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22 августа, 00:03

Raheem Sterling draws comfort for 10-man Manchester City against Everton

To the immense credit of Manchester City, there are not many other teams in the Premier League who could come up with this kind of feat of escapology from a position at half-time where they were not only trailing to Everton but playing with 10 men because of Kyle Walker’s red card towards the end of the first half.By the end, there was even the unmistakeable sense that the players in light blue were disappointed they could not complete the recovery and find a late winner once their substitute, Raheem Sterling, had volleyed in an 82nd minute equaliser. Morgan Schneiderlin’s late dismissal, after two bookings of his own, had levelled the numbers and City were still smouldering with a sense of injustice because of the nature of Walker’s second booking and a piece of amateur dramatics from Dominic Calvert-Lewin to dupe the officials. Continue reading...

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22 августа, 00:00

Brexit paper backs away from PM's promise of judicial independence

Latest policy paper seeks to maintain EU system of civil judicial cooperation covering business and family disputesBritain will be subject to the rulings of European courts after Brexit, the government has conceded, in an apparent climbdown from its promise of judicial independence.In the latest in a series of policy papers that seek to blur the edges of hard Brexit, the government argues that for the smooth settlement of cross-border disputes it is necessary that foreign judgments sometimes apply to individuals and businesses in the UK. Continue reading...

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21 августа, 23:59

Your underwhelming photos of the solar eclipse

We asked Guardian readers to submit photos of the total solar eclipse that streaked across American on Monday. As you can see, eclipse photography is tricky but we’re grateful for their efforts Continue reading...

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21 августа, 22:14

Familiar failings are proving costly for Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino | Jacob Steinberg

The absence of a genuine wide man and of last season’s dynamic wing-backs is already having an effect on SpursMoussa Sissoko is an easy scapegoat. He has been a target for scorn since his unforgettably woeful performance in Tottenham’s defeat by Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley last November, on a night when it looked as though he needed someone to explain the entire concept of football to him. It was the comically miscued shot that slithered embarrassingly wide that best explained why eyebrows were raised when Spurs paid Newcastle United for a midfielder whose energetic running often masks technical shortcomings.However, it was not Sissoko’s fault that Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday. If fingers must be pointed, direct them at two of Pochettino’s favourites, Hugo Lloris and Victor Wanyama, whose errors played a big part in Marcos Alonso’s winner. The margins were fine. Continue reading...

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21 августа, 21:57

China’s bid to block my journal’s articles is a new attack on academic freedom | Tim Pringle

Cambridge University Press was asked to suppress articles in China Quarterly. It has now resisted, but it is a worrying developmentThe international furore that followed Cambridge University Press’s compliance with “an instruction from a Chinese import agency to block individual articles from China Quarterly” made one thing very clear. Academic freedom remains the absolute core concern of scholars all over the world.This morning I met CUP officials and conveyed the message in forthright terms: the 315 articles that the academic publisher had removed from its internet portals in China should be re-posted as soon as possible and made available free of charge. At no point did China Quarterly, which I edit, consent to removal of the articles and we are delighted at CUP’s reversal of the decision. Continue reading...

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21 августа, 21:50

Star seekers, a bee party and polar bear explorers: Edinburgh festival kids' shows

The fringe programme is bursting with family theatre this year, from the gentle Snigel and Friends to a campsite Peter and the WolfA long time ago, when the actors’ union was still a closed shop, one of the ways that young performers gained their Equity card was by working in children’s theatre. They did the required number of weeks to get their membership and then moved on to their real goal: acting in plays for adults.But children’s theatre is not a means to an end. Increasing numbers of companies, from Theatre-Rites to Catherine Wheels, have proved that work made for children can be as innovative, finely crafted and layered as shows for adults. Often more so, because unlike polite adult audiences, children let you know if you are boring them or being self-indulgent. Unless, of course, their parents keep shushing them because they reckon culture is a kind of medicine and so all theatre will do their kids good. It won’t if it’s bad theatre. Continue reading...

