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Danny Cipriani pleads guilty to assault charge in Jersey

England rugby player fined £2,000 after admitting assault and resisting arrestEngland rugby star Danny Cipriani has pleaded guilty at Jersey magistrates court to charges of common assault and resisting arrest following an incident in a nightclub on the…

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Not guilty, but Ben Stokes faces a battle to restore his reputation

Despite being cleared of affray, the cricketer’s night out may haunt him for years to comeIt was supposed to have been a fun evening out for members of the England cricket team following victory over the West Indies in an international match. But for B…

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Ben Stokes cleared of affray after brawl outside Bristol club

England cricketer acquitted after jury accepts he had acted in self-defenceThe England cricketer Ben Stokes has been cleared of affray after a fight outside a Bristol nightclub.A jury at Bristol crown court acquitted the 27-year old Durham all-rounder …

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Ben Stokes: jury asked to consider Alex Hales’ alleged role in fight

Jury asked if injuries blamed on Stokes could have been caused by England teammateThe jury in the trial of Ben Stokes has been asked to consider if injuries allegedly caused by the cricketer during a fracas in Bristol could have been caused by his inte…

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Ex-Celtic youth coach jailed after admitting sexual assault

Jim McCafferty sentenced to three years and nine months for offences against a boy A former Celtic football club youth coach has been jailed for three years and nine months after admitting eight counts of sexual assault.Jim McCafferty, 72, initially pl…

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Ben Stokes denies that he ‘lost all control’ in Bristol brawl

England cricketer accused of affray over street fight insists he was not ‘really very drunk’ Ben Stokes has denied that CCTV footage of him brawling in a Bristol street showed “an angry man” who had “lost all control”.The England cricketer agreed he ha…

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Nine-year-old chess prodigy told he can stay in UK

Shreyas Royal’s father says son ecstatic after Home Office reverses visa decisionA nine-year-old chess prodigy has been told he does not have to leave the UK when his father’s work visa expires, a move that has been welcomed by MPs and chess organisati…

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Ben Stokes tells jury he had at least nine drinks on night of brawl

England cricketer says he only engaged in the fight to protect teammate and gay coupleThe England cricketer Ben Stokes has told a jury he had drunk at least seven vodka and mixer drinks and “two or three pints” of beer during a night that ended in a st…

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CCTV said to show Ben Stokes mocking and throwing cigarette at gay men outside nightclub – video

Ben Stokes was the ‘main aggressor’ in a late night street fight in Bristol that left one ?man with serious facial injuries including a broken eye socket and deep cut to his face, a court heard.The England cricketer knocked out Ryan Ali with one p…

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Ben Stokes was ‘main aggressor’ in Bristol brawl, court hears

Off-duty police officer tells court England cricketer was ‘trying to get at’ another manBen Stokes was the “main aggressor” in a late-night street fight in Bristol that left one man with serious facial injuries including a broken eye socket and a deep …

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Ben Stokes acted like ‘football hooligan’ in Bristol brawl, court told

Video played at cricketer’s trial for affray shows him delivering knockout blow to head of former servicemanEngland cricketer Ben Stokes was behaving like a “football hooligan” as he punched an Afghanistan war veteran to the floor while the man “had hi…

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley responds to criticism from MP Chi Onwurah

• Petition submitted by the MP to parliament calling on the government to take action• Ashley responded with a letter to the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sportChi Onwurah, the Labour MP for Newcastle Central, has refused to back d…

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Why Stan Kroenke’s sole ownership of Arsenal is worrying news for fans | Andrew Mangan

Once football clubs are bought, assets can be stripped or they can fall into disrepair – with nothing the fans can do to stop itFor some years now, Arsenal football club has been in an unusual ownership position. Two billionaires own 97.13% of the shar…

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Why Stan Kroenke’s sole ownership of Arsenal is worrying news for fans | Andrew Mangan

Once football clubs are bought, assets can be stripped or they can fall into disrepair – with nothing the fans can do to stop itFor some years now, Arsenal football club has been in an unusual ownership position. Two billionaires own 97.13% of the shar…

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Cricketer Ben Stokes mocked gay couple before fight, jury hears

Stokes denies charge of affray relating to nightclub fight described as ‘sustained episode of violence’The cricketer Ben Stokes mocked two gay men, “mimicking their voices and mannerisms in a derogatory manner”, in an exchange captured on CCTV, Bristol…

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Le Mow: the 12-hour lawnmower race – in pictures

Teams compete all night in an endurance race in West Sussex in the cheapest form of motorsport Continue reading…

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Two Croatians stabbed in Glasgow before Rangers match

Osijek fans injured in mass brawl involving 40 people before Thursday’s Europa League clashTwo Croatian football fans were stabbed during a mass brawl before Rangers’ Europa League clash with Osijek in Glasgow.The two men, aged 24 and 40, were injured …

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William Hill could close up to 900 betting shops after FOBT clampdown

Bookmaker posts £820m loss and warns crackdown will have long-term consequences William Hill could close up to 900 betting shops that it expects to become loss-making as a result of the UK government’s clampdown on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs)….

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‘So this is what it’s like to be famous,’ writes other Geraint Thomas

Welsh lecturer deluged with Twitter messages meant for Tour de France winnerHe prefers fast cars to speedy bicycles and counts joining a gym as his greatest athletic achievement.But because he shares a name with the winner of the Tour de France and has…

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Mark of Kane: engraved £5 note sparks Wales treasure hunt

Micro-engraver Graham Short creates special note for each of England captain’s World Cup goalsA £5 note depicting the image of the England football captain Harry Kane has gone into circulation in Wales and could “change the life” of anyone who finds it…