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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.

Rugby Union: Quintet's loss is Quins' gain

Harlequins 43 Bath 31

Rugby Union: Preston thrives in pressure zone

Bath's new All Black could enter Premiership fray at Welford Road today in any one of three positions

Sporting Digest: Snooker

Stephen Lee put up a superb display to beat Marco Fu 9-2 in the final of Grand Prix at the Preston Guild Hall last night. It was the largest margin of victory in a Grand Prix final since Steve Davis white-washed Dean Reynolds 10-0 in 1989. By lifting the first ranking trophy of the 1998-99 campaign, Lee climbs to a career-high fourth place on the provisional world list and becomes the first player to book his place in next year's Champions Cup.

Rugby Union: Bath dazzle in the gloom

Bath 27 Sale 3

Snooker: Burnett `lucky' to meet Small

JAMIE BURNETT will face an all-Scottish quarter-final tie against Chris Small after beating Gary Wilkinson 5-0 at the Grand Prix in Preston yesterday.

Snooker: Ebdon returns to champion form

PETER EBDON cruised into the quarter-finals of the Preston Grand Prix yesterday when he overpowered Alan McManus 5-0.

Letter: Appalling decline in our railways

Sir: Media and politicians condemn the appalling decline in our railways since privatisation. When will they be brave enough to acknowledge that the management of British Rail has now been proven to have been far better than they were given credit for?

Letter: Forced off the road

Sir: Like Ms Furuichi, (letter, 5 October), I have noticed a great increase in the number of cyclists riding on pavements. I am surprised, though, at her claim that all her colleagues have been injured; perhaps pavement cyclists are more aggressive - or less expert - down South.

When fiction improves on fact

Publishers were tired of writers who just wrote. Public profile was as important as the writing

Words: Swimgloat, n.

WHO EVER used some coinings logged by the OED? Swimgloat was invented by Bernard Berenson's brother-in-law, that languid man of letters Logan Pearsall Smith whose Trivia is much admired by Gore Vidal.

Letter: Future history

Sir: On 24 September you carried two unrelated reports which underline the importance of archives both as contemporary evidence and as future historical source material. There may seem little obvious link between the weeding of Secret Service files and alleged attempts to subvert the archives of the Tate, but they are both components of a complex web of which we must ensure the future survival in a trustworthy form.

Freed nurse could be home `in days'

A BRITISH nurse cleared of murdering her unfaithful husband after she shot him dead may be home from America "in days", her lawyer said yesterday.

Books: Where Europhobia has novelty value

51st State

Book review: A homage to xenophobia

51ST STATE BY PETER PRESTON, VIKING, pounds 15.99

Mature Students: Janis Stacey had designs on a better career

AFTER HER A-levels, Janis Stacey left school and walked into a job as fashion designer. About a year later, having married, Janis left to raise a family, deciding to return to her career as her children were approaching their teens.
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Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

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America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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