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Paul Collingwood's band of local boys triumph over adversity and bad luck

Year that hit rock bottom with coach Geoff Cook's heart attack ends in stirring Durham title win

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Champions League: Arsenal stretched to the limit ahead of clash with Marseille

Rosicky, Cazorla, Diaby, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Bendtner, Arteta and Sanogo are all nursing ailments

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<br/> The Czech Republic captain returned from the international break with a hamstring injury that immediately ruled him out of the trip to Sunderland on the weekend. Rosicky had been in good form for the Gunners, and with Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain absent, he had become a regular starter playing on the left-wing or in the middle. It is not yet known when he is expected to return.

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The Gunners are without eight first-team squad members ahead of their Champions League opener against Marseille

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Giroud limped out of the 3-1 victory over Sunderland while Cazorla has been ruled out for a month with an ankle injury

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British number one dropped just six games in straight sets win

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted Steven Gerrard has a specific training regime in an attempt to prolong his Anfield career

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England and Reds captain has a specific training programme that allows him to recover properly and ensure he is 100% for each fixture

Arrival of Samuel Eto'o talked up by Chelsea captain John Terry

The striker has joined on a one-year deal

Mesut Ozil poses outside Arsenal's training ground

Mesut Ozil arrives at Arsenal to abate increasing injury problems ahead of Premier League debut against Sunderland

Club-record signing could be thrown straight into the starting line-up having only trained with the Gunners for the first time today

Darren Gibson of Everton

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Gibson is yet to feature this term after suffering a knee injury in pre-season

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Two of Britain's biggeset gym chains today agreed to make their contracts clearer and give customers more rights to cancel their membership, after an investigation by the consumer watchdog the Office of Fair Trading.

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Female officers were nine times as likely to fail test as men, and were wolf-whistled at

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