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ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Russia breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday after its football team won the opening match of the Confederations Cup and the
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Russia convincingly beat New Zealand 2-0 at the St Petersburg stadium in front of 50,251 people, including President Vladimir Putin and FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who addressed the crowd before kickoff.

Putin welcomed fans to what he called a “big football festival” and thanked
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“The fact the leader of the country came to the match is on the one hand an additional positive, but it is also an additional responsibility,” Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov, whose team face Portugal on Wednesday, told reporters.
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“We coped with the task before us,” Cherchesov said.

Although Russia were under pressure to perform well on home soil after slipping to a record low 63rd in FIFA’s world rankings this month, the country faced even
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The 68,000-seat St Petersburg stadium will be a flagship venue at the 2018 World Cup and the home of Russian football powerhouse Zenit, but its decade-long
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A new pitch had to be hastily laid before Saturday’s kickoff after uprooted
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Before the problems with the grass, issues with the stadium’s retractable pitch technology made the playing surface vibrate and rendered it unfit for matches.

But on Saturday the pitch survived without noticeable damage.

“I don’t know how it was to play on, but judging by the game it seemed the quality (of the pitch) was rather good. It allowed us to play,” Cherchesov said.
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CURBING VIOLENCE

After clashes between Russian and English football fans marred last year’s European Championship, Putin adopted legislation toughening punishments for stadium violence as part of a broader crackdown on hooliganism.

The Russian interior ministry has since blacklisted 292 fans, effectively banning them from attending official sporting events.

Russian fan leader Alexander Shprygin, who was deported from France during Euro 2016, told Reuters on Saturday that he had been barred from attending his country’s match against New Zealand just a few hours before kickoff.

He said Confederations Cup organisers had notified him that his fan-ID, needed to attend matches, had been cancelled in what appeared to be a further attempt to curb violence.

Russian authorities insist that the Confederations Cup’s ticketing system, which requires ticket holders to apply for a personalised fan-ID, ensures that all fans are screened and troublemakers are kept away.

“The chances of losing the right to attend Confederations Cup and World Cup matches are significantly increased for people who are known to have
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FIFA has for the first time implemented a three-step procedure at the Confederations Cup that allows referees to stop matches in the event of racist or discriminatory incidents.

At Saturday’s game there were two pre-game stadium announcements warning fans against discriminatory behaviour.

FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura said on Friday that the estimated attendance for the tournament would be 65 percent, and that Russia’s match against European champions Portugal had been sold out for weeks.

But empty seats remain a concern, with Russia’s Sport Express reporting that some tickets were being handed out to state workers for free in a bid to fill the stands at an upcoming Confederations Cup match in Kazan.

The tournament’s organising committee told Reuters it had launched a
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(Writing by Moscow newsroom, editing by Ed Osmond)

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U.S. President Donald Trump told his top diplomat that the dispute over probes into links between his inner circle and Russia should not undermine U.S. efforts to rebuild relations with Moscow, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.

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DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland forward Jon Walters scored a late equaliser which
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Martin Hinteregger put the visitors ahead from a superbly worked corner in the
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The goal maintained Ireland’s unbeaten home record in nine competitive internationals since Martin O’Neill was appointed coach in late 2013.

They provisionally top Group D with 12 points, one ahead of Serbia, who were
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Ireland tried to turn the match into a physical scrap but the more refined Austrians struck the first blow.

David Alaba sent a low, outswinging corner into the middle of the penalty area, Sebastian Proedl let it go through his legs and Hinteregger met it first time to score from 12 metres.

Ireland were much more dangerous in the second half as Austria struggled to deal with repeated crosses into the area.

Stefan Lainer nearly put through his own goal but then rescued Austria shortly
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Austria had two chances to settle the match, when Valentin Lazaro just failed to make contact with a ball across the face of goal and substitute Florian Grillitsch’s shot was turned around the post by Darren Randolph.

They paid dearly for those misses when Walters went chasing after a long ball
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Ireland thought they had won when Shane Duffy headed in a loose ball from close range but it was disallowed for a foul.

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(Reuters) – Sunderland manager David Moyes has resigned following their
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Moyes, who joined Sunderland at the start of the campaign, said earlier this month he would stay in charge next term but the Scot decided to leave after a
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“I would like to thank (chairman) Ellis Short and the board for giving me the opportunity to manage Sunderland and the fans for always being so passionately supportive of their club,” Moyes, 54, said in a statement.

Sunderland appointed Moyes on a four-year contract in July to replace Sam
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However, the former Everton and Manchester United boss, who had been
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The Scot, who was sacked by Real Sociedad after just a year in charge, had last
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Moyes had started his managerial career at Preston North End, winning the third-tier crown, before leaving to take over at Everton where he spent more than 11 years.

