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Mo Farah & Haile Gebrselassie in dispute over alleged theft

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Mo Farah & Haile Gebrselassie in dispute over alleged theft
Mo Farah (left) and Haile Gebrselassie (centre) raced against each other at the 2013 Great North Run

Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah and Haile Gebrselassie are involved in a dispute over an alleged theft at a hotel belonging to the Ethiopian athletics great in Addis Ababa.

The Briton said he had money, a watch and two phones taken from his room, and that Gebrselassie did not help him.

“I was just disappointed with Haile,” said 36-year-old Farah.

Gebrselassie, 46, responded by accusing Farah of “blackmail” and “defaming” his reputation and business.

Farah made the claims at the media preview event of Sunday’s London Marathon.

“Just to be honest, it’s Haile who owns the hotel and when you stay for three months in that hotel, it was very disappointing to know that someone who has that hotel and that kind of support couldn’t do nothing,” said Farah, who had been training in Ethiopia.

Gebrselassie accuses Farah of ‘disgraceful conduct’

Farah alleged that the items were stolen on 23 March.

In a statement sent to BBC Sport via his agent, double Olympic 10,000m champion Gebrselassie said he was considering taking legal action against Farah.

He said a text message he received from Farah before the London Marathon news conference was an attempt to “blackmail” him.

Gebrselassie said guests staying at his hotel are asked to declare if they are carrying more than $350 (£271) in cash, so they could be given the option of keeping the money in a safe box or give it to officials for safe-keeping.

He claimed that Farah chose to hold on to his money, which meant his hotel was not legally accountable for it.

Gebrselassie said the alleged theft was reported and that five of the hotel’s employees were investigated but released without charge, adding that police “found nothing on the reported robbery case”.

Gebrselassie, who won four world titles, said Farah was given a 50% discount on his hotel rates, but left without paying his service bill of 81,000 Ethiopian Birr (£2,170).

He also said his hotel staff reported “disgraceful conduct” by Farah and his entourage and that he was reported to the police for “attacking a married athlete in the gym”.

Gebrselassie said a criminal charge was dropped because of his own mediation role.

‘Farah wants matter resolved’

In response to Gebrselassie’s claims, a spokesperson for Farah said: “Mo is disappointed with this statement and the continued reluctance by the hotel and its owner to take responsibility for this robbery.

“Mo disputes all of these claims, which are an effort to distract from the situation, where members of his hotel staff used a room key and stole money and items from Mo Farah’s room (there was no safe as it was faulty, and Mo requested a new one).

“Police reports confirm the incident and the hotel admitted responsibility and were in contact with Mo’s legal advisor.

“The hotel even offered to pay Mo the amount stolen, only to withdraw the offer when he prematurely left the hotel and moved to other accommodation due to security concerns.

“Despite many attempts to discuss this issue privately with Mr Gebrselassie, he did not respond but now that he has, we would welcome him or his legal team getting in touch so that this matter can be resolved.”

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Why Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury impression makes him the perfect Bond villain

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Why Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury impression makes him the perfect Bond villain

We’ve been expecting you, Mr Malek. Rumours that Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody actor Rami Malek had been lined up as the latest Bond baddie have been confirmed, with the 37-year-old unveiled as 007’s latest nemesis in the forthcoming 25th instalment in the franchise. 

Malek’s as-yet-unnamed character is described as “a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology”. He comes to the role as one of the hottest stars in the business, having seen off Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen and Bradley Cooper to claim the Academy Award for Best Actor in March. 

But he is a divisive figure, too, his turn as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody among the most opinion-splitting in recent screen history. 

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Malek’s Mercury was unquestionably broad – a heartfelt caricature by an actor who appeared torn between embodying Mercury or merely fleshing out the star’s surface tics. Some – especially those close to Mercury – loved it. Queen’s Brian May praised Malek for getting under the frontman’s skin with uncanny verisimilitude. “He inhabited Freddie to the point where we even started to think of him as Freddie. Really remarkable,” the guitarist said.

But others were less impressed, with The Daily Telegraph’s Robbie Collin decrying the actor’s “lousy” Mercury impression. Certainly, Malek could not be accused of subtlety as he worked Mercury’s famous incisors for all they were worth and, during the climactic restaging of Live Aid, preened as if his moustache was about to start twirling like a propellor and convey him high above Wembley. 

It was ridiculous – over the top with bells on. Then, Bond fans may contend that ridiculous and over-the-top is precisely what 007 is crying out for. We’ve arguably had our fill of “gritty” Bond villains lately – several even portrayed by Oscar winners. There was Javier Bardem’s low-burning Raoul Silva in Skyfall and Christoph Waltz as a boring Blofeld in the most recent Bond, 2015’s Spectre. 

Villain Rami Malek gives video message about new Bond 25 film

Both those actors approached the part as though a Bond movie were rather a serious matter – an Ibsen play only with more shooting. That has obviously has been in keeping with the texture of the franchise throughout the ever grumpier Daniel Craig epoch.

Malek’s casting, however, hints at a new direction – especially factoring in the fact that Bond 25 (pencilled for release in 2020) is to be directed by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga (replacing Danny Boyle, who exited after his script was rejected by the producers). With season one of the HBO noir hit and later with Maniac on Netflix, Fukunaga’s forte has been heightened realities – adjacent to our world but not quite of it. 

That’s of a piece with Malek’s breakout performance as a paranoid hacker in the TV series Mr Robot. There he looked like a graphic novel character brought to life as he slouched around in a hoodie and ranted in voiceover about the evils of social media and Josh Groban. 

It was a quietly maniacal turn – one he has occasionally seemed to reprise in real life. For evidence, check out on YouTube his chilling advertisement for Mandarin Oriental hotels. “I’m a fan of… hand-written letters,” he says in a staccato hiss. “I’m a fan of looking sharp regardless of the occasion… I’m a fan of mischief… I’m a fan of being exactly who I want to be.” 

He doesn’t sound much like an Oscar-winner shilling for a five-star hotel chain. With his lidless gaze and monotone patter, Malek rather resembles an evil genius monologuing just before he presses a big red button that will blow up the world (the piece sounds even creepier when paired with the music from Jordan Peele’s Us, as someone has inevitably done). 

The point is that, even if you thought Bohemian Rhapsody was a right load of Scaramouche, the sheer excess of Malek’s performance suggests he has potential as an old-fashioned baddie. He may have been a divisive Oscar winner. As a Bond villain, he could be the walking creep-show for which 007 is crying out. 

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There’s a group of stocks not participating in the comeback and it could be a troubling sign

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There’s a group of stocks not participating in the comeback and it could be a troubling sign

A group of stocks that led the past two market rebounds is lagging this time around. And that may be a bearish signal.

S&P 500 in a rally back from December lows. Markets had been hammered in the fourth quarter, but both indexes have regained more than 16 percent since late December.

But in the past two months, the Russell 2000 has been much weaker. The index of small-cap stocks is down by roughly 1 percent since late February. The S&P 500 is up more than 4 percent in the same time period.

Ned Davis Research warned of the trend out in a note to clients this week. The firm has small-caps “on watch” for a downgrade from neutral to bearish. Ed Clissold, chief U.S. strategist at Ned David Research, is still looking for confirmation that small-caps are warning of a broad market peak.

“The small-cap weakness has become a favorite point of emphasis of the bears, and not without reason,” Clissold said. “The small-cap warning is backed by rationale.”

For chart analysts, weak small cap shares mean the market has poor so-called breadth.

For other investors, it has macroeconomic implications. These smaller companies are generally more vulnerable to economic cycles. They tend to hold more debt than their large-cap peers, making them especially sensitive to things like rising interest rates and wage inflation.

“From a macroeconomic view, small-caps tend to be more economically sensitive, so under-performance can be a recession warning,” Clissold said.

