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Teachers have suspended what would have been the first strike action against one of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s flagship free schools.

Millwall striker Andy Keogh has a shot blocked by Damien Delaney

Ian Holloway denies he is concerned about Crystal Palace's form after stalemate at Millwall

Neither side could find a goal at Selhurst Park

Stabbing as Lord Lloyd Webber launches gangs scheme

A schoolboy is in a critical condition after being stabbed on a bus outside a school – on the same day it was hosting the launch of a scheme by Andrew Lloyd Webber to combat gang culture by encouraging deprived schoolchildren to take up music.

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Lord Lloyd-Webber's scheme will provide instruments for children from schools in deprived areas

Lord Lloyd-Webber backs ‘give a child an instrument’ plan for schools

Lord Lloyd-Webber has launched a pioneering scheme which hands musical instruments to deprived schoolchildren to improve their academic results and combat gang culture.

Wilfried Zaha in action against Leeds

Crystal Palace duo Wilfried Zaha and Ian Holloway charged by FA

Winger appeared to make offensive gesture at Leeds fans

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The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles ride the Tube to Kings Cross station on the Metropolitan line

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall take the Tube

To mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall took a trip on the Tube.

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Ian Holloway has guided Crystal Palace to second in the Championship

Appleton out to upset Holloway's applecart

Michael Appleton, the Blackpool manager, wants to get the better of his predecessor at the club, Ian Holloway, in today's trip to Crystal Palace in the Championship.

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