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Roy Hodgson is confident that the midfielder Zoltan Gera will become West Brom's third new signing of the summer – and the manager is also stepping up his search for a goalkeeper.

Locum surgeon 'swore' during botched operation

A German surgeon swore and mumbled in his native language as he carried out a botched hip operation on an elderly patient, a disciplinary hearing heard today.

Paedophile rapist jailed for 14 years

A sexual predator whose past violent crimes were exposed when he was caught operating a members-only website for paedophiles was jailed today for 14 years.

Mephedrone: 'I feel dizzy and suicidal when the buzz wears off'

The user's story: 'I want to stop taking it, but it is an addiction, once it grabs you it won't let go'

Don't let age get in the way of a career change...or a path to fulfilment

Terry Robinson is 70. As far as he's concerned it's an age for bold beginnings, not retirement, because he's doing an apprenticeship in retail with B&Q. "I'm the oldest apprentice here," says Robinson who envisages working until his legs pack up.

Alison Shepherd: My Preston, the Paris of the North

Our writer is thrilled by her home town's racy new image

The feral beast: Changing faces of 'Apollo'

More changes at the court of Andrew Neil as popular Apollo editor Michael Hall is toppled by Oscar Humphries.

Teenage girl found hanged in Lancashire

Police have launched an investigation into the death of a 13-year-old girl who was found hanging at her home.

Ferguson no match for Chelsea this time

Preston NE 0 Chelsea 2: Sir Alex's advice unable to help Preston's new manager as Anelka and Sturridge see Cup holders ease through

Chelsea beat Preston to advance in FA Cup

FA Cup Round-Up

Fine start for Irvine inspired by Spurr

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Irvine confirmed as Sheffield Wednesday boss

Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed the appointment of Alan Irvine as their new manager just 10 days after the Scot was controversially sacked by Coca-Cola Championship rivals Preston.

Ben Preston: Wickedly mischievous, flawlessly slick – in short, he's a huge loss

Jonathan Ross's decision is a little moment of television history. The age of the Six Million Pound company man – and all those eye-watering deals tieing talent exclusively to one channel – is finally over.

Irvine sacked by Preston

Preston have sacked manager Alan Irvine - little more than six months after he guided them into the Coca-Cola Championship play-offs.

So, where does your name come from?

The creation of the largest database of its kind aims to unlock the derivation of 150,000 names

Preston give Strachan plenty to think about

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