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  • So I’m barnstorming on New York’s Route 301 in the Audi RS3, when I take a break and pull into a deli by the Boyd’s Corner Reservoir. Egg salad-on-rye in hand, I return to the Audi, to find a young man with a E92-generation BMW M3 near it. That’s the smoking 4.0-liter V-8 version, whose 414 horsepower barely eclipses the 400 ponies generated by the Audi’s exotic, 2.5-liter turbo five-cylinder.The M3 owner enthuses over the Audi, as one might for a flame-red, fetchingly tiny sedan that happens to scorch from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds and top out at 174 mph (with the optional Dynamic Plus Package). He asks how I got my hands on one, so I tell him I’m testing it as an auto journalist. With that, the guy is clearly expecting my own thumbs-up for this evidently hot Audi. Yet my figurative thumb goes a bit sideways, like Joaquin Phoenix's Roman emperor mulling the fate of a fallen gladiator. “Don’t get me wrong, it drives great,” I finally say of the RS3. “But it’s expensi..

    Driving the Audi RS3: Behold, the World’s Most Expensive Small Sedan

    So I’m barnstorming on New York’s Route 301 in the Audi RS3, when I take a break and pull into a deli by the Boyd’s Corner Reservoir. Egg salad-on-rye in hand, I return to the Audi, to find a young man with a E92-generation BMW M3 near it. That’s the smoking 4.0-liter V-8 version, whose 414 horsepower barely eclipses the 400 ponies generated by the Audi’s exotic, 2.5-liter turbo five-cylinder.The M3 owner enthuses over the Audi, as one might for a flame-red, fetchingly tiny sedan that happens to scorch from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds and top out at 174 mph (with the optional Dynamic Plus Package). He asks how I got my hands on one, so I tell him I’m testing it as an auto journalist. With that, the guy is clearly expecting my own thumbs-up for this evidently hot Audi. Yet my figurative thumb goes a bit sideways, like Joaquin Phoenix's Roman emperor mulling the fate of a fallen gladiator. “Don’t get me wrong, it drives great,” I finally say of the RS3. “But it’s expensi..
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  • England and the Republic of Ireland have risen in this month’s FIFA’s world rankings, while Scotland climbed too despite missing out on World Cup qualification.England, who qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with wins over Slovenia and Lithuania, climbed three places to 12th in the rankings led by World Cup holders Germany, football’s world governing body announced on Monday.Gareth Southgate’s side are now the leading home nation after Wales, who, like Scotland, missed out on the finals, fell a place to 14th.NEW #FIFARanking????????Germany stay top ????????????Peru, ????????Spain into top 10 ???? ?????? https://t.co/mqpI27TWTu pic.twitter.com/mfLBowzYqE— #FIFAU17WC ?????????????? (@FIFAcom) October 16, 2017The Republic, who progressed to the World Cup play-offs, rose eight places to 26th, while Scotland climbed 14 places to 29th despite missing out on a place in Russia 2018 – a result which subsequently saw Gordon Strachan depart as boss. Northern Ireland fell three pla..

    England up to 12th in FIFA world rankings and Republic, Scotland also rise

    England and the Republic of Ireland have risen in this month’s FIFA’s world rankings, while Scotland climbed too despite missing out on World Cup qualification.England, who qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with wins over Slovenia and Lithuania, climbed three places to 12th in the rankings led by World Cup holders Germany, football’s world governing body announced on Monday.Gareth Southgate’s side are now the leading home nation after Wales, who, like Scotland, missed out on the finals, fell a place to 14th.NEW #FIFARanking????????Germany stay top ????????????Peru, ????????Spain into top 10 ???? ?????? https://t.co/mqpI27TWTu pic.twitter.com/mfLBowzYqE— #FIFAU17WC ?????????????? (@FIFAcom) October 16, 2017The Republic, who progressed to the World Cup play-offs, rose eight places to 26th, while Scotland climbed 14 places to 29th despite missing out on a place in Russia 2018 – a result which subsequently saw Gordon Strachan depart as boss. Northern Ireland fell three pla..
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  • Bloomberg reports that Bridgewater has bet $713 million against Italian financials Ray Dalio's Bridgewater Associates has a $713 million position against Italian financials, according to regulatory filings uncovered by Bloomberg.

    The world’s biggest hedge fund makes a big bet against Italian financials

    Bloomberg reports that Bridgewater has bet $713 million against Italian financials Ray Dalio's Bridgewater Associates has a $713 million position against Italian financials, according to regulatory filings uncovered by Bloomberg.
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  • Robbie Brady has been cleared to play in the Republic of Ireland's World Cup play-off after FIFA decided to take no action over an alleged clash with Wales defender Ashley Williams. The governing body launched an investigation after television pictures appeared to show Brady's head colliding with Williams' back during Monday night's qualifier victory in Cardiff.However, officials found no evidence on which to take action against the Burnley man, a conclusion the Ireland camp had been privately confident would be the case.A FIFA spokesman told Press Association Sport: "No action will be taken for such alleged incident."Despite their confidence, Ireland will be delighted to have a man who has already missed two qualifiers through suspension during the current campaign available as they attempt to book themselves a trip to Russia next summer.The Republic, like Northern Ireland, are unseeded for next Tuesday's draw in Zurich, which will see them paired with ei..

