Newcastle lead in play-off final

Newcastle moved a step closer to a return to the Premiership after claiming an 18-9 lead over Bedford in the first leg of their Championship final.

Airline Flybe quits London's Gatwick Airport

The carrier currently runs about 340 domestice flights a week from the airport

Alan Pardew remonstrates with his team during their final day defeat to Arsenal

Crunch talks for Newcastle clouds Alan Pardew's future at club

Owner Mike Ashley will meet Pardew later today to discuss the future at St James' Park after a disappointing season

Elton John, Cliff Richard, Ringo Starr and Jenson Button all live in Elmbridge, a small, leafy enclave to the south-west of London

The ‘Beverly Hills’ of Surrey pays more income tax than big cities of the North

Tiny Elmbridge shows growing disparity between London and rest of the country

Andy McSmith's Diary: Is Ian Katz right for Newsnight?

BBC’s Newsnight has been through seven turbulent months, taking in the Jimmy Savile and Lord McAlpine fiascos, and last night’s apology for a “misleading and unfair” item about the Help for Heroes charity. What the programme manifestly needs is an editor with good judgement. They have got Ian Katz, deputy editor of The Guardian.

Matthieu Debuchy

Mathieu Debuchy confident French contingent can make impact at Newcastle next season

The Magpies have endured a woeful season after last year's highs

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The iQuiz part two: In pictures

Tuesday's iQuiz first round was as hotly contested as ever - and it's been memorialised on film.

Credit unions sign up for scheme to take on payday lenders

Some 31 credit unions have signed up to a £35.6m government scheme that they hope will help them take on payday lenders and banks by offering essential financial services at a fairer price.

Lions call-up Matt Stevens will be in action for Sarries today

Weekend preview: Sarries' spirit faces test after Heineken exit

All games kick off today at 2.30pm

London Welsh in action

London Welsh ready for 'emotional day' as they bow out of the Aviva Premiership

Bottom club Welsh wind up their debut season in English rugby's top flight against Worcester

Paolo Di Canio: Believes his players are ‘too clean’ and need to find ‘a bit of an edge’

Paolo Di Canio claims Sunderland were 'poisoned' by derby success against Newcastle

3-0 win at St James' Park followed by 6-1 defeat against Aston Villa

House prices rose for the third month in a row in April as market conditions in London improved to levels not seen since 2007

North-south property divide widens as London house prices rise at fastest rate since recession and north of England market stagnates

The north-south divide in house prices is widening further as prices in London continue to rise at a rate not seen since the recession, in contrast to a stagnating market in north of England.

Jonny Wilkinson plays his 46th game at Twickenham tomorrow against Saracens, 43 of them for England

Jonny Wilkinson on Heineken Cup clash: 'I'll try not to look at this as my final visit to Twickenham...'

Wilkinson makes an emotional return to HQ with Toulon on Sunday

Innes: she personified the bohemianism of the late 20th century

Jocasta Innes: Cookery and design writer who transformed our approach to home-making

At one point she lived on the £20 a week she could make translating bodice-rippers from the French

Liverpool fans set off a flare at the Etihad stadium

Liverpool warn fans over use of 'pyrotechnic devices' at matches

This season there have been frequent episodes of canisters being opened at away games

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