Sport 

Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid star makes surprise Barcelona demand… will they do this?

Ronaldo scored the winner for Real in their Club World Cup final against Gremio yesterday with an incredible free-kick. It means Real have now won the competition a joint-record three times, level with rivals Barcelona. But their focus will swiftly switch back to La Liga action next week when they face Barcelona on Saturday (12pm). Real can ill afford to drop points against their rivals having fallen eight points behind them in the league. Zinedine Zidane’s side won their first La Liga title for five years last season, as well…

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Entertainment 

For The Woman Who Has Everything: A Short story by Susi Holliday

She is almost out of the front door when she sees the envelope leaning against the blue glass vase on the sideboard. It’s addressed to her. Dear Caroline, I’m not going to be here for Christmas after all. They want me in before the New Year. Some “on-boarding” guff. Anyway, I’m sure you’ll find plenty to amuse yourself with. You always do. I’ve hidden your present in the house. This is the first clue. Have fun. Geoff Caroline frowns. There’s a squiggle after her husband’s name that looks like a…

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Entertainment 

An almost perfect Christmas book: A good cultural observation and comical advice guide

Since the publication of Love, Nina in 2013, Nina Stibbe has forged a reputation as one of Britain’s funniest contemporary writers with a sharp eye for the comic detail in everyday life. Following the publication of two highly acclaimed, semi-autobiographical novels, Man At The Helm and Paradise Lodge, Stibbe is back with An Almost Perfect Christmas, a festive offering of autobiographical stories and advice celebrating both the joys and insanities of Christmas. One chapter explores the trials and tribulations of returning home for a family Christmas as an adult. Every…

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Technology 

Sen. Brian Schatz: Net neutrality isn’t dead – CNET

Democrats on Capitol Hill say they aren’t giving up on their fight to preserve Obama-era net neutrality rules, which were eliminated Thursday by Republicans in the FCC. U.S. Sens. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Brian Schatz of Hawaii are leading more than a dozen senators to introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution aimed at undoing the FCC’s actions and fully restoring net neutrality rules. Democratic Senate leader Charles Schumer of New York signed on to the effort Friday. US Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, says his party is…

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Technology 

Linksys WRT32X AC3200 dual-band Wi-Fi gaming router review – CNET

Is a router really going to make your champion in League of Legends kick more butt? Probably not, but the Linksys WRT32X does give you an edge over gamers whose routers often lag behind due to their network traffic. With its Killer Prioritization Engine (KPE), the WRT32X can help you make sure anyone streaming Netflix in the other room doesn’t increase your ping. For $300 (about £225 in the UK or AU$390), this Linksys AC3200-class dual-band router is in line with other gaming routers and works great with gaming PCs….

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Sport 

Man Utd: John Hartson makes incredible Rangers claim about Jose Mourinho

Last week the Aberdeen boss decided to stay put at Pittodrie instead of risking a move to a club who took six weeks to even make an approach for him. Former Celtic striker Hartson believes that was probably the best decision for all concerned given Rangers’ dismal recruiting record. Mark Warburton and Pedro Caixinha have both gone within the space of eight months this year after proving disastrous appointments. That’s why Hartson has no faith that those responsible for bringing them in will make it third time lucky.  He said:…

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Prosecutor: Not enough evidence yet to charge officer who shot bride

County attorneys do not yet have enough evidence to file charges against a Minneapolis police officer who mistakenly shot and killed an Australian bride-to-be in July, according to the prosecutor handling the case. Officer Mohamed Noor fatally shot Justine Damond, 40, on July 15 after she called police to report a possible sexual assault near her house. A memorial service for Justine Damond on August 11, 2017 at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. Aaron Lavinsky / Star Tribune via AP Noor’s partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, told investigators he was “startled by…

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Prosecutor: No enough evidence yet to charge officer who shot bride

County attorneys do not yet have enough evidence to file charges against a Minneapolis police officer who mistakenly shot and killed an Australian bride-to-be in July, according to the prosecutor handling the case. Officer Mohamed Noor fatally shot Justine Damond, 40, on July 15 after she called police to report a possible sexual assault near her house. A memorial service for Justine Damond on August 11, 2017 at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. Aaron Lavinsky / Star Tribune via AP Noor’s partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, told investigators he was “startled by…

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Don’t thank black women for Roy Moore’s loss. Fight for us each day.

Black women are often ignored in discussions of politics or our society in general, so it is nice to see credit given where it is due in the case of Doug Jones’ unexpected win in the Alabama Senate race. Jones was carried to victory on the votes of black people — especially black women, who made up 17% of the voting population in Alabama. Around 93% of black men and 98% of black women voted for Doug Jones, showing up to the polls in numbers that almost matched the 2008…

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Technology 

Apple iMac Pro Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

I admit it: I didn’t think it could be done.  When I heard the specs for the new iMac Pro, my immediate reaction was, “that’s going to need liquid-nitrogen cooling for the 18-core model.” After all, the 16-core AMD Threadripper I’ve been testing has been known to hit as high as 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 degrees Celsius) when maxing out all cores on a 3D render, and that’s in a roomy Alienware Area-51 desktop with plenty of airflow. So when Apple’s 10-core Xeon W model didn’t break a sweat on a…

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