Sport Mark Robins says he realised he really wanted to be a manager after overseeing a 5-1 home defeat

Mark Robins says he realised he really wanted to be a manager after overseeing a 5-1 home defeat

'Rowdy' crowd blamed for archery loss

Archery's world governing body was forced to issue a statement demanding Commonwealth Games spectators show "fair play" after England complained that "rowdy" Indian crowds had distracted their team at crucial moments of two matches which they went on to lose.

Tories triumph in Rotherham marginal

This week's only council by-election saw Tories easily hold off a Labour challenge in a marginal seat.

London voted least car-friendly town

St Helens in Merseyside is the UK's most car-friendly town, while London is the worst spot for motorists, according to research out today.

Afghan blast victim was 'model soldier'

A British serviceman killed in an explosion in Afghanistan was a "model soldier", his comrades said today.

If the pool is too expensive, try going for a wild swim

Jonathan Brown on how the time is right for a plunge in the great outdoors

Play-offs round-up: Dagenham turn six-shooters as Oxford clinch League return

Josh Scott scored four goals as Dagenham & Redbridge all but secured their place in the League Two play-off final with a 6-0 thrashing of Morecambe yesterday.

Round-up: Millwall forced to settle for the play-offs despite home victory

Millwall will have to go through the play-offs after a 3-2 home victory over Swindon was not enough to overhaul Leeds at the top of League One on Saturday. Swindon took a third-minute lead through Daniel Ward, but a Steve Morison penalty and Gordon Greer's own goal put Millwall in control.

Pair 'murdered neighbour on remote island'

Two men went on trial today accused of murdering their neighbour on a remote island in Orkney and burying his body in the sand.

Archie Bland: Reykjavik is glad the 'ghosts' have gone

Reykjavik Notebook: Bars and restaurants once frequented by a wealthy elite are now much quieter

MP dies during Boxing Day walk with his family

The MP David Taylor has died after having a heart attack during a walk at a country house with his family on Boxing Day. The 63-year-old Labour parliamentarian was widely respected at Westminster as a champion for his Leicestershire North West constituents and as a member of the House who was prepared ask awkward questions of ministers.

£74,000 for the most expensive peer

John Laird, an Ulster politician and public relations man, has emerged as the UK’s most expensive peer. Lord Laird claimed almost £74,000 in expenses in 2008-09, 10 per cent more than the next highest claimer.

Pit worker killed in mine shaft plunge

Police were today investigating the death of a colliery worker who reportedly fell down a mine shaft at a pit.

Latest in line of dog attacks

The death of a four-year-old boy in Liverpool follows the latest in a line of vicious, sometimes fatal, dog attacks on both children and adults.

Bullard tells of elation at Hull return

I loved every minute, says midfielder of home debut after 10 months on sidelines
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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

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Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

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Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable