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Armitage pleads innocence after positive doping test

Steffon Armitage insists he has done nothing wrong despite the "stress" of his "abnormal" doping test result. The Toulon flanker was informed yesterday that he tested positive for the prohibited substance morphine after the Top 14 final defeat by Toulouse on 9 June.

Want to see a dirty movie? Not *that* kind

I fear that someone has been having our Gallic friends across la Manche on. Somehow, they've come to believe that the pasty-faced, soap-dodging would-be troubadour that is Pete Doherty is not only cool, but that he is a sensible choice for the romantic lead in a period film.

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Diarra has '12 finals' to earn permanent Fulham deal

Mahamadou Diarra has said that he is excited by Fulham's ambition and is looking forward to proving his worth in west London. The 30-year-old former Real Madrid midfielder joined the club earlier this week on a deal until the end of the season, with an option of extending by a year.

I will lie to NOTW reporter but not in court – Redknapp

Harry Redknapp turned his fire on the now-defunct tabloid the News of the World yesterday when he said in court that he was justified in lying to one of the newspaper's reporters in order to prevent publication of a potentially damaging story.