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Scott Sinclair scored twice as Swansea City ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Leeds United at the Liberty Stadium, consolidating their grip on the Championship's second automatic promotion place. Swans took the lead after 13 minutes, Sinclair cutting in from the left to play a one-two with Luke Moore and fire in. As Leeds got a foothold near half-time Swans defender Alan Tate handled, but no penalty was given. The visitors' revival did not last long after the break. Ten minutes into the second period a foul on Nathan Dyer saw Sinclair tuck away the penalty and in the 72nd minute Moore made it 3-0.

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Bradford manager Peter Taylor will leave the club by mutual consent following Saturday's home game with Stockport.

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Now it is official that last month was Britain's coldest December since details were first collated, how many unwanted new football records will be set because of this winter's weather? One already created, which may be further extended this week, is at Bradford Park Avenue, the Evo-Stik (former Northern Premier) League club, who have not played at home since losing to Frickley Athletic on 30 October. They have suffered seven consecutive postponements from snow, frost, waterlogging – everything bar plagues of frogs – and in so doing they set a new club record. A League Challenge Cup derby at home to AFC Halifax Town is due on Tuesday, which would be 73 days since the previous home game. The previous record was set in the long winter of 1962-63, when Avenue went 61 days without a home game, between Third Division home fixtures against (coincidentally) Halifax Town on 4 January and Peterborough United on 6 March. The pile-up proved costly and they were relegated on goal average, joining neighbours Bradford City in Division Four. Replaced as a League club in 1970, they went into liquidation before reforming in 1988.

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Alan Pardew will unleash his own version of Michael Essien on his former club West Ham tonight, confident there is much more to come. The Newcastle manager has been hugely impressed by the Ivory Coast international Cheik Tioté during his time at St James' Park to date, and believes the midfielder has what it will take to do for the Magpies what Ghana counterpart Essien does for Chelsea.

Peter Taylor turns down Newcastle role

Bradford manager Peter Taylor has turned down the chance to become Alan Pardew's assistant at Newcastle, according to Bantams joint-chairman Mark Lawn.

Union fury over council Christmas job cuts

Union leaders expressed fury today at the latest threat to thousands of council workers' jobs, warning that Christmas was being "ruined" by the Government's spending cuts.

A cup of tea and game of cricket? What is it to be English, today?

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League round-up: Madine the man as Cumbrians close gap

Gary Madine scored the only goal as Carlisle United beat Notts County 1-0, the Cumbrians' third home win lifting them into the League One promotion places. County had several good chances to level but Carlisle did enough to close to within a point of the leaders Brighton.

It was tough, says Villa's Sidwell, but I'm ready for my season now

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