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The Guardian
Monday December 10, 2018 @ 02:09:05 PM mt

Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden agrees contract extension to 2024




Foden is an outstanding talent, says Txiki Begiristain
Eighteen-year-old signs five-and-half-year deal

Phil Foden has signed a five-and-a-half year contract extension with Manchester City that ties him to the club until the summer of 2024.

The 18-year-old midfielder has become a first-team squad regular for the champions this season under Pep Guardiola, with his latest appearance coming as an 84th-minute replacement in Saturdays 2-0 defeat at Chelsea. In all, Foden has played 13 times this season and Guardiola has continually praised his progress.

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The Guardian
Monday December 10, 2018 @ 02:09:04 PM mt

Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden agrees contract extension to 2024




Foden is an outstanding talent, says Txiki Begiristain
Eighteen-year-old signs five-and-half-year deal

Phil Foden has signed a five-and-a-half year contract extension with Manchester City that ties him to the club until the summer of 2024.

The 18-year-old midfielder has become a first-team squad regular for the champions this season under Pep Guardiola, with his latest appearance coming as an 84th-minute replacement in Saturdays 2-0 defeat at Chelsea. In all, Foden has played 13 times this season and Guardiola has continually praised his progress.

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The Guardian
Monday December 10, 2018 @ 02:08:54 PM mt

Mauricio Pochettino relishes the thought of ending losing Camp Nou run




Luis Surez will be missing for Barcelona
Kyle Walker-Peters makes Champions League debut

Mauricio Pochettino calls it his town and whenever his busy schedule permits, he invariably heads back there. The Tottenham manager first moved to Barcelona as a 22-year-old in 1994, when he joined Espanyol from Newells Old Boys in his native Argentina as a player, and it is the place where he feels centred and relaxed; full of energy.

Related: Lionel Messis masterclass gives Barcelona win over Tottenham

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The Guardian
Monday December 10, 2018 @ 02:08:53 PM mt

Mauricio Pochettino relishes the thought of ending losing Camp Nou run




Luis Surez will be missing for Barcelona
Kyle Walker-Peters makes Champions League debut

Mauricio Pochettino calls it his town and whenever his busy schedule permits, he invariably heads back there. The Tottenham manager first moved to Barcelona as a 22-year-old in 1994, when he joined Espanyol from Newells Old Boys in his native Argentina as a player, and it is the place where he feels centred and relaxed; full of energy.

Related: Lionel Messis masterclass gives Barcelona win over Tottenham

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The Guardian
Monday December 10, 2018 @ 02:08:43 PM mt

Coach is a Russian David and Goliath film tale but twist is in the credits Richard Williams




Russias equivalent of Grimsby Town overcome odds with the help of some powerful friends but crowd-pleasing morality tale is not quite what it seems

The second-division team from a distant and ill-favoured coastal town are in the cup final. Theyre playing in a big stadium against the countrys most glamorous and history-laden club. They go two goals down, and a pall of inevitability settles over the match. But then, suddenly, they start to score. The first goal receives applause. The second gets a cheer. When the third goes in, the place erupts.

Related: This debt must be settled: IAAF extends Russias doping ban

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The Guardian
Monday December 10, 2018 @ 02:08:43 PM mt

Coach is a Russian David and Goliath film tale but twist is in the credits Richard Williams




Russias equivalent of Grimsby Town overcome odds with the help of some powerful friends but crowd-pleasing morality tale is not quite what it seems

The second-division team from a distant and ill-favoured coastal town are in the cup final. Theyre playing in a big stadium against the countrys most glamorous and history-laden club. They go two goals down, and a pall of inevitability settles over the match. But then, suddenly, they start to score. The first goal receives applause. The second gets a cheer. When the third goes in, the place erupts.

Related: This debt must be settled: IAAF extends Russias doping ban

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The Guardian
Monday December 10, 2018 @ 02:06:54 PM mt

Jaguars' Leonard Fournette says he confronted fan after racial slur




  • Player was involved in heated exchange at Titans game
  • Jacksonville coach says he has not considered discipline

The Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette says he became involved in a confrontation with a fan after he was the target of a racial slur.

The incident happened during the Jaguars game at the Tennessee Titans last Thursday. A video published by TMZ shows Fournette shouting Youre too old for that and Im gonna beat your ass at the fan. Players can be disciplined for confrontations with fans but at his Monday press conference Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said he believed there were extenuating circumstances. I met with Leonard, said Marrone. He said there was a racial slur, so thats what was told to me. Marrone added no one else had mentioned the slur but said: I trust the player.

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The Guardian
Monday December 10, 2018 @ 01:57:43 PM mt

The Guardian view on the Brexit vote: the prime minister is on the run Editorial




Theresa May continues to treat parliament with contempt, as her authority drains away on the most important issue facing Britain

Theresa May decided to pull the parliamentary vote on her Brexit withdrawal agreement because she knew she would lose. She has been humiliated by her own MPs. It is staggering that this defeat only became obvious to her after it had been clear to everyone else for weeks. In the end, she chose to run rather than stand and fight for what she had agreed with European leaders. Mrs May is not saving her leadership, she is devaluing it to the point of worthlessness. The prime minister has no one to blame but herself for this mess. In the last two years the government has devoted itself to leaving the European Union in a manner consistent with Mrs Mays obsessions primarily controlling immigration. Her resulting withdrawal agreement has been rubbished by her own unruly troops. They will not be easily instructed to march in a different direction.

The prime minister is trying to buy herself time by getting Brussels to accept some tweaks in her Brexit deal over the Northern Ireland backstop as a means of persuading some doubters to vote for it. These will be cosmetic, as EU leaders say there can be no further renegotiation of the terms of the UKs departure.

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The Guardian
Monday December 10, 2018 @ 01:57:23 PM mt

Europe holds it breath as Macron scrambles to quell protests Jon Henley




Fragility at home risks undermining French leaders international agenda

Not just France but Europe should hope the tax concessions and minimum wage rise Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday will prove sufficient to quell more than a month of violent and destabilising anti-government protests.

With more than 1,250 people arrested, 400 injured and an economic cost running into billions, the gilets jaunes revolt represents a formidable challenge to the authority of the centrist president, widely seen by his critics as arrogant and out of touch. If he flunks the test, he will not be alone in paying a price.

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The Guardian
Monday December 10, 2018 @ 01:49:54 PM mt

City frogs have sexier calls than country frogs study finds




Researchers discover urban male tngara frogs call more, and with more complex vocalisations, than rural peers

Living in a forest might sound romantic, but city life makes males more attractive to the opposite sex at least if you are a tngara frog.

Researchers have discovered that urban males of the species have more attractive calls than their rural peers.

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