One reason small caps usually lead rallies is that they tend to be less liquid. So when the stock market rises, they may get bid up more quickly, according to Dan Miller, director of equities at GW&K Investment Management.

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Letter to America: Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin’s first meeting appears to send message to Donald Trump

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Letter to America: Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin’s first meeting appears to send message to Donald Trump

A first-ever summit between Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un began with firm handshakes and ended, apparently after a few drinks, with a swashbuckling press conference from the Russian president.

In between, Mr Putin tried to present himself as an international arbiter with more than a capacity for mischief. 

Mr Kim’s decision to take up a long-standing Russian invitation to visit has come during an impasse in sanctions negotiations with the US. The Korean pivot to Moscow has been widely interpreted as a signal to Washington; a gesture from Mr Kim that President Trump is not the only player in town. 

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At a press conference, held after several bottles of champagne were seen being wheeled into the meeting, a shiny-faced and often slurring Mr Putin was happy to emphasise the point. 

“The leader of North Korea personally asked us to inform the American side of his position,” he said. “There are no secrets here.”

Following two hours of conversation – an hour over what was planned – Mr Putin declared his opposite number to be an “open … quite interesting and substantive interlocutor”.

The discussions touched on de-nuclearisation, UN sanctions, the prospect of North Korean workers being expelled from Russia under the restrictions, and bilateral trade ties, Mr Putin said. 

There was, he concluded, a way to bring North Korea back from the brink.

“Denuclearisation means decommissioning of weapons, but North Korea needs guarantees for that to happen,” he said.

In comments that seemed directed at Washington, the Russian president then called for the “return of international law”, contrasting it with “the law of fists”.

Mr Putin took the press conference alone, with Mr Kim only making limited statements earlier in the day.  

That modesty with the press stood in stark contrast to the opulence that accompanied the North Korean leader on the way from Pyongyang. Mr Kim’s famous white-gloved entourage – pictured polishing windows and testing ramps as the leader’s armoured train pulled into Vladivostok station – appeared again at the summit, and seen frantically dusting chairs in preparation for the VIPs. 

In over-dinner comments reported by Russian state media, Mr Kim said he hoped Russia prospered “as a strong, honourable, great country”, and that North Korea was “proud” to be a neighbour. 

Later, he presented Mr Putin with a sword. “The blade represents strength, my soul and the soul of our people who stand in support of you,” he said. The Korean leader received a commemorative coin in return. 

In an earlier exchange of diplomatic protocol, both leaders agreed a “substantial exchange of opinions” had taken place.

As expected, no communique nor new agreements emerged from the talks. Instead, Mr Putin declared that the two sides had chatted about the “history and future” of the two countries’ diplomatic relations. 

Here, there was certainly much to reflect on. Soviet Russia was once the pre-eminent player on the Korean Peninsula, and the first to recognise the new country in 1948. But its influence has waned since the Soviet collapse, cooling as a new post-Soviet Russia courted Pyongyang’s southern rivals in Seoul. Russian influence, with miniscule trading links, is now dwarfed by that of the US and China.  

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While maintaining friendly relations with North Korea, Moscow mostly outsources the serious matters of North Korean policy to Beijing. And today’s largely symbolic encounter is unlikely to change that. 

But the value of such a meeting lies elsewhere, said Vasily Kashin, senior researcher at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  

“Russia will, of course, continue to coordinate the nuclear issue with Beijing, but what is new is the contact between the leaders, an extended meeting and a positive atmosphere,” he said. 

“It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of communication channels and personal relations when you are dealing with North Korea.” 

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Comcast is in talks to sell 30% stake in Hulu to Disney

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Comcast is in talks to sell 30% stake in Hulu to Disney

Comcast has had a frustrating run as a partial owner of video streaming platform Hulu, but that doesn’t make the decision to sell its minority stake in the company any easier.

