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more on by Yorkshire legend Geoff Boycott isn't being welcomed back by

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the board. That's all in 50 minutes, after The Papers. -- 15.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Simon Watkins, City editor of the Mail on Sunday,

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and the deputy editor of The New Day, Dawn Alford.

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The i accuses big building developers of making money out

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of the country's housing crisis by restricting the supply

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The Telegraph says Tory MPs are calling on the Chancellor to cut

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And to mark Super Tuesday, it also has a nice picture

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of Hillary Clinton joking with Donald Trump at his wedding.

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The Mirror warns that people may have to wait until they're 75

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before they can retire, after the government launched

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The Mail focusses on the same story, but it says white collar workers

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might have to wait longer for their pensions than manual workers.

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The Guardian leads with the claim by aid agencies

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and charities that unless Europe tackles the growing refugee crisis

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The FT leads with the claim by aid agencies

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and charities that unless Europe tackles the growing refugee crisis,

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The Express carries news of a new low-calorie liquid diet it says can

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And The New Day focuses on the story of a young cystic fibrosis

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sufferer whose releasing a single backed by celebrities to raise money

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Starting with the Sun. Work until you are 81. Mirror says work until

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you are 75. Is the Sun trying to get more readers by making us even more

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scared? It is one of those things that happens in the newspapers. You

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could pick any number, as long as it is above what the rate is going to

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be in about 2028 or whatever. 67. Yes. It is all because the

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government has said there needs to be reviewed. The implication is they

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suspect they are not sustainable. Therefore there does leave room for

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how high it might go and how quickly but the general feeling is it is

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probably going to go higher than we previously thought. It is something

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we have to get used to. This has been rumoured for some time. It went

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up recently, as you mentioned. Another way to look at it is it is

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really great news. We are going to hopefully live till 100, perhaps

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longer. If we are going to do that then we have to work longer to

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sustain the economy. Hold that thought. Someone on Twitter has just

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sent me a tweet saying, can you lend your panel stopped -- try being a

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manual labourer for an extra ten years? The Mail makes that point as

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well. That white-collar workers may have to work longer because it isn't

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as taxing, using your brain, that manual labour. I can understand the

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reason why, but I don't know how they would judge that. Somebody

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might well work in a manual job for 20-30 years and then work in it post

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office and do something fairly sedentary. How they would judge at

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what age you can retire... It is the kind of stuff that insurance

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industries do all the time, estimating the life expectancy of

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people in pension funds. To do it on a national scale is very difficult,

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I think. But it is an idea that is raised. I suspect it will be looked

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at. I'm sure if anything like it comes it will cause exactly the kind

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of upset that the Twitter post has brought up. People aren't saving for

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their retirement either. That's the other thing. The days of putting

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money aside from the age of 80 and having a lovely retirement pot at 60

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or 65 are probably long gone. Simply to pay the bills to buy food and

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have the odd holiday people will have to keep working if that's

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something they would like to do. I mentioned the front page of the

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Mail. The fact is, the coalition government brought in a law saying

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that the pension situation had to be reviewed every Parliament. This is

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part of that review. Are we going to have these kinds of stories every

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five years? It is entirely possible. There are obviously two elements to

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this. One is the state of the finances of people in private

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pensions. Whether there's enough there. That will inform this debate,

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as will the news of the demographic expectations. Those things have

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moved in recent years, in the opposite directions. We have less

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money in pensions and life expectancy is going up. We are

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probably in a permanent state of review. Moving on to the Times.

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E-cigarette prices soaring. They are very much in the news. Every day

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there is a new argument about whether they are safe or not. This

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particular story in the Times today is about how they may normally cost

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?23 and could now cost as much as ?53. The subtext here is that

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Brussels is doing that. They won't even leave our e-cigarettes alone.

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Clearly they are talking about whether or not they are doing a

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great job and clearly they are. 95% of people are giving up with the

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help of e-cigarettes, so they clearly are doing the job. Perhaps

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the answer is to tax e-cigarettes, but to me it doesn't seem like the

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best idea. To me it isn't entirely black and white. E-cigarettes

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clearly are helpful, as many people give up smoking, but they aren't

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harmless. They have nicotine in them. They are not harmless so it

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isn't so clear cut. There's just not enough known at the moment. Not

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enough studies. People don't know about the liquid is going into

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them, how safe they will be. But it is nicotine and that the addictive

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part. Maybe the answer is to tax them to the hill, or about all

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nicotine altogether. For the next four months are we going to have to

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look behind the headline of every single story? This could be to do

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with the referendum. We aren't sure whether Times sit with this. But we

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suspect we know what Rupert Murdoch thinks. This is a bit of EU bashing,

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isn't it? I think it will come from both sides. I think every story that

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has an EU angle on it is whether it demonstrates the evils all the

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marvels of the EU. That will be the prison to which newspapers will look

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at any story for months to come. Absolutely. Let's talk a little bit

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about The New Day later. This is interesting. The front page of the

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Telegraph. Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton at the wedding of Donald

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Trump and his wife. That was in 2005. They looked very happy and

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jolly together. There's a lot of love in that room. Look at the white

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teeth and how much love there is happening. So what went wrong? They

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will be at each other's throats if they both win the nomination. One of

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the things that left to my mind about this is Donald Trump has

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portrayed himself to the American public as the outsider. Unconnected

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with the power elites in Washington. Here he is 11 years ago with the

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president of the United States. There can't be any politician that

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claims they are on the outside. Do you think you might have some double

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standards? My gosh! Super Tuesday today. 11 states and Donald Trump

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could well be the winner of the nomination. It looks likely. I have

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always been fascinated by American politics. Probably not so much as

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this time. It is incredible. To think that the entire Republican

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Party, or the Republican elite, are against him is incredible. We did a

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piece in The New Day asking what the world would look like with Donald

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Trump in charge and it is frightening. In one of our pieces he

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said, we are going to win, we are going to win, and you are going to

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say, we don't want to win any more! And I will say, yes! We will make

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America great again! But it works. It does. I see absolutely nothing

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behind the kind of rhetoric. There is no depth to it at all. When he

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works out that actually can't build the wall, what happens then? He will

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give up? Crazy. I am being told we will go to this story, ending rugby

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tackles. If you don't have tackles it's not rugby, is it? There is an

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argument that children of a certain age should perhaps be playing the

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contact sport quite as widely as they are. A bunch of doctors have

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got together, a huge amount of them, casualty workers, saying they see

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some of the most horrendous injuries. Children paralysed,

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children with brain damage and concussion. It's not that they are

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losing the odd tooth or breaking the odd bone, rugby can kill. Is it

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right to put your ten, 11 or 12-year-old on the pitch, or let

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them grow and let them decide for themselves, that it's a sport they

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want to carry on with? It is an interesting subject. One wonders

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what the authorities do with this. At the professional level there have

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been horrific injuries. And there are great concerns about unspotted

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concussion is among rugby players. It seems only natural that one would

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look at sport in schools. But if you ban rugby venue will ban a number of

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other sports. Golf? Golf! I would ban call. A dreadful pass time. Be

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careful! The New Day. You've got a story on Caty Price. An interesting

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story and you put it on the front page. Yes. She was a television

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today. She has never been shy in coming forward. Today she was

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talking about how when she was pregnant 14 years ago with Harvey if

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she had been told that he was going to be born blind and disabled she

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would have considered having an abortion. I hasten to add she did

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think she would have thought that as a 23-year-old, however clearly she

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loves her son very much and she is delighted that she didn't go ahead

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without, or didn't happen. Has she much sympathy for that position?

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Immediately some people were criticising her for the words but I

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think people actually step back now and people think she is very brave

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to say so and right to say so. You can't criticise her... She has

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always come across as being a very good mother, a very dedicated

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mother. Citing she was just being honest and that's often white gets

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her into trouble. Yes. It is a level of honesty that some people will

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find refreshing, others brave or cruel. I find it refreshing and I

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suspect there are many out there who applaud that honesty and concede the

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truth to that and humanity of that. I am sure there are some who are

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offended. The New Day. I am interested by the price on the

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front. 25 Peter Riddell price, the suggestion that it will go up? --

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trial price. That is more expensive than some of the other tabloids.

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Clearly it has elements of tabloid spirit about it and elements of what

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we used to call the broadsheet. Many years ago, you were very much judged

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by, if you were working class, you purchased a tabloid and if you are

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upper-class, you purchased a broadsheet. It is completely gone

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now and there are many of us in the middle and it is normal. We like to

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think that we are the newspaper for people who don't class themselves in

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any particular demographic, people who just want to not be lectured

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that. A balanced opinion and it will be independent? Absolutely. No

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political bias one way or the other? I think the days of Rupert Murdoch

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are over. People don't need newspapers telling them how to vote

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or think and they don't expect it. We are asking a question that you

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can see, was she being brave? Readers can make up their own mind.

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Sales so far? Very well. We have had a lot of very positive feedback.

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This is our first day so we won't know figures yet but yesterday was

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completely free. We are literally getting actual letters, print and

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post, and our post bag and social media feeds have been going crazy.

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Friends and colleagues and the public have seemed to be very

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pleased that it exists. Excellent. Thank you for your first appearance

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on the paper and the New Day being in the papers. Hopefully we will

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have much more of you in the future. Thank you for looking at the

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stories today. Stay with us, much more coming up. Now it is

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Sportsday.

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