Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool: Late Anthony Martial stunner piles the pressure on Brendan Rodgers

first_img Anthony Martial The world’s most expensive teenager Anthony Martial made the perfect first impression as he scored a brilliant goal to pile the pressure on Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool at Old Trafford.After a subdued first 45, the game shot into life as Daley Blind and Ander Herrera struck to give the hosts a much deserved lead.Christian Benteke then pulled one back late on with a stunning overhead kick but it was immediately cancelled out by a great goal by Martial.The win gives Louis van Gaal some justification for his ‘philosophy’ as United rise to second in the Premier League but it raises more questions about Rodgers and his.Manchester United dominated possession in the early stages and passing the ball to death but Simon Mingolet nearly gifted the Red Devils an opener after an awful throw ended up at the feet of Marouane Fellaini, but his dinked effort sailed over the bar.While the midfield axis of Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger were able to dictate the pace of the play at their pleasure, but there was no killer instinct – perhaps to be expected of two teams who have only scored five goals between them all season.Ashley Young replaced Memphis Depay – who embodied United’s impotency in the first half – and immediately made something happen winning a foul deep in the Liverpool half after 48 minutes.From the resulting free-kick Juan Mata laid the ball back to Blind on the edge of the area who rocketed the ball into the top corner.David De Gea then proved he was worth every penny of his new contract making an acrobatic save from Danny Ings to make amends for a terrible clearance moments before.Blind was then the hero again after Ings deflected Martin Skrtel’s header towards the goal but the Dutchman blocked on the line to clear the danger.Then, in the 69th minute, Joe Gomez – who had been arguably Liverpool’s best player – dived into a challenge with Herrera in the box, leaving referee Michael Oliver with no option but to award the penalty.Herrera picked himself up to take the penalty and expertly dispatched it into the roof of the net to double the Red Devils’ lead.There was still time for Benteke to produce a moment of magic with an incredible bicycle kick in what is already a frontrunner for goal of the season.However, there was no frantic finish as £36m man Martial lit up Old Trafford with a mazy run and finish to seal the three points for his new side and condemn Liverpool to a seventh defeat in 14 Premier League games. 1last_img read more

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Pacquiao eyeing Mayweather rematch, says Roach

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games A rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could be on the cards if the legendary Filipino boxer wins his bout against Australian challenger Jeff Horn this weekend, his trainer said Tuesday.Pacquiao, who was outpointed by Mayweather in the “Fight of the Century” two years ago, will be the strong favorite when he defends his world title against the unbeaten Horn in Brisbane.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) and coach Freddie Roach. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netPacquiao was coy about a possible rematch, stressing that his focus was on the World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight against 29-year-old former schoolteacher Horn at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.“If there’s a chance, why not. I’m willing, but let’s focus first for this fight,” the 38-year-old eight-weight world champion told reporters when asked about fighting Mayweather again.“We don’t want to underestimate Horn thinking about another fight, this fight is not done yet.”Pacquiao, 38, briefly retired last year before making a successful comeback against Vargas in November, and is juggling boxing with his duties as a senator in the Philippines.Boxing legend Mayweather, 40, is coming out of retirement to fight mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in August.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES But the Horn fight could be critical to whether the “Pac-Man” secures another superfight with his American rival, Freddie Roach told reporters in Brisbane.“He (Horn) can derail us really badly. Manny is, I think, in a must-win situation. He wants a rematch with Mayweather,” Roach said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“And I mean to get Mayweather you have to look good against Jeff Horn, he has to look good, he has to be impressive.“I think there is a lot riding on this fight and I feel Manny has to look really good in this fight and the way the training camp went, I think he will.” WATCH: UFC fighter accidentally soils herself mid-fight WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Pacquiao eyeing Mayweather rematch6.8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

