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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.

Gone from Burton, with familiar legacy

Another Clough has left behind his blueprint for success as Albion set out on long road to the top

Daily Mail group cuts 1,000 regional jobs

The Daily Mail and General Trust today became the latest media company to announce major cutbacks in the regional press.

Man United cruise into quarter-finals

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Billy Davies: 'I hope Nigel does very well at Derby... but not on Friday'

Nottingham Forest's new manager Billy Davies travels to his old club in the FA Cup this week to try to outwit their new coach Nigel Clough, the son of the clubs' shared messiah

Clough follows father and takes charge at Derby

Could there conceivably have been a finer way of preparing for the arduous task of stepping past the European champions and reaching Wembley? On the eve of Manchester United's arrival in the east Midlands for the Carling Cup semi-final first leg, Derby County yesterday confirmed the appointment of Nigel Clough as their new manager.

Clough agrees to take over at Derby

Burton manager set to follow his father Brian into East Midlands hot seat

Fake audiobook seller jailed

A man who conned people with counterfeit audiobooks, including the best-selling Harry Potter tales, was today jailed for 21 months.

Teenager charged with park murder

An 18-year-old man was charged with the murder of a teenager shot dead in a park, police said today.

Derby: Marvel of the Midlands

It's weathered the Romans, Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Industrial Revolution. Now this marvel of the Midlands is re-emerging as a force to be reckoned with. By Frank Partridge

Derby County 0 Doncaster Rovers 1: Doncaster's togetherness dazzles new-look Jewell

Paul Jewell, having spent all of his summer imploring his players to forget last season, discovered that putting Derby's Premier League nightmare to bed will not be as easy as he might have hoped. Losing habits are hard to break, even against supposedly inferior opponents, and Jewell's team are some way from banishing their negative demeanour.

Rolls-Royce fined over health and safety

Rolls-Royce was fined £120,000 today after health and safety failures left five agency workers exposed to hazardous fumes.

Oaks win rewards Beckett's patience

Dozens of horses win maiden races every season with an air of infinite promise; and there are many young trainers, equally, whose early results suggest they might conceivably be the next big thing. But few who happened to go racing at Salisbury last October will have grasped quite what they had witnessed when Look Here beat Doctor Fremantle.

Another day another Classic for O'Brien

In the final analysis the result of a race is about individual performance from the combination of man and horse. But the contribution from the team behind any winning centaur must never be underestimated, nor is it by any professional, particularly those involved in the well-oiled machinery of the major operations. After winning yesterday's Tattersalls Gold Cup on Duke Of Marmalade, Johnny Murtagh's first thought was to administer a high-five to the hand of Seamie Heffernan, who had done a sterling job as pacemaker for his stablemate on Red Rock Canyon.

Tartan Bearer destroys Cecil's Derby dream

Vexing creatures, horses. Vexing, bloody-minded, perverse even. Or do they merely absorb and amplify the foibles of their masters? On the first day of this meeting, the success of Lush Lashes enabled Jim Bolger to reiterate a mysterious aversion to Epsom. Yesterday, in pitiless contrast, the failure of Twice Over left another trainer stricken by his infatuation with the place.

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