Rangers surge through in style but Dundalk lose again

Scott Arfield’s goal ensured Rangers progressed to the last 32 of the Europa League with a 3-2 victory over Standard Liège. Steven Gerrard’s side fell behind in the sixth minute at Ibrox to a close-range goal from Maxime Lestienne but hit back to equalise with a Connor Goldson header in the 39th minute.



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Rangers enjoyed parity for barely a minute before Duje Cop put the away side back in front, again from close range. There was still time in the first half for James Tavernier to make it 2-2, the captain scoring his ninth penalty of the season after Kemar Roofe’s shot was handled. The second half had less goalmouth action before Arfield got on the end of Ryan Kent’s cut-back in the 63rd minute to secure the win for Rangers.

In the other match in Group D Benfica beat Lech Poznan 4-0 at Estádio da Luz to draw level with Rangers on 11 points and make sure of their place in the knockout stages. Rangers will top the group with their superior head-to-head record as long as their result in Poznan at least matches that of Benfica in Liège in the final round of fixtures.

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In Group B Dundalk equalled an unwanted Europa League record by losing their fifth group game against Molde. The 3-1 defeat means the Irish side are yet to pick up a point and have made the joint worst start to a campaign in Europa League history.

The breakthrough for the Norwegians came on the half-hour mark when Birk Risa’s cross from the left was cleverly headed in by Magnus Wolff Eikrem. Dundalk were made to pay again 11 minutes later for not stopping Risa getting balls in, this time Ohi Omoijuanfo on the end of the cross to nod in from close range.

The hosts had a penalty appeal turned down for handball and were denied by a fine double save from Gary Rogers but they did get a third in the 67th minute when Martin Ellingsen headed in from a corner at the far post. They should have had a fourth, too, but substitute Mathis Bolly hit a post late on and Dundalk at least had the consolation of scoring the best goal of the night when Jordan Flores lashed a long-range shot into the top corner in stoppage time.

Roma secured top spot in Group A with a 3-1 home win against Young Boys thanks to goals from Riccardo Calafiori, Borja Mayoral and the former Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko. Jean-Pierre Nsame had put Young Boys into the lead in the 34th minute before Mayoral’s equaliser just before half-time. With 14 minutes gone in the second half Calafiore’s spectacular equaliser, a left-footed shot that

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In Praise Of Tunics, The Forgotten Style That’s Worked Wonders For My Body Confidence

Editor’s note: The following article includes content regarding body dysmorphic disorder. Some details may be triggering. Please proceed thoughtfully.



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I live in leggings. On any given day, there’s a 90% chance you’ll find me in Aerie’s OFFLINE Real Me High Waisted Legging — of which I have more pairs than any one human really needs — or, when I’m feeling spicy, Commando’s Faux Leather Animal Legging. As I’ve built my collection of comfortable leggings,  I’ve also grown my arsenal of tunics — long enough to cover my crotch and most of my backside — to go with them. And thus begins my ode to the oft-overlooked shirt silhouette that’s helped me gain my confidence amidst a years-long journey with body dysmorphia. 

The tunic image that’s currently in your mind is likely boxy, oversized, and rather genderless in its silhouette. This makes sense. Tunics first originated back in ancient Greek and Roman times and were worn by both men and women. While yesteryear’s tunics usually fit this frumpy, matronly profile, today’s styles — while still falling somewhere between the hips and the knees — are more fashion-forward. Depending on the designer, tunics can be fitted, flared, sleeveless, balloon-sleeved, and everything in between. 

Their turn for the stylish aside, here’s why they have become a go-to for me. I have a complicated relationship with my body. From puberty through my mid-20s, I fit into a size 0 at my smallest and a 6 at my biggest. But then, right after my 25th birthday, I sought professional help for my mounting anxiety. Two prescriptions and four months later, I had gained 40 pounds — all without drastically changing my diet or exercise routine. 

