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Great Britain, Argentina get wildcards into Davis Cup 2019

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Great Britain and Argentina have been awarded wildcards for next year’s revamped Davis Cup.




Great Britain, who won the Davis Cup in 2015, beat Uzbekistan in September to ensure they would be seeded in qualifying for the new event.

But they will now bypass that stage altogether with the wildcard.

Captain Leon Smith’s team are now guaranteed a place among the 18 teams which will compete for the title next November.

“Our Davis Cup record over the last few years is something we are all very proud of, and our ranking amongst the top five nations in the world shows our commitment to the competition,” said Smith.

“We are looking forward to being amongst the best of the best next year, creating more memories and inspiring our fans to get behind us and the team as we look to win the competition.”

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The 18 teams next year will be made up of the two wildcards, four semi-finalists from the 2018 Davis Cup – Croatia, France, Spain and USA – and the 12 winners from the 2019 qualifiers, which will be held on 1-2 February.

Australia and Switzerland will replace GB and Argentina in the qualifiers.

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Patience, big signing will soon arrive: Emery

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With the new season under a month away, Arsenal coach Unai Emery has assured fans of new signing.

Emery, was appointed as the gunners coach On 23 May 2018, and his first campaign ended with a fifth place and reaching Eroupa League Final.

Arsenal will be aiming to return to top-four in the Premier League, and the coach is keen on adding right players to improve his team.

The club have been linked with Wilfred Zaha, Kieran Tierney and Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba, While they are thought to be close to sealing a season long loan for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.

Although to date the only player they have brought in is teenage winger Gabriel Martinelli.

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Arsenal supporters are running out of patience amid delays in signing new players, but the Spanish born insists the club will spend big this summer.

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EU to probe Amazon over use of merchant data

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Amazon became the target of an antitrust investigation by the European Union on Wednesday over its use of merchants’ data, underlining the increasing regulatory scrutiny about how tech companies exploit customers’ information.

The European Commission has been seeking feedback from retailers and manufacturers since September into Amazon’s dual role as a marketplace for merchants and acting as a competitor following complaints from traders about Amazon’s practices.

The Commission said its investigation would focus on Amazon’s standard agreements with marketplace sellers and its use of data in choosing winners of the “buy box”, which allows consumers to add items from a specific retailer directly to their shopping carts.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who can fine companies up to 10% of their global turnover, said the issue was crucial as more and more Europeans shop online.

“E-commerce has boosted retail competition and brought more choice and better prices. We need to ensure that large online platforms don’t eliminate these benefits through anti-competitive behavior,” she said.

Amazon said it would cooperate fully with the EU investigation. The company reached a deal with Germany’s antitrust authority on Wednesday to overhaul its terms of service for third-party merchants.

Under its terms of service for Europe here set out on its website, merchants grant Amazon “royalty-free” rights to use in a range of ways their materials, such as technology, trademarks, content and product information.

“There have been concerns around the world that competition authorities have failed to appreciate the market power that comes from ownership of data,” he said.

In Amazon’s case, he said the Commission needed to show “the standard agreements with retailers were anti-competitive in somehow allowing Amazon to use the data to manipulate market outcomes, or that Amazon had in some way abused its dominance.”

The Commission had been struggling to define the market in which Amazon operates in order to identify where the competitive harm could have been, sources said.

This would not be Amazon’s first run-in with the Commission. Two years ago, it was told to pay back taxes of about 250 million euros ($280 million) to Luxembourg because of illegal tax benefits. That same year it settled with the regulator over its distribution deals with e-book publishers in Europe.

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