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England and Liverpool star Stewart Downing will not face charges after he was arrested last month on suspicion of assault, police said.
The Sunderland captain, Lee Cattermole, yesterday credited the club's new manager, Martin O'Neill, with restoring confidence there. The Black Cats will head into Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round match against the 23-year-old midfielder's former team, Middlesbrough, having lost just two of the nine games they have played under the Ulsterman since he replaced Steve Bruce at the helm.
Footballer Titus Bramble faces a third charge of sexual assault.
Premier League footballer Titus Bramble today denied sexually assaulting one woman in a nightclub and another in a taxi on his way home on the same night.
<i>The Independent on Sunday</i> has been inundated with stories about the role public libraries have played in readers' lives. Campaigns to stop councils from closing as many as half of their libraries are gathering pace, as public figures protest furiously about 'cultural vandalism'. They share their memories with Nina Lakhani
It might not be as celebrated as the Forth or the Tyne but it is a triumph of modernity that was inspired by Gustav Eiffel
Steelworkers were celebrating tonight after news that a huge plant mothballed earlier this year with the loss of more than 1,000 jobs is to be sold under a multimillion-pound deal to a Thai company.
The architecture of Britain's latest wave of energy plants is the finest since Bankside in the 1940s
Workers in one of the UK's biggest steel-making areas were dealt a savage pre-Christmas blow today with news that a giant plant is to be mothballed with the loss of 1,700 jobs.
Three men died when an RAF Puma crashed in flames because the pilot was attempting low-flying manoeuvres both beyond his capabilities and that of the helicopter, a coroner said today.
Middlesbrough are not now expected to make any announcement about their new manager over the weekend.
Stoke have completed the signing of Middlesbrough forward Tuncay Sanli for £5m.
Middlesbrough chief executive Keith Lamb has confirmed England winger Stewart Downing can leave if the club receive an acceptable offer.
Forget the Champions' League, the second tier's enthralling finale is Europe's purest form of theatre
Gareth Southgate, the Middlesbrough manager, believes Marlon King's "hunger" to succeed will have a positive effect on his new team-mates in their survival battle. King joined Boro on loan until the end of the season from Wigan and will be in the squad for tonight's Premier League game at Chelsea.
Forget Durham's image as a place for Oxbridge rejects to read Classics. The university is expanding into gritty towns such as Darlington – and planning vocational courses.