Disney and Comcast are holding talks about working out a deal for Comcast’s 30% stake, according to people familiar with the matter. Comcast is now weighing the pros and cons of doing a deal now rather than later, said these people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. It’s still unclear if a deal will transpire.

The two companies are the last remaining owners of a company that was originally founded as a joint venture between several media giants. Hulu last week bought back a 9.5% stake in itself from Time-Warner owner AT&T, in a deal that values Hulu at $15 billion. That 9.5% stake will be split between Disney and Comcast, unless Disney consolidates the entire company.

“On Hulu, the relationship with NBC, it’s very much in everybody’s interest to maintain,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said Thursday during an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “And we have no new news today on it, other than it’s really valuable. And we’re really glad we own a large piece of it.”

For years, Comcast was barred from having a say in Hulu’s direction — part of a consent decree Comcast agreed to when it acquired NBCUniversal in 2011. (NBCUniversal is the parent company of CNBC.)

Seven years later, Comcast’s ownership in Hulu switched from passive to active, when the consent decree expired in 2018. That gave Roberts and NBC CEO Steve Burke some say in the company’s future.

But just as Comcast came off the sidelines, 21st Century Fox agreed to sell its 30% stake in Hulu to Disney. That deal, which closed last month, effectively silenced Comcast once again. Instead of being an equal owner with Fox and Disney, Comcast now owns a minority stake to Disney’s 60%.

“Fifty years from now will we be in Hulu? No, I don’t think we will,” Burke told Variety in January. “But I don’t think we’ll sell in five minutes.”

As of today, NBC provides about 17% of Hulu’s content. NBC has no plans to remove content from Hulu, which will continue to serve as NBC’s vessel for same-season shows even after the launch of the company’s new streaming service in 2020, according to people familiar with the matter. (NBC’s streaming service will showcase the company’s library of TV shows and movies.)

There are compelling reasons for Comcast to hold and to sell. Here’s what Comcast is debating, according to people familiar with the company’s thinking.

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Trump denies ordering Robert Mueller to be fired to stop report derailing presidency but insists he had ‘legal right to do so’

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Trump denies ordering Robert Mueller to be fired to stop report derailing presidency but insists he had ‘legal right to do so’

Donald Trump has denied ordering a former White House lawyer to fire Robert Mueller – the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election – despite his report into alleged Kremlin meddling suggesting the president had done just that.

Mr Trump said he had the “legal right” to sack Mr Mueller, whose report concluded last week that there was not enough evidence to establish that the president’s election campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Moscow, but chose not to.

The president was referring to a claim in the 448-page, partially redacted Mueller report that he had instructed his former counsel, Don McGahn, to remove the man heading the investigation. 

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“As has been incorrectly reported by the Fake News Media, I never told then White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller, even though I had the legal right to do so,” Mr Trump wrote on Twitter. “If I wanted to fire Mueller, I didn’t need McGahn to do it, I could have done it myself.

“Nevertheless, Mueller was NOT fired and was respectfully allowed to finish his work on what I, and many others, say was an illegal investigation (there was no crime), headed by a Trump hater who was highly conflicted, and a group of 18 VERY ANGRY Democrats.”

An account in the Mueller report suggests that in June 2017, Mr Trump called Mr McGahn to say he should tell Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to remove the special counsel because he had conflicts of interest.

Mr Trump also failed to get Mr McGahn to dispute media reports circulating at the time that the president tried to fire Mr Mueller, the report said.

Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said those actions could constitute obstruction of justice, as Mr McGahn “would be able to testify that he was asked to do it and then asked not to tell anyone what he had been asked to do”.

The Democratic chairman of the House judiciary panel has also issued a subpoena for Mr McGahn to testify and provide documents to the committee. 

It is unclear whether the White House will comply with the request. 

Mr Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Moscow or obstructing those tasked with investigating it. 

He has also has vowed to fight every subpoena from House Democrats probing his administration.

The Mueller report uncovered numerous links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and described how Mr Trump tried to impede the investigation.

