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  • 7 hours Key Labour aide ‘quits over lack of competence and decency in Corbyn’s team’ TheGuardian
    Adviser Andrew Fisher accuses leadership of ‘class war’ in resignation, as new row blows up over party’s position on BrexitA key adviser to Jeremy Corbyn has reportedly quit saying the Labour leader cannot win the next general election.In a significant blow to Corbyn, Andrew Fisher, who masterminded the party’s 2017 manifesto, said he no longer had faith that Labour would be successful. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours Players nearly walked off pitch over racist abuse, says Dover manager TheGuardian -Sport
    • Hartlepool condemn racist abuse in melee which delayed game• Andy Hessenthaler: ‘I wanted them off. It’s a sad day for football’Dover manager Andy Hessenthaler and Hartlepool United’s Craig Hignett said they discussed taking their players off the pitch due to alleged racist abuse in Saturday’s National League game.Dover won the match 2-0 at Hartlepool’s Victoria Park but the game was overshadowed by the incidents, which followed Dover players celebrating striker Inih Effiong’s 37th-minute penalty in front of home fans. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours Boy, 15, stabbed to death in Slough skatepark TheGuardian
    Police launch murder inquiry after teenager killed following altercation in Salt Park HillA murder inquiry has been launched after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death in a skatepark.Police were called to Salt Hill Park in Slough, Berkshire, at about 6.30pm on Saturday. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene. Thames Valley police said his family have been informed and were being helped by specially trained officers. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours European roundup: Lukaku seals Milan derby win as Ramsey scores for Juve TheGuardian -Sport
    • Former Manchester United striker scores in convincing 2-0 win• Philippe Coutinho opens account as Bayern crush Cologne 4-0Romelu Lukaku’s second-half header stretched Internazionale’s perfect start to the Serie A season to four games as they took the derby spoils against Milan. Lukaku headed home a cross from Nicolò Barella in the 78th minute to add to Marcelo Brozovic’s deflected opener.Lautaro Martínez also had an effort ruled out after a VAR review as Antonio Conte’s side proved good value for a win which takes them back to the top of the table. Despite their strong domestic start, Inter went into ... more
  • 8 hours Granada stun Barcelona to go top despite Lionel Messi’s rescue effort TheGuardian -Sport
    Granada took advantage of Barcelona’s troubles on the road to move top of La Liga with a 2-0 victory at the Estadio Los Cármenes. Ramon Azeez and Álvaro Vadillo netted in either half to leave Barça, who started with Lionel Messi on the bench, without a win in all four away matches this season.A win against a side they have beaten 11 times in their last 12 league meetings would have taken Barça top of the table on goal difference. But despite the introduction of Messi at half-time, it was Granada who took their opportunity to leapfrog Sevilla and Atlético ... more
  • 8 hours Klopp hungry for high-rolling Liverpool to make away days pay TheGuardian -Sport
    Just one victory at rivals from the upper reaches cost Jürgen Klopp’s side last season – their visit to Chelsea on Sunday is their first chance to improve on that recordThe last time Liverpool won at Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte was in charge and Chelsea were on their way to the 2016-17 title. Although Jürgen Klopp only celebrates his fourth anniversary at Anfield next month, Frank Lampard will be the fourth Chelsea manager he has encountered, and though Liverpool are the side with a lead at the top of the Premier League table, they are under more pressure to perform ... more
  • 8 hours Pogba is at Manchester United for the long haul, says Ole Gunnar Solskjær TheGuardian -Sport
    • Manager confident Real Madrid’s overtures can be repelled • ‘Paul is going nowhere, he is totally committed’Ole Gunnar Solskjær has admitted speculation is always likely to surround Paul Pogba’s future for as long as the France midfielder remains at Manchester United but is confident any further overtures from Real Madrid can be repulsed in January. United’s manager also believes a top-four finish is not beyond his side this season.Zinedine Zidane is under pressure at the Bernabéu because of poor results, rather than his failure to sign his main transfer target in the summer, though Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez, ... more
  • 8 hours Tammy Abraham faces Liverpool test after his jaw-dropper at Wolves TheGuardian -Sport
    Chelsea striker’s hat-trick at Molineux last weekend got everyone talking but now he comes up against Virgil van DijkWhen Tammy Abraham sized up the situation on the edge of the Wolves penalty area last Saturday, it was a long way from being a clear opportunity. His marker, Conor Coady, appeared to have him where he wanted him. But in the blink of an eye, everything changed – in more than one way.Everybody has seen the move because that is what happens when a player does something outrageous in a Chelsea shirt to complete a hat‑trick. It is on Match of ... more
  • 8 hours Blame me for Arsenal’s collapse against Watford, says Unai Emery TheGuardian -Sport
    • Sokratis error ‘is the mistake of the team. I am responsible’ • Manager may change his tactics for visit of Aston VillaUnai Emery has accepted the blame for any mistakes Arsenal make while playing out from the back and says he is open to a more flexible approach when the situation demands.Arsenal will seek to end a run of three Premier League games without victory when Aston Villa visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, a statistic that hangs over them because of a disastrous second-half showing at Watford last weekend. They were 2-0 up before mistakes took hold and ... more
  • 8 hours Lord Falconer: Labour’s decision to axe student group ‘legally invalid’ TheGuardian
    Shut down of Labour Students also breaks party rules, claims former cabinet ministerFormer cabinet minister Lord Charlie Falconer has said the decision by Labour to axe its youth wing is legally invalid and breaks party rules as it emerged the group has been stripped of its voting rights at the party’s autumn conference.The peer wrote to the party’s general secretary, Jennie Formby, to say the motion to shut it down passed on 17 September was based on false information and the group remains affiliated to the party. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours Warren Gatland’s Wales look for calmer waters after Howley storm TheGuardian -Sport
    • ‘We’re a small nation who have punched above our weight’• Wales name experienced side for opener against GeorgiaThe storm is not over, but it has passed on for now at least. Warren Gatland and Wales have had no other choice than to move on from the Rob Howley’s expulsion from their World Cup camp over his suspected breach of rugby’s betting laws.Howley’s return to Wales had left Gatland in shock but Saturday saw a different Wales head coach, who has named a strong side for their World Cup opener with Georgia here . Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours England and Billy Vunipola expect hot reception from Tonga under the dome TheGuardian -Sport
    • George: team may use coded lineout signs to beat cacophony• Tonga ‘will be looking to smash’ Billy Vunipola, says coachJamie George believes England may be forced to adopt a coded sign language during lineouts against Tonga because of the unique atmosphere expected in the Sapporo Dome. England begin their World Cup campaign on Sunday at the 42,000-seat indoor stadium, with Eddie Jones warning his squad it is likely to be the loudest venue they play in, based on information received from the England football team who faced Argentina there at the 2002 World Cup.Their opponents have also promised Billy ... more
  • 9 hours Katarina Johnson-Thompson goes to Doha on back of ‘best run-in ever’ TheGuardian -Sport
    The popular Liverpudlian heptathlete feels she is in the shape of her life as she aims to put the tear-soaked disappointments of 2015 and 2017 behind her at the world championshipsBack in the 1960s Avis launched an audacious advertising campaign that broke the mould. Embracing their second-placed status in the car hire market behind Hertz, the American company told the world: “When you’re only No 2, you try harder. Or else.” That line perfectly encapsulates Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s mindset as she prepares for the World Athletics Championships in Doha, which begin this Friday.The 26-year-old has won World and European Indoor gold ... more
  • 9 hours Owen Farrell: ‘I try to take the emotion out of it – you want to be in control’ TheGuardian -Sport
    England’s captain remains firmly stoic but he is desperate to spark Rugby World Cup mania back home with victory against TongaThere is all sorts of trouble to be had in Susukino if you know what you’re looking for and more if you’re not sure. Sapporo’s notorious entertainment district is a block of 20-storey tower blocks, neon from the pavement up: restaurants, bars, gaming parlours, cinemas, salons and love hotels, heaving with off-duty office workers and, for this weekend at least, several thousand English and Australian rugby fans. The England team are staying 10 blocks away, just the other side of ... more
  • 9 hours Simon Harmer guides Essex to last-ball T20 Blast title win over Worcestershire TheGuardian -Sport
    • Worcestershire 145-9; Essex 148-6. Essex win by four wickets• Captain hits winning runs after taking seven wickets during dayIt is difficult to say Simon Harmer enjoyed the perfect day out as he inspired Essex to their maiden T20 Blast title because there could be one which tops it later this week. But it certainly wasn’t bad for the South African off-spinner who starred with ball and then bat across the two games.In wins over Derbyshire in the semi-final, a routine victory, and then defending champions Worcestershire in a thrilling final, Harmer returned combined figures of seven for 35 on ... more
  • 9 hours ‘We will scrap Ofsted’: Labour makes radical election pledge TheGuardian
    Party also considering free care services for the over-65s as it prepares to fight possible snap pollLabour is pledging to abolish Ofsted and end “high stakes” school inspections as part of radical plans drawn up before a possible snap election. Related: Angela Rayner: ‘I’m not OK with a school system that allows you to fail or be chucked out’ Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours Positional switch the key in Australia’s Rugby World Cup win over Fiji TheGuardian -Sport
    The subtle shift of James O’Connor to inside-centre gave the Wallabies the ball-playing style they needed to overcome a determined Fijian sideWallabies coach Michael Cheika made a key positional switch in their opening World Cup game against Fiji in Sapporo which not only helped them come from behind to win, but could be an important pointer for the rest of the tournament.It was the subtle shifting of James O’Connor to inside-centre and Samu Kervi to outside-centre that helped the Wallabies to gain composure in attack. Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours Sport sponsors must join the war on doping, says anti-drug boss TheGuardian -Sport
    Call follows emergence of new Russian scandalSport sponsors should help fund the fight against the illegal use of performance-enhancing drugs, according to the head of the UK’s anti-doping agency. Nicole Sapstead, chief executive of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), also urged them to ask what steps the teams and events they were sponsoring were taking to tackle doping.Her call came amid concerns about a fresh doping scandal emerging in Russia. “I would ask sponsors who get behind massive major events or teams, shouldn’t some of that sponsorship be carved out and put into promoting clean sport or challenging that sport as to ... more
  • 10 hours Milan v Inter: Serie A – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Updates from the San Siro, 7.45pm BST kick-offJuventus finally knocked off their perchEmail John here or tweet at @JohnBrewin_ 8.19pm BST 31 min: John Davis writes in, pinpointing an MBM-er’s worst nightmare: “Hope this missive finds you well. Idly perusing the starting line-ups, I noticed there are five separate diacritics (accents on letters - yes, I did wiki that) in the AC Milan team: Kessié, Çalhanoğlu, Piątek, Leaõ. That seems like quite the haul. One for The Knowledge?” 8.18pm BST 30 min: Godin’s nous and sheer experience means that he has the vision to come across and stop a ball ... more
  • 10 hours Guardiola and Sánchez Flores react to Manchester City’s 8-0 demolition of Watford – video TheGuardian -Sport
    Pep Guardiola and Quique Sánchez Flores spoke after Manchester City thumped Watford 8-0 in the Premier League on Saturday. Guardiola was happy with his team’s scintillating display, with City’s first five goals coming inside the first 18 minutes. The Manchester club did not take their foot off the gas in the second half, with Bernardo Silva scoring two of the three goals after the break to complete his hat-trick. A deflated Sánchez Flores apologised to the Watford fans for his side’s dismal performance. Manchester City hit eight past Watford as Bernardo Silva scores hat-trick Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours Is Arsenal’s strategy of playing out from the back too great a risk? | Jonathan Wilson TheGuardian -Sport
    Sokratis Papastathopoulos’s blunder against Watford is part of a recent trend that will have many sides questioning whether the adoption of this high-risk strategy is worth itL ast Sunday, when the Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos attempted to pass the ball from inside his own penalty area to Mattéo Guendouzi just outside it and in doing so gifted Watford a goal that allowed them back into the game, he joined a recent trend. Everybody wants to play out from the back, but in the past few months doing so has proved exceptionally risky: John Stones against the Netherlands, Plamen Iliev for ... more
  • 11 hours Why the resurgent Liberal Democrats are Labour’s biggest headache TheGuardian
    As conference meets in Brighton this weekend, the Labour delegates will have to navigate a volatile political landscapePolling and Brexit policy are certain to be high on the agenda this weekend as Labour activists gather in Brighton for their annual conference. A volatile political year has transformed the political landscape since the last annual gathering. The polls were upended this spring in the wake of Theresa May’s failure to secure a Brexit deal and departure from Downing Street, with surges in support for two parties representing opposite extremes of the Brexit debate – Nigel Farage’s newly founded Brexit party and ... more
  • 11 hours Brexit divisions threaten to plunge Labour party conference into chaos TheGuardian
    Senior shadow ministers publicly defy Jeremy Corbyn with calls for Labour to back remainJeremy Corbyn was struggling to contain an open revolt by some of his most senior shadow ministers, MPs and party activists on Saturday night as anger over his refusal to back a policy of remaining in the EU threatened to wreck the Labour conference. Related: What should Labour do about Brexit? Five key party voices Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours Fabian Schär rescues poor Newcastle in drab stalemate with Brighton TheGuardian -Sport
    Dusk was closing in by the time Andy Carroll finally rose from the bench to make his second debut as a Newcastle United player, yet there was still time for the returning hero to offer a tantalising glimpse of what might be possible, if only he can stay fit.Carroll did not score and Steve Bruce’s side were still jeered off but his disruptive, nuisance-packed presence proved sufficient to spread doubt and uncertainty among the previously assured visitors, who had early threatened to win at a canter. Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours Sheffield United win at Everton to put pressure on Marco Silva TheGuardian -Sport
    If Marco Silva was looking for a response to the crushing defeat at Bournemouth last Sunday this was not it. A hugely disappointing Everton performance allowed Sheffield United to register their first away win of the season quite comfortably, inflicting a first home defeat on Silva’s side that means two of the three defeats this season have now come against promoted teams.“We were nervous and there was no reason to be,” the Everton manager said. “We didn’t handle the pressure, we didn’t show a strong personality and in the second half we were not good enough.” Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Football League: Preston and QPR close gap on Championship’s top two TheGuardian -Sport
