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The most underrated players in the Premier League

Armchair pundit Rohan Banerjee considers some of the top flight's unsung heroes

Vince Cable has decided against a ban on zero- hour contracts as some workers need flexibility

Vince Cable: London 'is sucking the life out of the rest of the country'

Business secretary warns against Heathrow airport expansion

Mark Sampson: 'I am young but I have 15 years of studying and working behind me'

All change as Mark Sampson promises fresh start for England's women

New manager brings in players overlooked by Hope Powell

Lord Hanningfield says of allowance claims: ‘I have to live, don’t I?’

Case raises questions over Lords membership rules

Airports Commission: New runways considered at Heathrow and Gatwick - but politicians refuse to be bound by final decision

Thames Estuary options not included at present 'because there are too many uncertainties and challenges surrounding them at this stage'

Ben Stokes and Mitchell Johnson confront each other on day four of the second Ashes Test

Ashes 2013-14: Ian Bell points to Ben Stokes as the sole shining light

England look for the positives as the Ashes slip out of their grasp

Sri Lanka Airlines bomb threat: Alan Patey to appear in court charged with making hoax

A 49-year-old man will appear in court today charged over an alleged bomb threat hoax that led to an aircraft being diverted.

A&E departments are seeing many more patients than ever before

First missed targets of the winter heighten fears that casualty wards will struggle with seasonal workload

Casualty wards in England have missed their waiting times targets for the first time this winter, heightening fears that accident and emergency units may struggle to cope with the seasonal spike in hospital admissions.

Margaret Hodge slams Serco after it pulls out of GP cover contract

Group ‘good at bidding but not  at delivery’ says PAC chairman Margaret Hodge

England bowler Tim Bresnan struggled on his return to the side in the Third Ashes Test

Ashes 2013/14: We may have picked wrong team, says England bowling coach David Saker

England let a commanding position slip as they failed to capitalise on in taking five early wickets, and Saker feels they must bowl better if they are to stand any chance of getting back into the Ashes

'Shocking' survey suggest one in four new mothers abandoned during labour

Women surveyed said they were not able to access pain relief quickly and that doses of painkillers were not big enough

Ian Botham was part of the last England side to win in Perth in 1978 under Mike Brearley

The Ashes: Sir Ian Botham left embarrassed by England team's decline

A select few England cricketers know what it is like to win a Test match in Perth. They number 11 to be exact since it has happened only once. It should come as no surprise to know that Sir Ian Botham is among them.

Northampton’s George North takes on the Ospreys in October’s Heineken Cup encounter at Franklin’s Gardens

RFU to 'flog guts out' to heal Heineken Cup divide

The Rugby Football Union is not prepared to go to war with its own top-flight clubs in an effort to save the threatened Heineken Cup, but it is ready to explore every other available option in the search for a peace deal that might protect the tournament from the worst excesses of its own stakeholders. The price of failure will be heavy indeed. "It would open up a Pandora's Box for the game across the world," admitted Ian Ritchie, the Twickenham chief executive. No pressure, then.

Flights were unable to land at Stansted Airport for several hours today

Passengers face travel chaos at Stansted Airport as technical fault leaves planes unable to land

Problems started after an early-morning incoming flight caused damage to the instrument landing system

Matlala, right, on his way to victory against Pat Clinton in Glasgow in 1993

'Baby' Jake Matlala: World champion in two weight divisions who was named as his favourite boxer by Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was four days out of prison when I asked him to name his favourite boxer. "Oh, it has to be Baby Jake," he said, beaming with delight, having been serious and sombre for the previous hour. Yes, Baby Jake Matlala." Soon after, the pair met for the first of numerous times and seemed to relish each other's company, sometimes joking about their size disparity. The world's shortest boxer at 4ft 10in, who died two days after his friend and hero, was the darling of the country's sports-mad public – a crossover figure whose charm and ebullience endeared him to the white suburbs almost as much as in his home crowd in Soweto.

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Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

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Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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