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Domino's Pizza has named the former boss of Halfords as its new chief executive as Lance Batchelor moves on to Saga ahead of its £3 billion flotation.

Steve Richards: A cock-up but not a conspiracy

Not for the first time the BBC turns a manageable drama into an unmanageable crisis. The original allegation that senior managers organised a cover-up over Jimmy Savile because they were planning to broadcast a hagiography was absurd, wrong and could have been addressed easily.

Split decision: Rio Ferdinand (left) chooses not to wear the Kick It Out T-shirt before Manchester United's game against Stoke at Old Trafford while Wayne Rooney takes the opposite view

Ferdinand disobeys angry Ferguson as racism row refuses to go away

Various Premier League players break ranks with Kick It Out campaign as Chelsea stay loyal to Terry

Simon English: Sorry Saga people, you're not only ones suffering

Outlook Note to old people moaning about the effect quantitative easing has had on their pensions: put a sock in it.

Kevin Pietersen said yesterday his texts were meant as 'banter'

England have handled Kevin Pietersen saga perfectly, says Australia coach Mickey Arthur

The former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur believes it could take years for Kevin Pietersen to regain the trust of his England team-mates following his summer of unrest.

Team GB's taekwondo competitor Lutalo Muhammad

Taekwondo: Team GB's Lutalo Muhammad faced hate campaign in run up to Games

A Team GB taekwondo competitor who claimed victory instead of world number one Aaron Cook has said he received hate mail while preparing for the Olympics.

Flames consume the Palace of Westminster in 1834

The Day Parliament Burned Down, By Caroline Shenton

The familiar Palace of Westminster that we know today arose from the ashes of disaster

Observations: Erotica's time has finally come again

Thanks to the swelling popularity of EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey, the sight of commuters reading erotica on public transport is commonplace. In the early Seventies, however, it was a rare thrill. So recalls author Brian Aldiss, now 86, whose first sex-themed novel, The Hand-Reared Boy, was published in 1970.

Former Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe is behind a second bid

RFL rejects conditional offer for Bradford as 'unrealistic'

The future of Bradford Bulls remains up in the air after the Rugby Football League described an offer for the club as "unreasonable and unrealistic" yesterday. The offer was made to Bradford's joint administrator, Brendan Guilfoyle, by a group of local Asian businessmen, known as the ABC consortium, but came with strings attached.

Chelsea say any potential move to a new stadium will be dependent upon them buying the freehold for Stamford Bridge

Chelsea stadium row rumbles on

Chelsea's potential stadium move was at the centre of more controversy today after another dramatic and stormy meeting of Chelsea Pitch Owners.

Kevin Pietersen retired from the limited-overs game last month

Kevin Pietersen given the cold shoulder for Twenty20 defence

The latest Kevin Pietersen saga drew to a quiet close yesterday with the announcement of England's preliminary squad for the World Twenty20. His name was not among the list of 30 players, the so-called Twenty20 thirty, which will be reduced to 15 before England defend their title in Sri Lanka in September.

Fraser Forster has signed a permanent deal

Fraser Forster joins Celtic from Newcastle

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has expressed delight over securing goalkeeper Fraser Forster on a permanent deal.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Seven pensioners (including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson) discover that they don't have the funds to live comfortably in Britain, so they fly off to a palatial retirement home in Jaipur, only to find that it's in a worse state than they are.

Martin Baker says he has lost over £15,000

Financial farrago in the case of my missing PEP

Having spent years telling other people how to handle their money, Martin Baker admits he's made a mess of things here.

Packing a punch: Chloë Sevigny in 'Hit and Miss'

Cold, clinical and ballsy: TV's new breed of heroine

Chloë Sevigny, who plays a transsexual killer, is the latest actress to square up to a masculine role, says Gerard Gilbert

Packing a punch: Chloë Sevigny in 'Hit and Miss'

Hard acts to follow: ballsy TV heroines keep on coming

Chloë Sevigny is the latest actress to square up to a masculine role

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