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The Italian side Udinese last night claimed Manchester City were leading the race to sign their Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, though insisted that a concrete offer matching their £35m valuation has not yet been forthcoming.

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Phone-hacking scandal threatens press freedom, says Lebedev

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At first glance, they couldn't be less alike. One is a permatanned nightclub promoter from Essex, the other a polo-playing son of a diamond mining dynasty. But look beyond the orange streaks and signet rings, and Mark Wright and Francis Boulle have something in common: they are the stars of a new breed of reality TV, the mocku-drama.

Alex McLeish unimpressed with Alexander Hleb

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FA accuses Ferguson of lack of respect for game

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FA slam Alex Ferguson for lack of apology

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