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'You can't blame one player': Marcelo Bielsa refuses to pin Leeds' agonising opening day defeat on £27m new boy Rodrigo after striker gave away late penalty to champions Liverpool

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Leeds United gave champions Liverpool an almighty scare on their return to the Premier League only to suffer a late defeat - but boss Marcelo Bielsa refused to blame record signing Rodrigo for conceding the penalty that led to Mo Salah’s winner in a 4-3 thriller. On three occasions Leeds had recovered to draw level and they looked like taking a deserved point with only two minutes remaining when substitute Rodrigo dangled a leg and tripped Fabinho, allowing Salah to complete his hat-trick with a second from the penalty spot. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for the visitors after a game in which both sides had attacked brilliantly only to lose goals to individual errors. New signing Rodrigo gave away a penalty two minutes from time to allow Liverpool to win Marcelo Bielsa refused to blame the £27m signing for the spirited 4-3 defeat against the Reds And it was the clumsy challenge of Spain striker Rodrigo that proved decisive. Bielsa, though, said the defeat should not be

'Here's a memory I found': Rita Ora sends temperatures soaring as she showcases her jaw-dropping figure while posing in a TINY bikini in sultry video

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She is back in the UK after spending much of the summer soaking up the sun in Greece and Ibiza. And Rita Ora was feeling nostalgic as she shared a video of herself striking a series of poses while on a yacht during her trip.  The singer, 29, looked incredible in the clip as she displayed her jaw-dropping figure in a tiny orange and black bikini. Incredible: Rita Ora, 29, was feeling nostalgic as she shared a video of herself striking a series of poses while on a yacht during her trip to Greece last month Showcasing her washboard abs and sun-kissed glow, the hitmaker fixed the camera with a sultry stare. Rita let her honey blonde locks fall loose while she completed her look with several gold necklaces. The How To Be Lonely singer captioned the video: 'Summers basically over anyways here’s a memory I found ☺️'.  Stunning: The singer looked incredible in the clip as she displayed her jaw-dropping figure in a tiny orange and black bikini Memories: The How To Be Lonely singer cap

BREAKING: Shots fired at University Park mall in Indiana as local homicide unit takes over the investigation

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Shots have been fired inside an Indiana mall on Saturday after footage showed terrified shoppers sprinting away.  Frantic calls flooded into the Mishawaka Police Department just before 3pm as residents reported a shooting at University Park Mall. Footage taken by a witness at University Park Mall shows a crowd of people screaming as they run towards the exit doors. Footage taken by a witness at University Park Mall in Mishawaka, Indiana, shows shoppers sprinting out of the exit doors after shots were fired  The woman who posted the video claimed her younger sister was at the mall when two shots went off.    Authorities have confirmed to ABC 57 that shots were fired inside the mall.   There is no official word on injuries, but one Indiana journalist and witnesses reported that a person was shot.  There is no official word on injuries, but one Indiana journalist and witnesses reported that a person was shot St. Joseph County Metro Homicide has taken over the investigation and authoriti

'I'm shocked!': Chuckle Brothers' Paul, 71, astounds Gogglebox fans as he reveals he is related to Sophie and Peter Sandiford

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He is known for being the younger sibling of the Chuckle Brothers.  And Paul Chuckle shocked fans on Saturday as he told his Twitter followers he is related to another pair of famous faces.  The children's TV presenter, 72, revealed on social media he is the great-uncle to Gogglebox sister and brother duo, Sophie, 24, and Pete Sandiford, 26. Surprise! Paul Chuckle shocked fans on Saturday as he told his Twitter followers he is related to Gogglebox sister and brother duo, Sophie, 24, and Pete Sandiford, 26 The Blackpool based siblings got their first taste of fame when they joined the Channel 4 TV commentary program in 2018.  Sophie and Pete have followed in their Uncle's footsteps and become quick fan favourites, keeping viewers entertained with their down to earth personalities and amusing comments. The Chuckle Brother responded to speculation that he is related to the siblings and said on Twitter: 'Most certainly are ... proud to be Great Uncle Paul,' accompanied by a

Tens of thousands of 18-year-olds could unknowingly be entitled to payout from child trust fund set up on their behalf

