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Fewer NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump repeats call for protest to end


(Reuters) – Several dozen NFL players, fewer than last week, chose to kneel during the U.S. national anthem before league games on Sunday, a day after President Donald Trump again demanded an end to a protest he sees as a sign of disrespect for the flag.

At least 40 players, most of them on the San Francisco 49ers, bent a knee during pre-game renditions of the “Star-Spangled Banner” in the 14 National Football League games played so far on Sunday, compared with 180 players in all 16 games a week earlier, according to published reports.

The protests – initiated last year by Colin Kaepernick, then a 49ers quarterback – snowballed last week following calls by Trump for team owners to fire athletes who sat or knelt as the anthem played.

Some African-American players have adopted the symbolic gesture of kneeling during the anthem to protest against police treatment of racial minorities.

Critics object to any protest, regardless of its merits, during a ceremony meant to honor the flag and the military that has defended it.

Some 30 members of the 49ers knelt before a game in Arizona on Sunday, and their general manager and chief executive stood behind them, The Mercury News in the San Francisco Bay area reported.

Players on some teams went to one knee before the anthem was played and then rose as a team when the song began. Players on a handful of teams stood with raised fists during parts of the anthem or after it, according to a team-by-team rundown from sports television network ESPN.

Other teams had players who stood with arms linked, and most players on about 10 teams displayed no protests, ESPN reported.

At London’s Wembley Stadium, where the NFL’s first game was played on Sunday, three members of the Miami Dolphins knelt as U.S. singer Darius Rucker performed the U.S. anthem. All of the other uniformed Dolphins and their opponents, the New Orleans Saints, stood along the sidelines, many with their right hands over their chests.

The three players who had knelt, stood for the British anthem, “God Save the Queen,” which was also performed before the game.

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‘Before last weekend’s games, Trump wrote a series of tweets that fueled the debate over whether the players should be able to protest during the anthem.

The controversy quickly enveloped the most popular U.S. sports league, preoccupied the news media and became a hot topic of discussion at bars and offices across the country.

The Saints and some other teams sought a compromise stance, kneeling in unison before the anthem and standing together during the song. The aim was to show respect for both the flag and the position taken by the protesters.

“The decision to kneel … prior to the anthem and then everyone stand up together, number one, it shows solidarity and unity for us as a team,” Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. “Listen, it pays respect to all.”

During the past week, Trump kept up a steady drumbeat of criticism of the protesting players.

“Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem,” the Republican president wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “Respect our Flag and our Country!”

On Tuesday, Trump called on the NFL to ban players from kneeling in protest at games during the anthem.

“The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations,” he wrote. “The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our national anthem!”

Outside Wembley Stadium on Sunday, not all British fans supported the players’ protests.

“I think everyone has the right to protest, but I think you have to choose your stage wisely,” said Laura Williams, who works in healthcare. “I think you risk upsetting more people than it’s worth.”

Mark Dodson, an engineer, said, however, the protests were “absolutely a global initiative” and “a sign of solidarity between different races, different backgrounds, different everything basically, which is great to see.”

Reporting by Christian Radnedge in London and Bernie Woodall in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Additional reporting by Chris Michaud in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Peter Cooney

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United States win Presidents Cup golf over International team


JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (Reuters) – The United States easily won their seventh consecutive Presidents Cup over the International team on Sunday but the visitors avoided a record defeat thanks to a last-day rally at Liberty National.

Daniel Berger clinched victory for the United States by winning the fourth of 12 singles matches, 2&1 over South Korean Kim Si-woo to put the Americans over the deciding 15-point mark in the biennial match play team event.

The United States eventually prevailed 19-11 to claim the cup for the 10th time in 12 stagings of the biennial event.

The record winning margin is 11.5 points by the Americans in 2000.

The International team of players from the rest of the world, excluding Europe, started the final day with a near impossible task, needing to sweep every match to snatch victory.

Embarrassed after performing miserably in the foursomes and four-ball matches, the Nick Price-captained International team performed much better in man-to-man play on Sunday, though it was too little, too late.

Winners of only two of 18 matches outright over the first three days, the Internationals won six matches in the final session and halved three others.

The Americans, perhaps suffering a psychological letdown, did not perform at their best as U.S. President Donald Trump, who arrived after the matches were in progress.

He looked on from the clubhouse overlooking the 14th green.

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American captain Steve Stricker deflected praise to this players.

“U.S.A. team golf is in a great spot,” Stricker said of his young and talented team, which has an average age of less than 32 years.

“Looks like they could be around together for a long time. They played well all year long and they came here with a lot of confidence. They continued it right through this tournament here.”

International captain Nick Price was sanguine after his third loss in as many appearances at the helm.

“This is a juggernaut of a U.S. team,” he said. “They’re an overpowering team. We kept losing holes to birdies. These guys were firing on all eight cylinders and it was tough to watch, especially being on the receiving end.”

Among the International winners on the final day were former world number ones Jason Day and Adam Scott, as well as Hideki Matsuyama, currently the team’s top-ranked player.

American losers included the past three major champions, Jordan Spieth, who remained winless in singles in Presidents and Ryder Cup competitions, Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka.

“They out-classed us tee to green and even on the greens,” Australian Day said of the Americans.

The next event will be played in 2019 at Royal Melbourne in Australia, site of the only International victory in 1998.

Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Gene Cherry

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Ascend Performance announces leak in ammonia supply line


(Reuters) – Ascend Performance Materials said on Sunday that it had evacuated several structures after an ammonia product supply line leak in an undeveloped, publicly inaccessible area south of Houston in Brazoria County.

The flow of ammonia has been turned off and Ascend, the owner of the supply line, said it was working to repair the line and that several nearby structures were evacuated as a precaution.

Air quality in the area is being independently monitored and is at safe levels, it said but noted that depending on wind direction the smell of ammonia may be detectable in the area.

Reporting by Sinead Carew; Editing by Sandra Maler

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Stoke’s Saido Berahino fronts up and refuses to get down after missing penalty to end 582-day goal drought


Saido Berahino’s eye might have been off for his penalty miss but there is nothing wrong with his heart.

Striker Berahino would have been forgiven for swerving the media after his failure to end his goal-drought from the spot during Saturday’s win over Southampton.

But credit to him, he stopped outside the players’ entrance at Stoke ‘s bet365 Stadium and stood in the rain to answer every question about his latest ­ignominy.

In fronting up, Berahino took a big step towards getting over his disappointment and prove he has the character to end his wait for a goal — which is now at 583 days and counting.

“I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been frustrating,” said the ­former England Under-21 striker, who was a £12million buy from West Brom in January.

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“But the most important thing is the manager has still got belief in me and the players know what I’m about because they see it every day in training.

“I’m not going to beat myself up about it too much. I ­believe I’m focused on the pitch.”

Berahino, 24, had the guts to take the penalty ahead of Xherdan Shaqiri after being fouled by Virgil van Dijk and says he would take another one, even though he has missed his last four.

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“Of course I would take ­another one,” he said. “Although I know Shaqiri wanted to kill me over that one! I had to fight him to take that one.

“I still believe in myself. I proved it before at West Brom. I had my problems there, so my football development has slowed a bit.

“But I’m picking myself back up and I’m at a place where I feel I belong. I feel it’s only a matter of time before I start repaying the faith the staff and the team have in me.”

Berahino’s miss did not cost Stoke.

After Maya Yoshida cancelled out Mame ­Diouf’s opener, Peter Crouch netted the winner five minutes from time.

Crouch has ­sympathy with ­Berahino’s plight. He ­endured a similarly lean start to his Liverpool ­career in 2005, before finishing that campaign with 19 goals for club and country.

“I’ve been in exactly the same situation,” said the former England international.

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“I remember against ­Portsmouth, grabbing the ball off Steven Gerrard to take a penalty — and missing.

“But I stuck at it, changed a few things and ended up ­having a good run at Liverpool. We know he’s got the quality. Once he gets one, I’m sure he will go on a run.”

Crouch still hasn’t lost his touch at 36 and feels he ­deserves to start after snaffling his third goal of the campaign.

“I’m frustrated because I want to be starting games,” he said. “I know I can play this season and next.”

Van Dijk started his first match since failing to force a move­ in the summer and, despite conceding the penalty, he was impressive.

Steven Davis, who carries on as Saints captain at the Dutchman’s expense, claims he has put the episode behind him.

“It’s a difficult situation for the individual to deal with ­because a lot has gone on,” said the midfielder. “It’s good that he’s come out the other side. He’s back ­training, full of energy and full of desire.”

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Some NFL players kneel again despite Trump's fresh call for protests to end


LONDON (Reuters) – Some National Football League players knelt again on Sunday when the U.S. national anthem was played before a game in London, defying U.S. President Donald Trump’s renewed call to end their protest over racial injustice.

The Fox television network’s broadcast of the day’s first game, at Wembley Stadium, showed three members of the Miami Dolphins kneeling as U.S. music star Darius Rucker performed “The Star Spangled Banner.”

All of the other uniformed Dolphins players and their opponents, the New Orleans Saints, were standing, many with their right hands over their chests.

The three players who had knelt stood for the British anthem “God Save the Queen,” which was also performed before the game.

On the eve of Sunday’s 14 NFL games, Trump on Saturday renewed his sharp criticism of players who have refused to stand during the pre-game ceremony.

“Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem,” Trump posted on Twitter. “Respect our Flag and our Country!”

On Sept. 22, he had touched off a national controversy that has enveloped the country’s most popular sports league.

Some African-American players adopted the symbolic gesture of kneeling during the anthem over the last year to protest against racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system.

Outside Wembley Stadium, not all British fans supported the players’ protests.

“I think everyone has the right to protest, but I think you have to choose your stage wisely,” said Laura Williams, who works in healthcare. “I think you risk upsetting more people than it’s worth.”

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However, Mark Dodson, an engineer, said the protests were “absolutely a global initiative” and “a sign of solidarity between different races, different backgrounds, different everything basically, which is great to see.”

On Tuesday, Trump called on the NFL to ban players from kneeling in protest at games while the national anthem is played.

“The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations,” he wrote. “The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our National Anthem!”

And on Thursday, Trump continued the crusade, drawing a rebuke from the NFL after he said football team owners feared their players.

The Republican president told “Fox & Friends” that he was friends with many NFL team owners, and they were “in a box” over how to handle the kneeling protests.

“They say: ‘We are in a situation where we have to do something,’” Trump said. “I think they’re afraid of their players, you want to know the truth. And I think it’s disgraceful.” He did not elaborate.

The NFL rejected the president’s remarks as not factual.

Trump also called for fans to boycott NFL games.

A week ago, coaches, support staff and even some owners joined team members in silent support by kneeling, linking arms or staying off the field during the anthem.

The players’ protests began last year when Colin Kaepernick, a San Francisco 49ers quarterback, protested police treatment of African-Americans by not standing during the anthem.

The protests culminated a week ago when scores of players, following calls by the president to fire protesting athletes, sat or knelt as the anthem was played.

Additional reporting by Chris Michaud and Bernie Woodall; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Lisa Von Ahn

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UFC news: Conor McGregor open to UFC before end of 2017


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Fans are eagerly awaiting Conor McGregor’s UFC return (Picture: Getty)

Conor McGregor is open to fighting in December, but thinks Nate Diaz is in danger of pricing himself out of their trilogy clash.

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Speculation has been rife the UFC plan to match McGregor with Diaz for a potentially record-breaking return to the octagon.

December 30 is the final fight night of the year and despite McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, suggesting that is too early, the Irishman did not rule out a fight before the end of 2017.

‘Diaz is there, Nathan is there. He’s sitting there,’ said McGregor at a Q&A session in Glasgow.

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‘He’s trying to come in and make all these kind of demands.

