Ben Davies: Liverpool in talks to sign Preston defender for £2m before transfer deadline

Champions are urgently looking to sign a centre-back due to their injury crisis


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Bank of England rejects interest rate rise despite inflation worries
Historic low to be maintained until pace of recovery and price pressure become clearer, says rate setting committeeThe Bank of England has left interest rates on hold at a historic low despite concerns that inflation will accelerate this year as the economic recovery gathers pace.Policymakers on Threadneedle Street’s monetary policy committee (MPC) said rates should remain at 0.1% until it was clear how quickly the economy would recover and how much pressure there will be on firms to raise prices. Continue reading...
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Andy Murray to defend Olympic tennis title at Tokyo Games
Scot ‘honoured’ to be named in Team GB’s tennis teamDan Evans, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson also selectedTwo-time Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray will defend his title in Tokyo after being named in Team GB’s team for the Tokyo Games.Murray, who won the singles competitions at London 2012 and Rio 2016, will compete in singles and partner Joe Salisbury, the 2020 Australian Open champion, in doubles. Continue reading...
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UN demands investigation as Abbas critic dies in Palestinian custody
Mr Banat had planned to stand for elections before they were cancelled
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Neighbours who cut down tree in ‘petty’ row over birds say ‘we’ll do it again’
Irene and Graham Lee complained that the tree was 'hanging over' on their side.
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Drink, dance, eat, repeat with the new age of disco dining
Londoners have been starved of everything for the past year — but more than anything, we’re hungry to dance. Cue the world of disco dining, where the volume is pumped up and punters will be on the tables as soon as they’re allowed. David Ellis reports
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Terrifying chart reveals UK Covid cases SOAR as other nations plummet - UK 'undesirable'
THE UK has seen case numbers soar in recent weeks as the Delta variant takes hold. Now, the rise in numbers could put the push to widen international travel at risk.
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One in 12 parents admit ‘taboo’ as they regret having their kids
About one in 12 parents regret having children, according to reports.
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Harvard astronomer thinks ‘Oumuamua could be alien ‘listening device’ ahead of US government UFO report
Avi Loeb said 'Oumuamua could be linked to the US government's UFO report due out tomorrow.
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British Grand Prix to take place with 140,000 fans allowed to attend
Great news for F1 fans.
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Jennifer Aniston says she would ‘absolutely’ not use dating apps to find love
The actor said marriage is less important to her than being with the ‘perfect partner’
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‘What planet are these people on?’: Federal judge condemns Republicans for downplaying Capitol riot
‘The attempt by some congressmen to rewrite history ... is just utter nonsense’
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Labour demands sleaze inquiry into Matt Hancock ‘promotion’ of healthcare firm
Allegations shareholders have funded Tory party and Hancock leadership bid
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Former WWE star Melissa Coates dies aged 50 following leg amputation
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Russia threatens military response if HMS Defender incident repeated
Moscow’s deputy foreign minister threatened action if another warship entered its seas – the UK has denied HMS Defender was in Russian waters.
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Three-vehicle crash involving bus closes Wigan road in both directions
Police, fire crews and paramedics were all called to the scene
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Love Island almost signed HRVY after he asked if he could apply as a contestant
Strictly star HRVY has revealed he asked to go on Love Island as he's looking to find a girlfriend and thought going on the show would be a good way to meet his perfect match
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British Grand Prix to host 140,000 in biggest UK crowd since start of pandemic
The grand prix takes place just one day before the mooted end of coronavirus restrictions in England on July 19.
