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Scottish Open: Mark Allen ‘doesn’t deserve to be in final’ after ‘disrespecting’ tournament

Mark Allen was beaten by Ronnie O’Sullivan in last weekend’s UK Championship final Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen says his place in Sunday’s Scottish Open final is “undeserved” following a week of too much drinking at the Glasgow event. Allen, 32, fought back from 4-0 and 5-2 down to clinch a 6-5 semi-final win over Welshman Daniel Wells but then lambasted his own approach this week. “I don’t deserve to be in the final the way I’ve treated the tournament this week,” Allen told Eurosport. The world number six added that…

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The teacher who doesn’t want Christmas presents

Image copyright Inverclyde Council Primary school teacher Kate McLaughlan says Christmas is her favourite time of year. But there will be fewer presents under her tree on 25 December. This year, she has asked her pupils’ parents not to buy her a gift, and instead to help teach the class an important lesson. In a letter to parents earlier this week, she asked if parents could make a donation towards supplies for the local food bank. Mrs McLaughlan, of Newark Primary School in Port Glasgow, said she wanted to teach…

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Millipede so rare ‘it doesn’t even have a name’ discovered

Image copyright Liam Olds Image caption The millipede was first spotted in 2017 in Bridgend A millipede so rare it is “new to science” and does not even have a common name, has been found in Neath Port Talbot. Youngsters on a Halloween insect hunt found the bug at Craig Gwladus Country Park, near Cilfrew, on 30 October. It has since been identified as the Turdulisoma cf turdulorum millipede, so rare it is only the third known site where it has been found. The first was Aberkenfig, Bridgend, in 2017,…

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‘I hire a man to pretend to be my daughter’s dad – and she doesn’t know’

Megumi was a baby when her parents separated and her father disappeared from her life. But years later her mother told her he wanted to reconnect. Megumi began to see Yamada regularly. She thinks he is her father, and that Yamada is his real name – but this is a lie. “Ever since she was little she’d ask me where he was,” says Megumi’s mother, Asako. “All she knew was that he had gone soon after she was born, so she blamed herself.” For years it didn’t appear to be…

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Steelers’ Bell doesn’t report, won’t play in 2018

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell did not report to the team before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed, meaning he is ineligible to play the rest of the season. FILE PHOTO: Dec 25, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo Bell, who has held out the entire year since being franchise-tagged for the second straight time, will forfeit the…

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Owen Farrell: England fly-half ‘doesn’t get same protection from referees’, says Eddie Jones

Owen Farrell has taken part in tailored fitness sessions this week as England prepare to face the All Blacks England v New Zealand Venue: Twickenham. Date: 10 November. Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live (build-up from 14:30) and live text commentary on BBC Sport website. Highlights on BBC Two at 19:30 GMT. England head coach Eddie Jones believes “warrior” co-captain Owen Farrell does not get the same protection from referees as other fly-halves. Farrell picked up a hip injury in Saturday’s win over South Africa…

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New Coronation Street boss says he doesn’t have a ‘hit list’

Image copyright Itv The new boss of Coronation Street has reassured fans he won’t drastically change the soap and doesn’t have a “hit list” of characters to kill off. Iain MacLeod said “only an idiot” would try to “change the DNA of the show”. He said: “I’m the custodian of that DNA and that tone, so, no, I don’t intend to do anything radically different.” His first shows in charge will air on ITV in the run-up to Christmas. “It will be, as it has always been on Corrie, an…

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Deontay Wilder ‘doesn’t have anything I’m afraid of’ says Tyson Fury

Fury and Wilder are separated during news conference Tyson Fury says WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder “doesn’t have anything I’m afraid of” before their world title fight in Los Angeles. The Briton faces American Wilder, 32, at the Staples Center on 1 December in just the third fight of his comeback. Fury, 30, vacated his WBO and WBA titles in October 2016 to focus on his treatment for depression. “If I can come back from mental health problems and [contemplating] suicide, I can withstand anything,” he said. “Deontay Wilder doesn’t…

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