Premier League betting tips TODAY: Chelsea vs Palace, Arsenal vs Leicester goal fest and Greenwood on target on Thursday – The Sun

IT'S hotting up at both ends of the table as the Premier League approaches the final few games of the season.

With another packed midweek schedule to get through, we've betting tips to bring you from three of the biggest matches in the top-flight over the next few days.

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea (Tonight, 6pm)

This race for Europe isn't half bad, is it?

With the title race already sewn up and the three teams in the relegation zone failing to take advantage of each other losing, the top four tussle is where it's at right now.

A fortnight ago Chelsea were in the driving seat, but that defeat to West Ham has opened the door for a resurgent Man Utd to come storming up the table.

Victory last time out over Watford was as comfortable as you'll get in this league, with the Hornets passive in possession and with their mind seemingly on a more winnable clash against Norwich.

The Blues still have to face Sheffield United, Liverpool and Wolves this season so Frank Lampard will know the importance of this one.

Palace's victory over Bournemouth gave them a third-straight Premier League win when the Eagles resumed their season, prompting outlandish predictions of a European push.

Sadly the wheels came off that one fairly quick – if they were even connected at all – with Palace now reeling from three successive defeats.

They've failed to score in any of those matches and with nothing left to play for but pride, we can see a similar result here.

Chelsea's loss at the London Stadium gave them the kick up the backside they needed to focus on the task at hand – and we're taking them to get three points on the road.

Palace have lost four of the last five meetings between the sides on this ground, failing to score in three of those occasions.

Roy Hodgson's men could only muster one shot on target against Leicester and we foresee another long evening for them.

Back Chelsea to win to nil at a big 13/10, while there have been an average of just 2.1 goals per game in Palace home matches this season.

That's the second lowest in the league, just ahead of Sheffield United.

All the value is with under 2.5 goals at 10/11, despite Chelsea's leaky defence on the road this term.

Willian could still be set for a move away from the Bridge when the season ends, but he's in a rich vein of form which includes six goals in his last seven.

Along with Christian Pulisic at 3/2, he's the value pick at 2/1 to notch at anytime – especially as he'll be on freekicks and penalties.

SunSport best bets

  • Chelsea to win to nil: 13/10
  • Under 2.5 goals at Selhurst Park: 10/11
  • Willian on the scoresheet: 2/1

Arsenal vs Leicester (Tonight, 8.15pm)

It's anyone's guess which Arsenal decide to turn up in this one.

Will it be the hardworking, cohesive unit we saw in the excellent win over Wolves or the calamitous, defensively shambolic rabble we saw against Man City and Brighton?

Gunners fans, of course, will hope for the former – and this is a game which could ultimately make or break Arsenal's Premier League campaign.

Four wins on the spin in all competitions have kept the European dream alive and three points here would go a long way to ensuring that continues.

But Leicester, who ended their winless run after lockdown against Crystal Palace last time out, might have something to say about that.

The Foxes haven't been up to their usual high standards following the restart, but in that 3-0 victory finally looked like the team who were comfortably clear in third before Covid-19 intervened.

One thing that is against Brendan Rodger's side though is their horrendous record on this ground.

In their 14 visits to North London since 1995, Leicester have lost TWELVE of those and won none. Rough.

Even in their great title winning success of 2015/16, one of the Foxes three defeats all season was at the Emirates.

And without a win in five Premier League games on the road, the stats don't lie as they say.

We tend to leave Arsenal alone in the results market in this column – so why break with tradition?

One thing this Leicester do is score goals and despite their recent issues on the road in 2019/20, they have netted 30 in 16 road games this season.

That's the third best in the league, only behind Chelsea and Man City.

Get on both teams to score at 8/13 and consider that your midweek banker.

Combining the BTTS with over 2.5 goals will give you a healthy 21/20, but we prefer a play on the 1st half market.

Both sides will be out to make a fast start, with over 1.5 goals in the first half a whopping 7/4 – don't miss out on a price like that.

Nicolas Pepe missed the win over Wolves after his wife went into labour just before the game.

He'll be fresh as a daisy for this one and likely to start, with two goals in four games since football returned.

Grab the 14/5 on him to net anytime, which is £38 from a tenner. That's massive.

SunSport's best bets

  • Both teams to score at Emirates: 8/13
  • Over 1.5 goals in first half: 7/4
  • Nicolas Pepe to bag at anytime: 14/5

Aston Villa vs Man Utd (Thursday, 8.15pm)

It's full steam ahead for United's unlikely European charge, with the Red Devils now 4/11 to finish in the top four.