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Tens of thousands of 18-year-olds could unknowingly be entitled to a payout from a child trust fund set up on their behalf.  The funds were launched 15 years ago with every child born between September 1, 2002 and January 31, 2011 given a helping hand from the Government in the form of a voucher worth £250.  In some cases a further top-up payment of £250 was made if the child was born between September 1, 2009 and July 31, 2010. Poorer families received £500 in each case.  Helping hand: Many funds will now be maturing without the account holder knowing they are eligible to receive the proceeds  Though many parents added to the new-style savings accounts, others did not use the voucher. The Government responded by setting up a stakeholder account on the child's behalf. Many of these funds will now be maturing without the account holder knowing they are eligible to receive the proceeds.  This is especially true for those who have moved home in the past 15 years and so have not receiv

First-round victory in High Court may open floodgates to billions of dollars' worth of claims against Lebanon's crisis-torn banking system

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A first-round victory in London's High Court may open the floodgates to billions of dollars' worth of claims against Lebanon's crisis-torn banking system.  Lawyers acting for Bilal Khalifeh, a UK resident with Lebanese nationality, persuaded the court that it has jurisdiction over Blom Bank of Beirut.  Blom is one of several Lebanese banks that have reacted to hyper-inflation by imposing what amount to exchange controls to prevent cash fleeing the country.  Victory: Lawyers acting for Bilal Khalifeh, a UK resident with Lebanese nationality, persuaded the court that it has jurisdiction over Blom Bank of Beirut The legal team of Khalifeh, who has $1.44million (£1.1million) in Blom, argued that European Union consumer law gives courts anywhere in the bloc – and also in the UK, where the law is currently still in force – the right to hear cases such as this.  Blom's lawyers had argued the case should be heard in Lebanon, not London, and may appeal.  If the final outcome is

British start-up letting lets car owners charge passengers for rides is helping drive to get commuters back to work

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A British start-up that lets car owners charge their passengers for rides is helping the drive to get commuters back to work.  Skoot – launched by entrepreneur Greg Gormley this month – connects drivers with friends, family and workmates needing a lift.  Each car journey costs 57p per mile including 12p commission for Skoot. The charge is split between the passengers.  Gormley, 50, founded Skoot after his teenage daughter started driving friends around and he realised there was a huge demand for cheap and safe rides.  He said Skoot costs passengers about a third of the price of UberX. Gormley is aiming to eventually replicate the size of Uber's business.  Car owners register by uploading their driving licence to the Skoot app, which checks that vehicles are taxed and have an MoT. It then links the driver through social media to friends who have their mobile number. Friends post details of their pick-up point when they want a lift.  From next month, Skoot drivers will be able to run

Hedge funds caught out by Royal Mail's share price rally as company surprises market with performance during coronavirus

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Hedge funds have been caught out by Royal Mail's share price rally after the company surprised the market with its performance during the pandemic.  Short-sellers were forced to slash bets against the company's share price after the postal service revealed robust parcel deliveries. The shares have also been buoyed by speculation of a break-up.  Royal Mail shares surged 25 per cent on Tuesday when it said it had delivered 177million more parcels in the UK in the five months to the end of August than in the same period last year – a rise of 34 per cent. That was driven by a surge in online shopping during lockdown when many British stores were shut. Letter volumes were down as expected with many offices shut.  Caught out: Short-sellers were forced to slash bets against the company's share price after the postal service revealed robust parcel deliveries Royal Mail's rally has squeezed out hedge funds betting against its share price using 'short' contracts – where t

Credit ratings giant Moody's says car sales will not recover to pre-crisis levels until the middle of decade

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Car sales will not recover to pre-crisis levels until the middle of this decade, according to credit ratings giant Moody's. In a new report it said the 27 per cent drop in worldwide car sales in the first half of this year had 'bottomed out' and it expected a sharp rise in 2021.  But it said the severity of the fall would mean that the pace of recovery towards peaks seen before the pandemic – when 95million vehicles a year were sold globally – would be only moderate after that.  Downturn: 'Governments' efforts to support the industry have so far been limited 'The rise in shipments will slow in 2023 and the recovery length, with 2018-19 sales levels unlikely to be recaptured until about 2025,' it said.  'Governments' efforts to support the industry have so far been limited, and we do not expect that to change substantially.  'This is a sharp contrast to numerous programmes to support or bail out automakers during the 2008-9 crisis.'  While car

Ocado sales could exceed £2bn for first time as customers flock to order food from new partner Marks & Spencer

