The West Midlands' has produced a wealth of musical talent over the years, and tonight's ceremony sought to show off the very best of it to a worldwide audience and watching royalty. Viewers were treated to performances from past stars such as Dexys Midnight Runners and UB40, to the stars of today like Jorja Smith and Mahalia - heavy metal, rap, reggae, grime and pop were all on display. And organisers saved the best for last, as Osbourne turned up to belt out Black Sabbath's Paranoid to close the curtain on 11 days of sporting competition. Amid the celebration the region's contribution to music, there was also a celebration of how it life has changed over the years, and a sneak peak of the new Peaky Blinders stage show.
The Mercedes driver has had to make do with fighting to be the best of the rest this season, with his 2021 title rival Max Verstappen seemingly on course to retain his crown. It is a mark of just how far MMA has come that only one current champion in any of the male divisions was born in the USA. The UFC have always strived to spread their tentacles worldwide and now fighters from Europe, Africa and Oceania are having their time in the sun. Where the stars and stripes once had a stranglehold, the grip has now loosened with only Aljamain Sterling, Julianna Pena and Carla Esparza flying the flag at the top of their respective weight classes. Jonny Drury and West Brom correspondent Lewis Cox give their take on Albion's 1-1 draw with Watford in their first home game of the season. Anglers who are fed-up with the poor sport in Kent have gone west to find better luck.
- The majority of the teams have chosen to be right in the thick of the action by staying in or around the capital city, Doha, with England, Germany, Belgium and Portugal among eight who will be based elsewhere in the country.
- Talks are under way to reopen a Sandwell sports centre and football pitches which were suddenly closed.
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Born in Merseyside, Coady captained Wolves for the past four seasons and was a hugely influential figure both on and off the pitch for the West Midlands club. Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury is attracting interest from Watford and West Brom. The Premier League outfit have been looking to add an experienced shot-stopper to their ranks this summer, and they have now landed the 32-year-old on an initial one-year deal. It's just the second tournament of the season for the 40-year-old Williams, who returned to competition at Wimbledon just over a month ago. Villa's manager stripped the England international of the captain's armband in pre-season and appointed John McGinn in his place. You knew you were up against 11 stars, 65,000 supporters - and sometimes the referee, too!
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