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21 августа, 21:40

Rugby star Matt Dawson warns of tick dangers after heart scare

Former England captain fell ill with Lyme disease after being bitten in a London park and needed multiple operationsThe former England rugby captain Matt Dawson has revealed he had to undergo heart surgery after being bitten by a tick in Britain.He developed feverish symptoms after visiting a park in London early last year and was later diagnosed with Lyme disease, he told the BBC. Continue reading...

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21 августа, 21:38

West Indies players and fans alike left out in the cold and horribly exposed | Andy Bull

Windies supporters seem to have all but given up on their losing team after the salad days of the last centuryWhen England defeated West Indies in the summer of 2000 the English public were so keen to see them play that the groundstaff at The Oval had to lock 5,000 people out of the ground on the last day of the Test. There were just not enough seats to go round. West Indies have not won a Test in England since. And while play was winding down in the first Test last Saturday evening, the groundstaff at Edgbaston had to open the gates to let at least as many fans back out of the ground. The game was not over but it was late, people wanted to catch the bus or beat the rush and, besides, the cricket was hardly worth stopping to watch. The only thing left to see was England dot the i’s and cross the t in fait accompli.Ten years ago a film crew went to Barbados. They were working on a documentary about West Indian cricket, famous now, Fire in Babylon. They wanted an extra to shoot some action scenes, a bowler, someone who looked the part. One of their interviewees, the Calypso singer Mighty Gabby, knew just whom they should use. The boy of a good friend of his, a 15-year-old kid called Jason Holder. Continue reading...

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21 августа, 21:28

Frankie Dettori’s shoulder injury led to Shutter Speed’s stutter, says trainer

• John Gosden says jockey’s pain affected finish in French Oaks• Filly at 10-1 for Juddmonte International at York on WednesdayFrankie Dettori’s shoulder injury was partly the cause of a disappointing effort by Shutter Speed in the French Oaks, her trainer said on Monday. John Gosden’s charge appears to have a lot to do as a 10-1 shot in a hot-looking lineup for the Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday but the trainer is clear that her most recent bit of form understates her ability.“Things didn’t go quite to plan in the Prix de Diane,” Gosden said on Monday at his Newmarket base. “It was a very hot day and she didn’t travel that great. And the jock was in a lot of pain in the closing stages. She should have been a good second, I think.” Continue reading...

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21 августа, 21:22

Alexandra Burke, Mollie King and Debbie McGee join Strictly Come Dancing

Jonnie Peacock, Susan Calman and Ruth Langsford also among contestants taking part in new series of BBC’s hit showA reverend, a former magician’s assistant, a talent contest star, a soap actor and a chef. They may sound like the subjects of a long-winded joke, but these are just some of the contestants who will be featuring in the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.The lineup, which seems more eclectic than ever, will pit figures such as Debbie McGee, the widow and former assistant of magician Paul Daniels, against former Saturdays singer Mollie King, broadcaster the Rev Richard Coles and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. Continue reading...

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21 августа, 21:14

Manchester City v Everton: Premier League – live

All the action from the Etihad StadiumEmail: [email protected]: @bglendenning 9.53pm BST 90+4 min: Brilliant defending from Davy Klaassen, who makes a cruciasl interception as Bernardo Silva attempts to dink the ball to his namesake David in a goalkeeping position a few yards from goal. Corner for Manchester City, from which nothing comes. 9.52pm BST 90+1 min: Manchester City continue looking for a winner now the teams have both been reduced to ten men and the big-spenders in the Etihad Tunnel Club have got even more bang for their buck than they were expecting. A post-match brawl in the tunnel would be the stuff of their wildest dreams and it doesn’t seem beyond the realms of credibility. Continue reading...

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21 августа, 21:12

Ofcom could face judicial review over Murdoch's Sky takeover

Avaaz threatens to challenge regulator’s ruling that Sky would remain ‘fit and proper’ to hold broadcasting licence if it was bought by 21st Century FoxA campaigning group opposed to Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of Sky is threatening a legal challenge to the media regulator’s ruling that the broadcaster would remain “fit and proper” to hold a UK licence if it was snapped up by 21st Century Fox.Activist group Avaaz has hired lawyers and launched the first steps of a judicial review against the communications regulator following its report into the £11.7bn bid by Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox for the 61% of Sky it does not already own. Continue reading...