    Robbie Brady cleared to play in Republic of Ireland’s World Cup play-off

    Robbie Brady has been cleared to play in the Republic of Ireland's World Cup play-off after FIFA decided to take no action over an alleged clash with Wales defender Ashley Williams. The governing body launched an investigation after television pictures appeared to show Brady's head colliding with Williams' back during Monday night's qualifier victory in Cardiff.However, officials found no evidence on which to take action against the Burnley man, a conclusion the Ireland camp had been privately confident would be the case.A FIFA spokesman told Press Association Sport: "No action will be taken for such alleged incident."Despite their confidence, Ireland will be delighted to have a man who has already missed two qualifiers through suspension during the current campaign available as they attempt to book themselves a trip to Russia next summer.The Republic, like Northern Ireland, are unseeded for next Tuesday's draw in Zurich, which will see them paired with ei..
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  • Jonathan Walters' hopes of taking part in the Republic of Ireland's World Cup play-off are not dead and buried, according to his Burnley boss Sean Dyche. Martin O'Neill's side will battle for a place at next summer's tournament in a two-legged shootout after beating Wales 1-0 in their final group game to take second place in Group D.Walters was confined to a cheerleading role as he continues to battle a knee injury which was widely expected to leave him with no chance of featuring in the double-header, which will take place between November 9-14.But the 34-year-old, whose brace in the second leg of a Euro 2016 play-off with Bosnia-Herzegovina sent the Irish to that tournament, may yet have a glimmer of hope.Assessing the forward's recovery Dyche said: "We are still not putting timescales on it. But it won't be days, it will be weeks."We are hopeful it will settle down quickly. It already is."We were getting a specialist's view of it, it nee..

    Dyche: Jonathan Walters could feature in Ireland’s World Cup play-off

    Jonathan Walters' hopes of taking part in the Republic of Ireland's World Cup play-off are not dead and buried, according to his Burnley boss Sean Dyche. Martin O'Neill's side will battle for a place at next summer's tournament in a two-legged shootout after beating Wales 1-0 in their final group game to take second place in Group D.Walters was confined to a cheerleading role as he continues to battle a knee injury which was widely expected to leave him with no chance of featuring in the double-header, which will take place between November 9-14.But the 34-year-old, whose brace in the second leg of a Euro 2016 play-off with Bosnia-Herzegovina sent the Irish to that tournament, may yet have a glimmer of hope.Assessing the forward's recovery Dyche said: "We are still not putting timescales on it. But it won't be days, it will be weeks."We are hopeful it will settle down quickly. It already is."We were getting a specialist's view of it, it nee..
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  • The office of the Swiss attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Paris St Germain chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi and former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke in relation to World Cup media rights. The new proceedings have arisen from an ongoing investigation into Valcke for alleged acts of "criminal mismanagement" concerning the awarding of World Cup media rights to certain countries. In a statement, the Swiss attorney general said the new proceedings involved suspected cases of bribery, fraud and forgery against Valcke and Al Khelaifi, who is the chief executive of the beIN Media Group. Source: PA Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.

    Swiss authorities open proceedings against PSG chief over World Cup rights

    The office of the Swiss attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Paris St Germain chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi and former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke in relation to World Cup media rights. The new proceedings have arisen from an ongoing investigation into Valcke for alleged acts of "criminal mismanagement" concerning the awarding of World Cup media rights to certain countries. In a statement, the Swiss attorney general said the new proceedings involved suspected cases of bribery, fraud and forgery against Valcke and Al Khelaifi, who is the chief executive of the beIN Media Group. Source: PA Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.
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  • Yuval Sharon says Hopscotch is the “world’s first opera for cars,” brought to life inside limousines traveling across the very real streets of Los Angeles. We sent Nicolas Stecher to investigate.Sometimes things hit you at a time and place where their importance is heightened. Other times you read a novel or see a movie, and while you may find it momentarily engaging, the themes flicker across your mind weightless, transitory and inconsequential, a colorful butterfly passing through a garden.But sometimes—sometimes that very same book, perhaps one single line, may set off a cognitive bomb, a fissure of thought that cracks deep into your consciousness. Call it an epiphany. It may not even be the quality of the work, but more the observer’s place in his life. His exact intersection; at what crossroads he finds himself.Which is where I find myself trying to absorb Hopscotch, the most bizarre, unique, indulgent, ambitious artistic endeavor I’ve ever witnessed. It is “the world’s first o..

