Sporty pooches have a swell time surfing in action-packed photos from 10th Surf Dog Competition in California

LIFE’s a beach for these rip curl riding curs. The pooches had a swell time catching some waves at the 10th Surf Dog competition in California.

Capturing their antics on their own Go Pro cameras, the fearless mutts also sported life jackets incase conditions got a little ruff.

 The GoPro's captured the antics up close

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The GoPro’s captured the antics up close
 The mutts caught some waves at the 10th Surf Dog competition

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The mutts caught some waves at the 10th Surf Dog competition
 How cute is this little mutt

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How cute is this little mutt
 Perhaps some of the contestants are boarder terriers

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Perhaps some of the contestants are boarder terriers
 These pooches are having a great time surfing

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These pooches are having a great time surfing

Meanwhile these mutts prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks. 

This cancer clinic had to clamp down on security to stop this cat from trespassing.

These cute snaps of dogs on the Tube will make your day.

More than 60 dogs ride on their boards for the annual Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition in California



Manchester United are an embarrassment right now – and shame on the players for not playing for Jose Mourinho

MANCHESTER UNITED are an embarrassment right now.

I never thought I would say it and I don’t do so with any glee.

 Manchester United are a complete shambles at the moment

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Manchester United are a complete shambles at the moment

This is a club that had the highest morals, values and standards. And this is not an anti-Mourinho stance either.

I actually feel sad it has not worked for him, as he is great manager. His first season was a very successful one, winning two trophies.

The second one, he was way off winning the title despite finishing second.

But he was still a lot closer than everyone else.

 They were a disgrace in the 3-1 defeat against West Ham

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They were a disgrace in the 3-1 defeat against West Ham
 Jose Mourinho can't come back from this but it's not all his fault

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Jose Mourinho can’t come back from this but it’s not all his fault

Now this. It is embarrassing for a club of this stature to have the constant negative headlines and leaks.

We were used to everything that came out of Manchester United being carefully managed.

Now we see footage of the training ground, apparent rows being discussed and negative headlines on a daily basis.
This is not all down to Jose Mourinho. I have to question others as well.

 The decision to play Scott McTominay in defence was baffling

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The decision to play Scott McTominay in defence was baffling
 Manchester United players hold all the power now and its forcing Mourinho out

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Manchester United players hold all the power now and its forcing Mourinho out

It was never like this when I started in the game. The club had the power, as did the boss.

Now all the power is with the players.

Paul Pogba is Manchester United’s record signing. Just take that in for a moment and consider all the great players who have played for this club.

Despite being a World Cup winner, he cannot lace the boots of those whose names will go down in history at Old Trafford.

He was pathetic again at West Ham and was that bad that Mourinho had to drag him off as he was offering nothing.

If he is looking to get the manager out then he is doing a much better job of that than playing football, as his team-mates were not much better. And where was Alexis Sanchez?

 Pogba was shocking against West Ham before he was hooked off

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Pogba was shocking against West Ham before he was hooked off

This is a player they fought tooth and nail to sign ahead of their big rivals, pipping Pep to his signature. Yet he sums up everything wrong with United.

He was not even on the bench after a series of poor displays. He has got nowhere near the levels we saw at Arsenal since the move and you have to ask why.

City’s decision to step away from that deal is looking better and better. A manager of Mourinho’s stature and an incredible CV does not deserve this.

Yet is he blameless? What on earth was he doing tactically in the 3-1 defeat at West Ham?

Playing a young midfielder in Scott McTominay in a back three with Eric Bailly on the bench.

If you are trying to make a point about a failure to buy a centre-half in the summer then you do it in better ways than by sacrificing three points.

Mourinho bought Bailly, bought Victor Lindelof, did not play one and subbed the other while a young midfielder was exposed.

 Eric Bailly looks glum from the bench and looks like he is being frozen out

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Eric Bailly looks glum from the bench and looks like he is being frozen out

That is not good management in my opinion. Maybe he has come to the end of his tether.

But it is another chapter in a drama at Manchester United that is not playing out well.

I have never advocated a manager getting the sack. In my short time in charge at Newcastle I realised just how tough a job it is, particularly with sulky players who cannot lift themselves to play for a great club.

The thing is I cannot see how Mourinho retrieves this.

The team on Saturday knew how important this game was to the manager, yet none of them played for him. Shame on them.

You don’t recover from those situations, you really don’t. Who do you blame? What do you do?

