England manager Roy Hodgson oversees a training session during the relaunch of the FA and Mars partnership at Lord Halsbury playing fields in Northolt

I tested Daniel Sturridge's resolve by playing him unfit, admits Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson has admitted that he tested Daniel Sturridge's commitment to England by picking him against Germany last month even though the striker was not completely fit.

Liverpool Santa Dash tries to break world record as Christmas charity fun runs take place across country

Organisers in Liverpool called for 10,000 people to attend in a bid to beat their Las Vegas rivals

Tony Bellew, right, on his way to defeat against Adonis Stevenson in Quebec City

Boxing: I was KO’d by a better fighter, admits Tony Bellew

Tony Bellew admitted he was outclassed by Canadian Adonis Stevenson as his WBC light-heavyweight title fight ended in a sixth-round knockout.

Premier League Sunday including Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from today's Premier League matches including Tottenham v Manchester United, Hull v Liverpool, Chelsea v Southampton and Manchester City v Swansea.

Fighting neglect: ‘Property for a pound’ schemes have taken off in areas such as Liverpool

First-time buyers given a push across the threshold

From £1 houses to Help to Buy, Julian Knight looks at the schemes that help people on to the housing ladder

Cherie Blair says she is determined to achieve equality for women in the 21st century

‘The old boys’ network is still firmly in place,’ says Cherie Blair as ultimate goal of female parity in the workplace remains elusive

That is why the barrister backs a plan to help women in male dominated jobs find female mentors, she tells Susie Mesure

Sir Bernard Ingham accused campaigners of hypocrisy

Bernard Ingham says Northerners who loathe the Tories are ‘demented’. Perhaps I can put him straight...

Slashing the welfare state and cutting taxes on the wealthy was never going to play well

Francis Golding: Civil servant who went on to work with the likes of Rogers and Stirling and influenced the look of modern London

Francis Golding was one of the country's leading architectural, planning and conservation consultants, and had a big influence on the look of contemporary London. He died from injuries sustained in one of the cycling accidents that occurred in Central London on 5 November. Golding's major clients included Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Terry Farrell, Rick Mather, Rafael Viñoli, Jean Nouvel and Michael Hopkins. With Foster he worked on the "Gherkin"; with Nouvel on One New Change, also in the City of London; and with Rogers he consulted on the controversial Chelsea Barracks. He was cross about the Prince of Wales's intervention, though in the case of the Prince's Poundbury development in Dorset, he said, "I've seen the past and it works."

Time to sport a new look: no sweat sportswear

These are not togs to be wasted on the treadmill, instead work the modern athletic aesthetic, night or day, with luxurious leather pieces, cropped lengths and quilting. No sweat

Warren was jailed for 13 years in 2009

UK drug baron Curtis Warren ordered to pay £198m or face further 10 years in jail

50-year-old former Interpol target number one had agents, fixers and alliances across drug-dealing world to become one of the key figures in the global trade

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal will face Liverpool on Saturday

Premier League: Arsenal v Liverpool match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League fixture at the Emirates

Mr Jayalal Madde and his family has become the first to buy a house from the Council for £1. Liverpool City Council Mayor Joe Anderson handed the keys over to the taxi driver

'It's a dream come true': Lucky buyer receives key to £1 house as scheme in Liverpool puts empty properties back into use across the city

Self-employed taxi driver first applicant to be allocated home as more than 1,000 people apply for one of 20 properties

Groom makes hoax-bomb call at his own wedding

Groom rang wedding venue and said a bomb would go off after realising he had forgotten to book it

Scrap HS2, and solve the North-South divide while you’re at it

Why not spend some of the money on a Manchester-Liverpool high speed rail?

9 Newcastle Road in Wavertree, Liverpool

John Lennon's home up for auction

9 Newcastle Road is quite close to Penny Lane

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Paul Scholes column

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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