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Mikel Arteta speaks out on FA betting probe into Arsenal yellow card
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Six Nations: England hit by fresh Owen Farrell blow after star suffers another injury in Saracens training
England have been dealt a major blow in their preparations for the Six Nations after captain Owen Farrell suffered an injury in training this week, forcing him to miss Saracens’ clash with London Irish on Sunday.
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Emiliano Martinez: Aston Villa goalkeeper signs contract extension to 2027
It’s the second contract extension announced by Villa in as many days
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‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ leaks ahead of next week’s release date (no spoilers)
Information about the latest entry in the franchise has made its way onto Twitter and beyond
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Hitman is latest subreddit to be locked over toxic community
Some people got so mad over Hitman 3's Steam prices that the official subreddit has been locked due to abusive behaviour.
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London’s big banks blame ageing IT as customers flock to fintech upstarts
LONDON’s big banks are losing ground to the new breed of fintech lenders as unclear regulations and ageing computer systems put a roadblock on growth.
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Teens hit with baseball bat and car in street brawl near school in Erith
Two teenagers were hit with a baseball bat and deliberately struck by a car in a street brawl outside a school in Erith.
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Model ‘pulled her hair out’ after being secretly filmed by Met officer
Detective Inspector Neil Corbel, 40, has pleaded guilty to 19 counts of voyeurism.
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Alexa virtual assistant returns after service outage
Amazon’s AI helper went down for UK customers on Friday morning.
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Thieves who stole £50,000 from ATMs they blew up with petrol bombs jailed
The pair stole or tried to steal from eight cash machines across Essex and London.
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Thomas Tuchel must fix Chelsea downturn as Champions League trophy won’t save his job, warns Florent Malouda
Thomas Tuchel has been warned his Champions League triumph will not save him if he cannot turn Chelsea’s season around.
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Moulin Rouge star Liisi LaFontaine says being back on stage ‘pure joy’
One of the stars of Moulin Rouge! The Musical has described the “pure adrenaline and pure joy” of finally being on stage.
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Brazil legend Pele discharged from hospital again after treatment for tumours
Brazil football legend Pele was discharged from hospital in Sao Paulo on Thursday for the second time in less than a month after undergoing two days of treatment for cancer
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Alan Carr and husband Paul split after 13 years together
Alan Carr has split from his husband Paul Drayton after 13 years together.
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Evil daughter wrote fake suicide note after stabbing her mum to death and hiding body
Cassandra Scott, 36, stabbed her mother Beverley 10 times in a crack cocaine fuelled rage, then left her body in the house they shared for two-and-a-half months
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Brit Awards 2022: From Performers To Nominees, Here's Everything You Need To Know
While this year’s awards season has faced a bit of disruption so far – with a muted Golden Globes and a rescheduled Grammys – the Brit Awards are currently scheduled to go ahead as normal, following 2021′s delayed and scaled-back event. With now only a matter of weeks to go until the 2022 ceremony, here’s everything we can tell you about the biggest night in the British music calendar.Who is hosting the Brit Awards this year? Following Jack Whitehall’s departure from the Brits after four years, it was confirmed in November last year that Mo Gilligan will be taking the helm of the awards in 2022. “I’m truly honoured to be asked,” he said. “We’re already in the extensive planning stages and all I can say is, I promise we’re going to give it all we’ve got to create an incredible night for music fans everywhere. Let’s go!”Mo later revealed that after a jam-packed year, he wanted to donate his Brits fee to Five X More, a grassroots charity aiming to help improve “Black women and birthing people’s maternal health outcomes in the UK”.“I believe in giving back so I’m going to be donating my fee for the Brits to Five X More. They do extraordinary work and when the spotlight is on me I must shine it on others,” he tweeted.Maya Jama and Clara Amfo have also been announced as the co-hosts of the red carpet coverage for the event.What are the Brits categories this year?Brits bosses have ditched gendered categories for the first time, replacing “male” and “female” awards with Artist Of The Year and International Artist Of The Year.They have also introduced four new genre-specific categories for Best Alternative/Rock Act, Best Hip-Hop/Grime/Rap Act, Best Dance Act and Best Pop/R&B Act.Brit Awards chair Tom March said: “It is important that the Brits continue to evolve and aim to be as inclusive as possible. It feels completely the right time to celebrate the achievements of artists for the music that they create, and the work that they do, irrespective of gender.