Just before Christmas, you could get 12/1.

The turnaround at Old Trafford has been stark, although there were chinks in the defensive armour in their 5-2 win over Bournemouth.

Just ask Harry Maguire.

But ultimately if you're scoring five at one end, the defence has to have an absolute mare to prevent you picking up the three points.

Villa have yet to win since returning to action and held their own for 70 minutes against a Liverpool in second gear.

With Palace, Everton, Arsenal and West Ham to come, anything they pick up here is a bonus.

Do we think they'll get anything? Sadly for those of you in the second city, we don't.

In Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, United have a centre-midfield pairing at the peak of their powers.

Villa will have to contain the Portuguese playmaker if they're to have any success on Thursday – but that just frees up the Frenchman to pull the strings.

Mason Greenwood has flourished since returning to action and looks like he's spent three months of lockdown with a dumbbell attached to each arm.

That new-found strength, combined with his fast feet and eye for goal, make him a huge threat going forward.

Villa haven't beaten Man Utd at home since 1999 and are 9/1 to do so here.

Leave that well alone and instead back the Red Devils to win this one comfortably on the handicap.

Man Utd -1, which means Villa have a goal head-start, is a 10/11 shot and our confident punt for this one.

That has won on all three of United's last three Premier League victories, making them a completely different beast to the meek team the Villans took a point off back in December.

This new-look United team like to start on the front foot, making evens for them to be winning at both half time and full time a big price.
And if you want to play a bit safer, a goal in either half is very backable at 4/7.

Greenwood looks set to play a role once again and is a dizzy 15/8 to net at anytime.

As ever with goalscorer bets, check the team first, but if the 18-year-old plays that is a HUGE price for a player with three goals in his last two games.

While we're on the subject of big prices, have a quick scan of the ante-post prices for next year.

United, unbeaten in 15 games, are 12/1 for the title. Remember they were 12/1 on a top four finish six months ago…?

Taking that price EACH-WAY now could be a masterstroke if they start the next campaign like a train – that means you'd get a payout on Ole's side finishing either first or second next term.

Over the last 20 Premier League matches, they're level on points with second-placed Man City. 12/1? Just saying.

SunSport's best bets

  • Man Utd to win on -1 handicap: 10/11
  • Red Devils to be winning at HT and FT: evens
  • A goal to be scored in each half: 4/7
  • Mason Greenwood on the scoresheet again: 15/8
  • Man Utd to finish first or second next season (title each way): 12/1

*All odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.

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Facebook needs to get better at removing hate speech, COO says

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg says the social media giant has to ‘get better’ at removing ‘hate speech’ after hundreds of companies pull advertising in boycott over policies

  • Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Tuesday the social media giant has to ‘get better’ at removing hate speech
  • It marks her first comments since hundreds of businesses, including Coca-Cola and Starbucks, started pulling advertising last month as part of a boycott 
  • Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg are due to meet virtually on Tuesday with organizers of the Stop Hate For Profit boycott
  • Facebook has been facing increasing pressure in recent weeks to clamp down in content that promotes racism and violence 
  • More than 650 advertisers have since joined the boycott that calls for the tech giant to do more to prevent racist and hate-filled posts on its site 

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg says the social media giant has to ‘get better’ at removing hate speech from its platform in the wake of an advertiser boycott.

In a lengthy Facebook post on Tuesday, Sandberg said the social media company has made progress in removing hateful content but has a ‘big responsibility’ to get better. 

It marks her first public comments since hundreds of businesses, including Coca-Cola and Starbucks, started pulling advertising last month as part of a boycott over hate speech on the site. 

‘Facebook stands firmly against hate. Being a platform where everyone can make their voice heard is core to our mission, but that doesn’t mean it’s acceptable for people to spread hate. It’s not,’ Sandberg wrote. 

‘We have clear policies against hate – and we strive constantly to get better and faster at enforcing them. We have made real progress over the years, but this work is never finished and we know what a big responsibility Facebook has to get better at finding and removing hateful content.’ 

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg says the social media giant has to ‘get better’ at removing hate speech from its platform in the wake of an advertiser boycott

Sandberg’s statement came just hours before she and CEO Mark Zuckerberg were scheduled to meet virtually with organizers of the Stop Hate For Profit boycott that is being run by leaders from the NAACP and Anti-Defamation League. 

Facebook has been facing increasing pressure in recent weeks to clamp down in content that promotes racism and violence. 

More than 650 advertisers have since joined the boycott that calls for the tech giant to do more to prevent racist and hate-filled posts on its site.

