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The goalkeeper is expected to take his place on the bench for Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final

Old boy Cooke is too hot for Hull to handle

Hull KR 24 Hull 18

Spain clamps down on disco 'auctioning' girls

The Granada disco called it an "auction of single teenage girls," and the gawky boys who showed up for this afternoon fiesta were given monopoly money to bid on the lass of their choice. The highest bidder won a free soft drink with his dream date at the VIP lounge.

The Duchess of Medina Sidonia: Aristocrat whose radicalism earned her the title 'Red Duchess'

When Spain's paramilitary policemen came across the Duchess of Medina Sidonia amidst a crowd of protesting agricultural workers, they greeted her with surprise and the respect her high rank demanded. "Doña Luisa Isabel! What are you doing here?" But when they realised she was part of the protest, the policemen pushed her around as roughly as they did her humbler comrades.

A deadly serious matter, dressed up as entertainment

This is a travesty of medical science, a grotesque pastiche of a dark but necessary side of the healer's art

Athletics: Sponsorship deal underlines Macey's status

DEAN MACEY'S days of shelf-stacking and working as a part-time lifeguard to make ends meet were formally consigned to the past yesterday as the 21-year-old world decathlon silver medallist announced a three- year sponsorship deal with Asics worth an estimated pounds 180,000.

As I walked out one Christmas morning ...

An energetic break in Andalusia - what better way to heal a broken heart? But Louise Tickle never expected to enjoy it

Monday's Book: The Seville Communion by Arturo Perez-Reverte (trans. Sonia Soto) Harvill, pounds 10.99

Is nothing sacred? A hacker codenamed Vespers has penetrated the sophisticated security system of the Vatican and left a message on the Pope's personal computer. It begs the world's most powerful monarch to intervene to prevent the threatened demolition of Our Lady of Tears, a dilapidated Baroque church in Seville. Vespers claims the church has started to protect itself by killing those that threaten its existence. Orders filter through the hierarchy to Father Lorenzo Quart, elegant trouble- shooter of the Vatican Information Service, who is despatched to Seville to report.

Tony Blair to be strummed along by the mild man of flamenco

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