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Rob Ford has spent a week ducking a media storm over footage that allegedly shows him smoking crack

Goals fails to run up a high profit score

Disruption to regular five-a-side matches during the London Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee saw Goals Soccer Centres profits rise only 3 per cent to £9.5m last year.

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William Spengler's house burns in Webster, upstate New York

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A man who was believed to have been in a vegetative state for more than a decade has been able to answer questions from scientists and tell them he was not in any pain.

Health Lottery wins victory over Camelot

Richard Desmond, the owner of the Daily Express, hailed a victory for his Health Lottery after a failure to close it down by Camelot, the National Lottery operator. The High Court rejected Camelot's call for a judicial review into the Gambling Commission's decision to let the Health Lottery carry on operating.

Goals bidder Teachers suffers shock defeat

The match to take over Goals Soccer Centre, which had already dragged into extra time, yesterday ended in a shock defeat for the £73m bidder.

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This Canadian romantic drama trundles along sweetly — but do lovers really speak like this?

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Rafael Nadal ruled out of US Open

Former champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the US Open with the knee injury that has kept him out of action since Wimbledon.

Football pitch firm Goals Soccer Centres in £73m takeover

Five-a-side football pitch operator Goals Soccer Centres was today poised for a £73.1 million takeover by one of the world's biggest pension funds.

Judge accused Barclays' Jerry del Missier of 'misleading testimony'

Jerry del Missier, a top Barclays executive at the centre of the Libor-fixing storm who quit the bank this week, was accused by a judge of giving misleading testimony in a major court case just last year.

Patron enters takeover battle for Goals

Retired Canadian teachers may have to go to extra time in their attempt to buy Goals Soccer Centres, after the owners of rival five-a-side football outfit Powerleague joined the fray.

Workers search for victims of Canada roof collapse

Rescuers workers have confirmed one person has died but believe there might be another person still alive in the rubble following a roof collapse at a mall in Northern Ontario.

Goals gets extra time for takeover

The potential takeover of five-a-side operator Goals Soccer Centres moved into its third period of extra time yesterday.

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