    Worth a Re-Read Today: Hopscotch, the World’s First Opera for Cars

    Yuval Sharon says Hopscotch is the “world’s first opera for cars,” brought to life inside limousines traveling across the very real streets of Los Angeles. We sent Nicolas Stecher to investigate.Sometimes things hit you at a time and place where their importance is heightened. Other times you read a novel or see a movie, and while you may find it momentarily engaging, the themes flicker across your mind weightless, transitory and inconsequential, a colorful butterfly passing through a garden.But sometimes—sometimes that very same book, perhaps one single line, may set off a cognitive bomb, a fissure of thought that cracks deep into your consciousness. Call it an epiphany. It may not even be the quality of the work, but more the observer’s place in his life. His exact intersection; at what crossroads he finds himself.Which is where I find myself trying to absorb Hopscotch, the most bizarre, unique, indulgent, ambitious artistic endeavor I’ve ever witnessed. It is “the world’s first o..
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  • 2017 world oil demand unchanged at 1.35 Mln BPD - In 2018 sees world oil demand at 1.58 mln BPD Yr on Yr increase, down 110,000 BPD from prior estimate - Leaves 2017 world old demand growth unchanged at 1.35 mln BPD yr on yr increase.

    US EIA cuts forecast for 2018 world oil demand growth by 110,000 BPD

    2017 world oil demand unchanged at 1.35 Mln BPD - In 2018 sees world oil demand at 1.58 mln BPD Yr on Yr increase, down 110,000 BPD from prior estimate - Leaves 2017 world old demand growth unchanged at 1.35 mln BPD yr on yr increase.
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  • Brazil capped off a majestic World Cup qualifying campaign as they dashed Chile's hopes of making the finals in Russia.The five-time winners of the tournament had already booked their tickets after winning 11 of their 17 matches and f aced a Chile side in Sao Paulo who still held out hope of making the tournament. But a brace from Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus followed an opener from Barcelona's Paulinho to break Chilean hearts. Neither side were able to break through in the opening 45 minutes as Brazil's pressure came to nothing and Chile missed the support of Arturo Vidal, who was suspended for the game. It took a mistake from Claudio Bravo to let Brazil open their tally - a Neymar free-kick was struck over the wall but Bravo managed to get a hand to it. But the ball spilled straight into the path of Paulinho who slotted it into the corner from six yards past the Manchester City keeper on 55 minutes. Brazil doubled their lead two minutes later as Alex..

    Brazil on formidable form as Chile miss out on World Cup place

    Brazil capped off a majestic World Cup qualifying campaign as they dashed Chile's hopes of making the finals in Russia.The five-time winners of the tournament had already booked their tickets after winning 11 of their 17 matches and f aced a Chile side in Sao Paulo who still held out hope of making the tournament. But a brace from Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus followed an opener from Barcelona's Paulinho to break Chilean hearts. Neither side were able to break through in the opening 45 minutes as Brazil's pressure came to nothing and Chile missed the support of Arturo Vidal, who was suspended for the game. It took a mistake from Claudio Bravo to let Brazil open their tally - a Neymar free-kick was struck over the wall but Bravo managed to get a hand to it. But the ball spilled straight into the path of Paulinho who slotted it into the corner from six yards past the Manchester City keeper on 55 minutes. Brazil doubled their lead two minutes later as Alex..
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  • Juan Antonio Pizzi is set to leave his role as Chile coach following their failure to qualify for next summer's World Cup. La Roja were beaten 3-0 by Brazil in Sao Paulo in their crucial final qualifier, and Peru's late equaliser against Colombia meant they do not even have the consolation of a play-off place.The likes of Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal will therefore not be on a plane to Russia at the end of the season but Chilean football federation president Arturo Salah vowed to take the time to evaluate the campaign before deciding whether to retain Pizzi. But Pizzi told reporters in South America after the match: "About the future, as I said last week, my contract ends in this situation. "It seems to me, although it is the responsibility and decision of the directors, we must speak and evaluate what they want for the team, try to choose the best option."Of these options, I rule myself out."Paulinho's goal and two from Gabriel Jesus secured a comfortable win f..

    Juan Antonio Pizzi to step down as Chile coach after World Cup woe

    Juan Antonio Pizzi is set to leave his role as Chile coach following their failure to qualify for next summer's World Cup. La Roja were beaten 3-0 by Brazil in Sao Paulo in their crucial final qualifier, and Peru's late equaliser against Colombia meant they do not even have the consolation of a play-off place.The likes of Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal will therefore not be on a plane to Russia at the end of the season but Chilean football federation president Arturo Salah vowed to take the time to evaluate the campaign before deciding whether to retain Pizzi. But Pizzi told reporters in South America after the match: "About the future, as I said last week, my contract ends in this situation. "It seems to me, although it is the responsibility and decision of the directors, we must speak and evaluate what they want for the team, try to choose the best option."Of these options, I rule myself out."Paulinho's goal and two from Gabriel Jesus secured a comfortable win f..
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