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More than three million low-income families risk missing out on the economic recovery even if wages start to keep pace with inflation, according to an analysis for The Independent.

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When all the arguments over selection end, the sport's funding will become the real issue

Lancashire's Sajid Mahmood is bowled by Somerset's Vernon Philander at Taunton

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Somerset batsman Nick Compton has been rewarded for his prolific form in a so-far bowler-friendly season with a place in a 12-man England Lions squad to play West Indies at Northampton from 10 May.

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A crematorium has apologised after a funeral service took place with the wrong coffin.

£140,000 haul of sex drugs seized in raids

A haul of suspected counterfeit sex drugs worth an estimated £140,000 has been found in police raids.

AstraZeneca axes another 7,300 jobs worldwide

The pharmaceuticals industry was dealt a fresh blow today after AstraZeneca announced a further 7,300 job cuts amid warnings that its profits will slide this year.

AstraZeneca reveals drug pipeline blow

Drugs giant AstraZeneca today warned profits would be at the lower end of its expectations after suffering setbacks in its efforts to produce new blockbuster treatments.

Inquests into sacked officer family deaths

Inquests into the deaths of a sacked police inspector and the wife and child he is believed to have killed were opened and adjourned by a coroner today.

Basketball: Deng defends his Olympic absence

Luol Deng, the absent star of Great Britain's team during the opening of the Olympic arena in London – they lost 82-60 to France on Tuesday – has responded to the irritation of GB Basketball officials by reiterating that he was at a long-scheduled youth training camp in Loughborough.

Sports science: join the elite giving British athletes a cutting edge

The UK’s sports science graduates are leading the pack, says Stephen Hoare

County Focus: Broke and bottom of the pile, Kent will need more than Bligh spirit

A Kentish graveyard bore witness to a touching ceremony last Wednesday. The Cobham plot containing the remains of Ivo Bligh – the man who first brought the Ashes urn back from Australia, in 1882 – had been refurbished thanks to a campaign led by the Cricket Society, and a rededication was taking place.

Ennis praised by Van Commenee for putting No 1 status on the line

As Charles van Commenee stood trackside here yesterday, running his eye over the action in the Loughborough International meeting, the head coach of UK Athletics could not help giving a respectful nod in the direction of the star attraction of the traditional curtain-raiser to the summer track season as she battled to overcome the elements.

Ennis plays catch-up ahead of test for No 1 status

Jessica Ennis has given a sitting for Madame Tussauds and her waxwork image will soon be on display alongside those of Charles Dickens, Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein.

Swimming: Coach's vision helps Guildford make a splash

Resurgent club that won 'The Independent' Charity Auction is aiming to provide half a dozen swimmers for London Olympics

More universities announce maximum tuition fees

Two more universities have announced they will charge students the maximum tuition fees of £9,000 a year.

Another university demands top fees

Oxford Brookes has became the latest university to declare its fees for 2012, announcing they will be set at the maximum £9,000.

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