    Preston win at Birmingham, QPR beat MillwallForest pay Clough tributes in win over BarnsleyPreston moved up to third place and closed the gap on Leeds and Swansea (both drew) to just a point after a 1-0 away victory at Birmingham. The visitors grabbed the winner in the 23rd-minute when Sean Maguire converted from close range after Paul Gallagher’s free-kick had cannoned off the inside of the post. Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Jon Rahm and Danny Willett pull three shots clear in BMW PGA Championship TheGuardian -Sport
    • Willett makes birdie on final green to take share of lead• Rory McIlroy shoots superb round of 65 but still nine off the paceJon Rahm has derived such joy from prime events on the European Tour that it seems astonishing to think there was once doubt over how prominent the Spaniard could be when back in his home continent. After forging a college career in the United States – and winning his first professional tournament there, in 2017 – Rahm has proved the epitome of golfing versatility. The 24-year-old is now 18 holes from adding the BMW PGA Championship ... more
  • 12 hours The Queen above politics? Not when Cameron and Johnson come calling | Nick Cohen TheGuardian
    She broke convention over independence for Scotland. She could do it again over BrexitThe Queen is a sham head of state. She cannot act as a constitutional president and force rival politicians to look for ways out of a national emergency. She cannot insist that the prime minister obeys the rules, because there are too few rules in Britain and too many woozy, unenforceable conventions.Elizabeth II’s strength came from being “above politics”. Now even that pose – how can a head of state be above politics? – has been exposed, as Buckingham Palace’s “displeasure and annoyance” at David Cameron reveals. ... more
  • 12 hours Birmingham school row: ‘This is made out to be just Muslims v gays. It’s not’ TheGuardian
    As the new term starts, and a court case looms, teachers, parents and demonstrators at Birmingham’s Anderton Park primary tell their side of the story“People of quality respect equality,” says Aisha, shyly sticking rainbow feathers on to the peace posters she’s just made. The teenager is one of half a dozen Muslim pupils from South and City College Birmingham attending a creative workshop promoting LGBTQ rights in the city.They are joined by Muslim girls and women, mothers, students and refugees, who have crammed into the Ort gallery to meet and collaborate with members of the local Muslim LGBTQ community. A ... more
  • 12 hours Birmingham school row: ‘This is made out to be just Muslims v gays. It’s not’ TheGaurdian – Edu
    As the new term starts, and a court case looms, teachers, parents and demonstrators at Birmingham’s Anderton Park primary tell their side of the story“People of quality respect equality,” says Aisha, shyly sticking rainbow feathers on to the peace posters she’s just made. The teenager is one of half a dozen Muslim pupils from South and City College Birmingham attending a creative workshop promoting LGBTQ rights in the city.They are joined by Muslim girls and women, mothers, students and refugees, who have crammed into the Ort gallery to meet and collaborate with members of the local Muslim LGBTQ community. A ... more
  • 12 hours The Mean Girls have had their day. Welcome to the new Machiavellians | Barbara Ellen TheGuardian
    Young women deserve better than to be classed in an outdated, demeaning categoryFifteen years after the release of Tina Fey’s cult film Mean Girls, where Lindsay Lohan’s central character battled her peers, the all-powerful Plastics, is it time to move on from the Mean Girls caricature?Researchers at Florida Atlantic University found that, far from being ostracised, Mean Girl types are the most popular social group. FAU followed more than 560 pupils aged around 13 for two years, placing popular adolescents into three categories: “prosocial (outgoing) popular”, “aggressive popular” and the “bistrategic popular”, or “Machiavellian”, with this latter group noted for ... more
  • 12 hours ‘Planned and well-organised’: how the Labour plot to oust Tom Watson unfolded TheGuardian
    It was the eve of a key weekend, a chance to showcase policies and unity. Instead a late-night bid to remove the deputy leader reopened Labour’s civil warEven as it was happening, Labour MPs couldn’t quite believe it. It was Friday night, on the eve of what most expected to be a pre-election annual conference – a crucial moment to show voters that the party had eye-catching plans to change the country.And yet some MPs were discussing whether they may have to walk out or launch a leadership challenge against Jeremy Corbyn. Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours Marks & Spencer finance chief to step down TheGuardian
    Humphrey Singer will work with chief executive Steve Rowe on succession processMarks & Spencer’s chief financial officer, Humphrey Singer, is stepping down after little more than a year, weeks after it was announced the firm would drop out of the FTSE 100 for the first time.Singer, who joined from electricals retailer Dixons Carphone in 2018, will work with the chief executive, Steve Rowe, on the succession process, the company said. Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours Marks & Spencer finance chief to step down TheGuardian -Biz
    Humphrey Singer will work with chief executive Steve Rowe on succession processMarks & Spencer’s chief financial officer, Humphrey Singer, is stepping down after little more than a year, weeks after it was announced the firm would drop out of the FTSE 100 for the first time.Singer, who joined from electricals retailer Dixons Carphone in 2018, will work with the chief executive, Steve Rowe, on the succession process, the company said. Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours Nicky Henderson commits Altior to taking on fellow-titan Cyrname TheGuardian -Sport
