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With each prospective signing needing at least a five-hour examination, clubs' physios and local hospitals expect to be busy

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The Kent slider finishes ninth in Konigssee, enough to finish the season as champion

Liverpool Santa Dash tries to break world record as Christmas charity fun runs take place across country

Organisers in Liverpool called for 10,000 people to attend in a bid to beat their Las Vegas rivals

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It’s no surprise that a top academy reportedly 'inflated grades' - teachers are increasingly pressured to get good results

Michael Gove: he has cited the Harris Academy as an example to follow in raising standards

Insider claims top academy 'inflated grades'

Flagship school accused over 'gross discrepancy' in internally marked English GCSE coursework

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Let’s put the band(stand) back together: David Bowie backs concert to save Beckenham's rock landmark

“It was ragged and naive/ It was heaven,” sang David Bowie in a hymn to the free rock festival he staged in the unlikely location of Beckenham on the same weekend as Woodstock.

Bromley teenager George Verrier dies after mass brawl

A 17-year-old has died from head injuries after refusing hospital treatment following a fight involving about 20 people.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has made an impassioned plea for unity after a fire in an Islamic boarding school in south-east London three days after a fire at a community centre in Muswell Hill, north London

Met chief calls for calm after fire at Islamic boarding school in Chislehurst

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has made an impassioned plea for unity after a fire in an Islamic boarding school in south-east London three days after a fire at a community centre in Muswell Hill, north London.

Khadar Hussein murder: Police release photograph of Trai Williamson - the man they want to question in connection with Penge shooting

Trai Williamson described as 19-years-old, black, around 5ft 9in, slim and has short hair

A Christian-run NHS GP surgery, The Links Medical Practice in Mottingham, has been criticised for posting a notice warning that some of its doctors refuse to prescribe the morning-after pill

Christian-run NHS surgery criticised for refusing to prescribe morning-after pill

A Christian-run NHS GP surgery has attracted criticism for posting a notice warning that some of its doctors refuse to prescribe the morning-after pill to patients on grounds of conscience.

Man charged with murdering brother after funeral of another sibling in south London

A man was charged today with murdering his younger brother.

Benefits cap rolled out in four London boroughs

A cap on the amount of benefits people can receive begins today in a policy that is being trialled in parts of the capital.

Man injured in Christmas trolley incident dies in hospital

A 60-year-old man injured after being hit by a trolley during an alleged altercation in December has died, police said.

Leeds striker El-Hadji Diouf at The Den, where he was abused

Five-year ban for racist Millwall fan

A Millwall fan who racially abused the Leeds striker El-Hadji Diouf during a Championship game on 18 November has been banned from all football matches for five years.

Shelley Rudman of Great Britain crosses the finishline after the women's skeleton second heat of the IBSF Bob & Skeleton World Championship

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

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Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
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Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
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Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape