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Perfect start maintained for Dave Jones' Wednesday

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Wolves are targeting the Reading manager, Brian McDermott, as a leading candidate to replace the sacked Mick McCarthy, in a change of direction by the Premier League club. The initial plan was to appoint a manager with top-flight experience and the former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce remains in the wings, waiting to see whether he will be granted a second interview.

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'I played the game Saturday...48 hours later I was told I had cancer'

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Championship round-up: Blackpool stretch unbeaten run

Two Gary Taylor-Fletcher goals extended play-off candidates Blackpool's unbeaten run to 10 matches as Ian Holloway's side beat Doncaster 3-1 last night to move up to fourth in the Championship.

Bolton Wanderer's goalkeeper Adam Bogdan

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NEIL WARNOCK: ‘It’s a massive club, I’m aware of that. It is a great job for whoever takes over’

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Nine held over racist football chants

Nine men were arrested today by police investigating suspected racist chanting by football fans.

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Jackson's magic keeps Charlton on course

Charlton Athletic 1 Sheffield United 0

Six footballers held over sex attack

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In a 1993 interview with The Independent, the best-selling crime writer Reginald Hill said: "It is easy to mystify. The good mystery writer's real skill lies in clarification." At the time he was in his 23rd year as a published author but was less generally known than he deserved to be for his series of cunningly constructed mysteries featuring Dalziel and Pascoe. That changed when, in 1996, 11 years of successful TV productions began. The 20-odd Dalziel and Pascoe novels were less than half of Hill's output but he long recognised them as his "bankers". The two characters he created – a modern pairing of Falstaff and Hal – are probably the most interesting characters in modern crime fiction.

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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was keen to take the positives from Saturday despite his side being on the wrong end of the biggest FA Cup upset of the day.

Cameron Jerome, of Stoke, is held back by Gillingham’s Danny Jackman on Saturday

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