If anyone is equipped to prosper at England’s training camp in Portugal it is Tom Wood. As well as offering the extra lineout option Eddie Jones may yet need against South Africa next week, the Northampton flanker boasts a black belt in jujutsu which should give him a slight advantage when England return to their judo mats in the Algarve this week.
And so on Tuesday night the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians again to come within a win of the World Championship.
Liam Fox’s hopes of securing a trade deal with the European Union before Brexit have been dealt a blow by a leading member of the European parliament, who insists no deal can be struck until the UK has left the bloc.
Conservative ministers are facing questions about why they backed the Labour MP Keith Vaz to join the Commons justice committee, just weeks after he stepped down from his position as chair of the home affairs committee over revelations about his private life.
Pep Guardiola said it himself. Barcelona did not have to win this match. Manchester City did, or at least try to take something from it. But Barcelona had Lionel Messi, the one player in the world who seems capable of winning any Champions League match.
Matt Le Tissier projects Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal to make up the top four.
It took a moment of calmly executed genius to achieve it but, for a 17th year in succession, Arsenal’s Champions League campaign will extend into a new year.
Sergio Agüero dominated the fallout from Manchester City’s defeat in Barcelona without setting foot on the pitch for 79 minutes and he eclipsed Lionel Messi in the return at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night without getting on the scoresheet.
British households can expect a cut in their disposable incomes next year as the knock-on effects of the vote to leave the European Union send inflation rocketing and weaken the outlook for the economy.
Inquiries into the banking sector have arrived at a rate of about one a year for the past couple of decades, but has any been as feeble as this summer’s offering from Competition and Markets Authority? That was the one that concluded that a few tweaks, like better price comparison websites and a voluntary cap on overdraft charges, might succeed where stiffer remedies had failed in the past to boost competition.