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Jose Mourinho questions Manchester United team’s mentality and defensive play after West Ham defeat

Blame can be spread from the board to the manager and players. Mourinho v Pogba has played a big part — but there is more.

In my opinion a great club has panicked rather than taken stock and calmly gone again.

It was always going to be tough after Sir Alex Ferguson. But after he went with the title, they had to put the brake on and plan ahead.

Instead they have thrown money, managers and flaky players at it and ended up walking on sand in a bid to keep pace with others who have overtaken them.

The club has lost its identity, lost its way and, right now, it’s embarrassing.

Danny Rose insists Tottenham must not be scared of Lionel Messi and Barcelona stars in Champions League

DANNY ROSE insists Tottenham must not play scared against Lionel Messi.

The Argentinian superstar rolls up with Barcelona for a Champions League glamour clash on Wednesday.

 Danny Rose says Tottenham must show no fear against Barcelona

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Danny Rose says Tottenham must show no fear against Barcelona

England full back Rose can’t wait, saying: “Everyone wants to be involved. Messi is my favourite player and even if I’m not playing I’d be excited just to watch him.

“We are all spurring each other on for this on – we are all looking forward to the game and it’s a big occasion for the club.”

But Rose stresses there can be no fear factor, saying: “The manager has said that there is nothing you can do to stop Messi. You just have to go out and enjoy it.

“The manager won’t want us to go out there being scared of him. It’s an experience we should all want to enjoy. And it is a game we all feel we can go out there and win.

 Lionel Messi and Co travel to Wembley for the Champions League clash on Wednesday

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Lionel Messi and Co travel to Wembley for the Champions League clash on Wednesday
 Danny Rose and Spurs team-mates face a tough test to get off the mark in the group stages

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Danny Rose and Spurs team-mates face a tough test to get off the mark in the group stages

“If we start well as a team we can pen Barcelona back. It’s not just Messi. We can’t just be thinking about Messi.

“They have a world class front three and all of them are to be feared if we are not on our game on Wednesday.”


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Mauricio Pochettino’s men stunned eventual winners Real Madrid last season, drawing 1–1 away and winning 3–1 at home.

Rose stresses: “We were unlucky not to win in the Bernabeu and we outplayed them at Wembley. Not just them, Dortmund as well. So we proved we can do it.

“At the moment we are winning ugly and we are just waiting for the performance to go with the victories.

“We were all disappointed after the way the Milan game finished, so no mistakes.

“This is a massive game and we have to win on Wednesday.”

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Manchester United news: ‘We’re to blame, not Jose Mourinho’ insists Luke Shaw

LUKE SHAW slated Manchester United’s display at  West Ham on Saturday — branding it as “honestly horrendous”.

But the Red Devils left-back insists the players were to blame for their shock 3-1 defeat, not under-fire boss Jose Mourinho.

 Luke Shaw insists Manchester United players are to blame for their shocking form and not the boss

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Luke Shaw insists Manchester United players are to blame for their shocking form and not the boss
 Pressure is mounting on Jose Mourinho after the abysmal defeat at West Ham

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Pressure is mounting on Jose Mourinho after the abysmal defeat at West Ham

And Shaw says his team-mates must take a long hard look at themselves as they face up to United’s worst start to a season since 1989.

He blasted: “If you want the truth, I think it was honestly horrendous. We didn’t look like a team that was going to beat West Ham. Individually and as a team we were awful.

“It’s hard to take and we’re sorry to the fans for what they saw.  It was not good enough from a Man United team with all the talent we have. From the first minute you could see we weren’t winning the second balls and our duels. That shouldn’t be happening.

“Games like that we should be dominating. Creating chances, showing people why we deserve to play for Man United — and that didn’t happen. It was very poor.”

 The defeat at West Ham ensured it was United's worst start to a season for 29 years

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The defeat at West Ham ensured it was United’s worst start to a season for 29 years
 Full-back Luke Shaw admitted United's performance was 'horrendous'

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Full-back Luke Shaw admitted United’s performance was ‘horrendous’

Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic were on the target for West Ham, with Victor Lindelof also netting an own goal.

The Hammers horror show cranked up the pressure on Mourinho, whose team have now lost three of their seven Premier League matches so far.


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It means United, who finished second last term, have just nine points — and are nearer to the bottom of the table than top.

Mourinho’s flops were also dumped out of the Carabao Cup on penalties last week by Championship club Derby.

And Shaw, 23, admitted: “We have to look at ourselves as players. We’re the ones who go on the pitch. The manager isn’t on the pitch, is he?