‘But if he starts pricing himself out of an event, then I probably will defend against the winner of this interim belt or someone along that line to kind of legitimise it again.

‘I’ve already gone from the highest of the high in terms of a money fight.

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‘Now the question I always get is about defending the belt and legitimising the sport and the rankings.

‘Maybe now it would be a good time for me to go do that and shut that side up.’

Diaz has been on a self-enforced break from the UFC, refusing to fight again until the third bout with McGregor is finalised.

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McGregor is the 155-pound champion and will watch Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee clash for the title of interim champion on Saturday.

The interim champion would normally face the king of the division directly after claiming the interim belt, but the UFC are desperate to make McGregor’s return a smash hit.

A third fight with Diaz would guarantee a huge night for the promotion with the pair 1-1 after two classic encounters.

‘There’s a few options,’ said McGregor.

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‘I’m just going to put a few options out there and then see what bounces back. I could still fight at the end of the year.

‘It’s three months away. So I could fight at the end of the year. With Jr being born and it’s his christening next month.

‘I’m just going to see what they come back to me with.

‘They’re waiting to hear I’m saying, I’m waiting to see what they say. We’re kind of just in a waiting game.’

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Tintin was a girl and asexual says Vincent Cespedes in France


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Tintin his trusty sidekick Snowy gets on the wrong side of a band of counterfeiters (Picture: Channel 5)

A remarkable new theory that Tintin was in fact a girl and ‘probably asexual’ has sent the internet into meltdown.

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Vincent Cespedes, a French philosopher, has made the claims after recently reading the books with his children.

He took to Facebook on Tuesday with a lengthy 731-word post to explain why he is convinced the comic book character wasn’t really a boy and did not have sexual feelings.

The 44-year-old, who is also a painter and pianist, wrote: ‘Tintin was always a young girl. A redheaded redhead with blue eyes, and probably asexual. Her eyes don’t have colours or eyelashes, she doesn’t have breasts and wears male outfits.’

Incredible claims Tintin was in fact a girl sends web crazy
The Adventures of Tintin was first published in 1929 in French (Picture: RG Moulinsart 2005/AFP/Getty Images)

Mr Cespedes posted that ‘the most cherished of the tintinophilies [Tintin fans], from the philosopher Jean-Luc Marion to the filmmaker Steven Spielberg have not even detected it.’

And his post his been widely shared on social media.

Many Tintin fans reacted in disbelief at the theory.

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Vincent Cespedes’ claims have stunned social media users (Picture: Eric Fougere/VIP Images/Corbis via Getty Images)

‘And I am the queen of England,’ joked one Facebook user.

Another user wrote: ‘The idea that Tintin is a woman is surprising, but does not bother me.’

Others claimed Tintin was actually ‘a gay guy’.

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Georges Remi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé, was born in 1907 and first published The Adventures of Tintin in French in 1929.

It was one of the most popular European comics of the 20th Century and has now been published in more than 70 languages.

In 2011, Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig and Simon Pegg starred in the performance capture film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorndirected by Steven Spielberg.

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U.S. lawmakers urge Trump to 'get to work' on Puerto Rico


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to stop sniping at Puerto Ricans and get to work helping them recover from a devastating hurricane, two days before he was to visit the island, where people remained without food, water or power.

The Republican president said his government was doing a “great job” to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria and took a new swipe at critics who said he had been slow to aid the island, where the power grid was destroyed 12 days ago.

“We have done a great job with the almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico. Outside of the Fake News or politically motivated ingrates,” he said in a Twitter post.

Trump has intensified his praise of the federal response in the U.S. territory after the mayor of the capital made clear those efforts fell short and American media continued to broadcast images of the havoc and suffering on the island that belied his words.

At the same time, he criticized San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz on Saturday and said Puerto Ricans wanted “everything to be done for them.”

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer told CBS’ “Face the Nation” the relief effort so far has been “slow footed, disorganized and not adequate.”

“The president, instead of tweeting against the mayor of San Juan who’s watching her people die and just made a plea for help, ought to roll up his sleeves and get to work here,” he said.

Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential contender in 2016, said on CNN Trump’s attacks from his “fancy golf club” on the struggling mayor of a destroyed city were “unspeakable.”

“I don’t know what world Trump is living in,” he said.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican, urged an end to the political fingerpointing.

“Every minute we spend in the political realm bickering with one another over who’s doing what, or who’s wrong, or who didn’t do right is a minute of energy and time that we’re not spending trying to get the response right,” Rubio told CBS.

Cruz said on Sunday she would be willing to meet Trump when he visits the island on Tuesday. “If he asks to meet with me, of course I will meet him.”

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Maria pummeled Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 as a very powerful Category 4 hurricane on the heels of Hurricane Irma, with roof-ripping winds and torrential rains that caused widespread flooding and heavily damaged homes, roads and other infrastructure. About half of the island’s 3.4 million people do not have access to drinking water, and 95 percent remain without power, according to the Pentagon.

Impassable roads have made it hard for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and others to distribute food, water and fuel.

Carmen Miranda, 60, of Luquillo, is among those who has faced long lines for gasoline, medicine and supplies. She spent 13 hours one day trying to buy fuel at a station that ran dry and was in line on Saturday at a store that ran out of diesel.

“I‘m going to have to come back another day,” she said. “It’s just horrible, those lines. That needs to be resolved immediately. President Trump, anyone, help us!” she said.

At a briefing in San Juan, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello reported that fuel and food supplies had begun to arrive in Puerto Rico. “We still need to do much more,” he said.

The Trump administration has been on the defensive since Friday when Cruz pounded the acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke over her comment that the federal response in Puerto Rico was “a good news story.”

Trump accused the mayor of acting on behalf of Democrats. On Sunday, his representatives fanned out over the morning television news shows to chastise the tenacious Cruz.

FEMA director Brock Long admonished her for not being in closer contact with relief coordinators. Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin both said on Sunday that Cruz’s criticism was unfair.

Cruz, who has been living in a shelter since her house was destroyed by Maria, pressed on with her appeal for basic necessities as insurers and politicians began to tally the costs of the storm and the size of the aid package Puerto Rico will need.

“Let us not talk about the debt, let us not talk about the cost of reconstruction. Let us just talk about saving lives right now,” Cruz said on Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” program.

Trump has alluded to the island’s financial problems several times since Maria hit.

Puerto Rico filed the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. municipal history this year and had been struggling to regain economic stability in the face of a $72 billion debt load and near-insolvent public health and pension systems, even before the hurricanes hit.

The insurance industry has begun to tally the damage from Maria, with one modeling company estimating that claims could reach $85 billion.

Trump was accused last weekend of giving short shrift to Puerto Rico’s recovery while focusing on the National Football League players who knelt during the playing of the national anthem at games.

He issued his latest attack on San Juan’s mayor from his golf resort in New Jersey, where Trump was attending the President’s Cup tournament on Sunday.

The creator of Broadway hit “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose parents moved to New York from Puerto Rico, took Trump to task on Twitter over his attack on Cruz: “She has been working 24/7. You have been GOLFING. You’re going straight to hell.”

Additional reporting by Doina Chiacu and Julia Harte; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Mary Milliken and Sandra Maler

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Mersey misery as Koeman’s Everton lose and Liverpool draw


LONDON (Reuters) – Everton manager Ronald Koeman is under mounting pressure after they lost 1-0 at home to Burnley on Sunday, while Liverpool drew 1-1 at Newcastle United as the Merseyside clubs continued to struggle in the Premier League.

Liverpool’s latest slip allowed Arsenal, who beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0, to leapfrog them into fifth place as the chasing teams scrambled to keep up with the ferocious pace set by the Manchester clubs who are five points clear at the top.

City and United have 19 points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur on 14, after they won 4-0 at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, with Chelsea, who lost 1-0 at home to Manchester City also on Saturday, and Arsenal both on 13.