Zuckerberg has previously said he will not change the company’s policy based on ‘a threat’ to revenue but based on ‘the right things’ for the Facebook community.

Meanwhile in her post, Sandberg said that in addition to meeting with the boycott organizers, Facebook was also due on Wednesday to release its civil rights audit, which is a review of the company’s policies that was initiated two years ago. 

‘We are making changes – not for financial reasons or advertiser pressure, but because it is the right thing to do. We have worked for years to try to minimize the presence of hate on our platform. That’s why we agreed to undertake the civil rights audit two years ago,’ she said. 

‘Over many years, we’ve spent billions of dollars on teams and technology to find and remove hate – as well as protect the integrity of our platform more generally – and have become a pioneer in using artificial intelligence technology to remove hateful content at scale. We are working hard every day to enforce our policies with ever greater precision and speed. 

In a lengthy Facebook post on Tuesday, Sandberg said the social media company has made progress in removing hateful content but has a ‘big responsibility’ to get better

Sandberg’s statement came just hours before she and CEO Mark Zuckerberg were scheduled to meet virtually with organizers of the Stop Hate For Profit boycott that is being run by leaders from the NAACP and Anti-Defamation League

‘We are never going to be perfect, but we care about this deeply. We will continue to listen and learn and work in the weeks, months and years ahead.’

Sandberg’s comments come a week after Zuckerberg told Facebook employees that the company was ‘not gonna change’ its policies on ‘hate speech’ – despite the company’s share price dropping $60 billion and more than $7 billion being wiped from his personal wealth. 

‘We’re not gonna change our policies or approach on anything because of a threat to a small per cent of our revenue, or to any percent of our revenue,’ said Zuckerberg, according to The Information.

‘My guess is that all these advertisers will be back on the platform soon enough.’ 

Coca-Cola, Ford, Starbucks, Verizon, Adidas, Dunkin Donuts, LEGO, Consumer Reports, Target, Best Buy and Clorox are among those who have joined the boycott. 

The boycott was started by civil-rights groups including the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change on June 17.  

In response to the boycott, a Facebook spokeswoman said last week that the company invests billions each year to ensure safety and continuously works with outside experts to review and update its policies.

The company has banned 250 white supremacist organizations from Facebook and Instagram, she said, adding that the company’s substantial investment artificial intelligence technology allows Facebook to find nearly 90 per cent of hate speech before users report it.

‘We know we have more work to do, and we’ll continue to work with civil rights groups, GARM, and other experts to develop even more tools, technology and policies to continue this fight,’ the spokesperson said.

Who is behind the Stop Hate for Profit campaign? 

On June 17, Color Of Change along with the NAACP, ADL, Sleeping Giants, Free Press, and Common Sense Media authored an open letter asking corporations to cease advertising on Facebook for the month of July.

These are the key figures behind those organizations:

Rashad Robinson – Color of Change President

Founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Rashad Robinson joined Color of Change in 2011. 

Rashad Robinson

An American civil rights leader, Robinson has been behind a number of the organizations initiatives, including a campaign to pull funding from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization responsible for the ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws implicated in the Florida death of Trayvon Martin in 2012.

Robinson was also behind the group’s successful efforts to persuade businesses, including Mastercard and PayPal to stop accepting payments from white nationalist groups.

Of the social media ad boycott campaign leveled against Facebook, Robinson insisted it has been ‘a long time coming’. 

‘Facebook has given [advertisers] no other option because of their failure, time and time again, to address the very real and the very visible problems on their platform.’

Jim Steyer – Common Sense Media CEO  

Steyer, an American civil rights attorney, founded Common Sense Media in 2003.

Jim Steyer

The non-profit focuses on the effects that media and technology may have on young users.

Steyer played a major role in in the passage of a 2005 California law restricting the sale of violent video games, which was later struck down by the Supreme Court.

He was also a supporter of California’s Eraser Bill, which allows children in the state under 18 to remove their postings from social media websites.

Steyer said his decision to support the Stop Hate for Profit Campaign was spurred by the protests against police brutality.

‘I will admit, we did not expect that this would take off to this extent so quickly with so many of the most important advertisers in the United States and globally joining in,’ Steyer told NPR. ‘It just shows that they are frustrated, too, and that they share our concerns about democratic norms, about civic discourse and about what’s going on Facebook and Instagram.’

Derrick Johnson – NAACP CEO 

Johnson became the President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in October 2017.

Derrick Johnson

He is also the founder of the Mississippi nonprofit group One Voice Inc., which aims to improve quality of life for African Americans through public engagement.

