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A thumping Reda Johnson header had given Wednesday the lead until Williams' second-half strike tied things up

Football: Rice disappoints Northern Ireland

PAT RICE, Arsenal's assistant manager, has turned down the chance to become Northern Ireland's national coach. It is understood that Rice, the deputy to Arsene Wenger, was given the choice between a full and part- time role with his country when interviewed last week, but that Arsenal would not contemplate any reduction of his duties at Highbury.

Football: FA plays down significance of Keegan's England fight night

THE Football Association yesterday dismissed the notion that Kevin Keegan put his England side's performance against Scotland at Wembley in jeopardy by staying up until dawn with five players to watch Lennox Lewis' world heavyweight title fight last Saturday night.

Books: High dawn in the 18th century

High Life, Low Morals by Victor Stater John Murray pounds 19.99

Football: Cheltenham Town 0 Rochdale 2 - Education for Robins

CHELTENHAM TOWN have come a long way in a very short time under Steve Cotterill.

Stores demand second `fine' from thieves

BRITAIN'S retail giants have joined forces in a move to force shoplifters to pay "compensation" on top of any punishment imposed by the courts.

The Week Ahead: Birthdays:

Today: Sammy McIlroy, the former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer (88 caps), now manager of Macclesfield (born 1954).

Car park row cost pounds 50,000

WHAT STARTED as a squabble in a car park ended in court yesterday, having run up legal costs estimated at pounds 50,000.

Tory move for backer's peerage is blocked

MICHAEL ASHCROFT, the controversial millionaire businessman and Conservative Party treasurer, has been refused a peerage even though he was formally nominated by William Hague.

Letter: Drugs and Dallaglio

Sir: I was fascinated by Lawrence Dallaglio's self-exculpatory statement as reported in your pages on 26 May.

Dilemmas: How can we stop these men swearing?

Virginia Ironside's Advice Column

Defendants seek even-handed trials

"HE WAS a professional man in his 50s. No convictions. Charged with the theft of two tubes of lip balm," said Janice Dougan, a solicitor, about a client who she defended at Manchester magistrates court. "He had everything to lose and the kind of excuse magistrates hear every time. We elected for a jury trial at Crown Court." Her client was acquitted.

Regions: `Deprived' English call for equality

TONY BLAIR is facing a post-devolution backlash from English Labour MPs and senior figures in the regions who want public funds to be redirected away from Scotland and Wales.

Football: North End drop points

PRESTON NORTH END'S chances of accompanying Fulham out of the Second Division by the automatic route took a knock last night when they were held 2-2 at Wigan, a side they could end up facing in the play-offs.

Details competition no 424 by Tom Lubbock

Detail 422 came from Watteau's Gilles or Pierrot (1718-19). This picture of the forlorn lover of the commedia dell'arte theatre, standing out by himself in front of the show, with his strikingly round hat-halo, has often been taken as a literal, or a surrogate, self-portrait - or at least as an emblem of the lonesome artist. It is also a portrait of stupidity (note the donkey) - soulful stupidity, a passive and appealing dopeyness. There's a very close contemporary version of this look in the figure of the young man in Lucian Freud's Large Interior, W11 (after Watteau). Our picture is in the Louvre, Paris.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee