Brett Ferres (C) of England celebrates his try with team mates Leroy Cudjoe (L) and Ryan Hall during the Rugby League World Cup Group A match against Fiji

England 34 Fiji 12 match report: World Cup victory secured after tough start

Runners-up sport in Group A now assured

Book review: Pig's Foot, by Carlos Acosta (trs by Frank Wynne)

There is a character in this novel called Melecio, a precociously multi-talented child from a penniless village who can spontaneously compose poetry and single-handedly invents Art Deco architecture when he is just 16. The narrator turns out to be a similarly gifted individual whose literary ability is recognised from an early age. You may read something into the fact that the author is the Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, whose extraordinary ballet skill was recognised globally when he was still in his teens. He is now an actor and choreographer whose autobiography, No Way Home, was released to great acclaim in 2007.

Manchester United manager David Moyes has the backing of former defender Gary Pallister

David Moyes remains the right man for Manchester United, despite 'middle of the road' season, says former defender Gary Pallister

'Middle of the road' start to the season has not dampened Pallister's belief that the Scot can lead the club to glory like his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United winger Ashley Young has been told to cut out his diving by former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann

Ashley Young must stop his 'blatant cheating' or risk cutting his career short according to former Liverpool star Dietmar Hamann

Hamann issues firm warning to Manchester United star after latest diving row

Nick Clegg accuses Tories and Labour of cooling on green issues in age of austerity

Nick Clegg will today accuse David Cameron of abandoning the green agenda he once championed as he claims  the Liberal Democrats are now the only mainstream party that gives priority to the environment.

Samuel Eto'o blocks the kick of Timo Hildebrand, which rebounded into the net for the opening goal

Chelsea 3 Schalke 0 match report: Samuel Eto'o takes his chance to shoot down German side

Cameroon striker scores twice after coming in to starting line-up to replace the injured Fernando Torres

The impact site of the main mass of the Chelyabinsk meteorite in the ice of Lake Chebarkul

'A warning for Earth': Meteor blast over Siberia was equivalent to 30 Hiroshima bombs

People directly under its flight were knocked off their feet and many others suffered sunburn or eye damage as they looked at the intense fireball

DJ Delroy Catwell jailed for murdering girlfriend’s daughter because she was getting more attention than him

A DJ who murdered his girlfriend's "outgoing, chatty" three-year-old daughter when he was supposed to be looking after her was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 20 years today.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in Star Wars

Star Wars sequel to hold open casting: Could you get a part?

Two lead roles in the next Star Wars movie are set to be filled by unknowns, as Disney, who bought Lucasfilm last year, will hold auditions open to the public this week. If you could play a "street smart and strong" orphaned girl, or a "smart capable" man in his 20s you could be one step away from Hollywood. Other parts also potentially on offer include...

Marouane Fellaini is given his marching orders

Real Sociedad 0 Manchester United 0 match report: Ashley Young tumbles again but Robin van Persie penalty miss means a blank night for United

The rain-streaked night had been bad enough before Ashley Young made it worse, in a desperately familiar way. Against a team whose manager had proclaimed the opposition to be the “magnificent Manchester United” Young compounded his reputation for penalty theatrics by earning yet another dubious one.

Hillcroft Nursing home in Slyne-with-Hest, near Lancaster

Three staff at Hillcroft care home in Lancashire 'mocked, bullied and assaulted' dementia sufferers

Residents ‘tormented by carers to relieve boredom’

Guy Fawkes 2013: From timid testicles to gunpowder plot truthers, ten things about bonfire night you probably didn't know

Remember remember the fifth of November. The rhyme tells us it’s important to make the 'gunpowder, treason and plot' stick in our memory, but how much of this grisly tale of rebellion and religion do we really know?

FC Basle winger Mohamed Salah has emerged as a transfer target for Tottenham

Talent Scout: Mohamed Salah - the hero against Chelsea who could become a star in Europe

Tottenham and Inter Milan have been linked with a move for the Basel player

Katie Hopkins told This Morning parents needed to 'man up'

Katie Hopkins on This Morning: 'Behind every fat child is a fat mother'

The controversial commentator tackles childhood obesity

<p>Andros Townsend</p>
<p>Perfect evening. His run down the right made the first goal before his brilliant strike made the game safe. 9</p>

England v Poland: Tottenham winger Andros Townsend vows not to get carried away following 'perfect debut' for England

The 22-year-old scored a stunning goal against Montenegro to cap a fine display

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