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Bridge will miss Wembley Cup final

Warrington coach Tony Smith has effectively ruled Chris Bridge out of his line-up for the Challenge Cup final by naming him in his squad for the Carnegie Floodlit Nines at Headingley tonight.

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Police were today hunting armed thieves who made off with five lorry-loads of vodka in a warehouse raid.

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