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Manchester is the laziest place in Britain while Wokingham is the most active, according to a new study.

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Dave Chisnall: Powerful, pacey Warrington prop

Dave Chisnall was a member of a notable rugby league family and one of the very few players to miss a Wembley final through suspension.

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Bradford City to commemorate Valley Parade disaster before League Cup Final

Bradford City are to commemorate the deaths of their supporters in the Valley Parade disaster by stepping out at Wembley in  tracksuits embroidered with the number ‘56’ before Sunday’s League Cup Final against Swansea City.

Anthony McGrath calls time on career

The former England batsman and Yorkshire captain Anthony McGrath has retired from cricket after battling against a thumb injury, his county has confirmed.

Stefan Marsh, of Widnes, is tackled by Hull KR’s Michael Dobson and Kris Welham

Cockayne leads Wakefield whitewash

There is no more effective winger in Super League at the moment than Wakefield's Ben Cockayne.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is congratulated for scoring in the 2-2 draw with Brentford

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A look ahead to this weekend’s FA Cup replay at Stamford Bridge

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Arsenal prepared for crucial week insists Arsene Wenger

The Gunners play Blackburn and Bayern Munich over the next few days

Michael Laudrup has shrugged off suggestions that he could be the man to replace Jose Mourinho should the Portuguese’s contact with Real Madrid be terminated in the summer

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup expects much improved Liverpool side

Sides meet in this weekend's only Premier League encounter

Leeds suffer shock loss to Castleford

Castleford pulled off what will surely rank as one of the upsets of the season by beating the champions, Leeds, 14-12. The Tigers shocked the Rhinos by leading in the first half with tries from Jordan Tansey and Jake Webster out-weighing one from Danny McGuire. Leeds led after the break thanks to Ryan Hall's try but two late penalties from Jamie Ellis sealed a famous victory

Wildcats boosted by return of Tim Smith

Wakefield Trinity hope that their player of the year last season, Tim Smith, will redirect their poor start to this campaign today.

Tom Peck spreads the love

Scunthorpe: My search for love in the most unromantic place in Britain

Where do you find love in a town with a heart as cold as iron?

Round-up: Marsh double gives Widnes reasons to be cheerful

Last season's bottom club, Widnes, got off to a more encouraging start to this season of Super League with a 28-14 win at the London Broncos. The Vikings were without their two big signings, Gareth Hock and Kevin Brown, with injuries, but Stefan Marsh stepped up to the plate with two tries.

The 10 Best vegetarian cookbooks

Meat, schmeat... here’s how to liven up your palate with some of the most beautiful veggie recipes from some of the finest chefs...

Mother jailed for killing baby with five-stone television when high on heroin

A woman who killed her four-month-old son when she knocked a five-stone television set on to his head while she was high on drink and drugs has been jailed for 15 months.

Danny Graham will hope for more first-team opportunities at Sunderland

Danny Graham completes move to Sunderland - despite being booed by fans before he even signed

Striker agrees three-and-a-half year deal

Danny Graham will hope for more first-team opportunities at Sunderland

Sunderland sign fans' hate-figure Danny Graham from Swansea

Striker was booed by Black Cats fans this week

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Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
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