Johnson, with the NAACP, was behind the June 18, 2020 Supreme Court case in which SCOTUS prevented President Trump’s administration from rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for young immigrants.

Johnson has since blasted Facebook for a ‘flagrant disregard the website has shown the Mississippi nonprofit group One Voice Inc., which aims to improve quality of life for African Americans through public engagement.

‘Facebook is ultimately damaging its credibility with the American public, and any company that wants to avoid doing the same should send a message that we will no longer accept disinformation during this critical time.’ 

Jonathan Greenblatt – Director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League 

Prior to heading up the ADL, Greenblatt served in the White House as Special Assistant to Barack Obama and Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civil Participation.

Jonathan Greenblatt

As Director, he led the efforts to utilize human capital and financial capital to bring attention to community solutions, focusing on issues such as national service, civil engagement, impact investing and social enterprise.

Greenblatt was involved in a number of administration priorities, including gun violence prevention. He left the administration in 2014 and was succeeded by David Wilkinson.

 Greenblatt also founded All for Good (AFG), an open source platform dedicated to enable more Americans to serve and volunteer within their communities.

Matt Rivitz – Sleeping Giants founder

Rivitz initially operated Sleeping Giants completely anonymously until July 2018, when he was identified by the Daily Caller.

Matt Rivitz

The social media activism organization aims to persuade companies to remove advertisements from conservative news outlets.

Rivitz campaign started shortly after Donald Trump’s election in November 2016, in which he called for brands to boycott Breitbart News.  

Rivitz successfully convinced the likes of AT&T and Kellogs to cease advertising on the news website, with thousands following suit by May 2017.

Sleeping Giants was involved in the campaign pressuring advertisers to drop The O’Reilly Factor after the discovery of five sexual harassment settlements by host Bill O’Reilly and Fox News, which resulted in the show’s cancellation.

Jessica J Gonzalez – Co-CEO of Free Press

Gonzalez is an attorney and racial justice advocate, who was announced as Co-CEO alongside Craig Aaron in January 2020. 

Jessica Gonzalez

A former Lifeline recipient, Gonzalez has been behind a number of efforts to prevent President Trump from making substantial cuts to the program, which provides phone-and-internet access for low-income people.

She was part of the legal team that overturned a Trump FCC decision regarding net neutrality. 

Gonzalez also co-founded Change the Terms, a coalition of more than 50 civil- and digital-rights groups that works to disrupt online hate. 

Responding to the news that Facebook was addressing concerns raised by the Stop Hate for Profit campaign, Gonzalez said:

‘While these changes are important, Facebook is doing the bare minimum to stop hate on its platform. We’ll be watching carefully to ensure that Zuckerberg follows through on these promises, and we’ll carry on with our fight for more holistic change at the company through our work with the Change the Terms and Stop Hate for Profit coalitions.

‘Facebook must understand that enabling the spread of hate speech comes at a huge financial cost. The country is changing. We’re at a pivotal moment in the fight for the rights of Black and Brown people. Unless Facebook changes and takes crucial steps to curtail the spread of racism and bigotry, it will continue to suffer consequences.

‘Our fight for justice at Facebook is far from over. Until we see far more comprehensive reforms to Facebook’s policies and practices, our advertiser boycott and our push to get Facebook to adopt Change the Terms’ corporate model policies to disrupt hateful activities on its sites will remain in effect’ 

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Antiques Roadshow to return to TV with closed set and small audience

Antiques Roadshow returns: TV favourite will say goodbye to the stately homes when it begins again with closed set and invited audience to stop spread of Covid

  • Antiques Roadshow will return this summer but will be filmed on a closed set
  • The show, like many others, had to postpone due to the coronavirus pandemic 
  • Presenter Fiona Bruce will return, while a ‘small audience’ will be welcomed 

Antiques Roadshow will return this summer but will be filmed on a closed set with a small invited audience, the BBC has said.

It will be the first time in more than 40 years that the programme will be filmed on a closed set, to allow for precautions against the spread of coronavirus.

Episodes are usually filmed as large open events at castles and stately homes. The show, like many others, had to postpone due to the coronavirus pandemic and is only now getting back on its feet.

Presenter Fiona Bruce and the team of experts will return and viewers are already being asked to contact the programme about their heirlooms.

Antiques Roadshow will return this summer but will be filmed on a closed set with a small invited audience, the BBC has said 

Bruce said: ‘Normally we welcome around 5,000 people to each Antiques Roadshow, but of course in these extraordinary times we will have to do things very differently.

