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  1. Presumably stories move up and down the page depending on how many people are reading them.
  2. racism [mass noun] Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism by an individual, community, or institution against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized.
  3. It might have been changed by a sub-editor.
  4. The attacker is just trying to run up the pitch. It's the defensive player who initiates contact. If an attacker turns side-on to make themselves harder to tackle, it's up to the defender to choose whether or not to make contact with the attacker's shoulder.
  5. It's like the ao in Sao, Mao, Bilbao, and Carabao. Here he is saying his own name on Rugby AM.
  6. The commentators come up with some weird and wonderful pronunciations. The ones that grate the most for me are when they pronounce Lefao Lefayo and Johnstone Johnson. And there are some commentators who never pronounce Gigot the same way twice in a row. Anyway, if you're reading commentators, Lefao is two syllables (Le-fao) and Johnstone's got a T in it.
  7. In a normal season, the top four of Super League would look like this: St Helens | 6 pts | 76 pts diff Castleford | 6 pts | 53 pts diff Catalans | 6 pts | 47 pts diff Wigan | 6 pts | 43 pts diff But this season, with percentages, it looks like this: St Helens | WP 100% | diff 733.33 Wigan | WP 100% | diff 243.33 Castleford | WP 100% | diff 239.47 Catalans | WP 100% | diff 206.82 However, if we used averages instead of percentages it would look like this: St Helens | 2 pts | 25.33 pts diff Castleford | 2 pts | 17.67 pts diff Catalans | 2 pts | 15.67 pts diff Wigan | 2 pts | 14.33 pts diff Percentages put Wigan above Castleford and Catalans, despite them having an inferior record. Averages wouldn't do that.
  8. Anomalies like Newcastle being above Widnes despite having what under normal circumstances would be an inferior record. This would be avoided using averages.
  9. Why are they using percentages and not averages? Surely it should be average competition points first and then average points difference. If the current league tables are anything to go by, there's not much logic to percentages.
  10. Since the rule change, players now think "why play on near the touchline, when you can restart in the middle of the pitch?" Plus, I don't think refs can make players play on. And even if they could, all they'd have to do would be to (accidently on purpose) knock on, and then it'd go back to the first offence anyway.
  11. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-56452908
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