News Michael Dugher has called for action before the 30th anniversary of the so-called Battle of Orgreave on July 18

Shadow Cabinet Officer minister Michael Dugher calls for action before 30th anniversary of the Battle of Orgrave

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted he is trying his best to keep the traditions set by Sir Bobby Robson alive

Swansea v Newcastle: Alan Pardew admits he is doing his best to uphold the Magpies' traditions set by Sir Bobby Robson

Pardew hopes that fans will look back on last season's scrape with relegation and see that he handled it with 'dignity and respect', after admitting Robson is the 'beacon' of managing on Tyneside

Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak has signed a new three-and-a-half year deal to extend his stay at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak agrees new three-and-a-half year contract to extend stay at Selhurst Park

The Australian admits he is 'ecstatic' to sign a new deal having joined the club in 2011

‘Most wanted criminal’ Brian Thexton arrested in Cumbria

The alleged robber and drug dealer had been listed in the ‘rogues’ gallery’ of 13 fugitives thought to be hiding out in Spain

Behind the times: Steven Gerrard’s England are still turning their back on change, beaten by teams with better tactics and more technically gifted players

Michael Calvin: England’s ’53 wake-up call still ignored

The Last Word: Anniversary of defeat finds national team still struggling with changed world order

Lady Gaga in her new video 'An Artpop film starring Lady Gaga'

Lady Gaga debuts new Artpop video

The video is the latest attempt to push the album, which has sold less in its first week than Gaga's 2011 record Born This Way

Saudi Arabia man arrested for giving out free hugs

A man who decided to offer ‘free hugs’ in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh has been arrested by the state’s religious police.

Hull City fans

Hull owner offers season ticket holders a refund over 'Tigers' name change

Assem Allam believes a change will make it easier to market the club

The Saracens Sensations have entertained crowds at half-time for a number of years

Meet the 'Saracens Supermodels' - the five latest signings at the Aviva Premiership side

The much-used saying of 'There's something special going on at Saracens' has taken yet another step to the absurd

The Crawley Town manager Richie Barker is just 38 but has a catalogue of qualifications

Life Beyond the Premier League: Crawley Town’s Richie Barker prizes coach education, and right now he is learning fast

It is often said a manager learns more in the bad times than the good, in which case Crawley Town’s Richie Barker is currently receiving a fast-track education.

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The Hunger Games heroine Jennifer Lawrence joins Hollywood's latest hairstyle - the pixie

Wigan manager Owen Coyle

Europa League: Rubin Kazan v Wigan Athletic match preview

A look ahead to this tonight’s Europa League tie in Russia

They know they don't want it: More universities ban Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'

Around 20 UK institutions have now banned the track for its sexist lyrics

From the sidelines: Kenny Dalglish (left) and Sir Alex Ferguson watch on

The Last Word: Beware the presence of ex-managers

Dalglish has joined Ferguson in the directors' box, where their influence cannot be ignored

England take on Australia in the opening game of the Rugby League World Cup

The Last Word: Oh come on England (all of it), get behind 2013 Rugby League World Cup

If we are going to host a World Cup, any World Cup, we should sell it out

Nairobi Westgate attack: American family speak of heroic rescue by Kenyan man

The family rescued by the brother of an anti-terror agent have spoken of their ordeal, after coming under siege by terrorists in a Kenyan shopping mall.

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