‘We’ve come up with a new way to safely film the show yet still bring you amazing items and stories. I can’t wait to see what treasures you have hidden in your homes.’

Robert Murphy, series editor for BBC Studios, said: ‘To keep everybody safe and comply with current Government and WHO regulations we have planned our filming days very differently this year.

‘We’ve come up with a new way to safely film the show yet still bring you amazing items and stories,’ said Antiques Roadshow host Fiona Bruce

‘We won’t be holding large open events, but we will be inviting people who have written in advance to attend.

‘Our team of experts are looking forward to seeing your heirlooms and finds so do go to our website and let us know about your treasures. 

‘We could be inviting you on the show to find out if that mystery object that’s been gathering dust all these years is actually worth a fortune!’

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Meghan Markle to Speak at the 2020 Girl Up Global Leadership Summit

The Duchess of Sussex is set to make one of her first public addresses next week. It was revealed this morning that Meghan would be a featured speaker at this year’s virtual Girl Up Global Leadership Summit.

Per the organization’s official website, Girl Up is a leadership initiative that has worked with 65,000 girls via 3,500 clubs in nearly 120 countries and all 50 United States, working to inspire a generation of young women to be a force for gender equality and social change. The organization took to Twitter to announce the duchess’s upcoming appearance.

“The present is female! But don’t take our word for it. Hear Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex’s advice for global girls leaders when she takes the stage at the 2020 @GirlUp Leadership Summit, happening virtually July 13-15!” read the official tweet breaking the news.

Though Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, have continued to participate in a number of Zoom calls and video chats with respective organizations and charities since working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic, their conversations have often been privately scheduled, recorded, then released to the public on a later date. Meghan’s upcoming speech at the Girl Up conference, however, marks one of the first publicized and openly promoted appearances from the duchess since stepping down as a senior working member of the royal family back in March.

The news of the duchess’s virtual address follows the announcement that she and Harry signed on to be represented by the New York–based Harry Walker Agency, the same speaking engagement firm that represents the likes of Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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Fernando Alonso set to confirm Lewis Hamilton rivalry is back on in F1 and become Renault driver for 2021 season

FERNANDO ALONSO is poised to reignite his rivalry with Lewis Hamilton as the Spaniard nears a sensational return to Formula One.

Alonso, 38, is expected to be confirmed as a Renault driver for the 2021 season as a replacement for McLaren-bound Daniel Ricciardo.

SunSport understands that an announcement could be made as early as tomorrow that he has signed a two-year deal worth around £30million.

He has been out of the sport since he left McLaren in 2018 and has been focusing on racing in IndyCar and the World Endurance Championship.

Alonso, who started his F1 career at Minardi, enjoyed two successful spells at Renault between 2003 and 2009, winning two world titles in '05, and '06.

But it was his time at McLaren in 2007 when he went up against Hamilton – who is nearing a one-race ban – where the two fell out spectacularly.

Their rivalry spilled over amid accusations of favoritism towards Hamilton and resulted in Alonso quitting the team to return to Renault the following year.

Alonso switched to Ferrari in 2010 and during his five years with the team he finished second in the championship on three occasions.

Another big-money move, this time back to McLaren, backfired as the team endured a miserable time with engine suppliers Honda.

Alonso publicly humiliated the Japanese company frequently, none more so than when he pulled up a deckchair at the Brazilian GP in 2015 after an engine failure in qualifying.

When he left in 2018, it felt like he was slipping out the backdoor.

Widely regarded as one of the best, he has two F1 titles as his undeniable talent was limited due to moving to the wrong team at the wrong time.

But Alonso – who last year labelled Hamilton a hypocrite – never closed the door on F1 and he never mentioned retirement. Instead he set about winning the Triple Crown.

Admittedly, it was not really a thing until he made it such, but nonetheless he now needs a victory in the Indy500 to complete the set of victories at Le Mans 24 Hours and Monaco F1 GP.

Alonso's task at Renault will be to increase their competitiveness.

The French car giant has invested heavily in its F1 programme. However, they have been disappointing at best.

Ricciardo was a high-profile signing from Red Bull but has already jumped ship after feeling let down by the team's promises.

The works team has been upstaged by customers, McLaren, who themselves are ditching Renault's engines for next season in favour of better Mercedes ones.

As it stands, despite Renault's substantial outlay to increase the production of their engines, they currently have no orders in the book beyond 2020.

As for Renault boss, Cyril Abiteboul, Alonso's expected arrival will signal one final roll of the dice.

