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Hull have made their first signing since winning promotion to the Barclays Premier League, turning George Boyd's loan deal into a permanent contract.

Alex McLeish is not liked by fans

Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner laments 'worst year in a generation'

Aston Villa's season verged on the disastrous, according to chief executive Paul Faulkner.

Alex McLeish is not liked by fans

Alex McLeish sacked by Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has been sacked, just 11 months after taking charge at Villa Park.

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Slaven Bilic appointed as coach of Lokomotiv Moscow

Slaven Bilic has been appointed coach of Lokomotiv Moscow from next season after they beat off competition from the Premier League for his signature.

Norwich’s Grant Holt finished the season with 15 Premier League goals
Norwich captain Grant Holt scored a hat-trick for his side, his 17th of the season

Aston Villa slump to Norwich defeat at Carrow Road

Norwich 2 Aston Villa 0

Emile Heskey will be out of contract in the summer

Emile Heskey expecting Aston Villa exit

Striker Emile Heskey is resigned to leaving Aston Villa this summer after not being offered a new contract - and defender Carlos Cuellar's days at the midlands club could also be numbered.

Adebayour equalised for Spurs from the penalty spot at around the hour mark

Villa dash Tottenham's Champions League chances with scrappy draw

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Alex McLeish says the players have let down their club and profession

McLeish grapples to regain control after trio's fracas

The Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has branded the actions of three of his players caught up in a nightclub fracas a "slur" on the club.

James Collins was one of the players involved

Aston Villa trio Fabien Delph, Chris Herd and James Collins disciplined over nightclub fracas

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish believes the behaviour of Fabian Delph, Chris Herd and James Collins in an incident at a nightclub earlier this week is a "slur on the club".

Darren Bent will miss England's friendly with Holland

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent could be fit for Euro 2012

Alex McLeish thinks there is little chance of Darren Bent returning to action for Aston Villa this season - but he could be ready for Euro 2012.

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West Brom begin making plans for Roy Hodgson departure

Sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth has revealed that West Brom have contingency plans in place should they need to find a replacement for head coach Roy Hodgson.

Stiliyan Petrov, who has recently been diagnosed with acute leukaemia

Stiliyan Petrov voted Aston Villa's players' player of the year

Aston Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov, who is currently sidelined because of acute leukaemia, has been voted the club's players' player of the year.

Defiant Richard Dunne can save Aston Villa

WBA 0 Aston Villa 0

Richard Dunne repels a West Bromwich raid in yesterday’s 0-0 draw

Captain Dunne steadies Villa's fast-sinking ship

West Bromwich Albion 0 Aston Villa 0: Republic of Ireland defender returns early from injury to help bale out his troubled team

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Oscar Pistorius is led out of court in Pretoria. Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
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Like Madonna, Sister Cristina Scuccia's video is also set in Venice

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Singer says the track was 'force-fed down people's throats'

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album