The probe built a case indicating Mr Trump had committed obstruction of justice. 

While it stopped short of concluding the president had committed a crime, it also did not exonerate him.

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Paul Pogba ‘should not be close’ to PFA Team of the Year

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Paul Pogba ‘should not be close’ to PFA Team of the Year

Six Manchester City players and four from Liverpool make the PFA Team of the Year – but it is the inclusion of the remaining player that has been the most notable selection.

Despite an inconsistent season, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba finds himself in the 11, the only player in the side not from the Premier League’s top two clubs.

The team was voted for by his fellow professionals, but should Pogba be in the team? And if not, who should be in it instead?

Former England strikers Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer, ex-Premier League forward Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and football writer Melissa Reddy discuss the options.

You can watch the full debate on The Premier League Show on Thursday at 19:00 BST.

Pogba ‘does not deserve’ to be in

Lineker and Hasselbaink on Pogba’s inclusion in Team of the Year

France World Cup winner Pogba’s 13 goals and nine assists so far this season put him in the top 10 for both categories – but none of the four pundits included him in their teams.

Lineker: Pogba is a beautiful footballer, there is no question about that and has lots of qualities. In certain performances this season for Manchester United he has been exceptional. I don’t think he deserves to be in the team of the year because his form has been erratic, certainly in the Mourinho part of the season. He has not been consistent enough.

Shearer: I am really surprised other players think he has been so consistent that a lot of them have decided to put him in their team. You should respect him for what he has done in the game but he has not been as consistent as he should be.

Hasselbaink: Pogba’s individual ability is magnificent but I don’t think he should be even close to this team.

Reddy: He is supremely talented but nowhere near consistent enough. He is not reliable enough and not the reference point for his team. When you are that gifted, you should be and everyone should be looking at him as the leader. Perhaps the name helps.

Who should have been in instead?

Chelsea are challenging for a top-four place but may not have been there without the contributions of Eden Hazard, who has scored 16 goals and provided 13 assists. All four pundits selected Hazard in their teams.

Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has been instrumental in Liverpool’s quest for a first league title in 29 years, while Declan Rice’s performances for West Ham have earned him a call-up to the England national team.

Lineker: When you judge players and how good they are, the element of joy they bring to the game is very important. Hazard is probably the closest to Lionel Messi in style – low to the ground, strong, with an electric burst of pace – and I love watching him play.

Shearer: Wijnaldum is Mr Consistent. I don’t think Liverpool would be where they are without his performances. He offers solidity and is a leader in that midfield. Not many people mention him compared to the others, but he has been a regular 8/10 each week.

Hasselbaink: This boy Rice has caught my eye. I saw him play and followed him, he left Chelsea to join West Ham and they have nurtured him. He is 20 but plays so maturely and in an important position where you have to be unselfish. What I have noticed is he does it simply, getting the ball and playing it. He has a pass accuracy of around 80%. He has been very consistent and against Manchester United at Old Trafford, he played a magnificent game and was above everyone else.

Reddy: Chelsea would not be anywhere near the conversation for a Champions League place without Hazard. When you speak to players who have played against him, they say he is unplayable. He is so quick in his mind so is three steps ahead of you. He is so strong so it is difficult to get the ball off him. You have to have multiple players defending against him and a gameplan to stop service to him.

The two they could not leave out…

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk plugged the gap in defence that the Reds required for a concerted title challenge, while Raheem Sterling has scored 17 goals and provided 10 assists as both players vie for the main PFA Player of the Year award.

Lineker: What Sterling has done post World Cup is nothing short of remarkable. Looking at Manchester City and the plethora of talent in the squad, Pep Guardiola rotates them but Sterling is the ‘go to’ player. He has become a real role model for football in this country.

Shearer: Sterling’s improvement in goals and assists is superb. His finishing is massively better and his positioning on the pitch and scoring vital goals is incredible.

