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Police to investigate Ashley Cole shooting

Police said yesterday that they would be looking into allegations that the England footballer Ashley Cole shot a work-placement student with an air gun at Chelsea's training ground. The defender reportedly fired at Tom Cowan, 21, by accident from just five feet away with a .22 rifle, which he believed was not loaded, at the club's training facility in Cobham, Surrey.

Robinson 'fits' so snugly into Scottish job he signs until 2015

Fresh from penning a new, improved deal which ties him – contractually, at least – to Murrayfield until the end of the 2015 World Cup year, Andy Robinson was asked yesterday what in particular he had enjoyed in his first two and a half years as Scotland's head coach. "The 9-8 against Australia, the 23-20 against Ireland, the [two] performances in Argentina," he replied, editing the highlights to four of the seven positive results over which he has presided in his 14 matches in charges of the Caledonian national team (there have also been wins against South Africa, Fiji and Samoa, plus a draw against England).

Loathe thy Neighbour? Become less territorial

Whether its loud builders, partying students or blaring televisions, noise from next door continues to destroy our domestic bliss. To find peace we need to become far less territorial, says Rhodri Marsden.

Rooney strides to athletics success

A rousing victory for England, and one for Rooney too. Following in the footsteps of Hannah England, a winner of the women's 1500m final on Saturday, Martyn Rooney strode to an emphatic success in the final of the men's 400m on the third and concluding day of the Aviva European Trials and UK Championships. In stark contrast to his celebrated namesake out in Bloemfontein earlier yesterday, the 6ft 5in Croydon Harrier made his presence felt here on the north side of Birmingham. He made his considerable talent felt too, showing the sparkling kind of form with which he may well strike gold at the European Championships in Barcelona next month.

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The many faces behind the veil

A symbol of female subjugation? These women believe their Islamic headwear is a liberating way of expressing their identities.

Ennis makes sparkling start to indoor season

Far from the madding crowd at a frozen Holyrood Park on Saturday, and the anguish of Mo Farah and Kenenisa Bekele, some joy for the golden girl of British athletics in the warmth of the Seb Coe Building at the UK Athletics National Performance Centre in Loughborough. While Farah was fading from first to third in the 4.2 kilometres short race at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country meeting, leaving the course seeking medical tests, and the great Bekele was suffering a rare defeat, finishing fourth in the 9km main race at Holyrood, Jessica Ennis was opening her indoor season in sparkling form in the low-key Loughborough University Open meeting.