By that time, the key factor that led to exacerbating my anxiety — a toxic relationship — was out of the picture. So, with the approval of my doctor, I cancelled my prescriptions. While I’m glad to say that my mental health has been steady and manageable since making that decision, I’m less stoked to admit that the body dysmorphia I’ve dealt with since age 12 — long before ever having gained weight and my most recent weight gain — remain. And, despite now being in this body for three years, it still doesn’t always register as mine. On those days, tunics give me the comfort and confidence boost I need. 



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While it may seem that I have resorted to loose-fitting tops to hide my weight gain, the reality is different. Tunics have been my top of choice for the past seven or eight years, encapsulating my body at its smallest and largest sizes; shrouding my stomach and thigh gap (or current lack thereof) — and every dysmorphic thought as a result — in acceptance. Because that’s the thing: At both stages of my body journey, I’ve felt largely at odds, never feeling physically good enough — not when I had a six-pack and thighs that didn’t touch,

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CPA’s smash-mouth style gives Lions Division II-AA football championship

COOKEVILLE — Cade Law smiled Thursday afternoon, the state championship MVP plaque in his hand, his body sore from the physical play of the Division II-AA BlueCross Bowl.



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CPA’s smash-mouth style of play ate up 424 yards on the ground on 72 carries in the Lions’ 35-28 win over Lipscomb Academy.

“It was a very physical game,” Law said. “When it’s a game like that it’s about who wanted it more. We wanted it more and we brought the hitting to them.”

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Law rallied CPA (10-1) on one final drive with the game tied at 28 with 9:49 left. He methodically drove the Lions 76 yards on 15 plays, capping it with a 3-yard TD pass to Cade Reynolds with 2:22 left.

“Here is the thing, you have to earn championships. And they earned this championship,” Lipscomb Academy coach Trent Dilfer said. “We made them fight for it.

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Diaco still presents a contrast in style for NU

Bob Diaco has been used as an example of what was wrong with the Huskers before Scott Frost took over as coach, but Purdue’s defense has improved across the board since Diaco took over as coordinator this season.




LINCOLN — In one of his final interviews as Nebraska’s defensive coordinator in 2017, Bob Diaco was asked about something even more painful than the one year he spent coaching one of the worst defenses in program history.

That’d be the trophy he devised in 2015, when he was coach at Connecticut, for the annual game with Central Florida. He called it the Civil ConFLiCT trophy.

His team won the trophy that season. In 2016, UCF won it. And the Knights’ coach at the time, Scott Frost, left the trophy in Connecticut.

One year later, experiencing a miserable season at Nebraska, Diaco was asked about it.

“I’ve eliminated it from my mind,” Diaco said. “I put the experience in a chest, locked it, dumped it into the ocean and I threw away the key. That’s the important thing.threw away the key. That’s the important thing.threw away the key. That’s the important thing.threw away the key. That’s the important thing.

“I’ve thrown the key away. I don’t even know ‘it’ or what you’re talking about. Because I’ve eliminated that whole painful part from my mind.”

There’s not going to be a trophy at stake this week when Nebraska travels to Purdue, where Diaco is now defensive coordinator. But there will be a subplot.

Since his departure from North Stadium in sunglasses and an argyle sweater, Diaco, along with former NU coach Mike Riley, has been used as an example of what was wrong with Nebraska’s program before Frost’s arrival.

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Lacazette and Arsenal give returning fans a show as Gunners warm up for Spurs in style

The Arsenal fans are back – and Alexandre Lacazette could be as well.

The France striker has started the last two Premier League games on the bench for the Gunners, but he must now be at the forefront of Mikel Arteta’s mind for Sunday’s crucial north London derby at Tottenham following this excellent showing against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League.

Lacazette scored one and had a hand in another as Arsenal guaranteed qualification to the knockout stages as group winners with a 4-1 win in front of 2,000 fans at Emirates Stadium.

It was the first time since March that Arsenal had played in front of supporters on their own ground and they responded with a performance as good as we’ve seen for a long time.

The Spaniard made 11 changes from the team that lost to Wolves at the weekend, with Lacazette one again starting in a deeper No.10 role behind Eddie Nketiah, just as he had done in the win at Molde last week.