“He’s there to put a team out that he thinks can win the game. You look at our team and we had a very strong team. No excuses. As players we weren’t good enough at the London Stadium.”

West Ham 3-1 Manchester United: Jose Mourinho’s side lose at Olympic Stadium as Red Devils suffer worst ever start to a Premier League season

Moody Mourinho answered just THREE questions during his post-match press conference on Saturday.

When asked what he said to his players in the dressing room, Shaw revealed: “We didn’t speak too much. Obviously at half-time there were a few words — and I think it was needed.

“It was wake-up call and words that he’s said before. We needed to be moving, to concentrate more, to want the ball.  But that just didn’t happen.”

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Arsenal news: Arsene Wenger makes triumphant return and gets hands on silverware in the Kanu Cup

ARSENE WENGER made a successful return to football management in England…by winning silverware at lowly Barnet!

The 68-year-old sat in an English football dugout for the first time since leaving Arsenal in May after 22 years in charge of the Premier League club.

 Arsene Wenger returned to the dugout for Nwankwo Kanu's charity match at Barnet

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Arsene Wenger returned to the dugout for Nwankwo Kanu’s charity match at Barnet
 A Premier League Masters XI side beat the African Masters 9-4 at Barnet's Hive ground today

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A Premier League Masters XI side beat the African Masters 9-4 at Barnet’s Hive ground today

The Frenchman took charge of the second-half action at the Hive stadium in North London as a Premier League Masters XI side beat the African Masters 9-4.

It proved to be a triumphant comeback as Wenger, who took over when the Premier League side led 3-1 at half-time, lifted the inaugural Petrolex Kanu Cup.

It was his first trophy since the 2017 FA Community Shield.

The charity match, in aid of the Nwankwo Kanu Heart Foundation, involved former Arsenal stars Kanu, Sol Campbell, Robert Pires, Jens Lehmann, Lauren, Emmanuel Eboue, Kolo Toure, and Wiliam Gallas.

 Wenger, pictured with his old Arsenal attacker Kanu, guided the Prem XI to victory to win the Kanu Cup

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Wenger, pictured with his old Arsenal attacker Kanu, guided the Prem XI to victory to win the Kanu Cup
 The African Masters squad contained the likes of Rami Shaaban, Lauren, Danny Shittu, George Boateng, Emmanuel Eboue, Eric Djemba Djemba, Quinton Fortune, Mido, Yakubu, Lomana LuaLua, Daniel Amokachi and Peter Odemwingie

KANU CUP

The African Masters squad contained the likes of Rami Shaaban, Lauren, Danny Shittu, George Boateng, Emmanuel Eboue, Eric Djemba Djemba, Quinton Fortune, Mido, Yakubu, Lomana LuaLua, Daniel Amokachi and Peter Odemwingie

This was Wenger’s second coaching comeback this summer — he was in charge of a Fifa 98 team which were beaten 3-2 by a France 98 side in June.

Wenger, who lives close by to the National League outfit Barnet, would be open to taking up another hotseat, saying he had he has had job offers “more than I expected” since his exit from the Emirates.


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Last week he revealed he had not watched a single game since Spaniard Unai Emery took charge of the club which he transformed when he arrived in 1996.

The Petrolex Kanu Cup in association with Masters Football aims to raise money for the Kanu Heart Foundation and provide children in Africa with life-saving heart operations. To donate to the Kanu Heart Foundation, text KANU25 followed by the amount you wish to donate, to 70070.

Saturday Round-up: Watch all the highlights from the Premier League including Chelsea vs Liverpool

Cardiff 1 Burnley 2: Bluebirds still winless as Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Sam Vokes claim points for Clarets

JOHANN BERG GUDMUNDSSON and Sam Vokes struck in the second-half to give Burnley a vital away win and send Cardiff City crashing to a fourth straight league defeat.

Wales international Vokes netted the winner on 70 minutes with a stooping header after Josh Murphy had levelled for the Bluebirds 10 minutes earlier with a stunning strike.

 Sam Vokes broke Cardiff hearts with a superb header

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Sam Vokes broke Cardiff hearts with a superb header

Icelandic international Berg Gudmundsson had opened the scoring on 51 minutes with a back-post header before setting up Vokes for the winner with a clipped pass.

The win lifted Sean Dyche’s side up five places to 12th but left City rooted in 19th spot on just two points and still searching for their first win of the season.

But the Clarets suffered a blow on 27 minutes when England defender James Tarkowski was forced off with a shoulder injury to be replaced by Kevin Long.

The centre-back had picked up the injury on eight minutes when blocking a shot but carried on after treatment until it became too painful to continue.

 Josh Murphy had levelled for Cardiff City with a fine strike

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Josh Murphy had levelled for Cardiff City with a fine strike
 Johann Gudmundsson is mobbed by his team-mates after breaking the deadlock for Burnley

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Johann Gudmundsson is mobbed by his team-mates after breaking the deadlock for Burnley
 The result lifts Burnley up to 12th in the Premier League table

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The result lifts Burnley up to 12th in the Premier League table
 Neil Warnock and his Cardiff side are still searching for their first Premier League victory of the campaign

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Neil Warnock and his Cardiff side are still searching for their first Premier League victory of the campaign

But Tarkowski – who won his second cap for the Three Lions when starting the recent friendly in Switzerland – could now be a doubt to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for the coming Nations League games against Croatia and Spain.

Cardiff created the best chances in the first-half with Murphy hitting the post from a tight angle on 18 minutes though Joe Hart looked to have the shot covered anyway.

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The England stopper was forced to make a smart save low down near his post on 35 minutes from Kenneth Zohore’s toe-poked effort from Victor Camarasa’s neat pass.

Murphy did head the ball into the net from the resulting corner but it was ruled out for City skipper Sean Morrison climbing all over Long to flick a header on.

Morrison did get a clean header five minutes later which Sam Vokes could only flick closer to his own goal.

But Callum Paterson’s header was cleared off the line by Matej Vydra when the City midfielder had time to pick his spot.

Vydra had had the only real first-half effort for the visitors but fired well over from 25 yards. And strike partner Sam Vokes should have done better five minutes after the break when he was put clear, but tripped over his own feet in the box while being challenged by Morrison.

 Sam Vokes finished off a superb counter attack with a fine header

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Sam Vokes finished off a superb counter attack with a fine header
 Gudmundsson also broke the deadlock with a header

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Gudmundsson also broke the deadlock with a header

But within moments Sean Dyche’s side made the breakthrough as Gudmundsson headed home at the back post from Ashley Westwood’s cross following a quickly taken throw-in.

The Icelandic international outjumped left-back Greg Cunningham and squeezed the ball between Neil Etheridge and his near post for his first goal of the season.

City almost made an instant response but Camarasa fired a volley just over the bar.

But Murphy did level on 60 minutes with a stunning strike for his first goal since his £11million move from Norwich City in the summer.

 Sam Vokes ensured Burnley's second win of the Premier League season

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Sam Vokes ensured Burnley’s second win of the Premier League season
 Joe Hart had a superb game in goal for Burnley

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Joe Hart had a superb game in goal for Burnley

Camarasa fed Bruno Manga who had broken into the box and the right-box put over a low cross that Murphy smacked first tie low into the corner to give Hart no chance.

Murphy was denied a second on 68 minutes by a splendid save from Hart who was having the sort of game that made him England’s regular No 1 for so long.

But two minutes later Westwood freed Berg Gudmundsson down the left and his cross found Vokes who stooped to send the ball into the corner to make it back-to-back wins for Burnley in the league.

Man City news: Pep Guardiola warns Leroy Sane not to lose focus again or he’ll be axed

PEP GUARDIOLA has warned Leroy Sane not to lose his focus again — or he knows what to expect.

The £37 million German flier has had a difficult few months since being named PFA Young Player of the Year in May.

 Leroy Sane has been warned not to lose his focus again

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Leroy Sane has been warned not to lose his focus again

The Manchester City winger was axed from the squad to play Newcastle a month ago after a below-par start to the season.

But the 22-year-old appears to have put his recent troubles on the pitch behind him after becoming a father in September.

Sane has caught the eye in the last three Premier League games and set up the opening goal against Brighton on Saturday.

But Guardiola said: “He has played really well but our profession is so demanding.

 Pep Guardiola reminded the German star that he must maintain his standards

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Pep Guardiola reminded the German star that he must maintain his standards
 Leroy Sane appears to be back in top form after a testing few months

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Leroy Sane appears to be back in top form after a testing few months

“All my players, I want them to be focused. Do every single day what you have to do.

“When they do that there is no problem at all.


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“When they don’t do that, they know what happens.”

City’s victory over the Seagulls moved them back to top spot in the Prem ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.

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Manchester United had a system that worked – but Jose Mourinho changing to a three-man defence was odd and confusing

I FELT Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United had found a formula which worked for them in away wins at Burnley and Watford.

