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Doncaster Rovers v Crystal Palace: FA Cup fifth round – live!

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4.50pm GMT

Game over, you’d think. Bit of a shame really: Doncaster weren’t exactly monstering their Premier League opponents but they were at least pressing pretty well and creating the odd chance, while Palace looked a little complacent. If the goal hadn’t been scored we might have been in for a competitive second 45, but not really now.

4.49pm GMT


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Pro Piacenza beaten 20-0 in Serie C after naming team of just seven teenagers

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• Club would have been thrown out of league for forfeiting match
• Hicham Kanis scored six times for Cuneo

Serie C’s bottom club Pro Piacenza have endured a tough season, resulting in point deductions and forfeiting matches but their latest setback was almost beyond belief as they were only able to field seven players in a 20-0 defeat at mid-table Cuneo.

Related: Sergio Ramos sent off as Real Madrid’s resurgence is ended by Girona

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After Jussie Smollett, Let's Reconsider the Role of Celebrities in Activist Movements

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Chuck Hodes

Right now I feel bamboozled, betrayed, and hoodwinked. Maybe my feelings will change, maybe this very strange story will take another baffling twist or turn.

But I was devastated on Saturday when news broke that two police sources with knowledge of the investigation into the attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett had told CNN that they believe he paid two brothers from Nigeria to stage his assault.

The brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, (who both previously worked out with Smollett, with Olabinjo also appearing as an extra on Empire in 2015) were questioned on Wednesday and released without charges Friday. 

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Migrants wrongly told to pay for NHS care upfront, minister says

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People needing urgent care were asked to pay despite qualifying for free treatment

Hospitals have wrongly told some migrants needing urgent care to pay for it in advance even though they qualified for free treatment on the NHS, the government has admitted for the first time.

Rules were broken when 22 people were ordered to pay before they could start treatment, despite the seriousness of their condition, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has acknowledged. Three of the 22 were women who were prevented from having an abortion.

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Houghton inspires Manchester City Women to FA Cup win over Tottenham

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• Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Manchester City
• Ellie Roebuck saves penalty as City make FA Cup quarter-finals

Tottenham were given another sighting of the level they need to reach to be competitive in the Women’s Super League, should they win promotion, as goals from the captain Steph Houghton, Lauren Hemp and Gemma Bonner, and Ellie Roebuck’s penalty save, ensured Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Spurs and City find themselves in similar circumstances in their respective divisions. Both table-topping, both looking over their shoulder at teams that have played two games fewer – Manchester City two points above Arsenal, Tottenham five clear of Manchester United.

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Arab world's first female interior minister hails 'point of pride for women'

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Raya al-Hassan is one of four women taking cabinet jobs in new Lebanese government

The Arab world’s first female interior minister has hailed her appointment as a “point of pride for all women”.

Raya al-Hassan is one of four women to take cabinet jobs in the new Lebanese government, a record for the country and three more than in the last government, in which even the minister for women was a man.

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Return of wolves to Germany pits farmers against environmentalists

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EU regulations outlaw killing of wolves unless people are in danger or there is ‘no satisfactory alternative’

More than a century ago, wolves were hunted to extinction in Germany. These days, they’re back – and their presence is a source of political strife.

Wolf attacks on livestock increased drastically in 2017, according to government statistics released at the weekend: they carried out 472 attacks, an increase of 66% over the previous year. The number of killed, injured or missing livestock – mostly sheep and goats – rose 55%, to 1,667.

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