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18 октября, 00:30

Harry Kane relishes Real Madrid experience but key moment proves elusive | Sid Lowe

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Tottenham’s top scorer could not find the decisive finishing touch at the Bernabéu but still made an impact that demonstrates how far he has comeA backheel at the Bernabéu. That is quite a baptism or it would have been if, as most of this stadium first thought, it had actually happened. The replay told a different story but it was Harry Kane the Tottenham Hotspur players ran towards as the ball settled in Keylor Navas’s net, giving them the lead just before the half-hour. The problem was that at the end of the game it was also Kane they sought out, Hugo Lloris putting an arm round his shoulder and walking him to the touchline. This was an excellent result celebrated by supporters, but it could have been even better and Kane’s face told a tale of opportunity lost.Mauricio Pochettino has said he is forever giving Kane videos, endless clips of moments in games, things to correct, improve and learn from. He will not need to hand over footage of what happened here in the 71st minute for Kane to replay it over in his mind, when he stood alone before goal, the kind of opportunity he would have dreamed of, but saw Navas save his shot. Nor, he will be sure, will this moment sink him; it may even propel the striker to more. The manager has, after all, described him as “the best player in the world in terms of mental strength, willpower and endeavour”. That does not make it painless, though, not least as this was set up as his night. When Fernando Llorente found him with 19 minutes remaining it really could have been. Continue reading...

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18 октября, 00:20

Snack attack: alligators like to eat sharks, study reveals

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Researchers find alligators preying on small sharks in Atlantic and Gulf‘The frequency of one predator eating the other is really about size dynamic’American alligators are frequently seen ambling around golf courses in Florida as players warily compete their rounds. But new research suggests the reptiles partake in a far more outlandish habit when away from the greens – eating sharks. Related: ‘I don’t want to imagine a world without giant snakes in it’ Continue reading...

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18 октября, 00:20

Bob Weinstein accused of inappropriate behavior by female TV producer

Weinstein denies claim by Amanda Segel, a showrunner for Spike TV’s The Mist, who says he made unwanted advances despite her multiple refusalsBob Weinstein on Tuesday denied an accusation that he made unwanted advances toward a female showrunner working for the Weinstein Company last year. The showrunner, Amanda Segel, is an executive producer on Spike TV’s The Mist. Segel claims that beginning last summer, Weinstein repeatedly asked her to dine alone with him and made romantic overtures despite her multiple refusals, according to Variety. Continue reading...

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18 октября, 00:00

Mark McCall rules out a Test job and is keen to extend stay with Saracens

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• Club’s director of rugby also distances himself from 2021 Lions position• Toulon claim Rhys Webb has already signed for them for next yearMark McCall has in effect ruled himself out of contention to take over as England or Ireland head coach in 2019 and dismissed suggestions he is in the frame to lead the British & Irish Lions on their next tour.McCall’s contract with Saracens runs out in 2019 and he has been linked with replacing Joe Schmidt, who is due to leave his role with Ireland after the World Cup. Having guided Saracens to back-to-back Champions Cups and three Premiership crowns, the Northern Irishman is also sure to be on the Rugby Football Union’s radar with Eddie Jones also set to depart in 2019. Continue reading...

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17 октября, 23:54

Spurs’ Harry Kane rues missed chance after Cristiano Ronaldo earns Real draw

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Harry Kane’s reaction said it all. It was a mixture of disbelief and deep regret. There were 71 minutes on the clock and, suddenly, Tottenham Hotspur’s main man was in. The pass from Fernando Llorente was made to measure and, when Kane shot, all eyes followed the ball to the bottom corner of the Real Madrid net.It squirmed agonisingly wide, Keylor Navas having got his fingertips to it and everyone seemed to take a moment to let it all sink in. Kane, who had been the pre-match story because of his explosive form and Real’s interest in him, might have made quite the statement. Continue reading...