He was Sunderland’s fourth full-time managerial appointment since Italian Paolo Di Canio was sacked in September 2013.

The club had flirted with relegation in each of the previous four seasons before
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Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips is the bookmakers’ favourite to take
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HUFFPOST HILL – Wilbur Ross’ Maid Somehow Trump’s Only Nomination Casualty

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MAKE THE HELP GREAT AGAIN – “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re folding Wilbur Ross’ laundry.” Arthur Delaney, Ben Walsh and Amanda Terkel: “President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for commerce secretary admitted at his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday that he recently fired a household employee who could not provide proof that they could legally work in the country. Having undocumented household help has sunk at least two previous cabinet secretary nominees. Billionaire private equity executive Wilbur Ross told the Senate Commerce Committee that when he hired the worker in 2009, the person provided what looked like a valid driver’s license and Social Security card. After Ross was nominated by Trump, he asked all his household staff to provide such documentation again. ‘When I was getting ready
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PRICE FLIPS ON STOCK TRANSACTION –  Paul Blumenthal: “[Price] admitted on Wednesday that he decided to buy stock in an Australian biotech firm after receiving information from Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), a board member of that
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Snowflake update: “President-elect Donald Trump’s close aide Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday blasted Democrats for ‘trying to embarrass’ the incoming administration’s Cabinet nominees.” [The Hill]

OBAMA HOLDS LAST PRESS CONFERENCE, DEFENDS MANNING COMMUTATION – It was, uhhhhhh, a lengthy, uhhhhhhh, affair. Sam Levine: “President Barack Obama said Wednesday he believes that efforts to make it more difficult to vote in the United States are an extension of the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow laws. ‘There is an ugly history to that that we should not be shy about talking about,’ Obama said during his final news conference. ‘The reason that we are the only country among advanced countries that makes it harder to vote is, it traces directly back to Jim Crow and the legacy of slavery. It became sort of acceptable to restrict the franchise. That’s not who we are. That
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FINALLY, A SECRETARY OF THE ARMY MICHAEL GRIMM CAN GET BEHIND – Short of ending our lives by driving off a cliff in a flaming motorcycle, this is probably the most dangerous thing on our bucket list. Michael S. Schmidt: “Vincent Viola, the billionaire Wall Street trader Donald J. Trump has nominated to be the secretary of the Army, was accused in August of punching a concessions worker at a high-end racehorse auction in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., according to a police report and local law enforcement officials. Police officers did not witness the episode. When officers arrived at the scene, however, the concessions worker had a ‘swollen bloody lip’ and said that Mr. Viola had punched him in the face, according to the police report…. A spokesman for Mr. Viola did not dispute that Mr. Viola had punched the worker, and said that Mr. Viola had informed Mr. Trump’s transition team about the episode. ‘Mr. Viola loves his wife and regrets the incident,’ the spokesman said in a written
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UNCLEAR IF GAME WILL RECOGNIZE GAME – Zach Carter: “Private equity billionaire Wilbur Ross has agreed to sell more than 90 percent of his assets in order to avoid conflicts of interest if he is confirmed as commerce secretary. But at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Ross repeatedly refused to say whether Trump should follow his lead and struggled to explain how he would deal with policy decisions that affected the president’s bottom line. ‘As I understand it, the ethics rules that apply to Senate-approved nominees do not apply to the president,’ Ross told Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) when asked directly whether Trump should divest his businesses. ‘But simply as a matter of appearance and morality ― you were able to do it, why not the president?’ Blumenthal asked. Ross said he didn’t know how complicated the president-elect’s finances might be.” [HuffPost]

GREAT NEWS FOR FANS OF PERMANENT KIDNEY DAMAGE – Arthur Delaney: “President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency said at his confirmation hearing Wednesday that he didn’t know one of the most basic things about drinking water safety. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) asked Scott Pruitt if “there is any safe level of lead that can be taken into the human body.’ The answer is a simple ‘no,’ but somehow Pruitt didn’t say that. ‘Senator, that is something I have not reviewed nor know about,’ said Pruitt, the attorney general of Oklahoma…. Pruitt shouldn’t need to look at the scientific research ― someone could just tell him. It’s not remotely controversial that lead, a deadly neurotoxin, can cause a host of health problems even in low doses. It can stunt children’s growth and permanently damage their young brains. Lead exposure has emerged as a plausible explanation for the rise
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Area man benefits from very low standards: “Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R), President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, said during his confirmation hearing Wednesday that he does not believe climate change is a ‘hoax’ ― something Trump has claimed in the past. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) asked Pruitt about the president-elect’s past comments, while noting that 2016 was the hottest year on record. ‘I do not believe that climate change is a hoax,’ Pruitt said.” [HuffPost’s Sam Levine]

