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  • Scotland opposed to British football team in Rio 2 hours 12 minutes ago

    Scotland have followed Wales in voicing opposition to a combined British soccer team for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The British Olympic Association (BOA) said on Tuesday the English FA had confirmed its desire to send a team to Brazil. Scotland's stance follows that of Wales who expressed their disquiet on Tuesday. At London 2012 Britain fielded a unified football team managed by the FA, after a 52-year absence, although at the time it was seen as a one-off move to mark the home Games. More »

  • Soccer-Scotland opposed to British soccer team in Rio 2 hours 17 minutes ago

    Scotland have followed Wales in voicing opposition to a combined British soccer team for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The British Olympic Association (BOA) said on Tuesday the English FA had confirmed its desire to send a team to Brazil. Scotland's stance follows that of Wales who expressed their disquiet on Tuesday. At London 2012 Britain fielded a unified soccer team managed by the FA, after a 52-year absence, although at the time it was seen as a one-off move to mark the home Games. More »

  • Michelle Collins fancies reprising her EastEnders role
    Michelle Collins fancies reprising her EastEnders role 2 hours 26 minutes ago

    The former soap star is off to castings in LA – but she has Walford in her sights. More »

  • Becky Watts’ stepbrother and girlfriend arrested on suspicion of murder
    Becky Watts’ stepbrother and girlfriend arrested on suspicion of murder 2 hours 42 minutes ago

    Body parts were found yesterday at a house in Bristol by police searching for the missing teenager. More »

  • India bans broadcast of BBC film showing gang-rapist
    India bans broadcast of BBC film showing gang-rapist 4 hours ago

    India has banned the broadcast of a controversial documentary in which one of the men who gang-raped and murdered a student is shown blaming the victim -- a move the film's maker called "arbitrary censorship". More »

  • What to watch on TV tonight… Wednesday
    What to watch on TV tonight… Wednesday 4 hours ago

    Here are the shows that’ll be on your Twitter timeline later. More »

  • Osborne hails incomes 'milestone'
    Osborne hails incomes 'milestone' 7 hours ago

    George Osborne has said the economy has reached a "major milestone" after a respected think-tank found average household incomes are back to the levels they were before the financial downturn. More »

  • Osborne: HSBC must deal with legacy
    Osborne: HSBC must deal with legacy 7 hours ago

    Banking giant HSBC must deal with the "legacy of the past", George Osborne said as he indicated new laws could be needed to deal with tax dodgers. More »

  • Luther gets new cast mates
    Luther gets new cast mates 7 hours ago

    Idris Elba will be joined by some new faces for the upcoming Luther special. More »

  • BBC chief hails 'talent' pay curbs
    BBC chief hails 'talent' pay curbs 9 hours ago

    Rona Fairhead will make a speech saying she is pleased the cost of paying small screen stars has been cut. More »

  • Guess where Alexa Chung keeps her shoes?
    Guess where Alexa Chung keeps her shoes? 16 hours ago

    The Comic Relief Bake Off contestant has confessed she hasn’t turned on her oven for three years – so she stores her footwear in it. More »

  • Briton 'killed fighting against IS'
    Briton 'killed fighting against IS' 17 hours ago

    A former Royal Marine has become the first Briton to be killed while fighting against Islamic State in Syria, according to reports. More »

  • Last-gasp Benteke penalty hands Sherwood first Villa win
    Last-gasp Benteke penalty hands Sherwood first Villa win 18 hours ago

    By Sam Holden LONDON (Reuters) - A last-gasp Christian Benteke penalty handed Tim Sherwood his first win as Aston Villa manager and lifted his side out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 2-1 home victory against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday. Sadio Mane struck late to rejuvenate Southampton's fading battle for Champions League qualification with a 1-0 home win against Crystal Palace to move them into fifth, while Sunderland came from behind to draw 1-1 at Hull City. More »

  • UPDATE 1-Soccer-Last-gasp Benteke penalty hands Sherwood first Villa win 18 hours ago

    * Aston Villa beat West Brom to hand Tim Sherwood first win * Christian Benteke scores stoppage-time penalty in 2-1 victory * Southampton's Mane scores late in 1-0 win over Palace * Hull City and Sunderland draw 1-1 (Adds details, quotes) By Sam Holden LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) - A last-gasp Christian Benteke penalty handed Tim Sherwood his first win as Aston Villa manager and lifted his side out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 2-1 home victory against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday. Sadio Mane struck late to rejuvenate Southampton's fading battle for Champions League qualification with a 1-0 home win against Crystal Palace to move them into fifth, while Sunderland came from behind to draw 1-1 at Hull City. More »

  • England are not playing with fear, says Broad
    England are not playing with fear, says Broad 19 hours ago

    England fast bowler Stuart Broad denied on Tuesday the suggestion by former captain Michael Vaughan that the team have played with fear in their dismal World Cup campaign so far. England have been crushed by Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka in three of their first four matches in the tournament, leading to heavy criticism of their performances and tactical approach. "I don't think we are playing with fear," Broad told the BBC. We just haven't performed when we need to in the middle." England lost by 111 runs to Australia in their opening World Cup match, were bowled out by New Zealand for 123 before succumbing to an eight-wicket defeat and allowed Sri Lanka to chase a victory target of 310 for the loss of only one wicket. More »

  • Cricket-England are not playing with fear, says Broad 19 hours ago

    England fast bowler Stuart Broad denied on Tuesday the suggestion by former captain Michael Vaughan that the team have played with fear in their dismal World Cup campaign so far. England have been crushed by Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka in three of their first four matches in the tournament, leading to heavy criticism of their performances and tactical approach. "I don't think we are playing with fear," Broad told the BBC. We just haven't performed when we need to in the middle." England lost by 111 runs to Australia in their opening World Cup match, were bowled out by New Zealand for 123 before succumbing to an eight-wicket defeat and allowed Sri Lanka to chase a victory target of 310 for the loss of only one wicket. More »

  • Celebrity 'witch-hunt' claim denied
    Celebrity 'witch-hunt' claim denied 22 hours ago

    The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has denied conducting a "witch-hunt" against celebrities after broadcaster Paul Gambaccini told a parliamentary committee that he and other showbiz figures were used as human "fly paper" in the hope that their public identification as sex-abuse suspects would encourage more alleged victims to come forward. More »

  • The Queen has taken Rolf Harris’s honours away
    The Queen has taken Rolf Harris’s honours away 22 hours ago

    Honours awarded to him in Australia were removed last month. More »

  • Ricky confident over The Voice acts
    Ricky confident over The Voice acts 22 hours ago

    Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson says The Voice will produce a number one act in the next few years. More »

  • Ricky Wilson confident The Voice will hit number one
    Ricky Wilson confident The Voice will hit number one 23 hours ago

    The BBC show judge thinks it is only a matter of time until one of the contestants becomes a superstar. More »

  • Michelle Keegan 'loves' her new TV role
    Michelle Keegan 'loves' her new TV role 23 hours ago

    Michelle Keegan talks about her new TV show and wardrobe choices at the launch of her new Lipsy range. More »

  • Conductor Rattle coming home to lead Britain's LSO
    Conductor Rattle coming home to lead Britain's LSO Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    One of classical music's biggest names, British conductor Simon Rattle, is going home to lead the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), he said Tuesday, following news of his departure from the Berlin Philharmonic. More »