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The four men trying to recreate Captain Bligh’s 3,600-mile voyage to safety after the mutiny in the Bounty had better hope their craft is more seaworthy than Graham Turner’s catamaran contraption, made of two coffin-like boxes with a metal bedstead on top, which had to be rescued just 450 yards off Charmouth in Dorset. And hope that their navigation skills are better than those of the man who set off from Gillingham in Kent to circumnavigate the British Isles and ended up sailing around the Isle of Sheppey for a day and a half before running out of fuel. He was using a road map to reach Southampton, keeping the shore to his

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Laws looks to derby win for escape route

Burnley manager believes beating Blackburn can spark revival for ailing Clarets

Robinson ruled out for a month

Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson was today ruled out for up to four weeks after tearing a calf muscle against former club Tottenham on Saturday.

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Chelsea midfielder Deco has announced his retirement from international football. The Brazil-born player, who was granted Portuguese citizenship after spending six years in the country, will step down after this summer's World Cup.

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FA Cup round-up: Accrington set to welcome Fulham after Miles winner

A goal from John Miles nine minutes from the end last night earned Accrington Stanley an FA Cup fourth-round home tie with Fulham on Saturday as the League Two side overcame Gillingham 1-0.

Bothroyd plays down Aston Villa link

Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd has played down talk of a move to Aston Villa and insists he is "fully committed" to the Bluebirds ahead of tonight's FA Cup third-round replay against Bristol City.

Hughton concerned by Harewood fitness

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Peter Taylor leaves Wycombe

Wycombe have confirmed that manager Peter Taylor has left the Coca-Cola League One club by mutual consent.

New boy Warnock ready for national service

After three broken legs as a teenager, no medal from Liverpool's Champions' League triumph of 2005 after six appearances en route to the final and the briefest England career in history, Stephen Warnock is accustomed to tackling adversity as if it were a particularly tricky right-winger.

Blackburn hold out on fee as Villa close on Warnock

The Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is closing in on the Blackburn Rovers defender Stephen Warnock. Villa confirmed they are in discussions with the club about the player.

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Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is closing in on Blackburn defender Stephen Warnock.

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