Sport Hove into view: Sami Hyypia’s Brighton were chastened by a commanding Southampton display in a friendly last week

Former Liverpool star returns to English football against Sheffield Wednesday

Glenn Murray of Palace goes down injured and is later taken off the field

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The play-offs are a tense, frustrating place and both Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion will have left Selhurst Park aggrieved at this goalless grind. It was probably a fair result – Brighton were the better team in the first half, Palace the second. But given the high stakes and  slim margins at this stage of the season, there was regret on both sides.

Nonsense verse? Presenter Des Lynam backs Ukip and rewrites 'Send in the Clowns' as retort to Ken Clarke

Mr Lynam said he had voted for the Eurosceptic party last week

Ian Holloway has guided Crystal Palace to second in the Championship

Championship play-offs: Ian Holloway claims to have got to grips with the rivalry between Crystal Palace and Brighton

The Eagles manager annoyed some Palace fans earlier this season

Jeremy Hunt wants to ‘solve’ the problems in A&E units in England

NHS sets out new plan to save A&E as email leak reveals funding chaos

Launch of proposals to bring down waiting times marred by scramble for cash

Ian Holloway: Blackpool’s former manager saw his new side suffer a third defeat in a row

Market Report: Trio of newcomers steal the limelight

The market's newest arrivals continued to impress, with Crest Nicholson, esure and Countrywide all making gains.

Phil Jagielka blocks Coutinho’s shot at Anfield

James Lawton: Carragher's final hurrah cast into shadow by bout of penalty-box 'wrestling'

The game offered few suggestions it would be a contest

Big brother meets little brother: The liberty of all football fans is threatened by the dogma of demonisation

The Last Word: Orwellian curb on fans' entry is ID system by the back door

Kettled, filmed, banned – supporters are under attack. But Brighton and Palace have gone further

Worcester's Shaun Perry forced to quit by injury

Worcester's former England scrum-half Shaun Perry has been forced to retire because of a persistent knee injury.

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Coventry taps into mineral wealth for UK’s tastiest water

The debate about which British region boasts the tastiest tap water has finally been settled with an unlikely winner: it comes not from “hard” northern or “soft” southern waters but from the middle of Britain – in Coventry.

Wolves teetering on brink of relegation from the Championship - a second drop in as many years

Molineux witnesses angry scenes as famous old club slips closer to place in League One

Latitude 2013: Five minutes with... The Noise Next Door

Brighton comedy troupe The Noise Next Door aren't just five handsome dudes in smart ties - they're also improv comedians par excellence. We asked them a few questions ahead of their appearance at this year's Latitude festival.

People enjoy a picnic on Wednesday in warmer weather in Regent's Park, London

Lovely weather for a picnic - but not at the weekend

Parts of Britain basked in warm spring weather today but forecasters warned that temperatures are set to drop in the coming days.

Crystal Palace 2 Leicester City 2 match report: Defensive frailties on show at Palace

Crystal Palace's manager Ian Holloway is struggling to defend himself. His gung-ho style has had some success after Dougie Freedman's passing game travelled 230 miles north to Bolton. But three points from a possible 21 has taken Holloway's side from automatic promotion contention to clinging on to the top six.

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