Sport Saracens' Nathan Earle is held by Zach Kibirige during the game on Sunday

Saracens recorded a comfortable 41-8 victory over Newcastle on Sunday to ensure they finished top of their LV= Cup pool and so sealed their progression to the semi-finals.

The rain pours down on London Bridge

The wrong kind of drought: floods and high winds batter Britain

We're in drought, water companies in many parts of England declared. Don't dare use a hosepipe, they said, warning of fines, and urging residents to tell on their neighbours if they are seen wielding a hose.

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Exeter Chiefs sign Australia international Dean Mumm

Exeter Chiefs have signed Australia international Dean Mumm on a two-year deal.

Harlequins' Nick Evans will have his work cut out against Leicester's Toby Flood today

Christians 'should wear a cross' says Cardinal

Christians should wear a cross on their clothes every day as "a symbol of their beliefs", according to the head of the Catholic church in Scotland.

White line fever: Gonzalo Camacho scores for Exeter against London Irish

Baxter hails 'endeavour' as Chiefs keep up in race for play-off place

Exeter Chiefs 18 London Irish 11

Muldowney keeps Exeter on the up

Gloucester 27 Exeter Chiefs 28

Temperatures of up to 17C set to last all week

The unseasonably warm weather is set to continue this week with forecasters predicting temperatures of up to 17C.

Six minutes after the interval, Matt Jess came off the blindside wing to put Nic Sestaret through and over the line

Baxter's Chiefs cut loose and sail past Sharks

Exeter Chiefs 37 Sale Sharks 12

Gonzalo Camacho of Exeter kicks ahead as he is closed down by Joe Launchbury of Wasps

Young vents spleen as Wasps fail to deliver

London Wasps 12 Exeter Chiefs 15: Contentious penalty contributes to rising panic among former champions

Shopkeepers find that all they need is love

Valentine's Day could provide a much-needed boost for retailers as shoppers fork out for jewellery and gifts.

Hard but fair: Tarrant as Inspector Monroe in a 2000 episode of 'The Bill'

Colin Tarrant: Actor best known as Inspector Monroe in 'The Bill'

The actor Colin Tarrant was a permanent fixture on television for 12 years as the by-the-book, disciplinarian Inspector Andrew Monroe in The Bill. He took the role of Sun Hill police station's third most senior officer at the height of the programme's success, joining itin 1990, six years after it had been launched on ITV.

Matt Hopper has been called into the England Saxons squad

Battered Harlequins find some solace in Hopper's rise

England's candidates for Six Nations duty gathered yesterday at the new red-rose base on the outskirts of Leeds, most of them bruised after another weekend of European activity. Some were suffering emotionally too, as the extent of the Premiership's embarrassment began to register. Of the 16 knockout places available in the Heineken and Amlin Challenge Cups, only four have been filled by clubs from the world's biggest, richest union – and three of those will play in the back-room competition, rather than the shop-window tournament.

Thomas takes Chiefs through

Exeter Chiefs 31 Perpignan 14

Intimate: Angela's features a small, familiar main room with paintings by local artists

Angela's, 38 New Bridge Street, Exeter

It takes a lot to qualify as a 'local' restaurant – can Angela's in Exeter pull it off?

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