hei-fi 'I have very strong feelings on the matter,' says Anton Ferdinand

As the Queen's Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand broke his long silence by saying he had "very strong feelings" about any possible racial abuse, Chelsea last night continued their backing for John Terry, who is likely to captain the team in a Champions League tie here this evening.

Country Life: Privy to information

For my 43rd birthday last week I was given a book called Herefordshire Privies.

Greens say wind power must be kept away from beauty spots

The Greens yesterday came out against the siting of wind farms on natural beauty spots, saying locations such as the Devon coastline and Loch Ness were under threat.

Robinson's men will train with league side

England head coach Andy Robinson was full of buzzwords as he made his first public utterances since being appointed to succeed Sir Clive Woodward last week.

Basketball: Raiders wary of revitalised Bullets

The National Cup is out of bounds for title-holders Plymouth Raiders this season after stepping up to the British Basketball League, whose clubs are still barred for having too many non-English players to comply with the eligibility restrictions of the sport's governing body, England Basketball.

The village ensnared by animal rights protests protest of animal rights prot

In the finest October traditions of rural Staffordshire, a rendition of "We plough the fields and scatter" was ringing out from Needwood Church of England primary school in Newborough yesterday afternoon. If events had run their normal course, the pupils' customary "circle time" with their headmistress would have been occupied with thoughts of harvest thanksgiving too.

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Founder of a children's hospice for the West Country

Deacon and Harris provide Bulls with renewed heart

Leeds 12 Bradford 26

Hill's injury adds to Saracens sorrows

London Irish 20 Saracens 3

Wales win battle to host Lions warm-up game

There was a clear victory for Red Dragon rugby when it emerged that the 2005 British and Irish Lions would play a warm-up international against Argentina before leaving for their three-Test tour of New Zealand.

Harmison boycott starts soul-searching in England team

England's players have been given a week to decide whether they wish to tour Zimbabwe in November, or boycott the controversial trip.

Boy killed after hunt mistakes him for a fox

A schoolboy was shot dead while on a night hunting expedition after apparently being mistaken for a fox.

Thai murder suspect seeks deal from police colleagues

The policeman suspected of murdering two English backpackers in the Thai resort town of Kanchanaburi on Thursday contacted colleagues yesterday in the hope of brokering some kind of deal,

Robinson's scowl masks enthusiasm for England role

England's new head coach - a head coach of the "acting" variety for the next week or so, but one already exuding an air of permanence - spent much of yesterday fielding questions about everything under the sun.

Harlequins flattened by a late Sackey punch

London Irish 18 - Harlequins 12

Costin puts dent in Hull's play-off hopes

Huddersfield 22 - Hull 20
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