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Chelsea news: Antonio Conte claims Ngolo Kante would be his Ballon d'Or winner but admits Eden Hazard is a more likely to receive the crown

N’Golo Kante would be the coaches’ choice as the world’s best player, says Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. But the Italian admits Eden Hazard is the Chelsea ace most likely to win the Ballon d’Or. France midfielder Kante finished eighth in the voting and Belgium playmaker Hazard 19th as Cristiano Ronaldo won the prize for a fifth time, tying Lionel Messi’s mark. Real Madrid’s Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Messi and Neymar of Paris St Germain are usually the standout candidates for the prestigious prize, voted for by journalists. But Conte reckons Kante, like…

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Jamie Redknapp claims Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva complement each other well ahead of Manchester United v Manchester City clash

De Bruyne signed for Manchester City in the summer of 2015 Friday, December 8, 2017 Jamie Redknapp has claimed Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva are the closest to emulating the playing styles of Barcelona legends Xavi and Andres Iniesta.  De Bruyne and Silva have had a successful season so far and are joint top of the Premier League assists charts with eight each to their names.  City boss Pep Guardiola managed Xavi and Iniesta in his successful four-year spell at the Barcelona helm.  Silva was a doubt for Manchester City’s cruicial game away to local…

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Geoffrey Rush sues newspaper over 'spurious' claims

Actor Geoffrey Rush has filed a defamation lawsuit against an Australian newspaper for publishing what he called false and “spurious” allegations against him. Mr Rush said Sydney’s Daily Telegraph had caused “irreparable damage” to his reputation over reports it had published since 30 November. He has strongly denied any wrongdoing. The Oscar winner said he had filed the lawsuit on Friday. The newspaper said it would defend its reporting. “It is an action I am taking in order to redress the slurs, innuendo and hyperbole they have created around my…

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Google's 'superhuman' DeepMind AI claims chess crown

Google says its AlphaGo Zero artificial intelligence program has triumphed at chess against world-leading specialist software within hours of teaching itself the game from scratch. The firm’s DeepMind division says that it played 100 games against Stockfish 8, and won or drew all of them. The research has yet to be peer reviewed. But experts already suggest the achievement will strengthen the firm’s position in a competitive sector. “From a scientific point of view, it’s the latest in a series of dazzling results that DeepMind has produced,” the University of…

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Russia banned from sending a team to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after IOC investigates state-sponsored doping claims at Sochi 2014

Only invited Russian athletes will be allowed to compete as neutral competitors Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Russia has been banned from sending a team to February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The International Olympic Committee announced the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) on Tuesday, meaning only invited Russian athletes will be allowed to compete and they will be considered neutral competitors. The decision was reached after the IOC’s 14-strong executive board received a recommendation from a disciplinary commission set up to investigate claims Russia conducted a state-sponsored doping programme…

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Metropolitan Opera investigates sex abuse claims against James Levine

New York’s Metropolitan Opera says it has opened an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against the conductor James Levine. Mr Levine, 74, was music director at the Met for 40 years before retiring for health reasons in 2016. The New York Times said the claims were based on a 2016 police report in which a man accused Mr Levine of abusing him as a teenager in the 1980s. The Times said the Met had been aware of the report since last year. However, Mr Levine had denied the accusations…

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Damian Green porn claims 'flagrant police breach'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ex-detectives who disclosed that legal pornography was found on Damian Green’s office computer were in “flagrant breach” of their code of conduct, a former attorney general has said. Dominic Grieve said their actions smacked of the “police state”. However, a former chief constable told the BBC the information was in the public interest. First Secretary of State Mr Green denies watching or downloading pornography on his computer. Tory MPs, including Brexit Secretary David Davis, have backed Mr Green – effectively Theresa May’s second-in-command…

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