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India signs civil nuclear deal with South Korea

first_imgIndia on Monday signed a civil nuclear cooperation deal with South Korea, allowing a framework for Korean companies to participate in atomic power plant projects in the country.The agreement was signed after a meeting between President Pratibha Patil with her South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-Bak.South Korea has become the ninth country which had signed nuclear agreement with India after it got the waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) in 2008.The others are the US, France, Russia, Canada, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Argentina and Namibia, an official said.South Korea operates 20 nuclear plants that generate some 35 per cent of its electricity needs, and is keen to export its technology to fast developing countries like India.”The two countries have just concluded and signed a bilateral agreement on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy,” said Sanjay Singh, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs.”It is like other civil nuclear agreements signed between India and other countries. We look forward to Republic of Korea for becoming one more partner in the development of civil nuclear energy in India,” the official said without divulging further details on the agreement and its mandate but termed the deal as a “win-win” for both the nations.Both India and South Korea decided to start talks on civil nuclear cooperation during a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and South Korean President Lee on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Hanoi in October last year.The nuclear agreement was signed by Dr Srikumar Banerjee, Secretary Department of Atomic Energy and Kim Sung Hwan, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea.advertisementEarlier, Patil and her South Korean counterpart Lee held a 20-minute restrictive meeting followed by a delegation level talks for over an hour at ‘Blue House’, official residence of Korean President.Patil is on a week-long tour of Korea and Mongolia.Besides the agreement on nuclear cooperation, the two sides also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on media exchanges and another agreement on administrative arrangements to provide social security to people working in India and Korea.The MoU on media was signed by Singh and Choung Byoung-gug, Minister for Culture, Sports and Tourism.The third agreement for administrative arrangements for social security was signed by Skand Ranjan Tayal, Ambassador of India to South Korea and Chin Soo Hea, Minister of Health and Welfare.Briefing the media on the deliberations between the two Presidents, Singh said both the countries also discussed the expansion of defence cooperation.”Increased naval and coast guard cooperation was a possibility that was touched upon in the discussions. They deliberated on issues pertaining to co-production of defence equipment, transfer of technology and joint Research and Development,” the Secretary said.”They also discussed the possibilities of cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. India looks forward to once again launching Korean satellites on Indian rockets,” Singh quoting Patil as saying to the President Lee adding that “our facilities are of high quality and are available at competitive price.”Patil also invited Korean companies to invest in India and explore business opportunities.”Rashtrapatiji conveyed to President Lee that the investment environment in India is improving rapidly and invited more Korean companies to invest in India and make it their base for manufacturing operations including for export to third countries,” Singh said.She pointed out that Indian pharmaceuticals and IT services are of high quality and requested the government of Republic of Korea (ROK) to enhance market access for these Indian products in the Korean market.Both the Presidents agreed to encourage greater people-to-people exchanges and stressed to start more direct flights between India and South Korea.”For this purpose, we have to amend our Civil Aviation Agreement so as to grant each other’s carriers fifth freedom rights. They agreed to do this soon,” the official said.They also talked about India’s proposal of revival of Nalanda University besides discussing regional and national issues.”They decided to increase cooperation and coordination in the East Asia summit process and also the issues pertaining to Asia pacific,” he said.Patil will leave for Mongolia on July 27.The visit to both the east Asian nations is part of the country’s ‘Look East Policy’ to further mutual cooperation.Patil also offered floral tributes to a bust of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore near here on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Meyer addresses new talent and expectations in morning session of Big Ten

Urban Meyer (far left) joins other coaches of the Big Ten conference for photos at the 2016 Big Ten Media Days. Credit: Courtesy of Colin Hass-Hill | Lantern TV assistant sports directorCHICAGO — After offering his condolence to both the Nebraska and Michigan State football programs following the tragedy that befell both teams, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer got right down to business addressing his 2016 squad.Meyer opened his first media session of the day by discussing the magnitude of the departure of players the Buckeyes sustained after the end of the 2015 season. Many of the lost players were in starting roles. Only six total starters from last season, three on each side of the ball, will be suiting up with the Scarlet and Gray this fall.“Forty-four of our players, which is over half of our scholarships, are kids that never played in a game,” Meyer said. “So we have to get them ready. So our practices are going to be much different.”All six returning members for OSU are battle tested, with all three returning starters on offense competing in the 2014 national championship run for OSU. Junior cornerback Gareon Conley played in 13 games last year, junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan blossomed into one of the top linebackers in the nation in 2015, and fourth-year junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis led the team in sacks.Fresh on the minds of many, Meyer fielded the question that most individuals in attendance were curious about; if Bri’onte Dunn has any chance of coming back.“There is no chance,” Meyer said. With Dunn gone, Meyer said he will include both junior Curtis Samuel and senior Dontre Wilson as candidates for the backfield role. In terms of legitimate running backs on the team, the fifth-year OSU coach seems to be leaning towards redshirt freshman Mike Weber as his go-to guy this season.“I think so. His performance in spring, his issue is he has to stay healthy.” Meyer said after being asked if Weber would start in 2016. “I like where he’s at. I don’t like, I love where he’s at as far as the physical condition he’s in.”Weber will have a tall task in front of him trying to fill the void left by Ezekiel Elliott. The Cass Tech High School graduate had a solid spring game performance, and his impressed his coaches and peers alike. With fifth-year senior center Pat Elflein and fourth-year junior guard Billy Price at the lead of the offensive line, the remaining positions in the trenches are up for grabs. However, Meyer hinted towards the role of a true freshman in a vital role.“I can’t wait to watch our offensive line. Michael Jordan is probably going to be — a true freshman — will be in our starting lineup.” Meyer said. “From what I’ve seen, his development since he got here in January is outstanding.”Meyer also raved about the talent of his receiving unit coming into the year, saying they are “as good as we’ve had.” Players expected to take on starting roles, redshirt sophomore Noah Brown and sixth-year senior Corey Smith, are both coming off of injuries last year.“Talent shouldn’t be an issue. It’s consistent performance and playing when it’s showtime is going to be key.” Meyer said.Meyer unaware of Franklin’s commentsWhen asked about the criticism Penn State coach James Franklin had on the recruiting of OSU and Michigan and how it impacted the recruiting of the Nittany Lions, Meyer had little to say. Franklin spoke to the Reading (Pennsylvania) Eagle last month, and claimed OSU, Michigan and Michigan State negatively recruited against Penn State. Meyer was clearly shocked by the statements when asked about the claims and if the Buckeyes were intentionally impacting Penn State recruiting.“Absolutely not, and that’s the first time I’ve heard of that,” Meyer said. “I’ll address that with coach Franklin if that is an issue. That’s a pretty strong allegation that I’ve not heard yet.”Franklin told FOX Sports that his words were misinterpreted, and that two separate quotes were combined into one to create the allegation against OSU and other programs. read more

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Mildmannered Braxton Miller for 2012 Heisman Trophy

Campaign season isn’t over yet – not as far as college football is concerned, anyway. Americans are digging political lawn signage out of their front lawns, but college football fans are digging in for what could be a contentious and heated Heisman Trophy debate. Many pundits claim that Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein is the frontrunner for college football’s top honor. Others are riding the wave of positive momentum that Oregon senior running back Kenjon Barner provided after his 321-yard, five-touchdown performance last Saturday against USC. I propose a new deal. America needs an Ohio State player back on stage at the New York Downtown Athletic Club hoisting the Heisman Trophy. Buckeye sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller is the man to do it. Just look at Miller’s record, err, statistics. The quarterback has served Buckeye Nation admirably, completing 124-of-218 passes for 1,753 passing yards and 14 touchdowns. Diversity is important for any candidate in an election – candidates must be well-versed in many different subjects and issues. Miller is as diverse as it gets in college football – after the ball is snapped to him in the shotgun formation, can anyone really say for sure what he’ll do with the ball? He’s as likely to zip a pinpoint-accurate pass into a receiver (like he did during Saturday’s 52-22 win against Illinois) as he is to take over the game with his feet (such as he did against Nebraska on Oct. 6 when he ran for a career-best 186 yards). Favorable rankings based on his statistics are surely a sign of Miller’s zeal for country – he ranks 15th in America with more than 116 rushing yards per game. He’s also just the third quarterback in the history of the Big Ten Conference – the conference of America’s heartland – to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Miller’s well-rounded: He ranks 22nd nationally in total offense with 291.9 yards per game. He’s modest, too. During a Tuesday teleconference, OSU football’s humble signal-caller said he tried to avoid thinking about personal accolades. “I really don’t pay attention to that,” Miller said. “I try not to talk about it, I don’t really like talking about myself.” Shy though he may be, Miller will lead, and said as much on Monday. “(I think it’s my) leadership,” Miller said of his improvement from the 2011 season to present day. “Coming from last year, I didn’t really know how to take that role. But this year I’m building on it and getting better at it each and every week.” His leadership shines through in his rushing ability. Compared to his opponents, Miller is a responsible rusher whereas players like Klein are wasteful. Miller has rushed for 468 more yards than Klein on just 45 more carries. Miller takes the ball for 6.3 yards per carry. Barner has run for more yards on fewer carries than Miller – 1,295 yards on 179 carries – but he isn’t versatile like OSU’s fearless leader. Miller has accounted for 27 touchdowns through the air and on the ground. A pundit’s “logic” might suggest that a quarterback whose team is banned from the postseason is a pariah, that no Heisman voter would touch him. Minus the chance to pad his stats in a conference championship game, they say, Miller’s resume will be lacking. Defy that logic at every turn and, with clear eyes and full hearts, give credit to this most deserving Heisman candidate. As former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt might say, Miller is the man in the arena, in a literal sense as well as the way which he originally intended when he spoke the words on April 23, 1910. As Roosevelt said, the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena -a man who spends himself in a worthy cause. The 2012 season is Miller’s worthy cause, and his performance is more than worthy of the Heisman. If Miller fails, he’ll do so daring greatly, but his daring should be recognized by voters and rewarded. The choice for the 2012 Heisman Trophy is simple: It’s Miller, stupid. read more

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Ohio State football outlasts Buffalo 4020

The Ohio State football team started its 2013 season in winning fashion Saturday, defeating Buffalo by a score of 40-20.The Buckeyes got off to a fast start, scoring the first 23 points of the game on their first three drives.Less than five minutes into the game, junior quarterback Braxton Miller connected with teammate Devin Smith on a 47-yard touchdown pass. OSU wasted no time getting its special teams unit on the field, and backup senior quarterback Kenny Guiton took a direct snap and scored a two-point conversion by running into the end zone.OSU coach Urban Meyer said that the play calls in the first quarter were scripted, and that he was happy with the results.“You can’t play much better than our guys did (in the first quarter),” Meyer said. “We’re pushing the ball down the field, guys making plays. Special teams, I thought our kickoff was outstanding.”Guiton said that running two-point conversion plays are “pretty cool,” and that he enjoys being the head of the unit that runs them. Having coaches that are willing to make decisions like going for two are something that he said the players enjoy.“We love that. That’s something you do in a video game,” Guiton said. “So being able to do it out here is a lot of fun.“Senior wide receiver Chris Fields was the beneficiary of OSU’s next drive, scoring on a wide open seven yard pass from Miller. Guiton rushed the special teams unit on the field again, completing a screen pass to redshirt-senior Jordan Hall who ran into the end zone untouched.Just before the end of the opening quarter, Hall struck again but this time from the ground. A 49-yard burst through the middle coupled with an extra point from senior kicker Drew Basil gave OSU a 23-0 lead.A fast start was something that Meyer said was important, because it was something that his team struggled with last year.“Momentum is an amazing thing in college football,” Meyer said. “A lot of new young guys that I saw a little bit of hyperventilating out there, but I thought they came out of the chute fast.”Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said the way the first quarter went was “really close” to the way he wanted it to.“I think we did a heck of a job coming out of the gates, which was something that plagued us last year,” Herman said.Despite the fast start, turnovers on OSU’s next three drives changed the momentum and kept Buffalo in the game.A fumble by freshman Dontre Wilson gave the Bulls a short field, and quarterback Joe Licata found tight end Matt Weiserfor a score on the ensuing drive. Buffalo’s star linebacker Khalil Mack then intercepted a screen pass from Miller on OSU’s next drive, returning it for a touchdown. OSU led 23-13 after a failed two-point conversion pass attempt by Licata.After Wilson’s turnover, Meyer said his team did not respond to the adversity the way he wanted. “The players must learn from mistakes that are made and how to deal with such things,” he said.“We’ve gotta learn to fight through those momentum shifts,” Meyer said, adding that being able to work through those problems reflects on a team’s maturity level.“The more mature your team is, momentum’s only about seven points, I consider it,” Meyer said. “But if you’re immature, especially at certain areas, momentum is a 14-point shift.”Wilson was able to bounce back from the fumble though, returning the ensuing kickoff 51 yards to Buffalo’s 37. On the very next play, Hall broke through for his second touchdown run of the day, giving OSU a 30-13 lead at halftime.Hall, who ran for a career-high 159 yards, said he does not remember ever having a game quite like this one. Theredshirt-senior said he was surprised with how big the hole was on his 37-yard scamper.“I was just like, wow,” Hall said. “I don’t know if they (Buffalo) messed up or the O-line just did what they do but I just (saw) it and took it.”Hall added that with the way the Buckeyes came out in the first quarter, he thought they were going to score 100 points, but that they need to do a better job of putting teams away.“We probably got a little complacent,” Hall said. “We probably thought that Buffalo was going to slow down. But give them credit, they fought ’til the end of the game.”On Buffalo’s opening drive of the second half, Licata found senior receiver Alex Neutz in the end zone. The extra point cut the lead to 10 again midway through the third quarter. That was when the heat of the August day started getting to some players.With temperatures in the upper-80s throughout the game, multiple OSU players suffered from cramping. That prompted Meyer to say “It was a hot mother out there” on the field, and that he was worried about how much his players cramped.“It’s a concern, yeah,” Meyer said. “I know our strength staff and training staff work hard on the hydration, and I’m not sure if Buffalo cramped. That’s the thing I keep asking myself.”Miller was unable to avoid having his legs tighten up, and with the Buckeyes only leading by 10 had to be replaced byGuiton near the end of the third quarter. Guiton responded like he has in the past, leading OSU to a score on that drive, finding Fields for a 21-yard score to give the Buckeyes a 37-20 lead.Guiton said he is “always ready” to step in if Miller goes down, and that his preparation on the sideline is key in case he has to relieve him.“I try to make sure I know everything that the defense is doing throughout the game and I try to make sure I know what the game plan is and what the like to do in certain situations,” Guiton said, adding that it helps him once he’s on the field because he is able to tell what the defense is doing when they move.“It’s a lot easier if you know where their guys are going to be,” he said.The teams traded possessions for the rest of the game, save for a 39-yard field goal by Basil midway through the fourth.Miller finished the day with 178 yards on 15-22 passing with two touchdowns and an interception. He also finished with 78 yards on the ground.Even though his team is now 1-0 on the 2013 season, Meyer said there are still things that “gotta get fixed,” but the good thing is that the season is just barely underway.“When you score 40 points out of almost 500 (yards), 460 or something like that and you’re disappointed, that’s a good sign,” Meyer said. “The bad sign is we’ve got a long way to go.”OSU is scheduled to take on San Diego State Sept. 7 at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Declan Rice can become a West Ham great says Zabaleta

first_imgDeclan Rice has the potential to become one of West Ham’s greatest players and should sign a new contract, says teammate Pablo ZabaletaThe teenage midfielder has under two years left on his existing deal, but West Ham does still have the option to extend it by another 12 months.Talks over a contract extension have been ongoing since April with no agreement having been reached.Zabaleta, who has played alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero throughout his playing career, sees a great deal of potential in 19-year-old Rice.“He has the right ability and attitude to become of one of the greatest players for West Ham,” Zabaleta told Sky Sports.“West Ham need to think about his situation because even though he is young he looks so mature and he is proving week in, week out he can perform for the team.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“As a team-mate, for me he is one of those young players that you like to look after and help with all the information you can give him.“You try to help out as much as you can, but then, of course, there are people who make decisions in this club about contracts and all those things and there is nothing I can do about it.“He has more to learn but all the players need to look after him and keep his feet on the ground because even at the age of 19 or 20 and you play two or three good games in this league, you attract attention from everyone.“There was all the stuff about the Ireland and England football teams and you have to know how to manage those situations. But it is important for his family and the players around him to look after him.”Rice has started in three of West Ham’s six Premier League games this season.last_img read more

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Pellegrini pleased after Hammers win

first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed his delight with his team’s performance after their win over Macclesfield Town on Wednesday night.The Hammers hammered their opponents 8-0 in the Carabao Cup to record their biggest ever win since moving to the Olympic stadium in London.The former Manchester City manager praised his players for showing respect to their opponents in a thoroughly professional performance.Pellegrini picked a strong team to face the Silkmen, with players like Michail Antonio, Pedro Obiang and Angelo Ogbonna all starting the game, but it was 21-year-old Grady Diagana who stole the show scoring twice on his debut, and Pellegrini was pleased with the attitude of his team against their less illustrious opponents.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…“We played with intensity and we tried to continue playing in the same way,” said the manager, according to the club’s official website.“A lot of the time when you play against a lower league team you don’t play with the same pace, and you think you can walk to victory but we were very professional.”“I talked to the players before the game and said that it’s up to us to make the difference. You have to play with intensity and you can’t underestimate your rival and for me the best thing we did is that we didn’t underestimate them.”Pellegrini will be hoping his team can produce a similar performance on Saturday when Manchester United come visiting to the London Stadium.last_img read more

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