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February 19, 2018 12:22 PM Pep Guardiola reveals how he was close to signing for Wigan as a player

Guardila's move to Wigan fell through as the Spaniard eventually decided to take up an offer in Mexico. Wigan manager Paul Jewell actually thought he had agreed to a deal with Guardiola, then 34, to move to Lancashire as the ex-Barcelona player sought a deal in England towards the end of his career. However, the move fell through as the Spaniard eventually 8

February 18, 2018 3:00 PM Gruelling challenge for Sheppey runner Michael Rotherham

Charity marathons and triathlons are one thing but now Michael Rotherham is about to take on his biggest challenge – to run the length of Great Britain from John O’ Groats to Land’s End. The 31-year-old has set himself the task of running 860 miles from north east Scotland to the tip of Cornwall in just 17 days which works out an average of 50 miles 9

February 16, 2018 4:48 AM Third of music venues under financial threat, national survey shows

Live music venues should be thought of as cultural assets like museums and art galleries, university researchers say. One third of nearly 200 venues surveyed claimed that business rate rises were having a negative impact. The census also found that one in three small live music venues are experiencing problems with property development and noise complaints 6

February 15, 2018 5:00 AM York Central bosses defend their decision making process

THE people behind the major York Central development have hit back at claims they are making key decisions “behind closed doors” and failing on a promise to talk to residents. Campaigners from York Central Action have complained that hopes of a low-car development are fading, and said they fear important decisions are being taken quietly without public 3

February 13, 2018 4:35 PM They've all gone flipping crazy! Towns and villages across the country celebrate Shrove Tuesday with traditional pancake races

Towns and villages across the county celebrate Shrove Tuesday with traditional pancake races and even an enormous football match which dates back to the 12th century. Shrovetide football is played in the market town every Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday and the first match took place in 1667 - more than 500 years after it was first played under Henry 5

February 13, 2018 3:08 PM Bafta-nominated director, 34, 'sexually assaulted actress at her flat after he promised to help her career'

A Bafta-nominated director sexually assaulted an actress at her flat after he promised to help her career, a court heard today. Stephen Fingleton, 34, met the woman - who was in her 20s - at a British Film Institute event in Leicester Square, central London. At her home he became sexually aggressive and dragged her across the floor as she broke down in tears 2

February 13, 2018 2:38 PM How Shetland pony Cruachan IV has a rather naughty history... and once tried to eat the Queen's posy!

Cruachan IV is a Shetland pony and mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland with a very naughty history when it comes to the Queen. The nine-year-old pony famously tried to eat the Queen's posy during the monarch's visit to Stirling Castle in July 2017. And disaster also nearly struck in August 2014 when the naughty pony rolled his top lip back as the Queen 1

February 12, 2018 5:54 PM Maxine Peake to join Old Vic's 200th anniversary celebrations

MAXINE Peake is to curate a series of monologues as part of The Old Vic theatre's 200th birthday celebrations. The former Westhoughton High School and Canon Slade student is one of a number of celebrities who have been named as bicentenary ambassadors of the London theatre. Former Bolton School pupil Sir Ian McKellen will also be involved along with Dame Judi Dench 4

February 12, 2018 4:01 AM A dog's life for Sydney's Chinese New Year

The largest Lunar New Year festival outside of Asia will kick off in Sydney with a fireworks display on the Harbour Bridge followed by a canine-inspired program. Celebrating the Year of the Dog, the city's 22nd Chinese New Year Festival starts on Friday night, with up to 1.4 million people expected to attend. As part of the Lunar Lanterns exhibition 6

February 12, 2018 3:26 AM Ashley Graham almost POPS OUT of tight-fitted jumpsuit as she flaunts curvaceous figure

ASHLEY GRAHAM risked a wardrobe malfunction when she attended a New York fashion week show in a figure-hugging playsuit. Ashley stole the show in a floaty white one-piece that hugged her curves in all the right places for the Brandon Maxwell runway extravaganza. Stepping out for one of the most talked about events of the fashion calendar, Ashley ensured 16