    • Altior aimed at Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot in November• ‘We’ve decided to go down the King George route’Fans of jump racing can begin to relish the prospect of a big-name clash at the start of the core season, as Altior has been committed to taking on Cyrname at Ascot this autumn. The news was announced by Nicky Henderson on the eve of his annual owners’ day and the trainer went so far as to suggest at least the possibility of a Gold Cup tilt by his star horse, who is unbeaten in 19 runs over obstacles but has ... more
  • 13 hours Police get extra time to question teenager held over Tamworth death TheGuardian
    Body of a woman, believed to be 20-year-old Keeley Bunker, was found on ThursdayDetectives investigating the death of a young woman whose body was found in woodland have been given more time to question a teenager arrested on suspicion of her murder.The victim, believed to be 20-year-old Keeley Bunker, was found dead in Tamworth, Staffordshire, on Thursday night. Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours John Humphrys attacks BBC’s ‘liberal bias’ days after retiring TheGuardian
    Broadcaster presented Radio 4’s Today show for 32 years, earning a reported £600,000The broadcaster John Humphrys has launched a scathing attack on the BBC days after receiving a lavish send-off from the corporation.Despite earning a reported £600,000 annual salary and fronting flagship Radio 4 programme, Today, for 32 years, the 76-year-old provoked scorn after fiercely criticising the employer who had granted him a back-slapping tribute when he retired on Thursday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours Daughter of Boris Johnson hospital heckler ‘very much better’ TheGuardian
    Omar Salem said daughter still in hospital for precautionary reasons and thanked A&E staffA man who confronted Boris Johnson over the state of the NHS after years of austerity has said that his daughter is doing better.Omar Salem confronted the prime minister during a visit to a children’s ward at Whipps Cross University hospital in north-east London, where his seven-day-old daughter was being treated. Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours Jake Bidwell sent off as promotion rivals Bristol City and Swansea fail to fire TheGuardian -Sport
    Swansea squandered the chance to move top of the Championship after being held to a draw in a scrappy game at high-flying Bristol City. The away side were reduced to 10 men late on when Jake Bidwell was sent off for a cynical challenge on the substitute Niclas Eliasson but, in truth, neither team truly stamped their authority on a game that was short of clear-cut chances.Among those in the stands to witness it unfold was Jack Leach, the Somerset spin bowler, whose heroics for England at Headingley will live long in the memory. This game might not have such ... more
  • 13 hours Burnley’s Chris Wood hits double to bring Norwich crashing to earth TheGuardian -Sport
    Norwich were brought back down to earth with defeat at Turf Moor. A week after their brilliant victory over Manchester City, the Canaries were undone by two early Chris Wood goals – his first of the season – and remain without a point on the road. The result brought Burnley a first victory since the opening day of the season and, for 24 hours at least, a place in the top half of the table. Related: Manchester City hit eight past Watford as Bernardo Silva scores treble Continue reading... ... more
  • 14 hours Manchester City hit eight past Watford as Bernardo Silva scores hat-trick TheGuardian -Sport
    A rout initiated by David Silva after 52 seconds showed one way Manchester City can negotiate having Aymeric Laporte and John Stones missing because of injury: simply make it 5-0 inside 18 minutes and so nullify any concerns regarding being weakened in central defence.Pep Guardiola’s side will, of course, have tougher challenges than bottom-placed Watford, who are yet to win this season. But most teams will struggle to contain the champions of the past two campaigns when they are in this imperious mood, and City ended with a record league victory under the manager. Continue reading... ... more
  • 14 hours Turn that down! Neighbours revolt over rented party houses TheGuardian
    A surge in one-off weekend lettings sparks demand for reformEveryone loves a good party, apart from the neighbours. The rise of dedicated party houses, from Edinburgh to Sandbanks, is being met with a growing backlash and now MPs and influential residents’ groups are calling for ministers to step in.A large and apparently growing number of ordinary residential houses are being let out for one-off events – often stag or hen parties, or big birthday celebrations – using platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway. Continue reading... ... more
  • 14 hours New Zealand defy doubters and South Africa in clash of World Cup titans | Liam Napier TheGuardian -Sport
    Springboks unable to find any chinks in the armour of the world champions as they are swept aside in YokohamaQuickly recall the epitaphs. Those wondering aloud whether the All Blacks were vulnerable, whether they still hold the mantle, have their answer. With one absorbing performance that embodied resilience and rampant running rugby, New Zealand confirmed their status as favourites for a third consecutive World Cup title.Nothing is guaranteed and no trophy is claimed in any side’s first match, but the spectacular manner of this victory and the six-minute attacking raid that blew South Africa away should send tremors through the ... more
  • 14 hours Thomas Cook: planes put on standby to rescue travellers as talks go to wire TheGuardian
    ‘Pressured’ talks ongoing with multiple investors as government faces possible £600m repatriation billAn emergency fleet of airlines is on standby to rescue 150,000 UK holidaymakers as talks continue between Thomas Cook and the government over a last-minute bailout.Sources described the negotiations to save the UK’s oldest travel agent as “complex” and “pressured” as attempts to find £200m in extra funds to prevent its collapse appeared increasingly fruitless. Continue reading... ... more
  • 14 hours Manchester City v Watford, Premier League and more: clockwatch – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Updates from 3pm kick-offs in Premier League and beyondLeicester 2-1 Tottenham | Leeds 1-1 DerbyLive scores: all the goals from around the UK and EuropeEmail John here or tweet at @JohnBrewin_ 4.20pm BST A hat-trick for Bernardo and there are 30 minutes left to get three more goals. They were queuing up to score that. Bernardo got two goes. 4.17pm BST The neighbours are now so noisy that next door have their earplugs on. Manchester United have not scored six goals in a league game since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. Manchester City have got six against Watford in 48 ... more
  • 14 hours Read and Barrett react after All Blacks’ thrilling win over Springboks – video TheGuardian -Sport
    The New Zealand captain, Kieran Read, and his  teammate Beauden Barrett shared their thoughts after the All Blacks defeated South Africa 23-13 in the opening game of their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign in Yokohama on SaturdayNew Zealand stand firm against South Africa in heavyweight thriller Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours Rugby World Cup: Key moments as New Zealand, France and Australia win – video highlights TheGuardian -Sport
    George Bridge’s try was crucial as New Zealand overcame South Africa, while Camille Lopez kicked the winning drop goal as France beat Argentina, and Australia fought back to defeat Fiji.New Zealand stand firm against South Africa in heavyweight thriller Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours Charles Leclerc storms to Singapore F1 GP pole ahead of Lewis Hamilton TheGuardian -Sport
    • Sebastian Vettel pipped by duo after seeming set for pole• Max Verstappen on second row of grid at Marina BayCharles Leclerc claimed pole for the Singapore Grand Prix, putting in a magnificent lap of the street circuit for Ferrari to deny Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton, who was second. In a close qualifying session Sebastian Vettel was in third for Ferrari with Max Verstappen in fourth for Red Bull. Valtteri Bottas was in fifth with Alexander Albon in sixth.Under the floodlights of the Marina Bay circuit Leclerc took pole with an outstanding lap in qualifying that he left to his final ... more
  • 15 hours We MPs know that Boris Johnson’s rhetoric is dangerous and divisive | Tracy Brabin and Jack Dromey TheGuardian
    The current loss of civility in politics is alarming because the repercussions will be felt in the real worldAs members of parliament, we have borne witness to a change in the way in which politics is conducted in this country that deeply concerns us.Of course, politics can involve heated debate and there is no doubt that we have both been involved in fiery and impassioned exchanges over the course of our political lives. Politics involves important decisions that can have life-changing impacts and it is unsurprising that such debates and discussions involve emotion on the part of those involved. Continue ... more
  • 16 hours Explained: the attempt to remove Tom Watson as deputy Labour leader TheGuardian
    What happened after Jon Lansman tabled last-minute NEC motion calling for Watson’s job to be scrapped?No, but there was strong speculation he would be after Jon Lansman, the founder of the pro-Corbyn campaign group, Momentum, tabled a last-minute motion at the party’s ruling national executive committee (NEC) on Friday night calling for Watson’s job to be scrapped. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours Leicester’s fast start continues as James Maddison sinks Spurs with late stunner TheGuardian -Sport
    Leicester have not been bashful about their lofty ambitions for this season and there is certainly no need for them to set their sights lower after they emerged from this high-class showdown with all three points. This was a thrilling, breathtaking contest featuring fine play by both teams, an exceptional goal by Harry Kane, two goals disallowed by VAR, a terrific equaliser by Ricardo Pereira and a late strike by James Maddison that can only do Leicester good as they strive to upset the Premier League’s established order again.Tottenham will feature plenty in the highlights but ultimately left deflated, having ... more
  • 17 hours Temperance tours to inclusive packages: a history of Thomas Cook TheGuardian
    The father of modern tourism set up shop, modestly and soberly, 178 years ago in the east MidlandsBy today’s standards of all-inclusive resorts with free bars and infinity pools, the first Thomas Cook holiday, which whisked customers 12 miles by train from Leicester to a temperance meeting in Loughborough, sounds like a hard sell.But the excursion, organised in 1841 by Derbyshire cabinet-maker Thomas Cook for 500 like-minded supporters, laid the foundations of a business that made him the father of modern tourism. The former Baptist preacher believed the ills of Victorian society stemmed largely from alcohol, and saw a chance ... more
  • 17 hours Holiday nightmare: big debts and bad luck push Thomas Cook to the brink TheGuardian -Biz
    The tour operator’s banks are demanding £200m. Otherwise it will fail – leaving jobs at risk and customers strandedFor the second time in less than a decade, Thomas Cook is staring into the abyss, facing the prospect of its 178-year history coming to an ignominious close.Just three weeks ago, the tour operator looked to have secured a £900m rescue package – half provided by Chinese tourism business Fosun, the rest by a mixture of banks and hedge funds. The debt-for-equity swap would wipe out of £1.7bn of loans, allowing the company to make its interest payments during the barren winter, ... more
  • 17 hours How the greatest Red Sox team in history turned into an embarrassment TheGuardian -Sport
    There are World Series hangovers and there’s whatever is going on in Boston. And now the team have no general manager – and an uncertain futureIt hasn’t even been 12 months since the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, but it’s felt like far longer for their suffering fans. Despite bringing back nearly the same lineup – we’ll get into the exceptions in a bit – the Red Sox were eliminated from playoff contention on Friday night, with a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The fall of the Sox, who won a franchise-high 108 games last season, ... more
  • 17 hours Heritage healing: why historic houses improve wellbeing TheGuardian
    Staying in a landmark building has been found to counteract stress and anxietyWith its low gables and sunny verandahs, the empty former cottage hospital of Winsford is a building like no other in the world. The result of a philanthropic dream shared by a rich widow and a leading Victorian architect, in the 119 years since the ailing people of north Devon were first welcomed under its slate roof, the place has aided many a recovery, including shell-shocked soldiers seeking sanctuary from first world war trenches.And soon Winsford, at Halwill Junction near Beaworthy, will be helping people again. The disused ... more
  • 17 hours Extinction Rebellion protesters ‘glue’ themselves to street in Dover TheGuardian
    No Food on a Dying Planet action at Kent port is expected to be mirrored across the Channel by other XR groupsClimate change activists from Extinction Rebellion involved in a “blockade” of the busy Dover port are reported to have glued themselves to streets and have been told they could face arrest if they leave a designated area, police have said.Two main roads out of the port are expected to be blocked for four hours, the environmental group has said. Continue reading... ... more
  • 17 hours The history of art … according to Steve Martin TheGuardian
    Two little-known American artists from the early 20th century are being championed by the comedian and film star in a new BBC radio seriesSteve Martin, the comedian and film star, is using the force of his colourful personality this autumn to champion a vivid but little-known art movement founded by two young American artists who met in Paris in the early years of the 20th century.Martin, 74, a fan of modern art, has joined forces with BBC radio to promote a neglected creative movement known as synchromism. Stanton MacDonald-Wright and Morgan Russell were students who had travelled separately to the ... more
  • 18 hours Damian Lewis: ‘The great thing about James Bond is how bad a spy he is’ TheGuardian
    Actor, tipped as the new Bond, tells of his new docudrama series Spy Wars – and his take on Ian Fleming’s heroHis award-winning performances have included the hit espionage drama series Homeland and he is among actors tipped to take over from Daniel Craig as James Bond. Now Damian Lewis has taken on his first role in a television docudrama about spies, whom he describes as “often quite grubby and banal”, a world away from the glamour of 007.The Hollywood star presents and produces the eight-part show about some of the most significant espionage operations of the last 40 years. ... more
  • 18 hours New Zealand stand firm against South Africa in heavyweight thriller TheGuardian -Sport
    • Springboks start and finish strongly but fall short• Bridge and Barrett tries give All Blacks winning leadAfter the final gong had sounded on this rousing contest, New Zealand’s players still had the presence of mind to walk slowly around the emptying stadium, respectfully bowing to everyone present. It should have been the other way around; those lucky enough to witness this gripping game owed all the ferociously committed players involved a collective vote of thanks.Respect is certainly due to the All Blacks for the first-half attacking excellence that, crucially, delivered 14 points inside four minutes just before the half-hour ... more
  • 18 hours Man in court on attempted murder charge over London double-shooting TheGuardian
    Kenloy Clarke is said to have opened fire in Wood Green, north London, on Tuesday nightA man has appeared in court accused of trying to kill his brother and a woman who is critically injured.Kenloy Clarke is said to have opened fire in Lordship Lane in Wood Green, north London, on Tuesday night. Continue reading... ... more
  • 18 hours New Zealand v South Africa: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Updates from the All Blacks’ opening gameFrance 23-21 Argentina | Australia 39-21 FijiAny thoughts? Email or tweet @LukeMcLaughlin 12.23pm BST 71 min: Sonny Bill Williams is charged down, trying a cross-kick from inside his own half, but the All Blacks were enjoying a penalty advantage. Meanwhile there is a break in play because try-scorer Pieter-Steph du Toit is injured. Plenty of time left in this one. Barrett is going to take on a long-range penalty ... 12.21pm BST 70 min: The All Blacks have taken the sting out of a spirited recovery by South Africa - just for the moment. ... more
  • 18 hours Leicester v Tottenham: Premier League – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Updates from the 12.30pm BST kick-offPremier League: 10 things to look out forGet in touch! Email Rob here 12.22pm BST “Spurs are fourth,” says Simon Betterton, “and they’re closer to the bottom than the top!”That’s a great spot. They’re six points above Watford and seven behind Liverpool. 11.36am BST Some pre-match reading Related: Dennis Praet: ‘I started at Leicester with somebody else’s boots’ Related: Mauricio Pochettino not convinced Tottenham squad has improved Continue reading... ... more
  • 18 hours T20 Blast Finals Day: Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire in first semi – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Updates from the first semi-final at EdgbastonEmail Graham, tweet or comment below the line 12.16pm BST One over to go for the Rapids. Whiteley is still there, but Notts have bowled well at him during the last over or two. 137-7. 12.06pm BST Here comes the Worcester charge through Ross Whiteley, who has hit three sixes and a four in the last five minutes, peppering long-on and long-off. He has 30 off 16 balls, and it’s 125-7 from 17 overs. Continue reading... ... more
  • 19 hours New Zealanders vent anger at being unable to watch Rugby World Cup TheGuardian -Sport
    New streaming service receives thousands of complaints as All Blacks kick off campaignNew Zealand v South Africa: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!Many New Zealanders have expressed anger at not being able to watch the All Blacks’ first match of this year’s Rugby World Cup due to errors in a new streaming service, with more than 10,000 calling the service’s emergency hotline for assistance.Rights for this year’s tournament in the rugby-mad island nation were bought by telecommunications giant Spark, which had planned to livestream games on a special website, Spark Sport, for a one-off fee of NZ$80, with no free-to-air ... more
  • 19 hours Lizzie Deignan heads GB’s World Championships charge in Harrogate TheGuardian
    The Yorkshire town becomes the centre of world cycling for the next nine days as the UCI Road World Championships represent the sport’s biggest extravaganza in the UK to dateIn world cycling terms all roads lead to Harrogate this week but in the context of British cycling they have led there for the last quarter‑century. The UCI Road World Championships opened on Saturday with the para-cycling international and over the next eight days the worlds are set to outstrip two hugely successful Tour de France starts in 2007 and 2014, in London and Yorkshire, in both duration and spectator numbers.The ... more
  • 19 hours Lizzie Deignan heads GB’s World Championships charge in Harrogate TheGuardian -Sport
    The Yorkshire town becomes the centre of world cycling for the next nine days as the UCI Road World Championships represent the sport’s biggest extravaganza in the UK to dateIn world cycling terms all roads lead to Harrogate this week but in the context of British cycling they have led there for the last quarter‑century. The UCI Road World Championships opened on Saturday with the para-cycling international and over the next eight days the worlds are set to outstrip two hugely successful Tour de France starts in 2007 and 2014, in London and Yorkshire, in both duration and spectator numbers.The ... more
  • 19 hours Creamy, untreated and in a glass bottle: Britain gets a taste for old-fashioned milk TheGuardian
    Dairy farmers cash in on a growing trend to replace both homogenisation and plastic with a revival of the traditional ways“When the milk price crashed five years ago, we were in a bad way,” says Bryce Cunningham, a third-generation farmer running Mossgiel farm in Ayrshire. “Fifty, sixty years ago, you could make a living on a dairy farm; now you’re expected to just survive. So I thought, ‘If we did it the way they did it before, could we survive?’”The farm sits on the land that Robert Burns farmed in the 1700s. “Farming the land that he worked, could we ... more
  • 19 hours Where does Reece Hodge’s baffling escape leave high tackle crackdown? | Andy Bull TheGuardian -Sport
    The Australia wing caught Fiji’s Peceli Yato in the head with a shoulder and didn’t use his arms, World Rugby’s tackle directives could not be clearer – yet no action was takenFor 15 minutes the Sapporo Dome sounded as loud as any other ground in the game. And then the rugby started. The volume was ear-splitting in the minutes before kick-off, while the stadium PA was pumping out music, but it fell almost entirely silent in the very second the New Zealander Ben O’Keeffe blew his whistle.It was so quiet in the first half that you could clearly hear the ... more
  • 20 hours Tom Watson: Labour ditches vote on abolishing deputy leader role TheGuardian
    Party will instead carry out review of role following intervention by Jeremy CorbynJeremy Corbyn has attempted to defuse an attempt to oust the deputy Labour leader, Tom Watson, after a huge backlash from unions and MPs.The Labour leader proposed reviewing the post of deputy leader after a surprise attempt to abolish the post narrowly failed. Continue reading... ... more
  • 20 hours GWS holds out Collingwood to reach first ever grand final TheGuardian -Sport
    GWS beat Collingwood 8.8 (56) to 7.10 (52)Magpies came back from a 33-point deficit to nearly take the matchGWS are through to their first-ever AFL grand final after they stunned hot favourite Collingwood in a four-point preliminary final thriller at the MCG. The Giants led by a game-high 33 points early in the final term on Saturday, but had to withstand a stirring late challenge by the Pies, who kicked the last four goals of the match only to fall agonisingly short - 8.8 (56) to 7.10 (52). Continue reading... ... more
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