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17 октября, 23:53

Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah lead Liverpool rout of Maribor

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With the exception of José Mourinho’s stifling tactics it had always seemed a question of when, not if, Liverpool would polish their performances with a killer touch. The answer arrived in emphatic style here in Slovenia, where Jürgen Klopp’s side ignited their Champions League campaign with the biggest away win in Liverpool’s rich European history.One win in eight games before this trip had tested Klopp’s humour but not his conviction that Liverpool are “on a good way”. Seven unanswered goals on the road in the Champions League reaffirmed the belief of manager and players. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah scored twice while Philippe Coutinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with his first Liverpool goal, and Trent Alexander-Arnold were also on the scoresheet as the visitors secured the lead in their group. Continue reading...

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17 октября, 23:52

George Saunders' victory disproves Booker lore that favourites never win

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Audacious experimentalism of Lincoln in the Bardo shows US author is not only a writer’s writer but a reader’s writer tooBooker lore has it that the favourite never wins. The surprise this year was that George Saunders had done just that. As the second US winner in a row, his victory may give further ammunition to the chorus of voices decrying American domination of the prize, but it’s a resoundingly good decision. Continue reading...

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17 октября, 23:48

Man Booker prize goes to second American author in a row

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George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo described as ‘unique’ and ‘extraordinary’ by head of 2017 judging panelThe American short story writer George Saunders has won the Man Booker prize for his first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.The book is based around a real event: the night in 1862 when Abraham Lincoln buried his 11-year-old son Willie in a Washington cemetery. Imagining the boy trapped in the Bardo – a Tibetan Buddhist term for a kind of limbo – Saunders’ novel follows the fellow dead, also trapped in the graveyard and unwilling to accept death, who observe the boy as he desperately waits for his father to return. Continue reading...

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17 октября, 23:46

Manchester City rely on early goals to overcome Napoli in Champions League

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Manchester City extended their perfect record on an edgy, absorbing night here that saw City purring up through the attacking gears before finding themselves reeled in by fast-breaking opponents Pep Guardiola described as “one of the best teams I have faced in professional football”.Goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus inside the first quarter of an hour had suggested another free-scoring sky blue romp. But by the end Napoli could feel hard done by in a game where the score really could have been anything and where a missed first-half penalty by Dries Mertens proved crucial. Continue reading...

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17 октября, 23:36

Royal Court to host events confronting sexual harassment in theatre

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No Grey Area will include industry-wide session on stamping out sexual harassment and event allowing people to tell their storiesThe Royal Court theatre in London will host two events to confront the abuses of power in the theatre industry, in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Two events under the title No Grey Area will be held on Saturday 28 October 2017. One of the events will be an industry-wide session on how to stamp out sexual harassment in theatre. Continue reading...

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17 октября, 23:16

Leicester opt to twist rather than stick for a second time in eight months | Stuart James

Michael Appleton will take the 2015-16 champions to Swansea on Saturday, which is where Claudio Ranieri had his last stand before Shakespeare took overThe conversation lasted only a couple of minutes and there was little by way of explanation when Jon Rudkin, Leicester City’s director of football, delivered the news to Craig Shakespeare that he was out of a job only four months after he had been appointed manager on a three-year contract.It was not the sort of day that the 53-year-old had in mind when he drove through the gates at the club’s Belvoir Drive training ground earlier that morning and prepared to watch a number of his fringe players take part in a friendly match against a team from Nottingham Forest, totally oblivious to the fact that the best part of a decade of service was about to come to an end in the blink of an eye. Continue reading...

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17 октября, 23:13

NFL owners and players meet after tumultuous start to season

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NFL season has been dominated by protests over social injusticeCowboys owner Jerry Jones confronted by protestors in New YorkNFL players and owners met on Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross called “constructive.”A group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met at the league’s headquarters in New York. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues. “We heard what they had to say and they heard us,” Ross said. “It’s open talks and that’s a good thing.” Continue reading...