Hasselbaink: Van Dijk has been the Rolls Royce of defending. I look at which striker has given defenders the runaround – not a single one has been able to do so against Van Dijk. He has been exceptional.

Reddy: When Liverpool signed Van Dijk, they called him a transformer. They felt £75m, a world- record fee for a defender, would be a bargain. They wanted a centre-back that was good in big spaces and aerially dominant. He needed to fit into Jurgen Klopp’s blueprint of being very assertive and aggressive while in possession. When the club missed out on Van Dijk in the summer, there was so much pressure to get someone else but they did not deviate from their plan and he completely changed Liverpool.

The goalkeeping debate…

The pundits were split in the goalkeeper category, with Manchester City’s Ederson and Liverpool’s Alisson the two clear options.

Lineker: It is easy to make a great case for both Ederson and Alisson, there is not a lot in it. They are vying for the top spot for Brazil too. Alisson has been helped by a stern Liverpool defence and both can play football but Ederson gets the nod because he could probably play in midfield for Manchester City and has been consistent – he has made fewer errors than Alisson.

Shearer: For the goalkeeping position, my mind was 50/50 up until last weekend when Ederson made four one-on-one saves in their 1-0 win over Tottenham and it tipped it in his favour. Both he and Alisson have made a huge difference and added something else to their teams.

Hasselbaink: Alisson has made such a big difference to Liverpool compared to last year. I appreciate how he has come in and how he has changed the backline and the confidence he has given to the Liverpool fans and the defence. He has made the big saves in the big moments. They have only conceded 20 goals so far this season. He is not as good with the ball at this feet as Ederson, but I like a goalkeeper to be a goalkeeper – make saves and catch balls. Alisson does that.

Reddy: When he walked in, the players stopped and marvelled at him. In the tunnel, there is a sense of ‘that is our goalkeeper’ and psychologically that has had an impact. His playing style allows Liverpool to win in a variety of ways, which is something they have not done before. They can rely on a steely foundation. Ederson is exceptional, but I do not think he has had an impact like Alisson.

Alexander-Arnold or Wan-Bissaka?

Again, the right-back position was split two each across the four pundits.

Lineker: Alexander-Arnold is a full-back I would have loved to have played with. He has a bit of everything, he does not defend as well as Wan-Bissaka but going forward – which is crucial for a modern player – he is a special player. His passing range is as good as any midfield player and he will probably end up playing there. He can take set-pieces too, has good crossing and of all the footballers we have, he is the most exciting talent.

Shearer: Wan-Bissaka’s improvement has been incredible. The pressure that a young player is under is hard enough anyway but to be in a team battling relegation and be the stand-out player, playing so many games and staying injury free is magnificent.

Hasselbaink: Wan-Bissaka has come out of nowhere. I saw him against Eden Hazard and he held his own. At 20, he is still improving, getting stronger and he is so athletic. Nobody gets past him and he plays in a side that is not the best, but still shows composure and defensive solidity.

Reddy: We speak about young players and the pressure they are under, Alexander-Arnold not only got his opportunity but held on to it. He is doing it in a title-challenging team in a city where they are heavily reliant on their club. He has a lot of work to do in games and the expectations on him as a local lad, with Liverpool so desperate to end their title drought, the composure with which he handles it is excellent.

And a quick word on the others…

Lineker: Bernardo Silva’s attributes are clear, he ghosts past players, is a lovely passer of the ball, can keep possession and creates chances for the side. He chips in with a few goals too.

Shearer: Sadio Mane, Sergio Aguero and Sterling have all had a superb season. I went for Mane because Mo Salah hit incredible numbers last season but he has not hit those this term and went a number of games without scoring. When he did not score, Mane stepped up and has 18 goals. He has had an excellent season.

Hasselbaink: I think Fernandinho is a class act, he is the best in the holding position. He is so unselfish and when you take him out of the Manchester City team, you see the difference he makes. He protects the back four and stops the counter-attacks. He gives the license for the three or four up front to stay there when they lose the ball.

Reddy: City are so deep with their squad, they can rotate and won’t miss players but you notice when Fernandinho is not there. He picks up the second balls, can recycle possession quickly and is the safety net for all the attacking talents in the side. He is the destroyer, does all the dirty work and is so skilled in the dark arts of the game.

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The IRS stats are in: Here’s how tax refunds look compared to last year

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The IRS stats are in: Here’s how tax refunds look compared to last year

The final stats are in from the IRS — and it looks like the average tax refund check isn’t all that different from last year.

the week ending April 19 was $2,725, according to the tax agency. That’s down 2% from a year ago.

In all, the federal government paid $260.9 billion in refunds to taxpayers, compared to $265.3 billion in 2018.

Tax returns are in the public eye as filers and accountants grapple with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the 2018 overhaul of the tax code.

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Under the new law, the standard deduction has been doubled to $12,000 for single filers ($24,000 for joint) and a number of key itemized deductions have been curtailed. The personal exemption — once valued at $4,050 for each filer, spouse and dependent — has been suspended.

The new law also doubled the child tax credit to $2,000 per kid under 17.

Finally, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has trimmed down individual income tax rates across the board.Though the IRS data suggests that things aren’t all that different for individual taxpayers year over year, CPAs said that clients had plenty of surprises when they filed.

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Rico Nasty Is Back With Lean, Manic New Project Anger Management

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Rico Nasty Is Back With Lean, Manic New Project Anger Management

Rico Nasty‘s official, mainstream introduction was last year’s Nasty. It was a magnificent fifth mixtape that might as well have been an official studio LP because it effectively summarized her growth over the years of working the underground circuit and introduced her to the larger world (she signed to Atlantic Records around the time that it came out). June feels like a lifetime ago when it comes to the Rico Nasty experience. Months without new releases stretch to what feels like years; it has actually been a decade since she dropped. That changes today with the next chapter of her saga, Anger Management, produced by her beat-making partner-in-crime, Kenny Beats.

Anger Management is nine tracks’ worth of the imposing, unapologetic magic of Rico Nasty. She’s elevated by the eclectic stylings of Kenny Beats who handles the production for the project. Beats, who handled some of the production on Nasty and other of the rapper’s highlights, is the perfect person to be at the helm of the release. He gives her an energetic palette to work with that brings out her biggest, boldest assortment of styles to date. Baauer, EarthGang, and Splurge make up the short list of features.

Anger Management was first announced in March during a live session where Rico Nasty revealed that it would probably come out in April. “I’ve been keeping it secret from you guys because I want you guys to really enjoy it and for you guys to let me enjoy creating it,” she said.

Listen to Rico Nasty’s latest up above.

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Microsoft hits $1 trillion market cap for the first time as stock jumps on earnings beat

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Microsoft hits $1 trillion market cap for the first time as stock jumps on earnings beat

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reacts during a panel session on day three of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 24, 2019.










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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reacts during a panel session on day three of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 24, 2019.

Microsoft shares jumped as much as 5.1% on Thursday, pushing the company past $1 trillion in market value on a better-than-expected earnings report.

reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $1.14 per share, excluding certain items, topping the $1.00 estimate of analysts surveyed by Refinitiv. Revenue climbed 14% to $30.6 billion, exceeding the average estimate of $29.84 billion.

Microsoft and Facebook kicked off tech earnings season, with both companies surpassing expectations. Facebook shares rose over 6% on Thursday. Amazon reports after the bell, followed by Alphabet and Apple early next week. Expectations are high for the tech sector, after the Nasdaq climbed to an intraday record on Wednesday.

Sales growth at Microsoft is being driven by the transition to the public cloud as more large businesses offload their servers and data storage to Azure infrastructure. Gross margin, or the percentage of revenue left after accounting for the costs of goods sold, was 66.7%, up from 65.4% a year earlier. Net income rose 19% to $8.8 billion.

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