The only game that came close to being an upset, when Sporting Lisbon held a 1-0 lead over defending champion Real Madrid until the last few minutes, was overturned when Real scored in the 89th and 95th minutes to win anyway. The chasm between the have-endless-moneys and the have-a-fair-amounts is only looking like it will grow larger. It will be institutionalized by the new arrangement between UEFA and its most powerful clubs, hastily brokered before Aleksander Ceferin was installed as the European governing bodys new president. The four biggest leagues England, Spain, Germany, and Italy will each be guaranteed four spots in the group stage, rather than three and one in the qualifying rounds or two and one qualifier. This ensures that the same teams are more likely to return, even if they have a down season in their domestic leagues and place a little lower than usual. It cements the status quo of the mega-club oligarchy. The arrangement was strong-armed into existence by the clubs in return for their vow not to break away and create a super league. This concept has lingered in the background for more than a decade. It would be some kind of breakaway European competition featuring the biggest clubs on the continent, regardless of their domestic placement, which would see them keep far more of the proceeds. Ceferin has vowed to re-examine the new rules, as they do indeed make soccers biggest annual competition anti-competitive, with half of the places set aside for four out of the confederations 55 leagues. Judging by Cerferins grandstanding talk of showing the clubs whos boss, he doesnt yet seem to realize that it certainly isnt him, since UEFA needs its clubs far more than they need the replaceable and profit-sucking institution. The new president is unlikely to forge a better deal.
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Getty Images Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have gone toe-to-toe on cyber security, with both presidential candidates warning that the stakes are high in the next age of digital warfare. But what’s the biggest threat to America’s national cybersecurity? Well, that depends who you ask. During Monday night’s first presidential debate, in a segment called “Securing America,” Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton described cyber security and cyber warfare as “one of the biggest challenges facing the next president.” America’s adversaries, according to Clinton, come in two guises. More about the authorThere are the “independent hacking groups” that attack the United States for commercial reasons, and then there are the “state actors” from overseas. Chief among them? Russia “There’s no doubt now that Russia has used cyber attacks against all kinds of organisations in our country and I’m deeply concerned about this,” Clinton said. “[Vladimir Putin has] let loose cyber attackers to hack in to Government files, to hack into personal files, hack into the Democratic National Committee, and we recently have learned that this is one of their preferred methods of trying to wreak havoc and collect information.” But Donald Trump was quick to dismiss Clinton’s Russian hacking claims, proposing a much less glamorous alternative. “I don’t think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC,” the Republican nominee said. “She’s saying Russia, Russia, Russia. Maybe it was.
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