And the forward was the star of the show as Arsenal proved far too good for Vienna during an excellent opening 45 minutes in north London.

He opened the scoring after just 10 minutes, crashing a swerving shot past Richard Strebinger from 30 yards to end a run of eight games without a goal.

And then, soon after the returning Pablo Mari had made it 2-0 with a glancing header from Reiss Nelson’s corner as he hit the post with a smart snapshot from the edge of the box.



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Lacazette has scored in three of his last four games against Tottenham and this felt like a performance aimed at ensuring he would be in the side on Sunday.

The 30-year-old was linking the play superbly and it was his perfect through ball that sent Nicolas Pepe clear in the build-up for Arsenal’s third, which was eventually finished off by Nketiah.

He was withdrawn on 63 minutes by Arteta, which was perhaps a sign that Arsenal’s manager was looking ahead to Sunday’s trip against north London.

Arteta has seen his side score just two goals in their last six games in the Premier League, with one of those coming from the penalty spot.

Joe Willock has started the last two games – against Leeds and Wolves – operating behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the No.10 role, but has struggled to make an impact.

And whilst using Lacazette in the playmaker role is a new experiment, his performance against Vienna showed he can provide and still be a goal threat.

He has certainly given Arteta a decision to make ahead of Sunday’s game at the league leaders, as has Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who was equally impressive playing in his natural central midfield role alongside Mohamed Elneny.

After Kohya Kitagawa had pulled one back for Vienna, Maitland-Niles linked up well with the lively Pepe before driving into the box and setting up Emile Smith Rowe to score.

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Like Everything Else About Him, Kawhi Leonard’s Recruiting Style is Understated



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Kawhi Leonard is a very quiet man. The quietest in the NBA, some might say. In a league bursting at the seams with oversized personalities, Leonard shows up to work like that one coworker you think you talked to once but aren’t sure. He clocks in, gets his work done, and leaves. Occasionally, you’re unsure if he was ever even there.

His playing style is similarly quiet. He earns his points with positioning and strength. He never wows people with his burst to get by a bigger man and poster dunks are few and far between. He dribbles the ball, might throw a crossover in there, then backs down his defender, turns around, and hits a midrange jumper. Two points. No fanfare. Just a ball going into a basket and two points registering on the scoreboard.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Leonard did not waste words when attempting to recruit Serge Ibaka to Los Angeles.

I like to imagine that Serge responded with a few sentences about how he might but he’s going to consider all of his options, and Leonard simply responded, “K.” Then neither spoke until Ibaka signed.

Board man speaks bluntly, but boldly. Ibaka seems pleased to be back with his soft-spoken pal.

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10 Workout Outfits That Will Get You Moving in Style

Believe it or not, the type of clothes you wear for working out can make a difference in how you feel after every session. Factors like the materials they are made of and whether they are the right design for whatever exercise you are doing do matter.

While you work hard to look good and stay healthy, make sure your gym clothes not only make you look fabulous but also help you avoid uncomfortable, unflattering, and even painful workout sessions. Here are 10 functional workout outfits that will keep you moving in style.

Melissa Longsleeves

Who said you can’t look awesome in gym clothes? Get ready to sweat in these long sleeves while still looking perfectly chic and stylish. Pair this with your favorite leggings—we suggest you try on bright-colored leggings or trainers for a catchy overall look or go for a totally black look paired with white sneakers and you’re good to go!

Columbia Crop Top

Perfect for women with beautiful abs to flaunt, stand out, and spice up your gym sessions with this black/neon crop top. A hint of neon colors will make it cool and fun. Keep the attention on your assets and look trendy without looking drab or over-the-top. It also comes in a black/pink color ideal for your daily workouts.

Cisco Drop Armhole

Rocked by men to flash their toned muscles, this piece will allow you to look your best and ensure freedom of movement. This type of gym top provides generous space under the arms and is great for those who do not want to get conscious about sweat patches. Its drop hole style provides more freedom for your skin as it can breathe under the arms through the very loose armholes. Finish off your outfit with matching shorts – also available in gray.

