News archive from 6 February 2011

Trevor Francis: The first £100 million footballer cannot be far away

Trevor Francis: The first £100 million footballer cannot be far away

Thirty-two years ago this week Trevor Francis became Britain's first million-pound footballer. Francis was a striker, like Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll, but for him there was no chopper ride from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest and no...

Guardian, 22:10 in Sport
 
Luis Suárez, the romantic hothead who fought his way to Liverpool

Luis Suárez, the romantic hothead who fought his way to Liverpool

Luis Suárez is famous for many things but to employees of Beter Horen, a Dutch hearing aid company, he will always be remembered as the face of a television advertisement promoting its discreet earpieces. That oft-repeated commercial offered some...

Guardian, 22:11 in Sport
 
January madness is making football sleazier | Paul Wilson

January madness is making football sleazier | Paul Wilson

A couple of weeks ago this column was rash enough to suggest that Darren Bent at £24m could never be viewed as a bargain. Feel free to laugh. As everybody now knows, by the end of the transfer window the phrase "makes Darren Bent look a...

Guardian, 22:11 in Sport
 
Ally McCoist forced to put fears for his Rangers inheritance on hold

Ally McCoist forced to put fears for his Rangers inheritance on hold

Ally McCoist is coming to terms with the fact that the fulfilment of a dream could prove a terrible anticlimax. Rangers' manager-in-waiting welcomed the arrivals of El Hadji Diouf, Kyle Bartley and David Healy to Ibrox before the transfer window...

Guardian, 22:11 in Sport
 
Champion hurdler Binocular fails to impress in victory at Sandown

Champion hurdler Binocular fails to impress in victory at Sandown

Nicky Henderson's pair of Champion Hurdle candidates managed to win their trial races, both having started at long odds-on, but they did so in contrasting fashion, with Binocular once again contriving to look ordinary against moderate rivals in the...

Guardian, 22:21 in Sport
 

Today's mystery bird for you to identify

Mystery Bird photographed at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Dan Logen, 18 January 2010 [velociraptorize]. Nikon D300 600 mm lens with 1.4 extender, f/8 1/1000 sec ISO 400 This...

 
Boardwalk Empire: season one, episode three

Boardwalk Empire: season one, episode three

SPOILER ALERT: This blog is for those who are watching Boardwalk Empire on Sky Atlantic. Don't read on if you haven't seen the third episode – and if you've seen more of the series, please be aware that other readers may not have done so … Kathy...

Guardian, 22:28 in Showbiz
 

Clegg defends plans for growth

Nick Clegg has warned there is no one "lever" that the Government can pull to generate economic growth. The Deputy Prime Minister said ministers could not simply "churn out initiative after initiative" in a desperate attempt to...

People, 22:29 in World News
 

MPs deny advising Devine on claims

Two MPs did not advise a former colleague accused of fiddling his expenses to take cash from an allowance to pay his staff, a court has been told. Former Labour backbencher Jim Devine claims he had a conversation with Tom Watson and Steve McCabe in...

People, 22:29 in World News
 

Man jailed over racial abuse claim

A sales rep has been jailed for 12 months for "playing the race card" by falsely claiming a traffic warden had racially abused him and attacked him to avoid paying for a parking ticket. Ben Hlal was also convicted of making another false...

People, 22:29 in World News
 

Four face action over baby's death

Four social care workers are facing disciplinary action following the death of a 13-month-old boy whose neglect was found to be "preventable and predictable". Three social workers and one social care employee will be investigated over their...

People, 22:29 in World News
 

£7m Gauguin on show ahead of sale

Artworks valued at more than £100 million, including a Gauguin which has been unseen for 15 years, have gone on display ahead of their sale next week. Paintings by Magritte and Picasso, as well as a pastel by Degas - each with a multimillion-pound...

People, 22:29 in World News
 

New car sales record 11.5% plunge

New car sales fell by 11.5% to 128,811 last month compared with January 2010, new figures show. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said the decline was in line with its forecast and partly reflected the ending of the car scrappage...

People, 22:29 in World News
 

Cameron urges 'transition' in Egypt

David Cameron has urged the Egyptian government to act on international calls for an orderly transition to democracy. Arriving at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, the Prime Minister warned: "If we see on the streets of Cairo today...

People, 22:30 in World News
 
New blow for England as Rio Ferdinand's injury jinx strikes again

New blow for England as Rio Ferdinand's injury jinx strikes again

Rio Ferdinand's injury problems returned last night when he suffered a calf injury that could rule him out for a fortnight. The defender was hurt during the warm-up before Manchester United's 2-1 defeat at Wolves and will miss England's friendly...

Daily Mail, 22:30 in Sport
 


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