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Eddie Jones says England have no excuses as the reigning 6 Nations champions go for their third successive crown

Eddie Jones refuses to believe that Ireland’s national set-up gives them an advantage over his England team. Jones is seeking to mastermind an unprecedented third successive NatWest 6 Nations title and his reigning champions have been installed as odds-on favourites to retain their crown, with Joe Schmidt’s men behind them in second. England have compiled 22 wins from their 23 Tests under Jones, but it is Ireland who enter the tournament buoyed by the imminent qualification of three provinces for the knockout phase in the European Champions Cup, contrasting with…

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Kevin Spacey: Scotland Yard investigates third sexual assault allegation

Police are investigating a new allegation of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey. Scotland Yard received the claim on 13 December. It alleges that a man was assaulted by the Oscar-winning actor in Westminster, London, in 2005. The police force did not name Spacey but said the alleged perpetrator is the same person who was the subject of two earlier complaints. Those are alleged to have taken place in Lambeth in 2005 and 2008. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “On 1 November, City of London Police referred an allegation of sexual…

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She's here! Kim and Kanye's third baby arrives

Kim Kardashian West and her husband Kanye West have become parents to a baby girl, delivered via a surrogate. Kardashian West announced the news on her official website, in a post that revealed the weight of the newborn was seven pounds and six ounces. “Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl,” wrote the reality TV star. “We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give.” She said her other two children,…

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Iran protests: Violence on third day of demonstrations

Media playback is unsupported on your device Some anti-establishment protests happening in Iranian cities have turned violent, video footage shows. They began three days ago – initially in protest at falling living standards – and are the biggest show of dissent since huge pro-reform rallies in 2009. Demonstrators have ignored a warning by Iran’s interior minister to avoid “illegal gatherings”. Two demonstrators are reported dead in Dorud after sustaining gunshot wounds in a video posted on social media. Videos filmed elsewhere in the country show protesters setting fire to a…

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Cardiff City 0-1 Preston North End: Late Tom Clarke goal inflicts third straight defeat on Bluebirds

Tom Clarke’s late winner gave Preston the three points in Cardiff and condemned Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds to a third straight Sky Bet Championship defeat. North End captain Clarke bundled home a header from inside the six-yard box in the 90th minute for what was the only goal of a poor-quality affair. The result lifts Alex Neil’s side to within a point and a place of the play-off spots but for fellow promotion chasers Cardiff, who remain third in the table, it was another underwhelming display. Preston had the better of the…

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Australia win The Ashes: Hapless England lose third Test as hosts wrap up series victory

Australia have regained the Ashes after defeating England by an innings and 41 runs in Perth to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. The tourists have been humbled Down Under and Joe Root and his men have lost the famous urn before Christmas, despite Dawid Malan’s late, lone-hand resilience and a controversial three-hour delay after overnight rain got underneath the WACA’s leaky covers. England were spared 28 of the scheduled 98 overs on the final day of the third Test but had to contend with the mental – and…

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Salford house fire: Third murder charge

A third person has been charged with murdering four children killed in a house fire in Salford on Monday. David Worrall, 25, of Worsley, Salford, will appear before magistrates later and has also been charged with arson and attempted murder. Zac Bolland, 23, and Courtney Brierley, 20, also from Worsley, are due before Manchester Crown Court on similar charges. Four siblings aged three to 15 died as a result of the blaze. Demi Pearson, 15, died at the scene on Jackson Street. Her brother and sister, Brandon, eight, and Lacie,…

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