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HS2: Route through Sheffield to be announced by ministers

The final route of the Manchester and Leeds branch of HS2 will be announced later, including a decision over its path through Sheffield. Contracts worth £6.6bn will also be awarded for work on the first stretch of the new high speed rail line between London and Birmingham. The transport secretary said HS2 would “drive economic growth and productivity in the North and Midlands”. But critics say the project will damage the environment and is too expensive. The first trains are not expected to run until 2026. The decision over its…

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Newcastle United 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday: Toon stunned by Owls on Boxing Day

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal Monday, December 26, 2016 Sheffield Wednesday boosted their automatic promotion hopes as they served up a shock 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Boxing Day. The Magpies top the Championship table, but could now be usurped by Brighton, who play Queens Park Rangers on December 27. In a match where Karl Darlow kept Rafa Benitez’s side in the match with a series of stunning saves, the Owls’ winning goal came from an unusual source. Following a Darlow save from Tom Lees,…

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