Sport ‘Mike loves his birds,’ I used to joke but nobody was laughing by the end of the tour

Before The Hangover I and II, before Spike Lee weaved his magic off Broadway in New York and before Mike Tyson was a nice guy, it was my onerous duty to take the big lad up on stage to perform for his fans.

Sue James, chief executive of Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has apologised to Mrs Birks

Surgical glove was left inside patient after operation

A hospital trust has apologised after a surgical glove was left inside a patient following an operation.

Jack Hobbs gave Nottingham Forest a 1-0 victory over Derby County

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A Jack Hobbs header gives Forest the plaudits in local rivalry

Vera Duffy looks on as the house where her six grandchildren died in a fire set by Mick and Mairead Philpott is prepared for demolition

Demolition begins at house where six children died in fire started by parents Mick and Mairead Philpott

Emotional grandmother Vera Duffy says 'the children will be resting in peace now'

This house - in which Mick Philpott killed six of his 17 children - well be demolished

Derby house fire: Philpott house to be demolished

The house in which six children died in a blaze started by their parents is to be demolished in the next few weeks.

Couple killed in Jersey plane crash

A businessman and his wife have been killed in a plane crash off the coast of Jersey.

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer eager for Blackburn to claim first victory of the season

Rovers have only one point to show from their first two matches

Derby’s Jamie Ward, left, challenges Scott Dann, right, of Blackburn

Derby County 1 Blackburn Rovers 1 match report: Leon Best bounces back to rescue Gary Bowyer’s debut

While Nigel Clough is now the Championship’s longest-serving manager, Gary Bowyer was the fifth used last season alone by Blackburn Rovers, upheaval which would doubtless provoke convulsions from Derby’s board.

Indian Chief’s Dante form gives him strong claims

Altano the value alternative in Gold Cup

She may own the stage, but thoroughbreds are too addicted to improvisation to permit even the monarch to write the scripts. So while the royal colours are carried on Ladies' Day by the Gold Cup favourite, Estimate, those punters driven by profit – rather than patriotism – should perhaps pledge allegiance to one of the foreign invaders instead.

Body of suspected burglar Kevin Gough found in chimney of solicitors firm in Derby

Kevin Gough was discovered when staff at Moody and Woolley Solicitors raised concerns about an unpleasant smell and flies in their office

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson fires warning to England

Black Caps' arrival this week has been hardly noticed in a summer dominated by the Ashes

Saburo winning the juvenile maiden at the Curragh yesterday

'Awesome' Dawn Approach lifted by O’Brien doubt over Kingsbarns

Not for the first time, the beat of the betting tom-tom has proved accurate.

Paul Hanagan will hope to repeat his first-day success from 2010

Charles Hills backs Model Pupil to pass Doncaster's opening Flat exam

The start of a new turf season on the Flat should be a cheerful rite of spring, but Town Moor today is as likely to prove white as green. It is almost as though winter is raging against the coming of the light. With snow forecast this morning, and more overnight, inspections have duly been scheduled for both days of the meeting.

Flashback to last May: Mick Philpott and his wife Mairead after the fatal house fire in Derby

Derby house fire trial: Extraordinary account of drug use and swinging emerges as Mick Philpott gives evidence

A father accused of starting the fire in which his six children died said he had sex and smoked cannabis to blot out the horror of the blaze.

Image issued by HS2 of the Birmingham and Fazeley viaduct, part of the new proposed route for the HS2 high speed rail scheme

HS2: a new railway to drag Britain from the 19th century to the 21st. But are the specifics right?

This morning's details from the government will re-balance Britain and shift long-distance traffic from road to rail. Good. Now rename it Y-Speed 2 and answer critics

Which cities' property prices rose the most in 2012?

Average London homes rose £28,000 over last 12 months underlining North-South property divide

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