Kaycee Tight

This pair puts a twist on the classic leggings you would normally wear to the gym. It blends both style and function so you can use it to work out or lounge in. Match it with this Meta Sports Bra for a clean look or with a sports bra or top that fits. Gorilla Wear offers an array of tops that you can pair it with, all of which come at reasonable prices.

Pixley Crop Top

Slim fit, hooded, and with stylish drawcords, this is available in two essential colors and made with the perfect blend of polyester materials and durable cotton. Pair it with a high waisted bottom for a perfectly put-together look whenever you walk out the door. Comes in sizes XS to L.

Yava Seamless Sports Bra

Gorilla Wear’s fashionable colors and styles are hard to resist but are really just an added bonus to the quality of their items. This sports bra is made of firm and strong fabric that will not stick when you sweat and will feel like an extension of your skin. Say goodbye to chafing and irritation thanks to Seamless Technology. It has removable padding, a supportive ribbed waistband, and a flattering design. Complete your look with the Yava Seamless Leggings, which also comes in

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Barack Obama: Donald Trump’s ‘stereotypical macho style’ appealed to some Black voters

President Obama is attributing the success President Trump had winning over Black rappers and Black voters in the election in part to the allure of the Republican’s “tough” guy image and “stereotypical macho style.”

Mr. Obama said men of all races are susceptible to that sort of figure, and said pop culture has glorified the values of “wealth, power, frankly, greed and not thinking about other people because you’re so ruthless that you’re just looking out for yourself.”

“If there are some in the hip-hop community who are constantly rapping about bling and depicting women in a certain way, and then they hear Donald Trump basically delivering the same version of it, they might say, ‘Yeah, that guy, that’s what I want. That’s what I want to be,’ ” Mr. Obama said on Snapchat’s “Good Luck America.” “All of which is to say the Black community, like every community, is complicated.”

Mr. Trump outperformed recent Republican presidential contenders among Black voters, while presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden failed to repeat the success Mr. Obama had in winning over 90% of the Black vote.

Mr. Obama said he learned during his two terms in the White House that the country and voters are far more complicated than the media make them out to be and urged progressive Democrats to spend more time talking to people in their communities.

“Those of us who are progressive, who think, for example, that women should be treated with respect and dignity, or wealth isn’t the measure of worth, we should have a more equitable society, we can’t take for granted any group,” he said. “We can’t generalize and just assume, well, we got Black folks in our pockets. or we’ve got Hispanics locked up. And for that matter, we shouldn’t assume that we can’t win White men.”

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Mathew Cerletty’s deadpan, hyper-realistic style elevates everyday objects at The Power Station

Over the years, The Power Station has earned a reputation as an artist-driven, cutting-edge contemporary art space. The gallery is housed in a former Dallas Power & Light building in Exposition Park. Exhibiting artists, who are selected on an invitational basis, are free to work inside, outside, on top of and even underneath the century-old building.

However, this expanse of possibilities, combined with the building’s rough, industrial architecture, presents certain challenges. Should artists alter their work to suit the space, change the space in service of the art, or create an entirely new site-specific installation?

New York-based painter Mathew Cerletty fully embraced these uncertainties for his solo exhibition, “Full Length Mirror,” choosing to lean into the gritty interior. The show features 13 paintings and drawings — executed in the artist’s signature hyper-realistic style — that use the space as-is. Most hang directly on the building’s brick walls.

“I was open to the idea that I would get down here and the building would crush my paintings,” he says. “But seeing my tidy work in this space with the crusty walls and various textures actually emphasizes the signage quality of my paintings. They sort of grab onto the building, and their message and volume is turned up.”

Mathew Cerletty's "Bashful Lilac," a 2019 oil-on-linen work, is on display at The Power Station.
Mathew Cerletty’s “Bashful Lilac,” a 2019 oil-on-linen work, is on display at The Power Station.(Nan Coulter / Special Contributor)

Cerletty’s exhibition was initially slated to open in the spring, but the pandemic and months-long closure of The Power Station set it back until late fall.