“I’m really excited to launch four new genre awards, which create even more opportunities for artists to be acknowledged for the brilliant music they create and produce, and give music fans the chance to get involved and vote to support their artists and help them to win a Brit.”How can I vote in this year’s Brit Awards?Music lovers will be able to decide the winners of the new genre-specific categories in a public vote powered by TikTok. The dedicated voting hub on the social media app opened on Thursday 20 January and will close at 6pm on Thursday 3 February. TikTok users can cast up to 10 votes per category, per day, with vote limits resetting at midnight for the duration of the voting window.Who is nominated at the 2022 Brit Awards?It’s probably no surprise that Adele is among the top nominees leading the way, with Dave, Little Simz and Ed Sheeran joining her on four nods each.All four of these artists are in the running for the coveted Album Of The Year prize, as well as being nominated in the inaugural Best British Artist category. Other UK-centric acts up for awards include Sam Fender, Little Mix, Dua Lipa and Coldplay, while international acts like Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, Central Cee, David Guetta and reigning Eurovision winners Måneskin are also up for multiple prizes.Check out the full list of nominations lower down the page. Who is the Rising Star winner?As with previous years, the winner of the Rising Star category has been announced ahead of the ceremony, with Holly Humberstone awarded the prize over Bree Runway and Lola Young. She follows in the footsteps of previous winners including Adele, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sandé, Celeste and Griff. As part of the award, Holly will also be performing at the ceremony, speaking of which...Who is performing at the 2022 Brit Awards?Dave, Doja Cat, Ed Sheeran, Holly Humberstone, Liam Gallagher and Little Simz have all so far been confirmed to take to the stage during this year’s ceremony. While Brits bosses have so far remained tight-lipped on whether any other performers are still to be announced, we’d say it is a safe bet there will be more additions in the coming days.We have everything crossed for an Adele showstopper. When do the Brit Awards take place?The Brit Awards 2022 will air live from London’s O2 Arena on Tuesday 8 February on ITV, time tbc. Brit Awards 2022 nominations: The full list...ALBUM OF THE YEARAdele – 30Dave – We’re All Alone In This TogetherEd Sheeran – =Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be IntrovertSam Fender – Seventeen Going UnderSONG OF THE YEARA1 x J1 – Latest TrendsAdele – Easy On MeAnne Marie x KSI x Digital Farm Animals – Don’t PlayBecky Hill and David Guetta – RememberCentral Cee – Obsessed With YouDave and Stormzy – ClashEd Sheeran – Bad HabitsElton John and Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)Glass Animals – HeatwaveJoel Corry, Raye and David Guetta – BedKSI – HolidayNathan Evans, 220 Kid and Billen Ted – WllermanRiton x Nightcrawlers feat. Mufasa & Hypeman – FridayRuss Million x Tion Wayne – BodyTom Grennan – Little Bit Of LoveARTIST OF THE YEARAdeleDaveEd SheeranLittle SimzSam FenderGROUP OF THE YEARColdplayD-Block EuropeLittle MixLondon GrammarWolf AliceINTERNATIONAL ARTISTBillie EilishDoja CatLil Nas XOlivia RodrigoTaylor SwiftINTERNATIONAL GROUPABBABTSMåneskinSilk SonicThe War On DrugsINTERNATIONAL SONG OF THE YEARATB x Topic x A7S – Your Love (9PM)Billie Eilish – Happier Than EverCKay - Love NwantitiDoja Cat and SZA – Kiss Me MoreDrake and Lil Baby – Girls Want GirlsGalantis, Little Mix and David Guetta – Heartbreak AnthemJonasu – Black MagicLil Nas X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name)Lil Tjay and 6lack – Calling My PhoneMåneskin – I Wanna Be Your SlaveOlivia Rodrigo – good 4 uPolo G – RapstarThe Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber – StayThe Weeknd – Save Your TearsTiesto – The BusinessBEST NEW ARTISTCentral CeeGriffJoy CrookesLittle SimzSelf EsteemRISING STARBree RunwayHolly Humberstone (already announced as winner)Lola YoungPOP/R&B ACTAdeleDua LipaEd SheeranGriffJoy CrookesDANCE ACTBecky HillCalvin HarrisFred again..Joel CorryRayeALTERNATIVE/ROCK ACTColdplayGlass AnimalsSam FenderTom GrennanWolf AliceHIP-HOP/GRIME/RAP ACTAJ TraceyCentral CeeDaveGhettsLittle SimzREAD MORE:12 Rising Stars To Look Out For In 2022Brit Awards Host Mo Gilligan Reveals He's Donating His Presenting Fee To CharityAdele Unveils The Video For Her New Single And All We Can Say Is 'Oh My God'
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'It's just a way to say thank you': Heartwarming moment Tameside man hands £17k car and £20k cash over to his mum
“We don't win anything very much - I don't even win a raffle"
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Meat Loaf had a second Fight Club role that you probably didn’t know about
It turns out the cult film might not have been as good without his help
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Cabinet minister says claims of ‘blackmailing’ MPs should be investigated
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng could not rule out the allegation from a former Tory MP, but said it could be an attempt to ‘discredit’ ministers.
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Cabinet minister says claims of ‘blackmailing’ MPs should be investigated
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng could not rule out the allegation from a former Tory MP, but said it could be an attempt to ‘discredit’ ministers.
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British ‘gigafactory’ will cost £3.8 billion and create 3,000 jobs
The factory will be used to build batteries for electric cars.
