Rio Ferdinand

The reaction: Rio Ferdinand retires from England

The Manchester United defender has called time on his international career

Theresa May: Police killers should face whole life sentences without parole

Criminals who kill a police officer should automatically face life in prison without parole, the Home Secretary Theresa May will announce today.

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The iQuiz part two: In pictures

Tuesday's iQuiz first round was as hotly contested as ever - and it's been memorialised on film.

Jeremy Kyle gave a team talk to Southend United. They lost the game

Not a football genius: Jeremy Kyle gives team talk to Southend United (they lost)

Are team talks from special  guests a sure-fire way to sporting  success? Er, no

Harry Redknapp is accused of speeding at 38mph in a 30mph zone

QPR manager Harry Redknapp contests motoring charges

Football manager Harry Redknapp could face a trial after pleading not guilty to two motoring offences.

Combe Down tunnel

Tunnel vision for Bath

An old railway route has been turned into 13 miles of cycling pleasure, says Fred Mawer

Three men jailed for child rapist's murder

Three men are to be sentenced after being found guilty of murdering a convicted child rapist in Dorset.

NUT agrees on strikes

Teachers pledged their support yesterday for strike action in response to government plans to curb pay rises and increase pension contributions.

Riverdance to make comeback with theatre and arena tour

Hit stage show Riverdance is to make a comeback to the UK for the first time in four years with a theatre and arena tour to mark its 20th anniversary.

CPS handed file on Red Arrows death after pilot was ejected from cockpit while on the ground

Police have passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service after a Red Arrows aerial display team pilot died after he was ejected from his cockpit while on the ground.

Simon Grayson

Preston appoint former Leeds United manager Simon Grayson

Grayson succeeds Graham Westley in the Deepdale hotseat

Forget California, Visit Bournemouth

Think Bournemouth is all beach-strolling and cycling?

Four footballers likely to face retrial over sexual assault case

Four footballers are likely to face a retrial for sexual assault after an Old Bailey jury failed to reach verdicts.

Boarding pass ready for new chairman

The powerful aviation body that decides which airlines get London's valuable landing slots is close to appointing a new chairman to pilot international expansion.

Paolo Di Canio’s future at Swindon in doubt after sale of Matt Ritchie

Paolo Di Canio is considering his future as Swindon Town manager after a dramatic week at the League One club.

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