The artist embraced the opportunity to rework his initial plans, opting to make additional paintings and drawings that allude to ideas of isolation, cleanliness and biological processes. He also became a father while his exhibition was on pause, and his newfound role was a further source of inspiration for his recent works.

Ordinary household objects — an air vent, a bathroom sink, a folding drying rack — become emblematic of the war on germs, while a skeletal model of a female pelvis and a deftly rendered stuffed bunny address childbirth and parenthood.

But Cerletty doesn’t want his personal attachment to, or interest in, these objects to overshadow the objects themselves.

“These are all kind of portraits of you,” he says. “I don’t want you to think about me in relationship to these objects.”

Similarly, Cerletty doesn’t want his technique to be at the forefront of the conversation.

“I don’t want my technique to put spin on an image or have an agenda. If anything, my technique is an attempt to cover my tracks and give the painting autonomy, as if I found it complete,” he explains.

Still, Cerletty’s uncanny technical prowess and deadpan, tongue-in-cheek humor certainly play large roles in his practice, elevating otherwise banal objects and opening them up to a host of possible interpretations. The painstaking methodology at play — the way he is able to capture the shiny metal clasp of a manila envelope, the suppleness of a leather belt, the velvety softness of a

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Style Invitational Week 1413: We’re finna give you some new words

In a year that’s transformed our lives so greatly that you can’t watch a Christmas romcom without shuddering at the lack of social distancing in the tinkling sleigh, it’s not surprising that our language has changed as well. And of course our pals at Merriam-Webster are on the case. Below is a list of some of the words and phrases (including new usages for existing ones) added this year to the dictionary at m-w.com, along with a link to each full definition. This week: Write a poem of eight lines or fewer featuring one or more of these terms, as in the two-part example above by Julia Griffin, queen of Light magazine’s topical Poems of the Week at lightpoetrymagazine.com.

The terms must be used as they’re defined in the new m-w.com listing; e.g., “novel” needs to mean “not previously identified,” not only “new and fresh” or “what I will definitely write one of these days.” You may use a closely related form of the word, like a plural or adverb.

Submit up to 25 entries at wapo.st/enter-invite-1413 (no capitals in the Web address). Deadline is Monday, Dec. 14; results appear Jan. 3 in print, Dec. 31 online.

Winner gets the Clowning Achievement, the new Style Invitational trophy that we introduce today. The sorry-faced bozo replaces the Lose Cannon, which got its name from a Trumply spelled Trump tweet about Hillary Clinton; like its inspiration, it’s been with us since 2017 and we’d think it’s high time to put it behind us. There will be only 100 Clowning Achievements, since that’s how many “retired” little clown heads the Empress was able to score from some craft shop’s online clearance sale. Based on an idea by Loser Kevin Dopart.

Second place wins a box of Clamdy Canes — yup, clam-flavored candy canes. They’re a holly jolly yucky ucky greige and white. Donated by Loser Edward Gordon.

The Style Conversational: The Empress’s weekly online column discusses each new contest and set of results. See this week’s at wapo.st/conv1413.

New “You’re Invited” podcast episode: An interview with Hall of Fame Loser Jeff Contompasis, who tells how he changed his Invite approach after getting no ink for eight years. See bit.ly/invite-podcast.

DECK THE HAllS: THE SHORTENED SONG TITLES OF WEEK 1409

In Week 1409 the Empress asked the Losers to drop one or more letters from the middle of a song title. Half a dozen people offered EVERY BreATH YOU TAKE — “I’ll be washing you”; numerous others suggested YESterDAY“every day in the Trump White House.”

4th place:

DON’T LET ME dOWN: John Lennon’s little-known first song to contain the lyric “Imagine no possessions . . .” (Stephen Litterst, Newark, Del.)

3rd place:

SleIGH RIDE: A song about the long drive home after Thanksgiving dinner with the in-laws. (Steve Smith, Potomac, Md.)

2nd place

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I’M SO EXcITED: “I’m about to lose control, and I don’t

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