GOP TARGETING OBAMA RULES – Unless a bunch of fish caught in soda six-pack rings organizes a really effective Hill fly-in, a lot of Obama’s executive orders will be reversed. Mike DeBonis: “Next month, the House is expected to take up more targeted measures that would use fast-track procedures to undo several recent rules issued by executive-branch agencies…. Among the regulations on the Republican chopping block are new Interior Department rules aimed at protecting waterways near coal mines and preventing the release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from oil and gas wells, as well as a Labor Department rule that expands overtime eligibility. Democrats, along with major labor, consumer and environmental groups, are warning of significant and lasting harm to the public from the GOP push. A list of targets from the hard-line House Freedom Caucus includes school-lunch nutrition guidelines, renewable fuel standards and anti-tobacco programs.” [WaPo]

HALEY BREAKS WITH TRUMP ON RUSSIA – This is going to come back to haunt her in the waning days of the 2024 campaign when the FSB refuses to help her overcome a five-point polling deficit against Democratic nominee, Rachel Platten. Akbar Shahid Ahmed: “South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told a Senate hearing Wednesday that she opposes two of Trump’s most controversial positions: his determination to build a partnership with Russia and his support for a registry of Muslims in the U.S. ‘Crimea is Ukraine, not Russia,’ Haley said, criticizing Moscow’s two-year occupation of the region and its ongoing conflict with the pro-European government in Ukraine, which has claimed close to 10,000 lives.She would not support lifting Crimea-related sanctions on Russia until President Vladimir Putin makes some concessions to the U.S., she added. ‘Russia is trying to show their muscle right now…. I don’t think that we can trust them,’ Haley said. “ [HuffPost]

FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT ONE OF TRUMP’S INAUGURAL PASTORS –Remember: You can’t spell “Jesus Christ” without no less than three of the letters in “Benghazi.” Christopher Mathias: “An evangelical pastor who thinks Islam is ‘evil’ is set to deliver prayers on Friday at the inauguration ceremony for a president-elect who thinks ‘Islam hates us.’ Rev. Franklin Graham is among six faith leaders chosen by Donald Trump to offer their prayers, benedictions or other statements during Trump’s swearing-in on Jan. 20…. A month after the 9/11 terror attacks, Graham, speaking at the dedication of a new chapel, told an audience that Islam ‘is a very evil and wicked religion.’ Pressed to clarify his comments by NBC, Graham said, ‘It wasn’t Methodists flying into those buildings, it wasn’t Lutherans. It was an attack on this country by people of the Islamic faith.’” [HuffPost]

BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR – Here’s a dog that’s a chair.

WASHINGTON INSTITUTIONS ALREADY BANNING JOURNALISTS – Damn it, at least give us a chance to consume way too much alcohol at the bar before you do this. Daniel Lippman: “The Trump International Hotel in Washington is banning the media from its premises during inauguration week. “Media is not allowed in this week in respect of the privacy of our guests,’ Patricia Tang, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing wrote in an email. A POLITICO reporter attempted to enter the hotel Wednesday morning for a previously scheduled breakfast meeting but was stopped at the door. He then identified himself as a journalist and was told ‘media’ was not allowed…. The hotel’s decision to ban media from property owned by the federal government and from a hotel controlled by the president-elect comes amid a broader debate over media access to the incoming administration. Trump has resisted forming a protective pool around him, instead opting for a ‘semi-protective pool’ that afford the media less access than previous presidents allowed.”

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The budget would spend an additional $750 million on economic development programs, $567 million on Medicaid and $163 million to help provide free college tuition for families earning less than $125,000 a year, an idea Cuomo called a “national precedent in college affordability.”

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New York’s fiscal year begins April 1. Rather than make a traditional budget address to the legislature, Cuomo met privately with groups of lawmakers earlier in the day.

Cuomo continued his push to build more infrastructure, saying he planned to
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CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber walked off the mound to a thunderous ovation from his Progressive Field audience on Tuesday night. The Indians ace was
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“He’s our ace,” Indians catcher Roberto Perez said. “Every time he steps on the
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Thanks to Kluber’s masterpiece, and a pair of home runs from Perez, history is now on the Indians’ side.

“I don’t know if there is one thing you can put your finger on,” Kluber said of his postseason dominance. “I think that it’s, obviously, there’s more riding on each game. So, not that there is less importance on a regular-season game, but it’s almost like you have that extra level of intensity or focus and stuff that it’s not really something you can replicate.”