As I have spoken about on these pages, Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini acted as a shield in a 4-3-3 system.

 Nemanja Matic had a tough afternoon up against Mark Noble at the London Stadium

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Nemanja Matic had a tough afternoon up against Mark Noble at the London Stadium
 Marouane Fellaini and Matic were static in Uthe Red Devils midfield

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Marouane Fellaini and Matic were static in Uthe Red Devils midfield

But the Red Devils boss changed his tactics at West Ham, reverting to a three-man defence.

With Matic returning from suspension after missing the home game against Wolves, I expected United to revert to the original system which served them so well — at both ends of the pitch.

It gave United’s defence more protection, with Matic and Fellaini screening in a ‘box’, allowing the full-backs to move further up the pitch.

And it also gave licence to the forwards to support Romelu Lukaku and make sure he wasn’t isolated.

West Ham 3-1 Manchester United: Jose Mourinho’s side lose at Olympic Stadium as Red Devils suffer worst ever start to a Premier League season

It gave United great balance.

But it was an odd and confusing selection and I don’t know why Mourinho changed it.

As we can see from the average positions, there were more gaps in defence against West Ham compared to Burnley, Matic and Fellaini didn’t offer the same protection and Lukaku was left isolated in attack.

 Marcus Rashford leaves the pitch with his shirt over his head during Manchester United's loss at West Ham

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Marcus Rashford leaves the pitch with his shirt over his head during Manchester United’s loss at West Ham
 Scott McTominay was drafted into the United defence in a bizarre tactical switch

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Scott McTominay was drafted into the United defence in a bizarre tactical switch

WEST HAM

I HAVE mentioned previously that West Ham had been too open defensively earlier this season.

The Hammers were being exposed because their two full-backs play high and there was not enough protection in midfield.

But in the last three games, there has been a greater understanding between central midfield partners Declan Rice and Mark Noble.

West Ham captain Noble will get further forward, but they have both given more support and protective cover to the defence when the full-backs have attacked.

 Declan Rice and Mark Noble showed more understanding for West Ham

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Declan Rice and Mark Noble showed more understanding for West Ham

And it has given Manuel Pellegrini’s men a much better balance — and the stats prove it.

In the first four games, West Ham conceded ten goals, but in the last three games they have been breached just twice.

And two of those games were against Chelsea and United.

 Felipe Anderson celebrates scoring for West Ham after just five minutes

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Felipe Anderson celebrates scoring for West Ham after just five minutes

FULHAM

THEY are an exciting team to watch.

However, like they were in the Championship, they do leave themselves open at the back.

Fulham are a front-foot team, with plenty of players who like to attack.

And they got away with that style in the Championship. But, as we saw on Saturday, the space between defence and midfield can be exploited.

 Fulhams all-action attack has been brought down to earth in the Premier League

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Fulhams all-action attack has been brought down to earth in the Premier League
 Aleksandar Mitrovic has blown hot and cold this season

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Aleksandar Mitrovic has blown hot and cold this season
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Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson did that to great effect — and any quality playmaker will do the same.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s men are trying to play, which is admirable. But I believe they will need to tweak their approach to protect their defence.

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October 2018 Premium Bonds winning numbers – find out if you won the £1million cash prize

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There are also more than 1.5 million unclaimed prizes worth just over £60 million

TWO lucky Premium Bond holders have received an October windfall – scooping the top prizes in this month’s draw.

Here’s what we know.

There have been two big winners this month

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There have been two big winners this month

How do Premium Bonds work?

Premium Bonds are a savings account you can put money into (and take out when you want), where the interest paid is decided by a monthly prize draw.

You buy £1 bonds and each has an equal chance of winning, so the more you buy, the more your chances improve.

Premium Bonds can be bought via standing order for as little as £50 per month once an account has been opened.

  • Minimum purchase amount: £100 (or £50 for monthly standing orders).
  • Maximum amount you can hold: £50,000.
  • Age limit: Over 16 to buy them; under that age they may be held in the name of under-16s by parents or guardians. Grandparents or great-grandparents can buy then nominate the child’s parent or guardian to hold them.

The winners are picked by a random number generating computer called Ernie (Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment).

Premium Bonds

If you’re a winner you might not know it yet

Do you have an unclaimed prize?

There are over 1.5 million unclaimed prizes worth just over £60 million.

In Inner London, there are over 119,000 unclaimed prizes worth nearly £4.8 million.

