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The former England striker has been the subject of alleged abuse on the social media website

County Championship round-up: Derby's Redfern claims first blood

With all respect to Derbyshire, they may not make many headlines this season. Savour the moment, then, Dan Redfern, who will retain the distinction for posterity of the first century of the 2012 County Championship.

Debenhams outsources call centre

More than 200 jobs are at risk at the retailer Debenhams' call centre in Somerset, which it will outsource to keep up with growing call volumes from its online operation.

Woman spared jail over pills fraud

A serial bigamist who fooled a doctor into giving her sleeping pills by dressing as a man was spared a jail sentence today.

South West Water Authority criticised over 'poisoning'

A water authority was criticised today for its “dereliction of duty” after “gambling” with the lives of 20,000 people following Britain's worst mass poisoning.

Paul Nicholls has faced a dilemma over disclosing the injury to Kauto Star

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Ut De Sivola tests Triumph claims

Having hitherto been so weirdly indulged, the jumps schedule was finally menaced by frost overnight.

Man arrested after blaze at flat

A man was in custody today after a home was set on fire.

Some opponents have complained Justin Pipe's slow throwing disrupts their rhythm

Darts: There's just no rushing the tree surgeon when he's on the oche

Justin Pipe had to re-learn his technique after a road accident but is now in the form of his life ahead of World Championships, writes Nick Szczepanik

Police fear more victims as seven confirmed dead in massive fireball

Flames force back motorists trying to help victims.

Life looks rosy as Lancashire edge out their arch rivals

A Roses match that was seldom less than compelling ended with a narrow victory for Lancashire that will infuse Glen Chapple's players with excitement as winning the Championship begins to look a possibility.

Strauss tunes up for Lord's with most timely of centuries

Somerset 425-3 dec & 260-2 dec India 224 & 69-0

Fletcher all smiles (sort of) as he plots downfall of team he took to heights

New India coach in jovial but mischievious mood as he talks up Swann but highlights Strauss's weakness

Tremlett inspires Surrey's rout of leaders

Surrey kept up their charge for a place in the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals by making short work of South Division leaders Hampshire at The Oval last night.

Twenty20 Round-up: Kieswetter back and firing as Middlesex are thrashed at Taunton

Last year Somerset finished second in everything but that experience doesn't appear to have left any long-term scars. The West Country side, well-placed in the Championship after the first half of the season, have been piling on the runs in the Friends Provident t20 after an opening defeat to last year's winners, Hampshire.

County round-up: Bairstow's stunning 200 stirs poignant memories for Yorkshire

There will have been some misty eyes among older Yorkshire supporters at Trent Bridge yesterday as 21-year-old Jonathan Bairstow not only completed his maiden century but went on to make it a double against Nottinghamshire. With Ryan Sidebottom at the other end as both milestones were passed, there was a poignant link with history.

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