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Today's tips for fixtures including Newmarket and Newcastle plus Nottingham Nap
Newsboy's selections for UK horse racing meetings on Thursday 24 June. The Nap runs in Nottingham's 3.20 race, the Racing Tv Profits Returned To Racing Handicap
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Piers Morgan begs judge to free ‘modern day slave’ Britney Spears from conservatorship ‘living hell’
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Euro 2020’s flying full-backs show risk-free football is not the only path to victory | Jonathan Wilson
Belgium, the Netherlands and in particular Italy have found a midfield balance that can help unshackle wide defendersThere is always a danger of fighting the last war. In March, after England’s uninspiring 2-1 win over Poland, Gareth Southgate spoke of France and Portugal, respectively the world and European champions, as models, referring to them as “savvy and experienced winners”. Which is perhaps a polite way of saying a little bit boring. But then most successful international sides are, based on the construction of a solid base and a couple of gifted creators who can extemporise upon that – or at least they have been.The sophisticated models that dominate at elite club level take time to instil. To press effectively in the modern game takes weeks of repetitions on the training ground so that players know instinctively when to hunt the ball and when to ease off. And pressing is pointless if it isn’t coherent: it’s just players running about. It works only if conducted in packs: one or two men to the man in possession, a wave of others blocking off his options, either by closing down opponents or the passing lanes. Continue reading...
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Return to Erasmus study scheme or young people will lose out, EU ambassador urges UK
‘It is about the young people, it is about creating links, addressing misperceptions....increase the knowledge of other cultures’
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Video captures moment two thugs assault motorist in road rage incident in Coventry Road, Birmingham
Social media users were quick to praise the middle-aged woman who stepped in the break up the violent brawl that broke out in broad daylight between three men in Coventry Street, Birmingham.
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Blow for Brits as Tenerife tightens up its Covid restrictions for third time
The Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife will revert to level three - the second highest in Spain - as its coronavirus case count begins to rise again, meaning restrictions on bars and restaurants
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Woman reveals she was left with blocked arteries from nose filler
Faye Page, from Essex, had been having face fillers for the past decade when she decided to try a new non-medical clinic after her usual place was fully booked.
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Aymeric Laporte's Euro 2020 form gives Man City boss Pep Guardiola dilemma
The Man City defender is enjoying a solid Euro 2020 tournament with Spain after changing international allegiance.
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Rihanna and Ellie Goulding’s London homes for sale as mega mansions make a comeback on the wishlists of the super rich
The ultra-wealthy are back in London and they’re snapping up glitzy mega mansions.
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All Stars 6: Cast, release date and how to watch the RuPaul’s Drag Race spin-off
Which queen has the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to go all the way?
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EU's ambassador to UK rebukes France over Jersey fishing threat
João Vale de Almeida, the bloc's representative in London, said all post-Brexit disputes must be resolved through the formal mechanisms set out in the divorce and trade deals.
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Emmerdale spoilers: ‘Dead’ Kim Tate returns for revenge on poisoner Jamie
Jamie will pay the price.
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7 best exfoliating gloves and mitts for soft, smooth and radiant skin
Upgrade to one of these body buffers for your best glow ever
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Bistrot at Home review: Bring a taste of France to your dining table
Longing for traditional French cooking, Sean Russell tries a Bistrot at Home food box and finds no cut corners and the richness you’d expect from a classic Parisian meal
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Instagram influencer Oli London slammed for coming out as 'non-binary Korean'
Oli London, an Instagram influencer, has been criticised online for coming out as non-binary Korean but they have insisted their decision is to provide a "beacon of light" for LGBTQ+ people in South Korea struggling with their sexuality
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Lockdown in March 2020 led to DROP in fertility rates and did not spawn predicted baby boom
Fertility rates in England and Wales for December 2020 and January 2021 showed 'relatively steep decreases' compared with a year earlier, suggesting less sex in the first weeks of lockdown last March.
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Cats that care lead the way among National Cat Awards finalists
Feline friends who helped people through periods of grief are among 2021’s cream of the crop.
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Britain is to get its first new beauty zones in 26 years
The Yorkshire Wolds and Cheshire Sandstone Ridge are 'under consideration' to become Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), the UK government revealed today.
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Top Wimbledon-watching spots in London – plus the restaurants celebrating every kind of cuisine
It's National Ceviche Day, English Wine Week and Wimbledon... which is basically Pimm's Fortnight.
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The Euro 2020 Fiver: six days that will seem like six years
Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Say what you like about Robbie Savage – and for the record, The Fiver hears that over the years there have been murmurs – but when he parks the alpha-male patter and concentrates on the job in hand, he can be a great co-commentator. There was ample evidence of that on Wednesday night, when his sheer childlike glee and obvious love of the game poured out of the speaker as Hungary came within six minutes of avenging the 1954 World Cup final. Excited whoops and hollers that whisked the viewer along for the ride, old-school fun the top note, and tactical analysis is overrated anyway. A decent, workable facsimile of Ally McCoist. The Robert Fleck of co-coms. Continue reading...
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Foreign Office withdraws Covid warning against travel to China
‘The Chinese authorities continue to impose various control and quarantine measures across the country’ – FCDO
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Cut-down fir tree becomes Sheffield attraction after neighbour dispute
Row over roosting birds making noise and mess in drive of bungalow results in tree surgeon jobA tree cleaved in half has become an attraction in a residential part of South Yorkshire after a dispute between neighbours.Bharat Mistry said he and his family were “gutted” when nextdoor neighbours asked tree surgeons to cut down half the branches of a 5 metre-tall fir tree that had stood in his garden in the Sheffield suburb of Waterthorpe for 25 years. Continue reading...
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Will inflation mean you have to pay more for your mortgage?
The post-pandemic spending spree as a nation emerging from lockdown begins splurging on food, drink, and travel is pushing up inflation, with potentially worrying implications for homeowners.
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Ben Shephard returns to GMB after suffering 'nasty' multiple leg injury
The presenter said on Thursday's ITV programme that viewers couldn't see he is actually wearing a leg brace after suffering multiple horrific injuries while playing football
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Courteney Cox Speaks Out About Major Friends Snub: 'It Always Hurt My Feelings''
Courteney Cox has admitted she couldn’t help feeling upset at being the only member of the Friends cast not to receive an Emmy nomination for their performance on the show.The US actor played Monica Geller in all 10 series of Friends, during which time her character was at the centre of major plotlines including her secret relationship with (and, eventual marriage to) Chandler Bing, as well as the couple’s struggles to conceive a child.However, despite her efforts, Courteney was the only star in the central six not to be recognised by the Emmys during Friends’ decade on the air.Opening up to US radio presenter Howard Stern during an interview with co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow, she disclosed: “It always hurt my feelings.”“When every single cast member was nominated but me, it definitely hurt my feelings,” Courteney added. “I was happy for everybody, and then when it was finally like, ‘Oh, I’m the only one?’. It hurt.”Jennifer and Lisa each won Emmys for their portrayals of Rachel Green and Phoebe Buffay, with Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer receiving one nomination each.Meanwhile, Matt LeBlanc earned three nominations for his role as Joey Tribianni between 2002 and 2004.The trio’s Howard Stern interview proved to be particularly revelatory, with Jennifer Aniston calling out one Friends guest star for their behaviour on set, as well as fielding questions about the true nature of her relationship with co-star David Schwimmer.During the recent Friends reunion, Jen and David both admitted to having crushes on one another during filming, though they insisted that nothing ever came of it.MORE FRIENDS:David Schwimmer And Jennifer Aniston Reveal How The Ross And Rachel Saga Nearly Translated Into Real LifeJennifer Aniston Shares Ridiculously Cute Birthday Message To ‘Ridiculously Special’ Courteney CoxDon't Worry Folks, Matt LeBlanc Saw The Funny Side Of Your Friends Reunion Memes
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Jennifer Aniston Says She Would 'Proudly' Admit If She And David Schwimmer 'Banged'
Jennifer Aniston has played down speculation her mutual crush on David Schwimmer turned into anything more while they were filming Friends, insisting she would “proudly” admit if they had “banged”. The two former co-stars made headlines last month when they revealed they had been “crushing on” each other during Friends’ early years. On Wednesday, Jennifer was asked for more info about the revelation while she appeared on Howard Stern’s US radio show with co-stars Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox.  Pressed if things had gone further, she said: “We were in relationships, it was always never the right time and it wouldn’t have worked.  “The beauty of that was that whatever feelings we had we just literally channelled everything into Ross and Rachel and I think that’s maybe why it resonated the way it did. But no, we never – on my life, and Courteney and Lisa would know and can vouch for me.”