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  • Wednesday's National Newspaper Front Pages
  • Here’s What Happened Today: St Patrick’s Day
    Here’s What Happened Today: St Patrick’s Day Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    St Patrick’s Day celebrations, Enda in the US, and archbishop charged with concealing child abuse… More »

  • Police chief accepts Hillsborough failure
    Police chief accepts Hillsborough failure Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    The police chief at the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster admitted on Tuesday that his failure to close a tunnel was the "direct cause" of the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters. More »

  • Hillsborough Chief: My Failure 'Caused' Deaths
    Hillsborough Chief: My Failure 'Caused' Deaths Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    The police officer in charge at Hillsborough has agreed that his failure to close a tunnel "was the direct cause of the deaths of 96 people". David Duckenfield made the admission during his sixth day of questioning at the inquests into the 1989 tragedy. More »

  • Hillsborough police chief admits his mistake caused 96 deaths Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    The police commander in charge of the English football match at which 96 Liverpool supporters died in 1989 told an inquest on Tuesday that his failure to close a tunnel "was the direct cause" of the loss of lives. The BBC reported that former chief superintendent David Duckenfield admitted he "froze" as the tragedy unfolded at the FA Cup semi-final in April 1989 between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough, Sheffield. Duckenfield was giving evidence at the Hillsborough inquest in Warrington, where jurors were told he had at least three minutes to "consider the consequences" of opening an exit gate at the stadium as a crowd of fans built up outside. More »

  • Tunnel failure 'led to fan deaths'
    Tunnel failure 'led to fan deaths' Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    The Hillsborough police match commander has agreed that his failure to close a tunnel was the "direct cause" of the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans. More »

  • Hillsborough Cop Denies Misleading Investigation
    Hillsborough Cop Denies Misleading Investigation Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Hillsborough police chief David Duckenfield has denied misleading officers investigating the disaster and insisted he does not bear sole responsibility for the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans. The former South Yorkshire Police chief superintendent, who was match commander on the day of the 1989 tragedy, gave a prepared statement to Operation Resolve three weeks before the inquests into the deaths of the supporters started in Warrington last year. More »

  • Duckenfield evidence 'not the best'
    Duckenfield evidence 'not the best' Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Police chief David Duckenfield today agreed he had been "driven to accept responsibility" for his role in the Hillsborough tragedy because of evidence at the present inquests, which was "the writing on the wall". More »

  • Hillsborough Cop Called For Dogs Not Ambulances
    Hillsborough Cop Called For Dogs Not Ambulances Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Hillsborough police chief David Duckenfield called for police dogs instead of ambulances as fans were crushed to death, the inquests have heard. It was the latest in a number of admissions made by the former South Yorkshire Police chief superintendent for the first time since he was match commander on the day of the 1989 tragedy. On the day of the disaster, police became overwhelmed by supporters at the turnstiles as kick-off neared and Mr Duckenfield gave the order at 2.52pm to open gates to let them in. Around 2,000 fans poured in through Gate C, many heading straight for a tunnel in front of them, which Mr Duckenfield had not ordered to be closed - a "blunder of the first magnitude," the inquest jury heard. More »

  • Hillsborough chief called for dogs
    Hillsborough chief called for dogs Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Hillsborough police chief David Duckenfield called for police dogs instead of ambulances as fans were crushed to death in the football tragedy, the inquests have heard. More »

  • 'No cover-up' over Hillsborough
    'No cover-up' over Hillsborough Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    The match commander in charge of policing during the Hillsborough disaster has denied taking part in a "cover-up" that left fans facing the blame for decades after the tragedy. More »

  • Hillsborough Chief Denies Police Conspiracy
    Hillsborough Chief Denies Police Conspiracy Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    The match commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has denied conspiring with other officers to conceal the truth about what happened. David Duckenfield, former Chief Superintendent with South Yorkshire Police, was giving evidence for a third day at the new inquests into the death of 96 Liverpool fans at Hillsborough on 15 April, 1989. Under cross-examination Mr Duckenfield admitted his decision to open a side gate and let thousands of Liverpool fans into an already overcrowded stadium was a "blunder of the first magnitude". Rajid Monon, representing 75 Hillsborough families, suggested the admission was “hugely significant”. More »

  • Hillsborough disaster police chief admits lying about opening the gates
    Hillsborough disaster police chief admits lying about opening the gates Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    The police chief in charge on the day of Britain's Hillsborough disaster told an inquest on 11 March he apologises unreservedly after admitting a "terrible lie" about the way the tragedy unfolded. 96 Liverpool supporters were crushed to death at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield in 1989. At an inquest at Warrington Coroner's Court, former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, who was the match commander for the fateful match, admitted he lied about fans forcing a gate open. Duckenfield admitted he gave the order to open gates allowing 2,000 fans massing outside the turnstiles into the ground in the minutes before the fatal crush on the Leppings Lane terrace of Sheffield's Hillsborough ground as the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest kicked off on April 15 1989. More »

  • Thursday's National Newspaper Front Pages
  • Hillsborough police chief apologises for lie
    Hillsborough police chief apologises for lie Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    The police chief at the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster apologised Wednesday to the families of the 96 Liverpool supporters killed, saying he regretted lying about how the tragedy unfolded. More »

  • Hillsborough Chief Admits 'Terrible' Lie
    Hillsborough Chief Admits 'Terrible' Lie Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Former chief superintendent David Duckenfield, speaking at the inquest into the deaths, said he was "deeply ashamed and embarrassed". It was a decision that led to a crush in pens three and four of the Leppings Lane stand and resulted in the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans. Mr Duckenfield turned to the families of the victims from the witness box and said: "I deeply regret what happened on the day, it was a major mistake on my part. Mr Duckenfield admitted that in a meeting at 3.15pm on the day of the tragedy, he had not told Football Association chief Graham Kelly that he was the one who ordered the gate opened. More »

  • Hillsborough match commander admits to lying: ‘I shall regret it to my dying …
    Hillsborough match commander admits to lying: ‘I shall regret it to my dying … Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    David Duckenfield was speaking at the new inquests into the stadium disaster that occurred in 1989. More »

  • Hillsborough police chief admits lying
    Hillsborough police chief admits lying Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    The police officer in charge of the football match in 1989 at which 96 Liverpool supporters died told an inquest he had lied about fans forcing a gate open, the BBC reported on Wednesday. David Duckenfield was speaking about the events which led to the disaster at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield. "I think it's fair to say that I was overcome by the enormity of the situation and the decision I had to make and as a result of that, this is probably very hard to admit, I was so overcome probably with emotion of us having got into that situation that my mind for a moment went blank." The Liverpool supporters were crushed to death on the terraces after entering the ground through the open gate. More »

  • Soccer-Hillsborough police chief admits lying Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    The police officer in charge of the soccer match in 1989 at which 96 Liverpool supporters died told an inquest he had lied about fans forcing a gate open, the BBC reported on Wednesday. David Duckenfield was speaking about the events which led to the disaster at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield. "I think it's fair to say that I was overcome by the enormity of the situation and the decision I had to make and as a result of that, this is probably very hard to admit, I was so overcome probably with emotion of us having got into that situation that my mind for a moment went blank." The Liverpool supporters were crushed to death on the terraces after entering the ground through the open gate. More »

  • ‘I probably wasn’t the best man for the job on the day,’ says Hillsborough police …
    ‘I probably wasn’t the best man for the job on the day,’ says Hillsborough police … Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    David Duckenfield is giving evidence at the new inquests into the death of 96 Liverpool fans at Hillsborough. More »

  • Duckenfield 'not best man for job'
    Duckenfield 'not best man for job' Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    The most senior police officer on the day of the Hillsborough disaster told the inquests today that he was "not the best man for the job". More »

  • Hillsborough Chief: I Wasn't Best Man For Job
    Hillsborough Chief: I Wasn't Best Man For Job Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    The match commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has admitted he was "not the best man for the job". Former chief superintendent David Duckenfield told the Hillsborough inquests jury he had "limited experience" of planning for football matches prior to the day of the disaster on 15 April 1989. More »

  • Hillsborough Police Chief Faces Inquests
    Hillsborough Police Chief Faces Inquests Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    The man who was in charge of policing on the day of the Hillsborough disaster is giving evidence to inquests into the deaths of 96 football fans. David Duckenfield was match commander on 15 April, 1989, and has been heavily criticised for blaming Liverpool supporters for creating the incident. The inquests have already heard that Mr Duckenfield, a former chief superintendent, gave the order to open an exterior gate to ease congestion at the Leppings Lane end outside the Sheffield stadium, but is alleged to have told officials that Liverpool fans had forced it open. For many relatives of those who died in the disaster Mr Duckenfield is the most important figure from South Yorkshire Police to give evidence. More »

  • Hillsborough officer 'gobsmacked'
    Hillsborough officer 'gobsmacked' Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    A police officer told the Hillsborough inquest if a big gate had not been opened to relieve the crush at the turnstiles, "we would have been dealing with bodies outside the ground". More »