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“I’m not disappointed by any means except for the fact that we did not win,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of his team’s performance. “I thought we came out ready to play. They pitched well. … I know we had 15 punchouts, I get it, but the quality of the at-bats were not that bad.”

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The Indians, who have been one of baseball’s best teams at home all season long, improved to 8-1 in the postseason with a 5-0 showing in front of the Cleveland faithful. The last 14 times that Game 1 of the best-of-seven Series was won by the home team, that club went on to hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy. Overall, teams
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It’s hard to remember a World Series not involving the Red Sox that had so many
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1. Another World Series run for Tito
Watching Terry Francona celebrate October success in a visiting uniform at Fenway Park was a bit jarring to the fans he is still beloved by in Boston as his Indians swept the Red Sox in the American League Division Series. Francona’s legacy with the Red Sox is secure, as he helped bring the first two World Series championships to Boston since 1918. Now Francona — who managed the Red Sox for eight seasons — will put his 8-0 Fall Classic record to the test. That is already a
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2. Theo’s Chicago rebuild nearing history
Theo Epstein grew up two miles from Fenway Park before living his dream of running Boston’s front office for nine years. Ultimately, Epstein decided he needed a new challenge, so he went to the Cubs to try to put an end to a championship drought even longer than the 86-year dry spell he helped end in Boston in 2004. Upon his arrival after the 2011 season, Epstein gutted the
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If the Cubs can win it all for the first time since 1908, Epstein will probably be elected to the Hall of Fame at some point. His staff includes several faces who helped him in Boston, including general manager Jed Hoyer and senior vice president of player development and amateur scouting Jason McLeod.

3. Miller is the ultimate weapon
When Epstein and Francona brought Andrew Miller to Boston in 2011, he was an underachieving starter who was perhaps a victim of his own hype after being selected sixth overall in the Draft by the Tigers five years earlier. In ’12, Bobby Valentine — Francona’s brief successor — decided to try Miller out as a reliever.
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In four appearances, Andrew Miller strikes out 14 in 7 2/3 innings, earning the ALCS MVP award

 

Francona has used Miller at every key turn this postseason, and it has paid off. Miller was the MVP of the AL Championship Series; he has given up six hits and no runs while striking out 21 over 11 1/3 scoreless innings in this postseason.

4. Lester still thriving in October
In 2007, less than a year after he had overcome cancer, Jon Lester pitched the clinching Game 4 of the World Series for the Red Sox. The next season, he fired a no-hitter at Fenway Park, wrapping up in a memorable embrace with Francona at the end of that game. In ’13, Lester dominated in all three postseason rounds to help the Red Sox win it all again. The trade to Oakland at the Deadline in ’14 was a tough blow for the lefty, who had been drafted by Boston in ’02. The Red Sox might have gotten Lester back as a free agent following the ’14 season if not for the persistence of Epstein and the Cubs, who came up with a six-year, $150 million contract. Lester has been marvelous in this postseason, notching a 0.86 ERA in three starts. He was co-MVP of the NLCS.Youth Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange.

5. Indians aiming for party at Napoli’s
Though Mike Napoli wasn’t the best player on the 2013 Red Sox, he came to symbolize that team with his thick beard and penchant for big hits. Napoli wound up shirtless on Boylston Street following the World Series parade, and would love to re-create that scene in Cleveland, and it’s no surprise that “Party at Napoli’s” has become a rallying cry for Indians fans.

Napoli’s resurgence this season has been impressive after a couple of sub-par
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6. Lackey going for third ring
The one common thread in John Lackey’s first two championships? He was the winning pitcher in both clinchers. After impressively winning Game 7 against the Giants as a rookie for the Angels in 2002, Lackey fired a gem for the Red Sox in Game 6 of ’13 against the Cardinals. When the righty underwent Tommy John surgery following the ’11 season for the Red Sox, it was unknown if he could regain his status as a front-line pitcher. Lackey has been a consistent force the last four years, and his competitive fire is evident every time he pitches. Lackey was traded out of Boston on the same day as Lester in ’14. He had a strong tenure with the Cardinals before signing with the Cubs last offseason.

7. Coco’s resurgence
Coco Crisp never quite replaced Johnny Damon in Boston, as the Red Sox had hoped he would. But he was still an important player during his three years (2006-08) with the Sox, and his defense was vital during the championship season of ’07. Crisp had been in decline as a hitter the last three years, but he’s already come up with two important home runs for the Indians this October.

8. Rizzo living up to promise
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