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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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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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Will Gompertz reviews season two of Netflix's The Crown ★★★★☆

The Crown is back. The second season of the royal drama, which is released on Netflix next weekend, consists of 10 one-hour episodes covering Queen Elizabeth II’s life between 1956 and 1963. It does, on occasion, shift back and forth a bit more than that, but then what would you expect when you have an ex-Time Lord playing Prince Philip? You’re in for a treat if you like your period drama served with lashings of schoolboy history, a few large dollops of poetic licence, and tastefully presented by someone wearing…

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Wall charts to the World Cup – Liverpool's Joe Gomez targets England place to crown rapid rise

Joe Gomez was putting up wall charts in his parents’ house at the last World Cup – now the defender is pressing his case to be involved on the biggest stage with England. The 20-year-old was one of several surprise call-ups to an experimental senior squad, with Liverpool team-mates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge among the names conspicuous by their absence. A lack of game time cost the duo their place, whereas Gomez’s run under Jurgen Klopp means he in line to make his senior debut in the upcoming friendlies…

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The Crown: Olivia Colman to replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II

Broadchurch star Olivia Colman will be acceding to the throne in The Crown, a series spokesperson has confirmed. She will take over from Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II in the early years of her reign, in seasons three and four of the show. Foy, who has won a Golden Globe for the part, has previously said she was aware she would only be in two series. Colman is expected to be seen in the role from 2019. It’s yet to be revealed who will play her Prince Philip….

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News: Saudi crown prince prepares for Future Investment Initiative

Here are just a few of the top business leaders confirmed to speak at #FII2017pic.twitter.com/HYJvhm0H2Q — Future Investment (@FII_by_PIF) October 23, 2017 The Future Investment Initiative will be opened tomorrow in Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. The event will officially be hosted by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, with its chairman, prince Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud, formally opening the event. Addressing over 2,500 delegates and leading business figures from more than 60 countries, his royal highness will invite attendees to debate the opportunities and challenges that will shape the world economy and…

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