There were already rumblings that the car company would quit F1 and seeing another expensive flop could prove to be the final straw.

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Beauty and Fashion

How to tackle runner's face and stop your fitness routine wrecking your skin

Though you might not have heard of the term runner’s face, it’s certainly a concern for those who love pounding the pavement.

With so many of us developing a new passion for running outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic – including a massive 92% rise in people signing up to the Couch to 5K app – and with many being reluctant to return gyms and fitness studios while the country eases out of lockdown, the running community will only continue to grow.

John Lewis has seen a dramatic increase of 72% in online sales of running shoes since lockdown began, so it’s clear to see that more and more people are loving the joy of the great outdoors.

The benefits of running are many, both from a physical perspective and in terms of improving your mental health, thanks to the endorphin buzz you get after completing your favourite route. However, one of the negative effects of taking up this time-honoured hobby is the toll it takes on your skin.

By bouncing up and down on a hard surface for a sustained period of time, you play havoc with your skin’s elasticity and plumpness. The more you run, the more you’ll need to pay more attention to the effect it’s having on your face. Whether you prefer to sprint or jog on your runs, you will gradually expect a loss of volume and skin elasticity, leading to sagging skin and sunken cheekbones, the effects of which have the same results as premature ageing.

Aesthetic doctor Dr David Jack explains some of the many concerns he receives from his patients about the impact of running causing ageing, telling ‘Over time, repeated exposure to UV light from the sun can have a negative impact on the skin in many ways (pigmentation, reduced collagen/elastin levels and general DNA damage), and running often will cause a reduction in body fat levels which are often more obvious on the face than elsewhere.

‘There may also be a slightly increased level of oxidative damage to the skin from anaerobic exercise.’

The good news is there are several solutions to prevent that runner’s face look.

‘The main thing is to use an SPF and cleanse the skin straight after exercise and performing a lymphatic drainage massage technique on clean skin with a little oil, which is excellent for lifting and reducing excessive tissue fluid,’ notes Dr David. ‘Plus, apply an antioxidant serum before and after running is also important to reverse some of the oxidative damage to the skin.’

Now you’ve got the perfect running kit at the ready, it’s time to add a few secret weapons to your running kitbag to keep your face as toned as the rest of your body.

Your new runner’s face checklist:

Stating the obvious here but hydrating with water is key pre- and post-run to prevent dehydration.

Introduce Gua Sha or facial massage into your skincare routine – particularly after a run. Designed to relieve tension in the muscles of the face, boost circulation, and encourage lymphatic drainage to lift, sculpt and tone cheekbones, it essentially retrains the muscles of the face after the hours of impact it receives during your runs.

Another no brainer, but before any workout outdoors, use sun protection. Dr David Jack recommends his All Day Long lightweight moisturiser with added SPF50, £89, especially during the summer months, to prevent sunburn and premature ageing – this simple step will go a long way.

Book in for a weekly FaceGym virtual PT 1-2-1 digital face training session concentrating on the lower face to lift and contour after a run. A FaceGym expert trainer will demonstrate the key facial exercises to get your face fit, which will help defy gravity as well as lifting, sculpting and improving muscle tone around the neck, jowls and cheeks. Goodbye runner’s face, hello cheekbones.

Invest in an antioxidant serum, like Aesop Parsley Seed anti-oxidant serum, £55 or Skinceuticals C E Ferulic, £140 – pricey but mighty powerful in delivering a major dose of protection.

Apply FaceGym Spirulina Training Stick, £38.50 before a run. Infused with MyoSKINFIT and Bidens Pilosa extract, which helps to strengthen skin and improve elasticity while you run, all you need is a quick sweep across the face before a run and to let the stick work its wonders.

Invest in a good pair of running sunglasses with UVA and UVB defence, which will prevent frowning when running. It’s hard to find a stylish pair that perform without slipping down your face. SunGod is a great shout for all outdoor sports and ticks the boxes for practicality, UV-protection, style and affordability.

A visor is also another good option to shield you from the sun – Lululemon stock a range of colours to complement your workout mood.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda responds to critics calling to cancel ‘Hamilton’

In the wake of recent Black Lives Matter protests, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multi-Tony-winning “Hamilton” has fallen under scrutiny over its glorification of slave owners.

Miranda, 40, took to Twitter on Monday to respond to those critics.

This wave of criticism stems from the buzzy July 3 release of the show’s movie version on the streaming service Disney Plus, more than a year ahead of schedule, bringing with it a much wider audience.

