Aston Villa beat Leeds to guarantee play-off spot

Aston Villa secured their place in the Championship play-offs and boosted their automatic promotion hopes with victory over mid-table Leeds United. Villa deservedly went in front when Lewis Grabban powerfully headed in Jack Grealish’s cross from six yards. Glenn Whelan cleared Kalvin Phillips’ shot off the line as Leeds improved but Grabban, Jonathan Kodjia and…

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Cliff Richard: BBC raid report 'shocking and upsetting'

Sir Cliff Richard has broken down in court as he described the “shocking and upsetting” BBC television coverage of a police raid on his home in 2014. He is suing the BBC over privacy and said in a witness statement his health suffered “mentally and physically”. South Yorkshire Police searched the singer’s Berkshire apartment after…

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Syria crisis: UN chief says Cold War is back

Media playback is unsupported on your device The UN’s secretary general has said the Cold War is “back with a vengeance”. Antonio Guterres also warned about the dangers of escalation over Syria. The US and its allies are considering launching missile strikes against Syria after a suspected chemical attack, an action which Russia – whose…

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Jay Rodriguez: Charge of racially abusing Gaetan Bong 'not proven'

Warning: Some people may find the language in this article offensive. A charge that West Brom forward Jay Rodriguez racially abused Brighton defender Gaetan Bong has been found “not proven” by the Football Association. Cameroon international Bong said the incident took place during the Baggies’ 2-0 win at The Hawthorns on 13 January. Rodriguez, who…

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Salisbury poisoning: Russia 'targeted' Yulia Skripal email

Russian intelligence agencies targeted poison victim Yulia Skripal’s email account as early as 2013, the UK’s national security adviser has said. In a letter to Nato, Sir Mark Sedwill also said Russia trained “special units” to use nerve agents, including applying them to door handles. Police said a nerve agent was found on Yulia’s father…

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Duke of Edinburgh leaves hospital

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Duke of Edinburgh has been discharged from hospital following a successful hip replacement operation. Prince Philip, 96, waved as he was driven past the front entrance to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London, having left through a different exit. He was admitted to hospital on 3 April…

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Liverpool face Roma in Champions League, Arsenal v Atletico in Europa

Liverpool will play Roma in the Champions League semi-finals, with Bayern Munich facing Real Madrid. The Reds, who overcame Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals, will host Roma on 24 or 25 April before the return leg on 1 or 2 May. Arsenal will face Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals, while…

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Jeremy Corbyn: May waiting for Trump instructions on Syria

The UK government is “waiting for instructions” from Donald Trump about whether to launch a missile strike on Syria, Jeremy Corbyn has said. The Labour leader spoke out after Cabinet ministers agreed “on the need to take action” in Syria to “deter the further use of chemical weapons”. Ministers said it was “highly likely” the…

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Murderer killed again 'despite warnings'

A man believes his wife would still be alive if the probation service had acted on warnings and sent a convicted murderer back to prison. Simon Mellors, from Nottingham, murdered his former partner Pearl Black in 1999, then killed Janet Scott after being released from prison on licence. Her husband, Chris Scott, said Mellors threatened…

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Premier League predictions: Lawro takes on comedian James

Will Manchester City’s bad week get even worse when they go to Wembley on Saturday night? In-form Tottenham will be trying to inflict more misery on Pep Guardiola’s side, who failed to wrap up the Premier League title last weekend and are out of the Champions League too. BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson says:…

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