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The hidden lesson inside the Alabama election

By most any political estimation, this past week’s Alabama special senate election was an outlier. Democrats generally don’t win statewide races in Alabama and Doug Jones likely wouldn’t have if a series of child molestation stories hadn’t surfaced about Republican candidate Roy Moore. But tallies out of Alabama’s biggest vote-producing counties suggest the election was just another example of a trend that’s shaped the most-watched races of 2017: The GOP’s retreat from the suburbs. More than 60 percent of the vote on Tuesday night came out of just five counties…

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Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho facing uncertainty over future at Old Trafford

Mourinho goes to The Hawthorns amid simmering unrest at the club following last week’s defeat by Manchester City – and the unsavoury bust-ups that followed it. And with the £30million Armenian midfielder Henrika Mkhitaryan the latest star to clash with the volatile Mourinho, critics in Old Trafford’s corridors of power are understood to be seriously considering whether there should be a change at the top. Some behind the scenes were privately critical of his appointment in the first place and now fear that the controversies that blighted his reign at…

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Chelsea to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to Thomas Lemar with player-plus-cash offer

Both Arsenal and Liverpool were close to signing the winger in the summer but a deal failed to materialise. The Gunners in fact had a £90m offer agreed in the closing stages of the last transfer window, but Alexis Sanchez’s failure to join Manchester City meant a move for Lemar was never able to be completed. Liverpool also were said to have had two bids knocked back for Lemar with reports this week suggesting Jurgen Klopp hasn’t given up hope of signing Lemar as a possible replacement for Philippe Coutinho…

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Gaming 

What to play this weekend: Okami HD, PUBG and Oddworld – CNET

Okami HD makes an already beautiful game look even better. Capcom I don’t know about you, but I’ve been looking forward to this weekend all year long — but not for the release of a new video game. I’ve been looking forward to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Its one of the few fandoms I have that I can share with my parents. It’s also a huge part of my history as a gamer. My first online shooter? Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II. My first arcade flight sim? Star Wars:…

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China tries to woo South Korea to become world’s link to North Korea’s nuclear programme

With fears a North Korea conflict might provoke World War 3, the Chinese have been urged to take action against their sabre-rattling ally. And premier Li Keying announced today stalled bilateral projects with the South would now resume. It has fuelled hopes China could act as a bridge between both sides of the divided Korean peninsula and avert a potentially catastrophic conflict. For nearly a year, China-South Korea relations have been tense with Beijing angry about the deployment of the US-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system in…

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Sport 

La Liga news: Pique leads revolt over Coutinho deal, Real Madrid receive Courtois boost

Gerard Pique is said to be furious that Philippe Coutinho is set to be handed a bigger contract than him at Barcelona, should the club lure him away from Liverpool. Barcelona have not given up hope of signing Coutinho, despite Liverpool supposedly not willing to listen to offers in the New Year. Coutinho made it clear in the summer that he wanted to leave when he handed in a transfer request with Barcelona having three bids knocked back. But his potential arrival could spark unrest in the Barcelona dressing room….

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David Luiz issues Chelsea transfer ultimatum after Antonio Conte talks – EXCLUSIVE

Brazilian Luiz was dropped by Conte after a disagreement between the two over tactics following Chelsea’s Champions League defeat by Roma in Rome in October, and his reaction to being substituted in the home game against the Italians. The flamboyant centre back then picked up a knee injury and has been out of the Chelsea side now for three weeks. But he could be ready for a return on Saturday when Chelsea face Southampton at home (3pm). Luiz, now 30, has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Real…

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Chelsea news: Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson gives Barcelona Champions League prediction

That’s the verdict of former Arsenal star and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who says the Blues can mix it with anyone in Europe’s elite club competition. Chelsea were pitted against Barcelona in the last-16 when the draw was made in Nyon on Monday morning. And the showdown sees them face adversaries that they’re familiar with following a number of previous battles in the Champions League. Many fans will be wary of the threat posed by Barcelona having seen Chelsea falter against them in the past. Merson reckons the west…

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Conor McGregor: What is the UFC star’s net worth after Floyd Mayweather loss?

GETTY Conor McGregor addresses the media after his TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather The reigning UFC lightweight champion locked horns with the Olympic bronze medallist in a multi-million-pound showdown in August. McGregor, 29, fought valiantly against the legendary boxer, comfortably taking the first four rounds. However, fatigue soon reared its ugly head, paving the way for Mayweather to register a tenth round TKO victory, the fiftieth triumph of his professional career. McGregor may not have come out of ‘The Money Fight’ victorious, but he can hold his head high knowing that he stood…

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Man Utd news LIVE updates: Mourinho holiday plans, Lukaku surprise, Dybala claim

Manchester United news LIVE updates: All the latest from Old Trafford Thursday December 14 Jose Mourinho holiday plan 05:00: Jose Mourinho has joked that will take a trip across the Atlantic as soon as he believes Manchester United are no longer in the title race. United returned to winning ways this evening with a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth after their defeat to Manchester City at the weekend. And he mockingly stated he would have already booked his holiday to either Brazil or America if he thought otherwise. “I said we…

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