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More than 1,200 people are feared dead in the Philippines after one of the most powerful storms ever recorded left a trail of destruction across large parts of the archipelago.

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Cardiff City eyes a listing in the Far East

City stalwart Mehmet Dalman has held talks with investment bankers about a possible stock market listing of Cardiff City, the Premier League football club he chairs.

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Romelu Lukaku makes strong case for leading the line at Chelsea ahead of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba

The £18m striker has impressed Mourinho and is confident he can score goals for club

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Juan Mata and David Luiz given assurances they will not be sold by Chelsea reveals Jose Mourinho

It was suggested either player could be used as a make-weight in the deal for Wayne Rooney

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Chelsea's Kevin De Bruyne ready to show Jose Mourinho that he can make the step up to first-team

Belgian midfielder will go on pre-season tour of Asia with aim of impressing new Blues boss

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A global gambling star known as the “Tiger Woods of poker” is suing Britain’s oldest casino for refusing to pay him £7.3m in winnings.

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Pre-tournament favourite Charl Schwartzel already has one eye on a Monday finish after finishing round two of the weather-delayed Maybank Malaysian Open one shot shy of the leader.

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Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

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