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#1 Huddersfield Town A.F.C. • David Wagner • Manchester City F.C. • Premier League

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Huddersfield vs Manchester City: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

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Pep Guardiola's side travel to the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday as they aim to maintain the pace at the top of the Premier League standings

After Premier League leaders Liverpool ground out a 4-3 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, Manchester City will have to overcome managerless Huddersfield in order to keep pace.

Since the start of the year, Pep Guardiola’s outfit have been in quite staggering form , and after picking up a 2-1 win over the Reds on January 3 have won their three subsequent games, scoring 19 times in all.

Sunday’s opponents, meanwhile, prop up the standings and, 10 points from safety, look in grave danger of tumbling back into the Championship .

#2 Australia • Cumnock

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Fancy a home for a dollar? There's a catch

Left: Cumnock in Australia is trying to rejuvenate itself by dangling offers to entice people to come and live in the many houses vacated by residents who have moved away. Above: Gangi, a small town in Italy, offered 20 properties for less than US$2
Cumnock in Australia is trying to rejuvenate itself by dangling offers to entice people to come and live in the many houses vacated by residents who have moved away. PHOTOS: SCREENGRAB/REALESTATE.COM.AU, ISTOCKPHOTO

CUMNOCK (Australia) • Like many small towns around the world, Cumnock in south-east Australia has gone through a long period of population decline and fading fortunes.

It was once a key railway stopover in the state of New South Wales, but the closure of the train station and opening of a new highway turned the bustling small town into a picturesque but quiet place, largely off the grid.

As its population dwindled to its current count of fewer than 300 people, residents had for years feared that the town's primary school might eventually have to close, which would have been a devastating blow for Cumnock.

Cumnock did not have expansive shopping malls, attractive restaurants or world-famous museums. But it did have lots of empty houses from all the people who had left.

So in 2008, an idea was born: Give those houses to anyone willing to move here, not only for a fair price, but essentially for free.

Gangi, a small town in Italy, offered 20 properties for less than US$2
Gangi, a small town in Italy, offered 20 properties for less than US$2 each in an attempt to revive itself. PHOTOS: SCREENGRAB/REALESTATE.COM.AU, ISTOCKPHOTO

For houses in need of renovations, the town would charge a symbolic weekly fee of less than US$1 (S$1.35). Renovated cottages would cost slightly more but would still be extremely cheap.

When Ms Nicole Lewis read about the scheme four years ago, she took note. Shortly afterwards, she left her city life and moved to Cumnock with her husband and five kids. "Everyone was so welcoming - it was an instant fit," she recalled of her first few weeks.

The couple still pay about US$100 a week in rent for their three-bedroom house, with fireplaces, a back veranda and no immediate neighbours. "It's the typical Australian country home feel," she said.

More than a decade after Cumnock launched its experiment, the concept has been picked up by over a dozen other towns across Australia and around the world.

Italy's hilltop town of Sambuca made headlines last week when it announced it was selling homes for less than US$2, in an effort to halt its population decline as more young residents move to bigger cities where they are pursuing degrees and have better chances of finding employment.

The campaign may sound similar to close observers of the Italian real estate market: In 2014, the small Sicilian town of Gangi launched just such a scheme, offering 20 properties for less than US$2 each.

In both Italian towns, like in Australia's Cumnock, applicants had to commit to renovating the homes.

For young urban families, Cumnock's initiative may be more attractive now than a few years ago.

Researchers in Europe and Australia have observed that while more people are moving from rural areas to cities, there is also a growing number of people who now find cities so unaffordable that they are forced to move back into suburbs or smaller towns. That could be great news for the Cumnocks, Gangis and Sambucas of the world. The more unaffordable bigger cities become, the more attractive life in smaller towns might appear.

The flight of Ms Lewis' family and others who have since joined her in Cumnock certainly will not stop the world's growing urbanisation, with the proportion of the global population living in cities expected to increase from the current 54 per cent to 66 per cent in 2050.

In fact, these families' arrival in Cumnock could not even prevent the recent closure of the local pub and hotel. But it might be able to offer these shrinking towns, which are tapping into the right mood at the right time, a much-needed lifeline and boost in confidence.

"Overall, I'd say it's been successful. It highlights that rural areas' lifestyle is actually better than in Sydney, and more affordable," Mr Phil King said as he drank a beer in the local bowling alley that now also serves as the town pub.

His friend Scott Reynolds agreed that the programme has been a boost for Cumnock: "It's put the place on the map a bit."


#3 Marathon • Houston Marathon

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WATCH LIVE: Aramco Houston Half Marathon winners speaking live from GRB Convention Center.

'Last Woman Starting' at Chevron Houston Marathon running for a good cause

Sunday, January 20, 2019 07:25AM

Megan Saloom will be the last person to cross the starting line this year at the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon.

Saloom, an elite runner, will be participating in the half marathon just months after having a baby.

She is such a dedicated runner that she ran until she was 34 weeks pregnant, then began running quickly after her baby boy was born.

"I started run-walking my fourth week after pregnancy," Saloom said. "I knew that running was really special to me, and I wanted that to continue in my life."

As the "Last Woman Starting," Saloom partners up with the Houston Marathon Foundation to raise money for a good cause.

Every person Saloom passes helps raise money for various charitable organizations.

"That's what I'll be thinking about while I'm running those last few miles," Saloom said. "When you're in pain and hurting, and you're trying to pass as many people as you can."

