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Dele Alli "ticks a number of boxes" if Roy Hodgson is looking for a Euro 2016 wildcard, his old MK Dons boss says. Alli left the Dons for Tottenham in the summer and has made an immediate impact at Premier League level, scoring in a 1-1 draw at Leicester to help force his way into Mauricio Pochettino's starting line-up....

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British astronaut Tim Peake is to send a New Year message to Edinburgh's Hogmanay street party from on board the International Space Station. The message will be beamed on to screens at the world famous event just before midnight. Edinburgh's Hogmanay is working with the Edinburgh International Science Festival, the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency,...

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Manchester City will have no say in whether Vincent Kompany plays for Belgium against Israel this week. Kompany has missed City's last five games with a calf injury but was still called up to the Belgium squad for their final two European Qualifiers. That decision did not go down well with Manuel Pellegrini, who said this captain would not...

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Reading have been asked by the Football Association for their "observations" on the abuse suffered by forward Nick Blackman during Tuesday night's Capital One Cup win over Portsmouth. Blackman scored the Royals' 64th-minute equaliser in the tie at Fratton Park - but not before reporting an incident of crowd abuse to the referee during the first half. A statement...

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A transgender woman who was refused the female state pension after she stayed married is to have her case examined by European judges. The move follows a UK Supreme Court hearing in July concerning MB, 68, who transitioned from male to female but chose, as a Christian, to stay married. That decision blocked her entitlement to the pension when...

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Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Sevilla in the Europa League final despite being a goal up at half-time as the Spanish side won the trophy for a third successive year. Daniel Sturridge's brilliant goal just after the half-hour mark had the travelling Liverpool fans dreaming of a trophy but it wasn't to be as Sevilla turned the game around....

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Someone has combined Mr G, the ineffable performing arts teacher from comedy show Summer Heights High, and his dance moves to the tune of Drake's "Hotline Bling," and the world is a little better for it. Now more than seven years old, Summer Heights High is one of Australia's most adored TV shows, which gives a hilarious and surprisingly...

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Some 40 plates have been planted inside the Bent Pyramid in Dahshur in an attempt to capture cosmic particles, Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities announced early today. The installation is part of an ambitious project using muons, or cosmic particles, to investigate Egypt’s main pyramids. The aim is to detect the presence of unknown internal structures and cavities within...

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Nicki Minaj opened the 2015 VMAs on a throne, reigning above her subjects/backup dancers and reminding everyone that she is not to be messed with. Even if you're Taylor Swift, you have to make nice. The superstars officially, officially put an end to the most documented Twitter feud in pop star history when Swift joined Minaj on stage...

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Lightning struck the focal point of Sydney, Australia during a wild storm on Friday afternoon — and it seems there was a starman waiting in the sky. One lucky storm watcher, Mike Morrow, caught the money shot of the Sydney Tower being struck by lightning and posted the image to his Instagram account. It wasn't long until bored Sydneysiders...

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