Sport Wigan won last year's Grand Final and the play-offs for the top eight will stay in 2015

The League's bottom four teams will compete with the top four in the Championship for the other four places in the following year's competition

Phil Veivers lost his job as Salford coach after the defeat to Broncos

Round-up: Coach Veivers sacked by rock-bottom Salford

Salford's slump into bottom place in Super League has cost their coach, Phil Veivers, his job.

Weekend Preview: Brown gets the green light for
long-awaited Widnes debut

The new Widnes captain Kevin Brown will make his debut against Hull this evening.  Brown was signed from Huddersfield this winter but  has watched the first four games of the season from the stands after suffering a leg injury in training.

Stefan Marsh, of Widnes, is tackled by Hull KR’s Michael Dobson and Kris Welham

Cockayne leads Wakefield whitewash

There is no more effective winger in Super League at the moment than Wakefield's Ben Cockayne.

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 12 February 2013

Liverpool pay the penalty as West Brom steal win

Leeds suffer shock loss to Castleford

Castleford pulled off what will surely rank as one of the upsets of the season by beating the champions, Leeds, 14-12. The Tigers shocked the Rhinos by leading in the first half with tries from Jordan Tansey and Jake Webster out-weighing one from Danny McGuire. Leeds led after the break thanks to Ryan Hall's try but two late penalties from Jamie Ellis sealed a famous victory

Wildcats boosted by return of Tim Smith

Wakefield Trinity hope that their player of the year last season, Tim Smith, will redirect their poor start to this campaign today.

Round-up: Marsh double gives Widnes reasons to be cheerful

Last season's bottom club, Widnes, got off to a more encouraging start to this season of Super League with a 28-14 win at the London Broncos. The Vikings were without their two big signings, Gareth Hock and Kevin Brown, with injuries, but Stefan Marsh stepped up to the plate with two tries.

Brian Barwick goes from FA to RFL

Former Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick has been appointed as the new non-executive chairman of the Rugby Football League.

Dan’s the man: Daniel Holdsworth is one of the players who left Salford; he may solve Hull’s half-back problem as the club try to threaten the ‘Big Four’

Saving Salford gives much-needed boost

Dr Koukash flies in to ensure a full line-up of clubs start the new season

The sporting week ahead (06/01/13)

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Former England No 10 Danny Cipriani racked up 18 points
Jim Mallinder says the timing is not right for him to take charge of England

Northampton wary of 'motivated' Sale says Jim Mallinder

Northampton are boosted by the return of Ben Foden and Dylan Hartley from injury tonight but Jim Mallinder expects a tough test from a Sale side buoyed by John Mitchell's arrival.

The Sports Matrix: Saturday 10 November 2012

Terry waits on injury as Dzeko sends out message

Nick Evans of Harlequins

Harlequins delighted after Nick Evans signs new contract

Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea feels that Christmas has come early for his Aviva Premiership leaders after playmaker Nick Evans agreed a new three-year contract.

Heineken Cup round-up: Cipriani inspired Sale overcome Cardiff

Danny Cipriani was Sale's hero as the Premiership strugglers overturned a 27-12 deficit to gain a dramatic, morale-boosting triumph over Cardiff on their return to the Heineken Cup.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee