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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.

Devon cream of county crop with veteran Dawe

Devon 43 Gloucestershire 14

Leaving brings the best out of Richardson

Close up, it is Mark Richardson's piercing, light blue eyes that dominate his lean, fit face. The curls in his hair and the stubble on his chin are greying even though his Test debut was only four years ago. But he was 29 already. Those blue eyes have served him well since then. Two innings over 13 hours 33 minutes in the First Test at Lord's were evidence that he is the best leaver of the ball in Test cricket. His dogged perseverance has produced a commendable average of 48.26 in 55 Test innings. He now stands at No 10 in the world batting rankings.

The Pilgrims at Lovington, Castle Cary, Somerset

Sartre is alive and well, and working as a sign writer in Somerset. I know that because I saw his handiwork, hanging outside a pub called The Pilgrims in Lovington. It read, simply, "Sunday lunch - or lunch on a Sunday?".

Racing: Attraction ready to defy record books Falcon's ascent with

No filly has won both the English 1,000 Guineas and its Curragh equivalent and Mark Johnston has never won an Irish Classic. Both those statistics are due an overhaul and the time appears to have come.

A bid too far

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England seeking a 'finisher'

England launched a search for their own version of Michael Bevan yesterday only a week after Australia found the original surplus to requirements. This might suggest that England are following the others in the one-day game but it was also a clear concession of what their middle-order is lacking.

Patience the new game for Simpson-Daniel

James Simpson-Daniel co-owns a racehorse called Leitrim Rock with his father. Not that this is a tipping service, but the inside info from the Gloucester wing is to resist investing in a win double on his club to take their Heineken Cup quarter-final at Wasps today, and his four-legged friend to romp home at Warwick on Tuesday. Simpson-Daniel fancies Gloucester's chances, albeit they are second favourites at the home of the English champions. It is Leitrim Rock that he is less confident about.

'For some it will be an evangelistic experience, for others the film will simply be a violent story'

As 'The Passion of The Christ' opens in Britain, 'The Independent' asked a selection of film-goers if Mel Gibson's vivid account deserves its notoriety

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Vaughan will not let Lara dominate his thinking

England have been attempting to play down the need to dismiss Brian Lara cheaply during the build-up to today's first Test at Sabina Park. Michael Vaughan, the England captain, has preferred to talk about the West Indian batting as a unit rather than single out their leading player. This is not through disrespect. The problem for Vaughan is that should he stand up in front of his team and talk about what Lara is capable of, he runs the risk of turning his bowlers into gibbering wrecks.

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Sir: Now that a first-class stamp costs 26p and my husband is nearing 80 years of age, I did wonder if the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the kindness of his heart, could see fit to increase by one penny the extra 25p pension due to him on that occasion, to enable him to buy one.
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