“No. I would proudly say I banged Schwimmer if that happened,” she added. “But no.”Jennifer insisted that the only times they “made out” were when the cameras were rolling. David and Jennifer confessed their crush to Friends reunion host James Corden last month, after the presenter refused to believe none of the cast had hooked up over the course of the show’s 10 series. “The first season I had a major crush on Jen,” David revealed. “And I think we both, at some point, were crushing hard on each other but it was like two ships passing because one of us was always in a relationship and we never crossed that boundary. We respected that.”Jennifer added: “I remember saying at one point to David, ‘It’s going to be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is gonna be on national television!’.”“Sure enough, the first time we kissed was in that coffee shop,” she added, referring to Ross and Rachel’s first kiss in season two’s The One Where Ross Finds Out.The Friends cast also had a strict “no hook up” rule in place, that director Jim Burrows first introduced at the show’s inception. In an interview with Access prior to the reunion, Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing, said: “There was a rule that we had – it was really important to the six of us that we kept a friendship, that we were friends.“If we were hooking up, or there was any strangeness going on, that could have messed with things.”He continued: “So we kept a friendship, and we did become really good friends. And we are really good friends to this day. And we kept that going, and I think that was very important.”READ MORE:Jennifer Aniston Slams Rude Friends Guest Star: 'Your Attitude Is Not What We’re All About'Rest Easy Knowing Jennifer Aniston And Brad Pitt Won't Be Bennifer-ing Any Time SoonThe Friends Cast Belt Out The Show's Iconic Theme Tune With James Corden And Oh, The Nostalgia
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‘Your body just stops’: long Covid sufferers face new ordeals as sick pay runs out
Nurses, teachers and shopworkers who have lost their health and their jobs talk about their struggle for supportWorking seven days a week as a nurse and a fitness instructor, while bringing up two young daughters, Rebecca Logan led an extremely active life – until she contracted Covid-19 while working in the emergency department of a hospital in Northern Ireland.Over a year after first falling ill, the 40-year-old is still suffering from long Covid. For Logan, that means she can only walk for five minutes before needing to rest, and there is a constant ringing in her ears.Her husband has had to pick up the slack at home, alongside his job as a school principal. Continue reading...
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A third of UK motorists don't know what green number plates represent
Despite being available for six months, there is still no confirmation of any benefit drivers with green plates will get. Free parking in towns and cities, access to bus lanes and other perks had been touted.
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Russia summit rejected: Rutte turns on Macron and Merkel over plans for Putin showdown
THE Netherlands has dismissed Franco-German plans to hold a European Union summit with Vladimir Putin.
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Take our Love Island quiz to find out whether you speak Islander
Love Island Season 7 is starting soon, and we can't wait to crack on. But how's your Villa vocab? Are you fluent in Love Island or just a tourist? Take our quiz to find out
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My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?) review – a family drops the love-bomb
Turbine theatre, LondonUsing home videos of their own childhood, Rob Madge presents the moving and funny story of how a young Disney fan got to grow up to be Belle of the ball“Are you filming?” A decade before selfie culture kicked in, Rob Madge was a child ahead of the curve, demanding their family home-video every flamboyant performance they ever staged in their Coventry living room. It’s as well they did: those videos have propelled Madge (who is non-binary) via social media celebrity to their own autobiographical solo show. The videos are the early focus of My Son’s a Queer, and it can feel self-centred as Madge, a Midlands Alan Cumming in vest and pants, replays the act-outs and homespun theatrics of their youth. But in time, this childhood diva melts into the background and their loving family emerge as the stars of the show.The question here, as per Madge’s lyrics, is: “Why does it have to be a choice of just two?” Disney buff Madge wants to wear Belle’s yellow dress but their dad buys them a Beast costume instead. In a shocking moment, their school discourages Madge’s theatricality, which “won’t help him make friends”. What is Madge, keener on stagecraft than soccer, supposed to do? Happily for them, and advertised here by abundant footage of their infancy, the Madge family closes ranks, love-bombing this domestic impresario and show pony in the making. Continue reading...
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