  • NHL-National Hockey League roundup Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    March 4 (The Sports Xchange) - Anaheim Ducks right winger Tim Jackman is out four to six weeks with a lower-body injury. Jackman was injured in Sunday's 3-1 win over Dallas after colliding awkwardly with Stars forward Ales Hemsky. - - A torn oblique muscle will keep Columbus Blue Jackets right winger David Clarkson off the ice for four to six weeks. Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Clarkson suffered the injury during Tuesday night's game against the Washington Capitals. ... More »

  • Man City target Reds' Euro fatigue
    Man City target Reds' Euro fatigue Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Manuel Pellegrini believes Liverpool's exertions in Europe will provide Manchester City with an advantage when the teams meet at Anfield in a crucial Premier League clash on Sunday. More »

  • Maternity unit report coming out
    Maternity unit report coming out Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    An independent report which is expected to expose persistent failures at a maternity unit will be published on Tuesday. More »

  • Watford stage thrilling fightback to boost promotion bid
    Watford stage thrilling fightback to boost promotion bid Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Watford roared back into the race for automatic promotion to the Premier League with a thrilling comeback from two goals down in a 3-2 win at Leeds United on Saturday. More »

  • Dunkin' Donuts Sorry For Liverpool Badge Gaffe
    Dunkin' Donuts Sorry For Liverpool Badge Gaffe Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Dunkin' Donuts has apologised to Liverpool fans after replacing the Hillsborough eternal flames on the club's crest with coffee cups as part of a Twitter campaign. Liverpool added the flames to the club badge in memory of the 96 fans that were killed in the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy. In Dunkin' Donuts' version, the Shankly gates were replaced with the firm's slogan "America runs on Dunkin" and a Dunkin Donuts logo was at the heart of the crest in place of the usual Liverbird figure. Kop magazine, Liverpool's unofficial fanzine, tweeted: "Do you wanna tell @DunkinDonuts how bad replacing the eternal flame with coffee is or should we? More »

  • Jimmy McGovern: We need more working class actors
    Jimmy McGovern: We need more working class actors Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Jimmy McGovern has revealed he is struggling to find actors to cast in working class roles. More »

  • Call for more working class actors
    Call for more working class actors Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    TV dramatist Jimmy McGovern has revealed that he is struggling to fill working class roles because of a dearth of actors from poorer backgrounds. More »

  • New Calls For Fan Standing Areas In Stadiums
    New Calls For Fan Standing Areas In Stadiums Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    There are fresh calls to bring back standing areas in football stadiums with a poll suggesting many fans believe new technology can make it safe. Some 84% think safe standing areas would cut the likelihood of conflict between stewards and fans. And 97% felt modern stadium technology could make standing areas at football grounds safe. The poll, which questioned 2,364 fans, was commissioned by the Welsh Conservatives, who want to trial the rail seats. More »

  • Police 'Frustrated' By Hillsborough Reporting
    Police 'Frustrated' By Hillsborough Reporting Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    The former secretary of the South Yorkshire Police Federation has denied being the "mouthpiece" through which senior police officers were able to "spread gossip" blaming fans for the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. The inquest into the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters heard that Paul Middup had described the "colossal crowd" of fans who entered the Lepping Lane end of the stadium as a "mob" during a television interview. Mr Middup told the inquest that in the aftermath of the disaster at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground his police officer members "felt at risk, felt frustrated as a result of criticism directed at them". Mr Middup was asked by Mark George QC about a chief constable's briefing held the morning after the semi-final. More »

  • Florida 'zombie cat' hit with custody motion
    Florida 'zombie cat' hit with custody motion Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida cat that crawled out of its grave after a traffic accident is now ensnared in a legal dispute over custody involving its owner and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Bart the cat, nicknamed "zombie cat" on social media, made international headlines last month when he surfaced five days after he was hit by a car and buried for dead. He was initially expected to return home after surgery at the Humane Society's veterinary clinic, where Bart was treated for a broken jaw and facial injuries. Bart's owner, Ellis Hutson of Tampa, filed a court motion earlier this week to demand the return of the black and white pet. More »

  • Silverware in Rodgers' sights ahead of Merseyside derby
    Silverware in Rodgers' sights ahead of Merseyside derby Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has outlined his determination to bring trophies to Anfield as he prepares to celebrate his 100th Premier League game in charge of the club with a Merseyside derby away to city rivals Everton on Saturday. More »