Sixth-placed Burnley have 12 points, above Liverpool on goal difference, as their first league win at Goodison Park since 1976 saw them continue their best start to a Premier League season.

Sean Dyche’s side have taken eight points from four away games — more than they managed in the whole of last season.

Jeff Hendrick scored the only goal after 21 minutes, finishing off a magnificent team move in a game that brought more speculation about the future of the under-fire Koeman.

The Dutchman splurged 140 million pounds ($187.5 million) in the transfer market during the close season but dropped one of his major signings, former England striker Wayne Rooney, to the bench for Burnley’s visit.

Rooney came on for the last half-hour but failed to inject any life into Everton’s attack and a chorus of boos greeted the final whistle. The defeat left Koeman’s side languishing in 16th place with seven points from as many games.

“I have experience and I know if you win your life on a daily basis is different from if you lose,” said Koeman.

“It is not nice to get two weeks (for) an international break if you lose…. I will try to do my best for the job. All the stuff and the questions is not in my hands.”

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The Mersey mood was no better at St James’s Park where Liverpool’s performance was typical of their season so far.

Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho’s superb long range free-kick gave the visitors the lead — his third goal in as many games — before another display of defensive frailty.

Jonjo Shelvey, a former Red, split the Liverpool defense with a pass to Joselu who scored after the ball rebounded off his shin following Joel Matip’s tackle.

Visiting forwards Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed easy chances against a team well-drilled by former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, who has never lost to them in five games.

“We usually would score but didn‘t,” said Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp. “You need these simple moments.”

Liverpool’s 4-0 rout of Arsenal at the end of August already seems like a long time ago and the Gunners continued to put their shaky start to the season behind them by chalking up a sixth win in seven games since that Anfield thrashing.

On the 21st anniversary of Arsene Wenger taking over as manager, goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi gave Arsenal their third win in seven days.

Iwobi’s strike was set up by Alexis Sanchez, whose superb backheel wrong-footed the Brighton defense.

The Chilean was at the center of most of Arsenal’s best moments, producing the sort of display that shows why the club has tried so hard to keep him.

“We have played more fluent than today but playing Monday, Thursday and today, it was important to get three points,” said Wenger.

Reporting by Neil Robinson; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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Girl, 4, is encouraged to touch naked man for weird art performance


Girl, 4, is encouraged to touch naked man for weird art performance
The four-year-old girl was encouraged to touch the man’s body for the performance art stunt (Picture: Focus on News)

Footage showing a four-year-old child being encouraged to touch a naked man’s body for a performance art stunt has sparked outrage in Brazil.

The young girl crawls around the man at the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art (MAM), in Brazil, as he lies on his back surrounded by other people looking on.

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Her mother actively encourages her to touch the feet, legs and hand of artist Wagner Schwartz as he performs his ‘La Bete’ stunt.

The bosses behind the work maintain Schwartz’s naked act is in no way erotic, but outraged right-wing politicians and far-right groups have called for the artist to be arrested.

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Wagner Schwartz performs at the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art (Picture: Focus on News)
Girl, 4, is encouraged to touch naked man for weird art performance
Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art has defended Wagner Schwartz’s performance (Picture: Focus on News)

Rather than art, they are calling the show disgusting’ and a crime that ‘incites paedophilia’, the Daily Mail reports.

Schwartz has taken his controversial performance across the South American country, having been initially inspired by 1960s artist Lydia Clark.

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Schwartz says he becomes one of Clark’s sculptures when he performs ‘La Bete’.

He said: ‘As I stand or lie naked and vulnerable I allow my audience to interact with my body by inviting them to pull, reshape and manipulate it into many different poses and to construct images using my body’.

Stressing that the girl was not in danger, an MAM spokesperson said: ‘The little girl was with her mother who is also an artist. Her daughter asked to enter the show after being given an explanation as to what it contained.

‘The child wanted to participate and under her mother’s guidance and supervision she is seen on all fours going around the artist’s naked body without showing any embarrassment or aversion.

‘This work was authorised by the museum and is not about eroticism and does not include any erotic content.’

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