On Sunday, Tracy Clayton — host of the Netflix podcast “Strong Black Legends” — tweeted that “‘Hamilton’ the play and the movie were given to us in two different worlds & our willingness to interrogate things in this way feels like a clear sign of change.” In her thread, which earned 32,000 likes, she goes on to say that “‘Hamilton’ is a flawed play about flawed people written by an imperfect person that gave my flawed and imperfect little life a big boost when i needed it most … but i do appreciate the change this illustrates & will be following the convo’s evolution.”

“Appreciate you so much,” Miranda tweeted on Monday morning in response to her tweet. “All the criticisms are valid. The sheer tonnage of complexities & failings of these people I couldn’t get. Or wrestled with but cut. I took 6 years and fit as much as I could in a 2.5 hour musical. Did my best. It’s all fair game.”

The show, which quickly launched to theatrical fame after debuting in 2015, focuses on Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers who became known for promoting the abolition of the international slave trade in New York City. But, as the Daily Mail notes, Hamilton married into a New York slave-holding family and managed the sale of slaves. Separately, Hamilton — who never appeared to own slaves — did accounting for a trading company in his native Caribbean that participated in the slave trade.

The show, which famously cast primarily actors of color to play white historical figures, has long been discussed as problematic. One point of criticism: His relationships with other founding fathers, like George Washington — shown as his father figure in the play — who was a slave owner.

These points drove social-media users to push to cancel the show following the streaming release over the weekend. On Saturday, actor and director Michael Rapaport tweeted, “Is it time to discuss canceling #hamiltonmusical? Celebrating a singing George Washington?”

But not all were on board.

Replied one user: “Sorry mike…normally I’m with you but nah don’t hate on Hamilton. One of the best from [Miranda].”

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TV and Movies

Amber Howard Wants to Make Game Streaming More Diverse

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Amber Howard with her talent. From left to right: Howard’s intern, Meg Turney, Harris Heller, Soleil “Ewok” Wheeler, Sam Seum, Stefan “Datto” Jonke, Brittani Johnson.

Why Talent Agent Amber Howard Wants to Make Game Streaming More Diverse

“I want to see that there are other people in the industry that represent who I am,” Howard tells TheWrap

Talent agent Amber Howard joined TalentX Gaming to lead its talent discovery and management division with plans to give the traditionally white male-dominated streaming industry an image overhaul. 

TalentX Gaming, also called TXG, launched in May as a joint venture between esports organization ReKT Global and social media management firm TalentX Entertainment.

“When I’m looking at talent, I want to see people that look like me. It’s no different in gaming,” Howard, who is Black, told TheWrap. “I want to see people who look like me. I want to see that there are other people in the industry that represent who I am.”

A former talent relations manager for the NFL, IMG and A3, Howard brought a small roster of streaming talent with her to TXG. They included Soleil “Ewok” Wheeler, a deaf 14-year-old “Fortnite” player who has over 129,000 subscribers on YouTube and nearly 175,000 on Microsoft’s Mixer platform (which will cease operations July 22). Wheeler signed with gaming brand and esports team owner FaZe Clan in July 2019 and is the organization’s first and only female recruit in its ten-year history.

Howard also served as manager of talent for Warner Bros.’ digital gaming division Machinima. During her time at A3, Howard recruited dancer and SMOSH creator Mari “AtomicMari” Takahashi, who recently began contributing to a Quibi show called “SpeedRun by Polygon,” a daily gaming news brief produced with Vox Media’s tech website Polygon.

Howard’s goal at TXG is to further diversify its talent roster and expose esports and gaming fans to talented creators that aren’t given as much publicity. Sheis also helping produce TXG’s first gaming reality show, “GAMEMASTER,” which will air on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch. The nine-episode series is already cast, and Howard helped select the 12 amateur gamers who will compete for a shot at $100,000 and a gaming contract. The show was set to film with all the gamers living in one Atlanta house but is adjusting to film remotely.

Howard spoke to TheWrap about her plans for the streaming industry and past work discovering talent. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Tell us about how your role at NFL prepared you to lead talent scouting efforts at TXG.

I started on the traditional side of the business and really was able to get a feel for talent as a whole working at NFL Networks because we worked with talent in a live setting all the time. After events and production, I really took an interest in talent recruitment and finding new talent for the network. I worked with the VP of talent on learning how to identify people who were engaging and what to look for and all the nuances that are necessary to be an on-air live television host. So I really got a lot of experience under my belt there in finding talent.

What was the catalyst that made you interested in signing esports and gaming talent?

