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The former England coach Tony Smith has welcomed a damning report that claims Super League clubs are on the edge of "a financial abyss".

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Danny Graham: The striker has been marginalised by Michu’s arrival

Martin O'Neill admits Sunderland are desperate for striking reinforcements

Swansea's Danny Graham is at the top of the wish list

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Britain is bracing itself for severe flooding today as heavy rain is added to thawing snow and ice.

King Bee: Brentford manager Uwe Rösler has spearheaded the club’s success on the pitch

Michael Calvin: Bees' taste of honey sweetens sour taste of modern football

The Last Word: Brentford and a professional gambler are out to show that maybe there is life in the old game yet

Snow brings M6 to stand still while flooding hits other areas of Britain

Heavy snow has closed the M6 motorway in both directions after lorries jacknifed across carriageways while flooding in other areas of the country has led to various traffic problems.

Aston Villa succumbed to a late John Marquis winner at Millwall

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Jonathan de Guzman ready for league cup final with Swansea City

Jonathan de Guzman has warned his Swansea team-mates their attitude must be spot on if the club's first major cup final appearance is not to end in disappointment.

The top 20 burglary hotspots

Here are the top 20 postcodes where homeowners are most likely to have claimed on home insurance for burglary, followed by the top 20 least likely.

Revealed: The UK's burglary hotspots, and in first place is... Leeds

The UK's burglary hotspots were revealed today, including the postcode area where homes are most likely to have been targeted by thieves.

Britannia to disappear from high street as Co-op bank closes 37 branches

The Co-operative Bank today announced plans to close 37 branches and confirmed it will roll out a rebrand that will see the Britannia name disappear from the high street.

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