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Hoddle has six months to revive Wolves

Glenn Hoddle's latest incarnation as a manager proved a curious affair yesterday, Wolverhampton Wanderers effectively appointing him as temporary manager in place of the caretaker manager, Stuart Gray, who will stay at Molineux as assistant to the former England coach.

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Timmy Murphy achieved a brilliant double at Newton Abbot yesterday on the day that bookmakers reopened betting on the jockeys' title race.

Royal Society furious as Exeter drops chemistry courses

One of the country's top-ranked universities is to abandon teaching chemistry after saying it was losing £3m a year by offering the subject.

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Racing: Best Mate in shape to hold challenge of Rembrandt

Today's The Day. Every blade of grass has been inspected and passed fit, every weather forecast scanned. Best Mate will, short of an overnight declaration of Armageddon, make his seasonal debut at Exeter this afternoon, his first race since becoming the first triple Cheltenham Gold Cup winner since Arkle. It is the Oscar winner going back to the theatre where he first played rep; the nine-year-old made his chasing debut at the small country track on top of Haldon Hill and last appeared there three years ago.

Exam boss resigns over test blunders

The head of England's testing agency resigned yesterday after a damning official report revealed the full extent of the chaos surrounding this summer's national tests taken by 14-year-olds in English.

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Taylor backs Downing to take wing for senior squad

The England Under-21 coach Peter Taylor has "no doubt" that Stewart Downing will eventually make the step up to the senior squad.

Racing: Murphy handed Best Mate honour

The rehabilitation of Timmy Murphy continued yesterday morning when he was chosen over Tony McCoy to replace injured Jim Culloty on Best Mate when the triple Gold Cup hero makes his seasonal debut at Exeter on Friday.

Harris finishes Walsall's hopes

The potential plum of a tie at Old Trafford, Highbury or Stamford Bridge is now just one match away for a clutch of non-league sides after they came through the FA Cup first round, with Hinckley Town and Slough taking pride of place with particularly notable wins.

Racing: Flyer sets up Tingle Creek thriller

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