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  1. Philokles

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    Juncker said "If we have a deal we have a deal and there is no need for prolongation.” So if Parliament rejects the deal, he appears to still be open to an extension.
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    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    Changing the formation and screwing the entire balance of the side to fit in Mason Mount as a no. 10 just isn’t worth it. If he wants to be starting for England at the moment it needs to be as an 8. Also, Southgate needs to bite the bullet and play Joe Gomez even if Klopp won’t.
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    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    He did a decent job at Lazio, but still a pretty underwhelming appointment. I would’ve liked to have seen Domenico Tedesco given a shot. I’m not sure whether he has any reputation in Italy and his age would likely be more of an issue than it was in Germany, but he is twice the manager Pioli is. It would also suggest Milan’s senior management have some idea of how they’d like to play, rather than enforce another abrupt change of style.
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    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    Writing off Norwich when they are on to their third choice keeper, have available one centre back (who is carrying a bad injury) and one holding midfielder (who is forced to cover in the back four) seems premature. Once Ralle/Krul, Zimmermann & Trybull/Tettey are back then you can judge whether they should move to a more conservative approach.
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    Football: same old, same old

    Spurs well on top for the first half an hour as well. Thiago coming on changed the game - giving them the control of the midfield after Spurs’ press was wreaking havoc, and providing the perfect assist for Gnabry’s hattrick goal as the cherry on top.
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    Football: same old, same old

    Barcelona have been fined €300 for tapping up Griezmann. That’ll teach them.
  7. Wow. Unanimous on both counts. Wasn’t expecting that.
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    Football: same old, same old

    Two terrible penalty decisions in five minutes. At least we got to see Barkley do his best Kepa impression.
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    Football: same old, same old

    Erling Haaland doesn’t hang about. First half hattrick on CL debut. Carry on like this and he might score nine in a game again.
  10. And Joe Denly. 2-2 probably about fair. England played better collectively but Australia had most the stand out individuals. Not too bad for England given Anderson’s injury took away their biggest bowling threat. I hope the drawn series doesn’t distract from the need to rejuvenate the batting. Great idea for whoever made Australia celebrate retaining the Ashes in front of a giant ‘Series Drawn’ board.
  11. Lowest average for an opener who had played a whole 5 test series. Shame Denly couldn’t get a few more so both England openers outscored him in a single innings.
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    Football: same old, same old

    Ben Godfrey starting with Gomez at the Euros imo.
  13. England have been bowled out for under 100 first innings in the only tests they’ve won this summer, so maybe Paine was looking to avoid any chance of that when he chose to bowl.
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    Football: same old, same old

    Kosovo have been impressive, especially with no Rashica or Zeneli, but being that open to the counter against Kane, Sterling and Sancho is never going to be a good idea.
  15. Lucky that was outside the line. Overton got a huge edge on that. No point looking at ultraedge when bat, ball and pad are so close, just need to see how far the ball suddenly moved to one side. Hawkeye was having difficulty rendering it - their computer generated ball was in a different spot the real one.