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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: Preston is key man for Bath

BATH HAVE spent much of the last two years working out diplomatic methods of offloading so-called southern hemisphere superstars - Henry Paul, Federico Mendez, German Llanes - who turned out to be anything but super. Those bad experiences were erased from the memory yesterday, however, as the European champions celebrated the arrival of Jon Preston, the experienced New Zealand half-back, on a two-year contract after weeks of tortuous negotiations.

Sailing: Full Pelt in charge on confused day

CONFUSION REIGNED in Cowes yesterday as yachts sailing in both Class 2 and 3 races were asked first to sail one course and then another, writes Stuart Alexander.

The final piece of the jigsaw

Fiendish traps are the hallmark of Wentworth's puzzles, begun as a family concern.

Paedophile's sentence cut

A JESUIT priest who sexually abused boys at a Roman Catholic public school had his five-year jail sentence cut to three years yesterday when the Court of Appeal in London quashed his conviction on some of the charges against him.

Helen and Craig have made a pilgrimage to Preston. They're part of the fastest growing congregation in the world

AS congregations in the Church of England collapse to an all-time low, the Mormons - officially known as Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints, appear to be going forth and multiplying far more effectively. The number of practising Mormons in Britain has risen from 6,500 in the mid-Fifties to 180,000 today. Worldwide membership of the church has topped the 10 million mark.

Choice: Circus

Circus Ethiopia, Preston Park, Brighton (01273 709709) 6pm, to 26 May

People who won it - and then lost it

Hatred, vilification, drunken binges, and spongers who didn't say thanks. David Lister on lottery losers - and a possible happy ending

Music on cd

The Passion of Reason Sour Cream Glossa/Harmonia Mundi GCD 921102 (2 discs)

Tuesday's Book: The Cobra Event by Richard Preston (Orion, pounds 9.99)

This is a wonderfully scary book. A couple of years ago, Richard Preston gave us The Hot Zone, a non-fiction account of the hazards of working with extremely virulent viruses even under the most controlled laboratory conditions. As many reviewers commented, it read like fiction, but was all the more horrifying for being based on fact. Research into new kinds of virus - new plagues - has been going on around the world for decades, and the break-up of the old Soviet Union has both revealed the extent of this once covert research and raised the possibility that its fruits might reach the wrong hands. Preston has taken the logical step of using all the knowledge he has accumulated to write a novel about what might happen if just such a virus got into terrorist hands, and was released among the population of New York.

Chlorine leak at pool

NINE children, one of them a baby, and an adult were kept in hospital overnight suffering from the effects of fumes after chlorine gas leaked into a crowded swimming pool at a holiday park in Fleetwood, Lancashire, yesterday. Forty holidaymakers - many of them children - were treated at hospitals in Blackpool, Lancaster and Preston after the leak at the Cala Gran complex.

Bowls: Pearce is brushed aside by Vincent

BERYL VINCENT needed just 15 ends to brush aside Pat Pearce, of the Preston club in Brighton, 21-6 to win the Champion of Champions singles event at the English Women's Indoor Championships in Great Yarmouth.

Brown's pounds 1.5bn to placate backbenchers

GORDON BROWN will spend up to pounds 1.5bn in next month's Budget to placate Labour backbenchers who protested over cuts in lone-parent benefits.

Friday's book: First Light: The search for the edge of the Universe by Richard Preston (Corgi, pounds 6.99)

Richard Preston's recent best-seller, The Hot Zone, told the story of the new plagues that threaten humankind. But his skill as an expert storyteller who makes documentary as gripping as a good novel was already known to astronomers, thanks to First Light. Never published in Britain before, and long out of print even in the US, it has been an underground classic among astronomers for 10 years, with dog-eared copies passed from hand to hand like some samizdat pamphlet in the old Soviet Union. Now, First Light is available in paperback for everyone to enjoy.

Monday's book: First Light by Richard Preston (Corgi, pounds 6.99)

Richard Preston's bestseller The Hot Zone told the story of the new plagues that threaten humankind. But his skill as a storyteller who makes documentary as gripping as a good novel was already known to astronomers, thanks to First Light. Never before published in Britain, and long out of print even in the US, it has been an underground classic among astronomers for 10 years, with dog-eared copies passed from hand to hand. Now it is in paperback for everyone to enjoy.

Bowls: Gillett's whole new bowls game

Adam Szreter samples the delights of Llanelli to see the new master of the green get ready for his world party
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