Wasps player  Simon McIntyre tries to tackle Leinster’s Ian Madigan during the European Rugby Champions Cup match  on November 15th. Photograph:  Ian Walton/Getty Images

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Republic of Ireland international Ciaran Clark returns to the Aston Villa squad for their home clash against Swansea. Photograph:   Steve Langan/Inpho

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Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring the second goal for West Ham Reuters / Graham Stuart

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West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino (centre) celebrates scoring the opening goal against Aston Villa with Darren Fletcher (left) and Solomon Rondon during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. Photograph: PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo

Saido Berahino struck to continue his West Brom comeback as the Baggies claimed a deserved victory at Aston Villa. The striker poked in his first goal(...)

Niki Goneva made his name for Leicester in the 2013-14 campaign as a strong try-scoring centre who can make a break and while he failed to scale those heights last season, the squad’s vice-captain is one of Fiji’s dangermen. Photograph: Nigel French/PA

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Ireland captain Paul O’Connell gets over for a try during the second half of the World Cup warm-up game at Twickenham. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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‘I watched the recent Newsnight interview with Yvette Cooper in amazement. How many people was she out to alienate?’ Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

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John Terry: Chelsea’s long-serving captain  struggled at Manchester City last weekend and was substituted  at half-time by manager Jose Mourinho. Photograph: Carl Recine/Livepic/Reuters

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Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy has issued an apology through the Premier League club. Photograph: PA.

Leicester City will investigate a “regrettable error in judgement” by forward Jamie Vardy, after the England international was filmed allegedly using (...)

Fitbit’s Flex is  an “electronic coach”. The firm offers bracelets and clip-on devices which monitor your physical activity, especially steps taken, pace and heart rate. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty

The Tudor Queen, Elizabeth 1st, was reputedly among the first in the world to wear a clock on her body, an “armlet” received as a new year gift in 157(...)