A couple of interesting things happened down the line at IMG, in (around) 2015 they hired an esports agent. I didn’t know a ton about esports at the time, but IMG is very well-versed in sports on both the collegiate and professional level, so for them to get into esports, I thought it was interesting.

The other thing that happened was the Staples Center sold out for a “League of Legends” competition in 30 minutes. I’m a big Lakers fan, and for me, just understanding what that meant was huge to me and so I started looking into what “League of Legends” was. For my next venture, I knew I wanted to be in digital and take a step away from traditional (media) because that’s where the industry was shifting, and I was also interested in esports.

I played games growing up, but I never got into PC gaming, and (Riot Games) likes to ensure you’re well-versed in the culture and understand everything about the game (“League of Legends”) and the community. I became a consumer of the content and was going to YouTube and figuring out what videos I could watch to get better at the game. I realized there was something there with the audience and the amount of people that were immersed in this community — that until it hit mainstream and was selling out the Staples Center, I had no idea even existed.

What makes a good streamer?

It’s who’s engaging, who’s funny, who do I find myself laughing at even if I don’t understand necessarily the content that I’m watching. It’s about personalities, and that’s what I learned at NFL and developed at IMG.

Streaming platforms like Caffeine, Mixer, Twitch and YouTube are all competing to exclusively sign top streamers fast. What’s your take on these “streaming wars”?

It’s just a precarious situation right now because everyone is just making a grab for talent, and it’s not necessarily about diversifying the roster. It’s, Who’s available? Who has the biggest numbers?” That’s what they’re looking at, in my opinion. I haven’t seen a huge diverse sign from any of them recently.

And where are the mid-tier creators? I don’t see (platforms) going after them, and making a big press release about them — even if they are signing them, there’s no word put out.

What role do these streaming companies play in terms of broadcasting diversity?

I think they do have a responsibility. When you are recruiting talent and looking to diversify your platform and make a strong representation of the community, there’s no reason why (streaming platforms) shouldn’t make a press release about some of these more diverse streamers. They need that same press, attention and validation. I think they have a huge responsibility to make sure they’re elevating not just the giant names they’re signing, but who makes up the rest of the community.

It’s on (streaming platforms) even if they are signing those people to make sure they’re putting it out there. People need to see it and they want to identify across all platforms wherever they go. The audience being able to see that might help get more of a following. It needs to be more about that entertainment value and making sure we’re entertaining for the masses, and not just entertaining for sales or numbers. We have a responsibility to make sure we are appealing to the entire audience.

What motivates you to find and boost the careers of diverse talent?

When I’m going out and looking at talent, I want to see people that look like me. It’s no different in gaming. I used to look up to Pam Oliver at the sidelines at NFL before I even got to the NFL. I was like, “Oh, she’s a Black woman, and she’s on the sidelines at football games and interviewing all my favorite players.” And I thought that was incredible. That was always something — I want to see people who look like me, I want to see that there are other people in the industry that represent who I am. But it’s also a level of success and accomplishment, like, “Look, she can do that. That means I could do that, too.” And so it’s one of those things I certainly identify with.

Lots of esports competitions recruit Black athletes to play celebrity openers for their matches — including the March “Call of Duty” LA Home Series event that featured Michael B. Jordan. But when it’s time to compete, that diversity isn’t as clear on stage. Why do you think that is?

Well, it’s like, here are — forgive me, but — our token Black people that play “Call of Duty” that are celebrities, but (then) you don’t see that same representation when it comes to competition. I don’t believe it’s because those creators aren’t out there, I think it’s because they’re looking for the best of the best. I think there’s a responsibility to make sure that even if some of the creators aren’t as good, we’re looking at entertainment. People want to be entertained and sometimes people who aren’t as good can be entertaining.

What has your experience as a Black woman working in these mainly white male-dominated industries been like?

I have predominantly chosen careers that are part of a boy’s club. NFL, a boy’s club; IMG, agents, it’s a boy’s club; Machinima is a boys club. I’ve always had to come in and prove to my peers, my coworkers, even myself, that I could come in and do the work and function at a level as high as or even higher than my coworkers. I’ve always had to do that just being a female and especially being a Black female on top of that in all these male-dominated worlds.

Some of the things I’ve had to go through just to get recognition were unjust. I’ve always had to prove myself, I’ve always had to go above and beyond other people and make sure that I’m representing myself in a class and a level that is above all of my peers — because I’m already being looked at differently because I’m a Black woman. So I have to make sure that when I’m going out and signing a talent and putting my name behind them, that I 100% believe in them and what they can do, because that success is (for) both of us.

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