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Prosecution says soap star was lying when he denied sexually abusing five girls

Tony Smith and Warrington could face disciplinary action after the coach elected not to show up for the ClubCall announcement

Warrington Wolves pick Huddersfield Giants as opponents in Super League semi-finals but Tony Smith absence could prove costly

Surprising choice in the controversial ClubCall decision means reigning champions Leeds Rhinos will meet Wigan Warriors for a place in Old Trafford final

Leeds 11 St Helens 10: Danny McGuire’s kick edges thriller

The habitual Super League champions of Leeds clung onto their crown, but only thanks to a late Danny McGuire drop goal at the end of an epic. Saints had fought back from 10 points down, only for the Rhinos to do what they do so well at this time of year.

Huddersfield Giants' Luke Robinson (centre) celebrates with teammates

Hull to give fans refunds after play-off horror show at Huddersfield

Hull owner Adam Pearson has apologised to the club’s fans for their play-off horror show at Huddersfield and pledged to refund those who made the trip to West Yorkshire.

Martin McGuinness stands in front of a projected image of bombing victim Tim Parry, during the press conference in Warrington

Martin McGuinness seeks reconciliation in an English town shattered by the IRA

David McKittrick reports on former terrorist’s visit to Warrington, where two boys died 20 years ago in bombing

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The Light Roller: This one-day series needs some sparkle

Diary of a cricket obsessive

Girl, 2, walks home alone from nursery

A two-year-old girl left a nursery and walked home alone, police said today.

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell arrives at Manchester Crown Court for day four of his trial for a series of child sex offences

Michael Le Vell: Coronation Street star 'fighting for his life' during sex abuse trial

The actor denies 12 charges in all, including five counts of rape and three of indecent assault against one girl

Coronation Street star Bill Roache pleads not guilty to child rape charges

Coronation Street star denies historic sex charges in court

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Round-Up: Salford earn last City victory as Broncos secure rare win

Salford played their last game as the City Reds before this week’s planned rebranding as the Red Devils at Castleford. Apart from the name change, the club will announce a series of new faces to go with scrum-half, Tim Smith, signed from Wakefield for “a substantial fee.”

Pte Michael Ihemere, 26, top, joined the Army in 2011

Michael Ihemere: Tributes paid to ‘talented’ soldier who died on Yorkshire Dales training run

Army will investigate if Private Michael Ihemere had a pre-existing medical condition

Giants to hold high ground at the Stoop

The top and bottom of Super League will look a lot clearer after Huddersfield’s visit to the London Broncos today.

Leeds 12 Hull KR 16: Rhinos’ title hopes hit by brave Rovers

The Champions became the second high-profile casualties in 24 hours of a Super League that genuinely has become wildly unpredictable.

Hep Cahill was sent off for a bad tackle which caused Brett Hodgson to be carried off

Warrington 6 Widnes 16 match report: Jack Owens double helps inspire 12-man Widnes

Warrington failed to go back to the top of the Super League table as they fell victim to an unlikely double at the hands of an inspired 12-man Widnes.

Rickie Lambert was put through his paces in training as he looks for his first England cap

England v Scotland: Rickie Lambert recollects his journey from the beetroot factory to Wembley

Not so long ago the Southampton striker worked in a factory for £20 a day just to keep his football dream alive

Gang bought gold bars after £1.3m Defra fraud

Members of an international gang who bought gold bars and luxury cars after laundering almost £1.3m stolen from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs were jailed yesterday.

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