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My Bloody Valentine calls out Spotify for showing ‘incorrect and insulting’ lyrics of their songs
‘We’re not sure where they got them from, probably one of those bulls**t lyrics sites on the internet’
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How I Met Your Father: Everyone has the same complaint about new spin-off
Viewers were not at all keen on one ‘unbearable’ aspect of the show
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After Life: Netflix responds as viewers bombard service with same demand after ’hilarious’ scene
Streaming service has been forced to step in amid viewer demands
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Diplomat says Tongan survival story fits with events
The incredible story of a retired carpenter who survived overnight in the ocean after the Tonga tsunami swept him out to sea appeared to fit with events at the time, a top New Zealand official says
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Manchester United starlet Zidane Iqbal to make senior international debut for Iraq
A final decision has been made on the Manchester United academy player and his international future.
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Surrogate gives birth to her own grandson at 54 as her daughter was born without a uterus
Maree thought she would be too old to help make her daughter's dreams of becoming a mum come true.
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Peloton hints at cuts after report on fall in demand for exercise bikes
As shareprice falls, CEO admits firm needs to ‘evaluate’ size of workforce and reset productionPeloton is considering workforce cuts and production changes as investors hammered its share price after a report said it was considering halting the manufacture of its exercise bikes because of a slump in demand.The company’s chief executive, John Foley, said a report by CNBC claiming that it plans to temporarily halt production of its exercise bike and treadmill products was “incomplete, out of context, and not reflective of Peloton’s strategy”. Continue reading...
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Inside the idyllic farmhouse that overlooks beauty spot Dovestone Reservoir
Inside the idyllic farmhouse that overlooks beauty spot Dovestone Reservoir
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Jorge Masvidal explains why he won't fight Jake Paul despite huge offer
Masvidal has explained that he does not want to fight Paul because he has worked too hard on his UFC career and has claimed that no-one would "care" about a fight between the pair
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Surrey head coach Vikram Solanki leaves to take IPL role
Surrey head coach Vikram Solanki has left the club in order to take on a director of cricket role in the IPL.
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Prince Andrew made staff line up his 72 teddies in size order, ex-palace maid claims
Charlotte Briggs worked for the Royal Family in the mid-90s also claimed the Duke of York's two favourite teddies were placed on mahogany thrones at his bedside
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Eddie Howe defends Newcastle’s Saudi Arabia trip amid ‘sportswashing’ claims
The Magpies will head for the Middle East after their Premier League trip to Leeds.
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Meat Loaf's many brushes with death - car crashes, hit by shot put and scary collapse
Meat Loaf has died aged 74 - but the rocker cheated death many times in his rollercoaster life, surviving a horror car crash that left him traumatised, being hit on the head with a shot put and his father trying to kill him with a butcher's knife
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London leaseholders to receive protection from unfair service charges
Leaseholders in London are to be given more protection from costly service charges under new rules introduced by Sadiq Khan.
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Jose Mourinho's £53m 'transfer mistake' has finally been rectified by Manchester United
Manchester United's record when it comes to signing midfielders hasn't been great of late, but one signing is finally coming good
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Lecturer sacked ‘for being too loud’ wins £100,000 compensation
She was ‘so passionate about physics she could not restrain herself from bubbling with excitement’.
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Let London’s great return start now, say Boris Johnson and Sadiq Khan
PM and London Mayor urge people back into city for work and play to boost economy
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Ralf Rangnick's biggest Manchester United decision is getting closer
Bruno Fernandes has captained Man Utd in successive Premier League games and Ralf Rangnick could soon have a decision to make about the armband.
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Eddie Hearn explains Dana White’s mistake in heated Jake Paul feud
The UFC boss has gone back-and-forth with social media star Paul over the past few months, with the general consensus being that the YouTuber has come out on top in the verbal exchanges
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Rosie Jones says Uber driver ‘left me in the road’ after mistaking her cerebral palsy for being drunk
‘Please make sure your drivers know the difference between the two,’ wrote the comedian
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Strictly’s Tilly Ramsay panics as she almost flashes Maisie Smith in backstage video
Strictly Come Dancing's Tilly Ramsay almost had a wardrobe malfunction as she was getting ready backstage with Maisie Smith for the show's eagerly-awaited tour
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Babes in the Woods killer Russell Bishop dies in hospital
The 55-year-old was jailed for a minimum of 36 years in 2018 for killing nine-year-olds Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway in 1986.
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Babes in the Woods killer Russell Bishop dies in hospital
The 55-year-old was jailed for a minimum of 36 years in 2018 for killing nine-year-olds Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway in 1986.
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Mum partied days after baby found unresponsive while co-sleeping with her, inquest hears
Keira-Mae Jones was just two-days old when her mother, Aimee Jones, found her "unresponsive" in her bed at Barnsley Hospital
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‘Care hotel’ set up in Norwich to relieve ‘unprecedented’ pressure on hospitals
Norfolk and Waveney CCG pilot will care for up to 15 patients who are not well enough to be sent homeNorfolk has become the latest area in England to start transferring patients to a hotel in order to free up hospital beds.The Norfolk and Waveney clinical commissioning group (CCG) said the hotel would act as a temporary care facility, after the service declared a critical incident this month due to “sustained and unprecedented pressure”. Continue reading...
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