These prizes date back to June 1960, with a prize of £100. The highest unclaimed prize in the region is £50,000, having been won in May 2016.

The customer has £9,175 invested in Premium Bonds and the winning Bond number is 33XT435809. There is also one £25,000 prize and four prizes of £10,000 waiting to be claimed.

In Dorset, there are over 18,000 unclaimed prizes worth £672,000.

These prizes date back to February 1964 with a prize of £25. There are also 17 prizes worth £1,000 each in the region, with seven of these being won by customers with less than £10 invested in Premium Bonds.

Who were the October 2018 Premium Bonds winners?

October’s first jackpot winner, a man from Inner London, becomes the 51st jackpot winner in the whole of London.

His winning Bond was purchased in February 2016 when he purchased the maximum investment of £50,000.

Another man from Dorset, has also hit the jackpot, winning the £1 million from a £25 prize that was won in October 2010’s draw and reinvested into his total Premium Bonds holding.

He has £19,725 invested and becomes the ninth jackpot winner in the county since the jackpot was introduced in 1994. Agent Million last visited the region in April 2018.

Could I be owed money in Premium Bonds?

There are over 1.5 million unclaimed prizes worth just over £60 million.

In Inner London, there are over 119,000 unclaimed prizes worth nearly £4.8 million. These prizes date back to June 1960, with a prize of £100.

The highest unclaimed prize in the region is £50,000, having been won in May 2016.

The customer has £9,175 invested in Premium Bonds. There is also one £25,000 prize and four prizes of £10,000 waiting to be claimed.

In Dorset, there are over 18,000 unclaimed prizes worth £672,000, dating back to February 1964 with a prize of £25.

There are also 17 prizes worth £1,000 each in the region, with seven of these being won by customers with less than £10 invested in Premium Bonds.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announces u-turn on apprentices tax in a bid to build bridges with businesses

PHILIP Hammond will announce a U-turn on the apprentices tax on companies in a bid to rebuild bridges with business.

The Chancellor’s review of the Apprenticeship Levy – a flagship policy of his predecessor George Osborne – is one of a series of pro-enterprise moves that he will unveil in his conference speech.

 The Chancellor will promise to axe the Apprenticeship Levy

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The Chancellor will promise to axe the Apprenticeship Levy

The olive branch comes after bitter fallouts with the Government over attack on boardrooms and Brexit.

The Government also suffered a withering attack on its own conference stage from TV business celebrity and former Labour minister Lord Jones.

Warning the squabbling Tories that they were on the verge of surrendering Britain to hard left leader Jeremy Corbyn, Digby Jones told the conference: “You’ve got to unify and stop it because you’ve got a far greater threat than Brexit coming down the path.

“That is that Jeremy Corbyn is to wealth creation what Diane Abbott is to mathematics.”

 Companies have complained that the Apprenticeship Levy has loaded extra costs on them

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Companies have complained that the Apprenticeship Levy has loaded extra costs on them

Companies have complained that the Apprenticeship Levy – 0.5% of their payroll costs – has loaded extra costs on them while at the same time seen the number of new apprentices plunge.

Mr Hammond will also plough in an extra £120m to boost the number of science and high tech apprenticeships, and set up £30m scheme to encourage big business to mentor small ones.

Standing up for capitalism and wealth creation should be the Tories’ response to Mr Corbyn’s Socialist revolution rather than aping him, Mr Hammond say today.

The Chancellor will tell the Birmingham gathering: “Too many people have experienced years of slow wage growth, felt less secure in their jobs and seen the housing market spiral beyond their reach.

 Mr Hammond will also plough in an extra £120m to boost the number of science and high tech apprenticeships

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Mr Hammond will also plough in an extra £120m to boost the number of science and high tech apprenticeships

And as they look around them, they feel a growing concern that they are falling behind.”

“So the challenge is to ensure that 21st Century capitalism delivers for them; to convince them that our vision of Britain’s future can meet their aspirations and that our plan, unlike Labour’s, will actually deliver a better tomorrow for them and their families.”

Relations between the Tories and business bosses reached a new low over the summer when then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was quoted as saying “f*** business” over bosses’ concerns about a hard Brexit.

Welcoming Mr Hammond’s announcements, Institute of Directors Director General Stephen Martin said: “The Chancellor looks to be kicking off the conference with a business-friendly tone and we hope this will continue throughout the week.

“It is no secret that at times business leaders have felt neglected over the past few months and we hope these announcements will mark a change in direction by recognising the contribution they make to our economy.”

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