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Workers strike over increases to pension contributions and cuts to the size of payouts

Overturn and Ahern run rings round rivals

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Kempes to spoil Punchestown party for Kauto

Big Zeb turns the tables on Sizing Europe to claim honours on first day of Irish jumps Festival

Titchmarsh named and shamed as peat compost row cuts up rough

A survey of some of Britain's leading gardening experts, including the former Gardeners' World presenter Alan Titchmarsh, shows less than half use peat-free compost.

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One week and two of the world’s biggest city marathons – training for the challenge was about to step up a gear.

Dominic Lawson: Are you worried about memory loss? Join the club

With the whole world of knowledge so readily available at the click of a mouse, we decreasingly need to make the effort to remember

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McGillvary helps Giants climb to top of tree

Huddersfield 29 Warrington 10

Dureau pounces to pull off shock Dragons win

Warrington 20 Catalans Dragons 22

Betts keeps Widnes's feet on ground after Super League party

There will be a mood of celebration at Widnes tomorrow afternoon, but the York City Knights will be the first of a series of guests bent upon spoiling the party.

Widnes win ticket to the promised land and pledge to back local youth

At Widnes railway station, there is a plaque that reveals the unlikely nugget that it was there that Paul Simon wrote his ode to exile and estrangement, "Homeward Bound". That is where Widnes feel they will be next season – home.

Widnes lead the way in race to reach Super League

Denis Betts' side look poised to get new licence but Barrow and Halifax have not given up hope. All will be decided today.

Watkins' four tries for Leeds break Warrington hearts

On a weekend of multiple try-scoring in Super League, Leeds' Kallum Watkins broke Wildcat hearts with four in the second half at Wakefield. Trinity led at half-time through Greg Johnson's try, but Watkins, in an unfamiliar right-wing role because of injuries, ripped them to shreds after the break for a 28-6 win.

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