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Cold morning for runners in Chevron Houston Marathon

By Sandra GonzalezTaisha Walker - Reporter

Posted: 6:25 AM, January 20, 2019Updated: 10:22 AM, January 20, 2019

HOUSTON - An Ethiopian man is this year's winner of the half marathon in the Chevron Houston Marathon. Shura Kitata, 22, is the first person and man to cross the finish line in 1 hour and 4 seconds.

Marathon winner

Houston's Chevron Marathon got underway Sunday morning and at least 20,000 runners participated.

Some came from other countries, and from all over the United States.

Marathon from chopper

The route began in downtown Houston and wound through Memorial Park and the Galleria area.

Even though it's cold, some runners still participated in shorts.

Others layered as the temperatures plummeted Saturday night.

KPRC2's Haley Hernandez and Eric Braate are taking part in this year's marathon.


#4 Saturday Night Live • Elizabeth Warren • Kate McKinnon • Weekend Update • Donald Trump • Colin Jost

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Saturday Night Live updated their cover photo.

'SNL': McKinnon spoofs Pelosi, Warren

Can you laugh about the government shutdown?

“Saturday Night Live” tried with a tart opening sketch that presented President Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) playing the government shutdown version of “Deal or No Deal.”

“I want $5 billion for my border wall, and in exchange I’ll extend DACA, and I’ll release the kids from cages so they can be free-range kids,” Baldwin’s Trump told fill-in host Steve Harvey (Kenan Thompson).

Trump wasn’t interested in a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Kate McKinnon). Harvey joked that seeing Trump and Pelosi bicker “is like watching two grandparents fight over the thermostat.”

Trump has been the main source of political comedy for the past two years. But “SNL” can spoof Democrats with equal aplomb. As Pelosi, McKinnon was wild-eyed and enjoying her new power in needling Trump.

On “Weekend Update,” McKinnon was first rate as Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic presidential candidate who answered the complaint that she isn’t likable. “Am I likable? Prob not,” McKinnon’s Warren said. “Neither is a prostate exam. But you need one or you’ll die. This country is long overdue for a finger up its caboose.” She added, “Bend over, America, and let Mama Warren get to work.”

“Weekend Update” host Colin Jost ridiculed Trump’s latest proposal on the shutdown: “You give me $5.7 billion and I’ll give you back the Dreamers. Am I the only one who thinks that sounds like a hostage negotiation?”

Jost dismissed Trump’s protections are vague promises. “I trust the promises of Donald Trump about as much as I trust R. Kelly in a Claire’s boutique,” Jost added.

Jost ridiculed Greta Van Fleet, the rock band that was musical guest. “Sunday night will bring a Super Blood Wolf Moon, which is rare lunar eclipse and not as I assumed the name of the band that just performed on our show,” Jost said.

Jost also delivered the Florida joke that crops up in most episodes. The topic: a woman who stole watches and hid them in her vagina. “Officials became suspicious when the woman took a licking but kept on ticking,” Jost said.

Charming Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan was host of the first “SNL” of 2019. “SNL” spoofed her “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” by presenting “The Raunchiest Miss Rita” with Leslie Jones as a foul-mouthed comedian.

In her funniest sketch, a newscast spoof, Brosnahan was a doctor reading off the odd names of missing persons in a minor California earthquake.

Brosnahan helped promote the product Leave Me Alurn, an urn that women use to thwart annoying men. Brosnahan was a contestant on “Millennial Millions,” a game show — and surprisingly edgy skit — that spoofed millennials and baby boomers. Brosnahan was a guest on a talk show whose host (Jones) teaches viewers to treat their husbands like misbehaving dogs.

On “Weekend Update,” Pete Davidson worked with John Mulaney. They marveled that Clint Eastwood plays a 90-year-old drug mule in “The Mule.”

But Davidson touched on real events ever so briefly. “After observing John’s life, I publicly threatened suicide,” Davidson said. He added: “I’m sorry I shouldn’t make that joke. But it is funny.”

This “SNL” gave viewers a lot to discuss.

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#5 UFC Brooklyn: Cejudo vs Dillashaw


HENRY CEJUDO!!!!!!! Message. Sent. WOW!!!!! #UFCBrooklyn


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UFC On ESPN+ 1 Results: Winners, Highlights And Bonuses

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19: (R-L) Henry Cejudo punches TJ Dillashaw in their flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Barclays Center on January 19, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)GETTY

Henry Cejudo shocked the world...again.

On Saturday night in the main event of the historic first UFC card on ESPN, the reigning UFC flyweight champion emphatically turned back the challenge from bantamweight kingpin TJ Dillashaw. In the very first round, Cejudo caught Dillashaw off balance and landed a series of unanswered punches that hurt the latter.

The referee rushed in to call a halt to the action and Cejudo, who came in as the underdog, had successfully defended his title and the honor of his division.

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Dillashaw thought the stoppage was premature, but he did look hurt as he went down the last time.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19: TJ Dillashaw reacts after his loss to Henry Cejudo in their flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Barclays Center on January 19, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)GETTY

The stoppage might have been a tad early, but there was no robbery here. Dillashaw looked shocked by Cejudo's hand speed and power, and before he got an opportunity to collect himself, he'd been overwhelmed. The stoppage victory capped an action-packed beginning for the UFC on ESPN. We saw eight finishes in the 13 fights and a number of outstanding performances. Conor McGregor had a few comments about the main event:

Conor McGregor


Unlucky T.J on your attempt at Champ Champ™️ status.
Respect for your weight cut. I have been there and it is not easy.
Unlucky Henry on your attempt at fastest K.O in a UFC title fight.
I have been there, and I still am.
Congrats on the win.
Yours truly,
The O.G Champ Champ.

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