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Everton defender Bryan Oviedo has undergone a successful operation on the double fracture to his leg.

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Public borrowing hit an all-time high of £20.3 billion for a single month in November, official figures showed today.

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As Alan Bennett said, you only have to eat a boiled egg at 90 and they think you deserve the Nobel Prize, and in radio too, being venerable often means getting away with less than the best. Radio can be ruthless – the digital stations 6 and 7 have barely begun and Mark Thompson is musing on their demise in a post-apocalyptic world where the licence fee is cut and a director- general's salary has to dip below the half-million mark. But there are some Methuselahs like The Archers, which remain untouchable. At 58 years and counting, the question is whether radio's favourite soap is having a senior moment or is it as fresh as ever?

Blatter: we need goal line officials at World Cup

President urges change as Fifa considers Ireland's appeal to be '33rd nation' at finals

Ireland World Cup appeal looks doomed

The Republic of Ireland have made one last stand to play in next year's World Cup finals by asking FIFA to allow them in as a 33rd nation following their controversial play-off defeat to France.

Ireland request extra World Cup place

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has claimed the Football Association of Ireland asked to be included in the World Cup finals as an extra team following the Republic of Ireland's controversial play-off exit to France.

Guillemot wins the Transat Jacques Vabre

A very happy Marc Guillemot and Charles Cauledrier-Benac won the 60-foot division of the Transat Jacques Vabre in Safran today, having led the fleet for 12 of the nearly 16 days.

How We Met: Joel Bernstein & Serena Rees

'Here she was in heels and a Vivienne Westwood dress, cloth in hand, helping us clean the shop'

Ainslie gets revenge as Team Origin win

An emphatic win for Britain’s Team Origin in the semi-final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy series in Nice squared the best of three at 1-1 as skipper Ben Ainslie took revenge for the opening loss to Italy’s Team Azzurra, skippered by Francesco Bruni.

Thomson forced to retire from Transat race

The gremlins which have plagued Alex Thomson’s ocean racing career have struck again, a hole in the bow of his Open 60 Hugo Boss forcing him to retire from the Transat Jacques Vabre when lying in fourth place.

Sailors predict flat out race to Costa Rica in the Transat Jacques Vabre

The wind whipping up the Channel and into the harbour of Le Havre today served notice to the 20 yachts in the Bassin Paul Vatine that, come Sunday when they set off on the 5,000-mile Transat Jacques Vabre to Costa Rica, that the price of a sunny South American finish will be an opening autumnal slap in the face.

Local grocer in banana war on supermarkets

A two-store grocer in north London will today take a stand against the UK’s biggest supermarkets which are waging a price war on bananas that threatens to do lasting damage to plantation workers in developing countries.

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