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Sony Shares Rebound After Earlier Console Wars Plunge Sparked by Microsoft Deal for Activision Blizzard

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau ChiefSony shares staged a recovery on Thursday in Japan after previously plunging on news of Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of games giant Activision Blizzard.At the Thursday lunchtime trading halt in Tokyo, Sony Group Corp. shares were priced at JPY12,860 apiece, up 3.6% from their Wednesday close of JPY12,410. On Wednesday, the shares had fallen by nearly 13% from JPY14230 as the deal appeared to herald a growing battle between Sony’s PlayStation console and Microsoft’s Xbox.Microsoft said that its $68 billion deal, which may take more than a year to close, would make it the world’s third largest games company by revenue, after China’s Tencent, and Japan’s Sony.The move would bring game titles including “World of Warcraft” and “Call of Duty” under Microsoft’s control.

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'Mortified' mum loses 8.5st after being too big to go on fairground ride at 21st
Slimming World the next day.She’s now lost eight inches from her bust, 11 from her hips and 25 off her belly.At her heaviest, Karen weighed 21st 7lb, but now she clocks in at a slim 13st 1lb and has dropped six dress sizes from a 24 to 12.She commented: “My little girl was four at the time and she wanted to go on the ride.“I wasn't going to go on, but the guy said do you want to go on it with her as they had adult seats so I said, ‘OK, yeah’.“The bar comes down and they've got a seat belt buckle between your legs and it wouldn't close. The ride couldn't start because it wouldn't buckle.”Karen, a director at her specialist cleaning firm, gained weight initially after having her children.But, the incident in Blackpool in 2008 spurred her on to lose the weight.She dropped 3st on Slimming World’s food optimisation plan, but in 2014 found she couldn’t reach the pedals of her new car properly.Karen said: “We went back the next year and I made a point of riding the ride and it felt absolutely amazing.“I weighed about 17st, but I knew I could fit on the ride.“I was in and out the doors of Slimming World for a few years and in 2014 we bought a new car and I could barely reach the pedals, I wasn't comfortable at all.”Karen’s weight yo-yo’ed for a few years, but at the beginning of lockdown in 2020 she decide to join virtual Slimming World meetings.And, by may 2021 she had dropped 7st 7lb.She said: “I looked at myself in the mirror and I said to myself 'get a grip' and I got absolutely stuck in.“I'd started power walking and I had been challenged to do a couch to 5k in 2018.
Two things Tuchel got right and two he got wrong as Chelsea held by Brighton
Daily Star Sport takes a look at what went right, and what went wrong on the night.Two things Tuchel got right...It's fair to say that Ziyech didn't have his best game against Manchester City on Saturday, as the Moroccan squandered many opportunities during a 1-0 defeat.However, despite change in his starting line-up elsewhere, Tuchel kept Ziyech in the side, and he was rewarded for his selection as the winger fired Chelsea ahead in style.Ziyech caused Dan Burn problems for the majority of the night, and his ambitious strike caught everyone off guard as he carved the opener with a powerful effort.With so many attacking stars at Chelsea, it's a tall order to hold down a consistent role, but more performances like that and Ziyech will give himself the best possible chance of staying in Tuchel's side.Brighton have become one of the most admired sides in the Premier League, and Chelsea learnt first-hand at Stamford Bridge that Graham Potter's side cannot be underestimated.Unlike many other smaller sides, Brighton enjoy playing the 'big six', and regularly give them a good game too, and the Seagulls dominated the early stages.But the best teams pounce when the opportunity presents itself, and Chelsea took full advantage as Brighton failed to close down Ziyech, who smashed in the opening goal.Brighton pressed and hassled for the majority of the night, but the first time that they took their foot off the gas, Chelsea punished them.