News archive from 22 February 2016

Cavaliers overcome Thunder while Davis scores 59 in Pelicans victory

Kevin Love scored 29 points to help the streaking Cleveland Cavaliers roll past the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-92 on Sunday. Love shot nine of 18 from the field and 11 for 12 at the free throw line to match his second-best scoring performance of the...

Guardian, 00:01 in Sport

France drop Samoan-born David Smith after discovering he ineligible

France have been forced to pull David Smith, a late callup, out of their plans for Friday’s Six Nations match with Wales after discovering he did not qualify to play for Les Bleus. The embarrassment for the French Rugby Federation emerged only hours...

Guardian, 00:01 in Sport
Russian patriarch prays at Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue

Russian patriarch prays at Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has prayed in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His tour of Latin America began last week, with a historic meeting with Pope Francis in Cuba. He arrived in...

BBC, 00:03 in World News
Shawshank stage show comes to Opera House

Shawshank stage show comes to Opera House

A new stage production of The Shawshank Redemption is the latest addition to the brochure at Blackpool Opera House. The beloved film, based on the Stephen King short novel, will be retold on stage in the autumn as part of a new tour. Oscar-nominated...


Revealed: The two stars Jose Mourinho wants to bring to Man Utd

The Portuguese boss is widely tipped to take over from Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford. Reports suggest Mourinho believes he already has a gentleman’s agreement in place with Ed Woodward to succeed the Dutchman, although a pre-contract deal is yet to...


Zak Whitbread hopes to shock Man Utd in FA Cup as he bids to put himself in shop window

The Shrewsbury defender, who has experienced the highs of Champions League football for Liverpool back in 2005-06 and low points of nearly six months without a contract, believes the League One outfit can shock the stuttering Premier League giants....


Costel Pantilimon bids for glory at Watford after revealing his lowest FA Cup moment

The 29-year-old kept four clean sheets in a row to help Manchester City to that final three years ago before Roberto Mancini dropped him in favour of Joe Hart. Pantilimon now appears to be Watford's cup keeper too having played second fiddle to...


Martinez insists Everton have two shots at claiming a Europa League spot after FA Cup win

Second-half goals by the outstanding Ross Barkley - in front of England head coach Roy Hodgson - and Romelu Lukaku, plus a first-half penalty save by back-up goalkeeper Joel Robles at the Vitality Stadium saw the Toffees into the sixth round for the...

China weapons exports surge over past five years - report

China weapons exports surge over past five years - report

BEIJING China has almost doubled its weapons exports in the past five years, a military think tank said on Monday, as the world's third-largest weapons exporter pours capital into developing an advanced arms manufacturing industry. In 2011 to 2015,...


Most business leaders will vote to stay in EU, polls find

A majority of business leaders will be voting in favour of Britain staying inside the European Union after David Cameron’s deal, according to two new surveys. But there are warnings that, whichever way the vote goes, Britain’s commercial interests are...

Guardian, 00:09 in Business

British Airways wins battle of the brands for third year running

The old guard of traditional transport and manufacturing brands are at the top of the Superbrand 2016 survey, seeing off competition from younger and “sexier” technology companies. British Airways outperformed 1,600 rivals to take the top spot for the...

Guardian, 00:09 in Business

More than 6m households switched energy supplier in 2015

More than 6m domestic energy supply accounts were switched in 2015, a 15% increase on 2014,according to new figures by energy regulator, Ofgem. It is the highest number of account changes since 2011 and 40% of them were moves away from the big six...

Guardian, 00:09 in Business

Indy poll II almost certain if UK is Out

Sturgeon insists Scots will want to vote again NICOLA STURGEON said yesterday that a vote to leave the European Union against Scotland’s will would “almost certainly” trigger a second Scottish independence referendum. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show,...


Locals outnumber rump EDL 10 to one

Community celebrations overwhelm fascists HUNDREDS of people turned out to celebrate Preston’s diversity on Saturday as a heavily guarded gang of racists from the English Defence League (EDL) staged a demonstration in the north-western English town....


London rally pushes for camps reprieve as bulldozers poised to wipe out children’s homes

A PROTEST rally will be held today calling for refugee camps in northern France not to be bulldozed without viable alternatives for thousands of destitute families and lone children. Hundreds of people are expected to assemble outside Downing Street...


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