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Rafael van der Vaart has urged Tottenham to sign Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent basis. Adebayor, who is on a season-long loan from Manchester City, scored twice on Sunday to inspire Tottenham to a battling 3-1 win over Swansea City, their first Premier League victory in six attempts.

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Two men appeared in court today charged with shooting dead a man.

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Baby P father wins £75,000 damages

The natural father of Baby P has been awarded £75,000 against the publishers of The People after being wrongly described as a sex offender convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl.

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QPR too good to go down, says Hughes

Manager confident his side can avoid relegation despite extremely tricky run-in to end of season

Police's 'sorry' to parents of Mark Duggan

The police watchdog has upheld a complaint by the family of Mark Duggan that they were not told he had been shot dead by officers.

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Haye: Brawl was all in self-defence

David Haye has claimed that he was acting in self-defence when he punched Dereck Chisora at this month's notorious post-fight press conference in Munich, and that he did not use the bottle he was holding as a weapon.

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Farrell factor offers threat to favourites

Wales arrive at red-rose HQ in great shape but are still wary of hosts' father-and-son combination

Olympic officials from Trinidad and Tobago will use the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, North London, as a social centre during the Games

At the Tricycle Theatre this summer: no plays, but the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic team

A theatre in North London has become the highest-profile playhouse to give up competing with this summer's Olympic Games, deciding that it would be more lucrative to rent the venue to one of the visiting teams instead.

MP David Lammy addresses last week’s meeting at Downhills. Head Leslie Church, centre, later resigned

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Governors defiant over 'hit list' as popular headteacher stands aside

Joan McVittie: Plan might work for his pupils – but not for mine

I have heard these arguments many times before. Young people are examined too much; let their teachers assess them at 16 instead of them sitting public exams; assess them with our gold-standard A levels. This, they say, will show that we trust teachers to assess effectively; it will save money as we won't be paying fees to exam boards; and we teachers will spend less time teaching to the test, freeing up time for wider study and other pursuits. Who could argue with such reasonable suggestions?

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Cycling safety: Riding the 'Tour de Chance' – and living to tell the tale

All cyclists have them – those junctions that even confident riders approach with racing hearts. There are hundreds in London and yesterday the Mayor's transport office named the first 14 intersections it plans to make safer.

Harry Redknapp leaves Southwark Crown Court yesterday

Redknapp at boiling point in court over 'staring' Detective Inspector

Harry Redknapp yesterday turned angrily on a detective whom he accused of "staring" him down in court after describing his wife Sandra's terror at a police raid on their home, on the eighth day of his trial for tax evasion.

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