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Mike Hancock was suspended from the party this week following leak of unpublished report into his conduct

Bell makes strong claim for the magic number

Cricketers, at least those with ambition, love to give the selectors a headache. Or so they say. What they really mean, of course, is that they would like to stake such a rock solid claim that no one with an ounce of common sense could possibly look in any other direction. Step forward Ian Bell

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Chelsea's new manager knows that Drogba is just the man up front for Stoke

A-level results to reveal sharp rise in top A* grades

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Calm down, Flower tells England

There is no pleasing some people. As most observers of his team began to assess yesterday where exactly England might occupy in the pantheon, Andy Flower, the coach, rained on the parade before it left home.

Major challenges lie ahead for the next commissioner

The departure of the Metropolitan Police's two most senior officers in as many days could not have come at a more critical time.

Alex Ferguson admits Manchester United striker dilemma

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has acknowledged he will have a tough job giving all his strikers adequate time on the pitch this season.

The Insider: How to do brights (and not get a headache)

I'm still scarred by the sitting-room I painted slightly the wrong orange a decade ago. Things went white for a long time – that was the noughties for you – but encouraged by good vibes from my Yves Klein-blue kitchen wall, I'm ready for more. To sidestep previous eye ache, I sought the expertise of prop stylist Will Taylor, who runs the brilliant brightbazaar.blogspot.com, devoted to all things, well, bright...

U-turn on sentence reform leaves hole in Ministry of Justice budget

Moves to cut the jail population were in jeopardy last night following an overhaul of sentencing policy – potentially leaving a financial black hole at the heart of the prison system.

Water cleanup system shut down at Japan nuke plant

A system to clean massive amounts of contaminated water at the site of Japan's nuclear disaster was shut down today, just hours after it began full operations, because a component filled with radioactivity much more quickly than expected.

Selena Gomez blames junk food for hospitalisation

Selena Gomez blames her hospitalisation on eating too much junk food.

Sheffield's Park Hill: Estate expectations

Built by optimistic post-war planners, Sheffield's Park Hill became an urban eyesore. Is there hope for these modernist flats in the 21st century?

Australia centre Berrick Barnes forced to take break

Australia and Waratahs centre Berrick Barnes will take an indefinite break in a bid to overcome a debilitating 'footballer's migraine' condition that has plagued him throughout the Super Rugby season.

Stephen King: A week when you finish up clutching a pair of scissors

Economic outlook: In 2006 UK public spending was about 41 per cent of GDP. Last year it had jumped to 47.5 per cent

Boxing: 'After Klitschko hit me I had a headache for days'

The tiny mountain village of Going, nestling high in the Austrian Alps is straight out of the Sound of Music. But yesterday the surrounding hills were alive with the sound of an ominous message for David Haye. It came from another British fighter, 31-year-old Ola Afolabi who is being paid to absorb pain as chief sparring partner to the fierce giant whose jarring jabs have earned him the sobriquet of "Wlad the Impaler".

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