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Brilliant O'Sullivan equals record with sixth UK title – report & video

Media playback is not supported on this device Ronnie O’Sullivan equalled Steve Davis’ haul of six UK Championship titles by beating Shaun Murphy 10-5 in a high-quality final in York. O’Sullivan also drew level with Stephen Hendry’s 18 ‘Triple Crown’ titles of the World, UK and Masters events. The pair shared the first eight frames, each knocking in a century apiece, but O’Sullivan seized control with four breaks over 50 and two further tons. He won five frames in a row to clinch the £170,000 top prize. Victory means O’Sullivan…

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O'Sullivan sets up semi-final v Maguire – report & video

Media playback is not supported on this device Five-time winner Ronnie O’Sullivan cruised through to the semi-finals of the UK Championship by beating Martin Gould 6-3 at the York Barbican. The day after a late-night victory over Sunny Akani, O’Sullivan opened by stroking in back-to-back centuries en route to a 5-0 lead. Gould responded with runs of 101, 61 and 70, but O’Sullivan’s well-taken 94 put him through. He faces Stephen Maguire on Saturday after the Scot beat Joe Perry 6-3. Maguire surged 5-0 in front with breaks of 76…

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Lifestyle 

Ashley Graham kicks off Christmas countdown for Love magazine's advent video calendar

Step aside chocolate, and move over beauty products. The only advent calendar you need this Christmas features curvy model Ashley Graham pulling a sled in lingerie and Emily Ratajkowski writhing in spaghetti. The video “calendar” – does that make it a “valendar”? – is the work of Love magazine editor Katie Grand, who famously launched the biannual tome with a naked Beth Ditto, frontwoman of The Gossip and all round body-positive icon, on the cover in 2009. Ashley Graham in the Love magazine advent calendar. Photo: Instagram/@thelovemagazine While Graham, who last month publicly…

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Video: Daniele De Rossi sent off for slapping opponent then diving

Watch the video of De Rossi’s slap and dive below Monday, November 27, 2017 Daniele De Rossi is one of the most highly-regarded players in the recent history of the Italian football. He is a legend for both Roma and the Azzurri, but was an embarrassment to the game on Sunday. While playing in Roma’s 1-1 draw at Genoa, the 34-year-old was shown a red card after slapping Gianluca Lapadula across the face – then diving in the immediate aftermath. After the match, Roma boss Eusebio De Francesco said: “Daniele…

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England hold off Tonga to reach World Cup final – video & report

Media playback is not supported on this device Rugby League World Cup semi-final Tonga (0) 18 Tries: Junior, Havili, Lolohea Goals: Taukeiaho (3) England (12) 20 Tries: McGillvary, Widdop, Bateman Goals: Widdop (4) England reached a first World Cup final since 1995 as they survived a late Tonga comeback in Auckland to set up a meeting with 10-time winners Australia. Wayne Bennett’s side were leading 20-0 with seven minutes remaining after tries from Jermaine McGillvary, Gareth Widdop and John Bateman. But Tevita Pangai Junior and Siliva Havili then crashed over…

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Video: Leonardo Bonucci with embarrassing attempt at goal line clearance

Watch Bonucci’s comical mistake Friday, November 24, 2017 Leonardo Bonucci has made an error of Sunday League proportions.  The highly-rated, £38m defender showed he is only human after failing to complete a fairly routine goal line clearance.  AC Milan ran out 5-1 winners in the Europa League match against Austria Wien despite the Italian’s best efforts.  Watch the calamitous moment below:  Let’s block ads! (Why?)

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Technology 

Call to regulate video game loot boxes over gambling concerns

A US politician has condemned the “predatory practices” seen in games that feature loot boxes or crates. Games use them to give random rewards and they are acquired either through gameplay or by spending real cash. Hawaiian state representative Chris Lee said games using boxes resembled casinos and called for laws to limit their use. The condemnation comes as Belgian gambling regulators investigate the growing use of in-game rewards. In a statement posted to YouTube, Mr Lee singled out the use of loot boxes in Electronic Arts’ Star Wars Battlefront…

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