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Mets, deGrom agree to one-year, $17 million deal

FILE PHOTO: Sep 21, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports – 11292495 National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets agreed to a one-year, $17 million contract on Friday to avoid salary arbitration. The 30-year-old deGrom went 10-9 with a microscopic 1.70 ERA in 32 starts last season. He struck out a career-best 269 in 217 innings while making $7.4 million.…

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Nathaniel Clyne: Bournemouth agree to sign Liverpool right-back on loan

Bournemouth are set to sign Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne on loan until the end of the season. The 27-year-old England right-back has struggled with injury and played only five games last season. He has made two starts in five appearances this term and is behind Trent Alexander-Arnold in the pecking order at Anfield. Clyne, who was also a target for Cardiff City, joined Liverpool from Southampton for £12.5m in 2015. More to follow. Source link

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Michael Simpson murder: Grandparents agree custody deal in China

Image copyright Andrew Simpson Image caption Michael Simpson with his children Alice and Jack The parents of a man killed by his Chinese wife have agreed a custody deal to bring their granddaughter to the UK. It means they must leave the girl’s brother with his maternal grandparents in a remote city in north-west China. Ian and Linda Simpson, from Suffolk, wanted both eight-year-old Jack and Alice, six, to live with them after their son Michael was murdered in 2017. The couple, who are in China, said judges there were…

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Technology 

Poland and Lithuania agree to build undersea power cable

WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish and Lithuanian power grid operators said on Friday they had agreed to build a high voltage direct current (HVDC) underwater cable by 2025 as part of a plan to connect the electricity grids of the Baltic states with those of the European Union. Poland’s PSE and Lithuania’s Litgrid said they signed an initial cooperation agreement regarding what they called a “Harmony Link”, with an investment decision expected in 2020. EU Climate Commissioner Arias Canete was quoted in a statement as saying the cross-border project was a…

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Saudi telecom operators agree annual royalty fees

DUBAI (Reuters) – Telecommunications operators Saudi Telecom Co 7010.SE (STC), Etihad Etisalat 7020.SE (Mobily) and Zain Saudi Arabia (7030.SE) said on Sunday that they had agreed with the government to a change in the calculation of their annual royalty fees. The companies also said they had reached a deal with the government to settle disputed fees to be paid for previous years up to 2017. In return, the trio agreed to invest in upgrading their network infrastructure over the next three years. The kingdom has set specific goals to boost…

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Science 

Climate change talks agree details to implement Paris deal

Image copyright Reuters Nearly 200 nations have agreed rules on implementing the 2015 Paris agreement. After marathon talks in Katowice, Poland, the rulebook was approved unanimously on Saturday evening. The agreement aims to deliver the Paris goals of limiting global temperature rises to well below 2C. The final session was delayed by more than 30 hours amid an ongoing stand-off over carbon markets to reduce emissions. Some accused the hosts of not shepherding the agreement through. “It has been a long road. We did our best to leave no-one behind,”…

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BC, Addazio agree to two-year extension

Boston College and men’s football coach Steve Addazio agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2022, the school announced Tuesday. Addazio is in his sixth season with the Eagles (7-5), who are headed to the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl in Dallas to face 25th-ranked Boise State on Dec. 26. The Eagles are in a bowl game for the fifth time in his tenure. “While all of us wish our regular season in football had ended with more victories, we took important steps in the right direction this year: returning to…

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EU governments agree to tougher stance on e-evidence

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU governments agreed on Friday to toughen up draft rules allowing law enforcement authorities to get electronic evidence directly from tech companies such as Facebook and Google stored in the cloud in another European country. FILE PHOTO – A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen in front of the logo of the European Union in this picture illustration made in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic The move underlines the growing trend in Europe to rein in tech giants whether on the regulatory front…

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Gambling firms agree ‘whistle-to-whistle’ television sport advertising ban

Britain’s biggest gambling companies have voluntarily agreed to a “whistle-to-whistle” television advertising ban. The Remote Gambling Association (RGA), which includes Bet365, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power, has struck a deal to stop adverts during live sports broadcasts. It follows political pressure about the amount of betting advertising on TV. More than 90 minutes of adverts were shown during the football World Cup and anti-gambling campaigners say sport’s use of adverts “normalises” betting. There are also fears it contributes to the rise in the amount of problem gamblers – with a Gambling…

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Asia markets jump after US and China agree to trade truce

Image copyright Getty Images Asian markets jumped after the presidents of China and the US reached a temporary truce in their trade war. At the G20 summit, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to halt new trade tariffs for 90 days to allow for talks. An escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies has weighed on markets generally. The US and China have imposed tariffs on billions of dollars worth of one another’s goods, posing risks to global trade and the world economy. In China, Hong Kong’s Hang…

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