Jesy Nelson of Little Mix taking break for ‘private medical reasons’

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Award-winning British pop group Little Mix announced that one of its members, 29-year-old Jesy Nelson, will be on an indefinite break over undisclosed health issues.

“Jesy is having extended time off from Little Mix for private medical reasons,” the group said in a statement shared by publicist Simon Jones on Twitter earlier today, Nov. 18.

“We will not be issuing any further comment currently and ask media to please respect her privacy at this time,” it further stated.

Nelson has notably been missing in the band’s recent appearances, particularly on their final at the BBC One talent show and at the MTV European Music Awards, among others.

Little Mix, which started on “X Factor” in 2011, has so far released six albums. The latest one, titled “Confetti,” entered United Kingdom charts at number two last week. JB


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Brazil beats Uruguay, stay on top of qualifying group

Brazil’s Richarlison celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates against Uruguay in a World Cup 2022 South American qualifiers match. Raul Martinez/Pool via Reuters

MONTEVIDEO – First half goals from Arthur and Richarlison gave Brazil a 2-0 win away at Uruguay on Tuesday and maintained their 100% record in the South American World Cup qualifiers for Qatar 2022.

Brazil was missing a host of players through COVID-19 and injury, including talismanic striker Neymar, but the Brazlians were too strong for their opponents, who have not beaten them since 2001.

Arthur got the opener after 34 minutes when his shot from outside the box was cruelly deflected past Uruguayan keeper Martin Campana and then Richarlison glanced a header into the net from a short corner seconds before half time.

Missing Luis Suarez after he tested positive for COVID-19, Uruguay hit the woodwork twice in the first half but their unlucky night was confirmed when the Video Assistant Referee convinced the officials to send off Edinson Cavani for a mistimed tackle on Richarlison at 71 minutes.

Uruguay kept battling and Martin Caceres saw his close shot hit the net with a quarter of an hour left only to be disallowed by the Chilean referee.

The win in Montevideo was Brazil’s fourth in a row in the qualifying stage and ensures they are the only side in the 10-team South American group to have won all of their opening matches.

The qualifiers will restart again in March 2021.

The top four teams in the group qualify automatically for Qatar 2022 and the fifth-placed side goes into an inter-regional playoff.

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New mom Gina Iniong eager to return, eyes Grand Prix slot

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MANILA, Philippines — Gina Iniong may have just given birth this past week to her first child with husband Richard Araos, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be taking it easy.

Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao said the contender is eager to return to action and wants a spot in the ONE World Atomweight Grand Prix.

“Actually, she’s very eager to be in the Atomweight Grand Prix, but she needs to be patient and approach it at the right time. I have no doubt she will be better than ever. Gina is very much motivated. She’s focused and determined,” said Sangiao.

“We have seen how Gina performs in the ring or in the Circle, and she’s capable of anything. She has great wins facing some outstanding athletes. Of course, there is still a lot of room for improvement. But she’s eager to learn and enhance her skills. I think fans will be happy when she returns. If she can get a spot in the tournament, we will do our best to prepare her.”

Iniong (9-4), who’s also a gold medalist in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, was the No. 5 contender in the atomweight division but her inactivity caused her to lose her spot in the rankings with former two-sport world champion Stamp Fairtex taking her place.

Nevertheless, Sangiao said Iniong will be back training at Team Lakay’s gym once she’s fit enough and recovered from her childbirth.

“When she’s all fit to start her training, then she’s back,” said Sangiao.

Though there’s no official list for the Grand Prix, the projected athletes to take part are No.1-ranked atomweight Denice Zamboanga of the Philippines, Fairtex, Mei Yamaguchi, Meng Bo, and Itsuki Hirata.

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