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Ocado sales could exceed £2billion for the first time this year after customers flocked to order food from its new partner Marks & Spencer.  Credit Suisse forecasts that the grocery delivery giant has increased sales by two thirds in the past three months to reach more than £600million.  It said this could surprise some in the City who had raised concerns about its ability to cope with high levels of demand.  Driving force: Ocado struggled to keep pace with orders during lockdown, when sales increased 44 per cent Ocado struggled to keep pace with orders during lockdown, when sales increased 44 per cent, and it appeared be facing similar issues after the M&S launch.  But analysts at the Swiss bank said it had addressed some of its 'capacity concerns'.  Its shares have doubled in value from £10.77 in early March to £22.66, valuing the business at £17billion.  But the bank warned that the shares could now be overvalued because investors are 'overestimating' the num

Enraged Trump threatens that 'a big price must be paid' after news that 15 phones belonging to Robert Mueller's team were wiped before being handed over to DoJ to be checked for bias against the President

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President Trump has vented his fury following news that more than 15 phones belonging to the investigative team of then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller were wiped before they were handed over to the Justice Department to be examined for proof of potential bias.  In a string of tweets sent out Saturday morning, the Commander-in-chief threatened that 'a big price must be paid' for those specific actions and for the Mueller investigation more broadly.  He also accused left-wing operatives of a history of cover-ups, referencing the thousands of emails allegedly wiped from Hillary Clinton's server while she was working as Secretary of State.  In an initial tweet, Trump raged: 'ALERT! So now we find out that the entire Mueller 'hit squad' illegally wiped their phones clean just prior to the investigation of them, all using the same really dumb reason for this 'accident', just like Crooked Hillary smashing her phones with a hammer, & DELETING HER EMAILS!'

Is this the worst miss of all-time? Mechelen midfielder Aster Vranckx has incredible moment to forget on opening day of Belgian top-flight season as he manages to trip over the ball on the line with the goal gaping

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Midfielder Aster Vranckx will not want to watch his miss again for KV Mechelen against Oostende in the Belgian Pro League. The 17-year-old was left curled up in a ball with his head in his hands following a very embarrassing blunder as his side looked sure to claim the opening goal of the match.  Following a poor clearance from an Oostende defender, the goalkeeper has to come off his line in order to punch the ball away from danger.  Midfielder Aster Vranckx will not want to watch his miss again for KV Mechelen The 17-year-old tripped up the ball less than two yards out from an open goal with no-one near However, the keeper fails to do so and the ball falls to an opposition attacker inside the box. He hits the ball first time towards an empty net under pressure and it bounces back off the cross bar to Vranckx. No more than two-yards from goal and no keeper or defender in sight, the Belgian U19 international has the easiest job in the world to put the ball in the back of the net. Instea

Fans banned from the start, finish and key climbs during Sunday's mountain stage as Tour de France heads into coronavirus 'red zones'

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The Tour de France was heading 'behind closed doors' as Covid-19 infection rates rose across France, after local officials stepped in to ban fans from the key climbs on Sunday's mountain stage, to the summit of the Grand Colombier. Rapid rises in infection rates of Covid-19 are now threatening to ensure that the race will enter its final week, heavily closed off.  Spectators have also been banned from all starts and finishes, as the convoy enters three days in the so-called 'red zones' of greatest infection. Race organisers will reinforce restrictions on climbs situated in coronavirus 'red zones' 'Access will be prohibited,' an official statement read. 'No spectators, gatherings or demonstrations will therefore be allowed.'  Citing the 'rapid deterioration of the health situation,' the ban may well now be extended into all the mountain stages in the race's climactic week. Saturday's stage from Clermont Ferrand to Lyon had been

Man in his 60s, is stabbed to death in north London as his 45-year-old neighbour is arrested on suspicion of murder

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his neighbour hours police attended an earlier incident at the suspect's house.  The victim, who is in his 60s was stabbed to death this morning in Wembley, north west London.  Police had attended an incident at the flat complex several hours earlier where neighbours reported a possible fire and reports of a man brandishing a knife.  A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his neighbour following an incident at Priestley House, Wembley, north west London. The suspect, who is 45, was Tasered by police before being taken into custody Scotland Yard has confirmed the have notified the Directorate of Professional Standards as their officers had attended the same address hours before the fatal attack Police were called to the scene at 10.07am where they found the victim who had suffered a number of stab wounds.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The suspect was detained after barricading himself inside an address and, after