the fan zone since fans will not be allowed alcohol in the streets. Fans without tickets for the match or the fan zone were also being told not to travel.

Every other game (Albania-Switzerland, Czech Republic-Turkey, one round-of-16 match) in Lens will also be placed under the same restriction and the same amount of surveillance.

Northern Ireland has also qualified for the tournament, so there will be a British police presence across France to assist their French counterparts in Lens and other Euro 2016 host cities.

In addition, the city’s population of 32,000 citizens could very well be overwhelmed by ticketless

“There is no excuse for violence, disorder or anti-social behaviour at football matches,” said Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for football policing.

“Troublemakers will be dealt with by French police in line with their laws and can expect a banning order on return to the UK.”

Around 250,000 tickets have been sold for the tournament to Britons but police expect between 300,000 and 500,000 to travel to France.

Top seeds cruises into second round of French Open

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Top seeds cruises into second round of French Open

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, both tops seeds in the Roland Garros, cruises into the second round of the tournament with ease.

Having just celebrated his 29th birthday a few days ago (May 22nd), Novak Djokovic is striving for the only Grand Slam that has eluded him so far. He was defeated twice by Rafael Nadal in the grand final (on 2012 and 2014), and came just short of winning it once more against Stan Wawrinka last year.

Djokovic’s opponent, Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu managed to put up a fight against the Serb in the first set, but couldn’t reply much in the subsequent two sets. The match ended 6-4, 6-1, 6-1, as the Australian Open champion wins almost twice as many points as Lu, 92-55.

“Second and third sets were really good. I thought I found my rhythm. First set was up and down,” Djokovic said. “But I’ll take the positives out of it, and I’m hoping I can progress as the tournament goes on.”

He will be facing Belgium’s Steve Darcis in the next round, who has defeated Turkish qualifier Marsel Ilhan 6-3, 6-4, 6-0. Darcis was the first person to beat Rafael Nadal in the first round of a Grand Slam, at Wimbledon 2013.

In the Women’s category, retaining the French Open title became much easier for Serena Williams after two of the five seeded players exited the event.

In the Women’s category, retaining the French Open title became much easier for Serena Williams after two of the five seeded players exited the event.

Third seeded Angelique Kerber, who earned a surprise win over Williams in the Australian Open final in January, lost to 58th-ranked Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Joining her was fifth seed was Victoria Azarenka, one of the only other two women who defeated Williams this season. She called to stop the match after she injured her right knee while trailing 4-0 in the third set against 118th-ranked Karen Knapp of Italy.

Williams does her part in her quest for her career’s 22nd Grand Slam title, which would equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record. In just 42 minutes, she thrashed her opponent, 77th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-2, bagel.

“It was a little short for me, but I think in my career, if I don’t have it by now, I need to look into something different,” Williams said after the match. “So I’m OK – I’m OK with that.”

Dota 2 star Zai returns into the game after one-year hiatus

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Dota 2 star Zai returns into the game after one-year hiatus

Prodigious Dota 2 player Ludwig “zai” Wahlberg has signed on with Romania-based Kaipi as a support player, a year after staying on the sidelines.

One of the most lauded players in Dota 2, zai’s latest competitive appearance was in TI5 last year. The 18-year-old Swede then surprised everyone by choosing to complete his studies last fall, rather than to focus on of eSports’ more major disciplines.

Zai had stormed the Dota 2 scene in recent years – his support role in Evil Geniuses already earned him universal acclaim since 2014. His playmaking is consistent and is always capable of pushing every hero’s farming ability to the max.

He then joined Team Secret in the next year, where he played in his preferred offlane role and contributed heavily to the team’s dominating tournament spree in the summer of 2015.

Although his 8-month period with the team had been nothing short of being utterly successful, he revealed that he will go on hiatus in an interview with DotaBlast last June.

At present, Zai will play support for Kaipi, replacing “Masakary” Nechifor on the roster and compete alongside former Cloud9-duo Pittner “bOne7” Armand and WehSing “SingSing” Yuen.

“After a successful TI5 open qualifier run, disappointing regional qualifier request, and failing to reach the main qualifiers for Starladder and The Summit, we decided it was time for a change,” Joe Eastham, team manager of Kaipi had explained.

“Masakary was the player to make way and we thank him for all his help,” he added. “Bone7 had been speaking to Zai for a few weeks and he decided to join us on Monday evening to join us on our quest to win TI6!”

Indeed, Kaipi will likely be among the teams that would compete in the upcoming International qualifiers. Everyone will not pull their punches as the tournament’s prize pool steadily increases despite having just breached the $7 million mark.