US giants pull out of bid to run MoD buyer

A heavyweight team of US engineering giants has pulled out of the race to run the £14bn Ministry of Defence agency that buys the army's tanks and missiles.

England captain Charlotte Edwards plays a shot

Women's Ashes: Proud Charlotte Edwards has to settle for a drawn Ashes Test

Australia 331-6 dec & 231-5 dec England 314 & 93-2 (Match drawn)

Australia’s Sarah Elliott hits out on her way to an unbeaten 95

Women's Ashes: Sarah Elliott inspired by a young face in the crowd

Australia 243-3 v England

Hull City fans

When are City fans not City fans? When they’re Hull City Tigers fans

Owner’s decision to ‘rebrand’ football club has split fans of Premier League new boys

Hull City Tigers owner Allem Assam

Hull to adopt 'Tigers' into their club name after owner Assem Allam labelled the term City as 'lousy'

Allam's dislike for the word is part of strengthening the Hull brand and they will also drop 'AFC' from the name

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

History: Founded in 1960 as Filton Technical College. In February 2012, the college merged with Stroud College and was renamed South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

Lane hopes the changes will lead to a full Test series in the future

Women's Ashes 'steps forward'

The women's Ashes begin on Sunday with a new multi-format structure and Mark Lane, who coached England until earlier this year, calls the changes a "really good step forward".

Dylan Hartley in action during Northampton Saints pre-season training at Stowe School

New-look Saints stick with captain Dylan Hartley

Northampton parade Premiership's strongest set of summer signings at swanky Stowe School

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Prior: Players left frustrated by DRS inaccuracies

Matt Prior, second right, was left frustrated that David Warner should have been given out caught behind

Ashes 2013: Matt Prior wants ‘frustrating’ DRS to be used properly

Matt Prior hinted yesterday that England had started to lose faith in the use of technology in an Ashes  series that has contained plenty of umpiring controversy.

A&Es miss waiting time targets as NHS 111 slides

Major accident and emergency departments have failed to meet waiting-time targets for two weeks running, the latest figures suggest.

July was sunniest since 2006

The July of 2013 has been the warmest, driest and sunniest since 2006 – and today is expected to see a hot start to August too.

Kevin Pietersen warms up at Old Trafford

Ashes 2013: Kevin Pietersen tests the pain barrier to prove his fitness for third Test

Kevin Pietersen was put through a series of rigorous training exercises to prove his fitness for the third Test. He was accompanied for most of England's session by the team physiotherapist, Craig De Weymarn.

Of 4,500 wards across England, patients who were treated in 36 wards would be unhappy to send their loved ones to receive the same care

99 per cent are happy with NHS hospital care (in a survey where only 10 per cent actually responded)

Usefulness of data from post-Stafford research already called into question

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