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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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Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
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A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?

Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

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Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

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Spanx launches range of jeans

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Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

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Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

Commonwealth Games

David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end
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UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine