Press Association 2014 LATEST

Goode hails 'special' Wasps victory

This Is Lancashire: Andy Goode scored 33 of Wasps' 48 points against London Irish

7:06pm Sunday 21st December 2014

Andy Goode reflected on a fairytale start to life at the Ricoh Arena after setting an Aviva Premiership individual points record as Wasps stormed to a 48-16 victory over London Irish.

Ben Haenow is Christmas number one

This Is Lancashire: Ben Haenow said the Christmas number one is "an incredible end to my year"

7:00pm Sunday 21st December 2014

The X Factor winner Ben Haenow has won the battle for this year's Christmas number one.

Skrtel rescues draw for Reds

This Is Lancashire: Martin Skrtel, second left, secured a point for Liverpool

6:36pm Sunday 21st December 2014

Liverpool dug deep into their reserves of resilience as Martin Skrtel scored the equaliser deep into stoppage time to ensure another good performance did not go to waste.

Pre-Christmas hearing for Hartley

This Is Lancashire: Northampton captain Dylan Hartley leaves the field after being sent off against Leicester

6:13pm Sunday 21st December 2014

England and Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley is likely to learn the outcome of his latest disciplinary hearing before Christmas.

Ukip expels councillor over remarks

This Is Lancashire: The decision to expel Rozanne Duncan follows a difficult few days for Nigel Farage's party

5:57pm Sunday 21st December 2014

A Ukip councillor has been expelled from the party over comments made in a TV interview.

Sir Elton John marries David Furnish

This Is Lancashire: Sir Elton John marries David Furnish

8:05pm Sunday 21st December 2014

And we were all invited to the happy couple’s big day!

Hughes has high hopes for Bojan

This Is Lancashire: Bojan Krkic, pictured, has won praise from Stoke boss Mark Hughes

5:12pm Sunday 21st December 2014

Stoke boss Mark Hughes hopes Bojan Krkic can follow the lead of fellow Spaniard and ex-Barcelona man Cesc Fabregas by developing into an established Barclays Premier League star.

Which of these 11 celebrities do you think are on Santa's naughty list this year?

This Is Lancashire: Which of these 11 celebrities do you think are on Santa's naughty list this year?

4:46pm Sunday 21st December 2014

Justin Bieber? Solange Knowles? Miley Cyrus? James Franco? How will they fare this Christmas?

Wasps rout Irish on Ricoh debut

This Is Lancashire: Andy Goode pulled the strings for Wasps on their debut in Coventry

4:22pm Sunday 21st December 2014

Wasps celebrated the beginning of a new chapter in their 147-year history by routing London Irish at the Ricoh Arena in a 48-16 victory built on a fly-half masterclass from Andy Goode.

Johnson strike settles derby

This Is Lancashire: Gus Poyet's Sunderland left it late against local rivals Newcastle

3:56pm Sunday 21st December 2014

Adam Johnson condemned Newcastle to a fourth successive derby defeat for the first time in their history as Sunderland snatched a dramatic last-gasp 1-0 victory at St James' Park.

Ali admitted to hospital

This Is Lancashire: Muhammad Ali is expected to be released in a few days

2:49pm Sunday 21st December 2014

Muhammad Ali has been admitted to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia.

Actor Deacon on harassment charge

This Is Lancashire: Adam Deacon has been charged with harassment, police said

2:34pm Sunday 21st December 2014

Actor Adam Deacon has been charged with harassment.

EU debate silly, Ken Clarke says

This Is Lancashire: Ken Clarke said a greater effort was needed to counter the arguments being made in favour of a British exit from the EU

2:33pm Sunday 21st December 2014

The debate about membership of the European Union (EU) has been "silly" and retaining links with Brussels is "essential" for the UK's status in the world, former Cabinet minister Ken Clarke has said.

Fonte hails "massive" win

This Is Lancashire: Southampton's Jose Fonte admits it was vital to arrest the club's losing run

1:30pm Sunday 21st December 2014

Jose Fonte is determined to prove Southampton are a match for the Premier League's best after securing a "massive" victory against Everton.

Carrick backs Falcao

This Is Lancashire: Michael Carrick believes Radamel Falcao, pictured, is ready to shine

1:24pm Sunday 21st December 2014

Michael Carrick has backed Radamel Falcao to hit the goal trail and spearhead Manchester United's title charge.

Queen attends Sandringham service

This Is Lancashire: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have attended church in Norfolk

1:17pm Sunday 21st December 2014

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh attended church without the rest of the royal family as they began their Christmas preparations.

Silva hungry for more goals

This Is Lancashire: Manchester City's David Silva enjoyed getting on the scoresheet against Crystal Palace

1:12pm Sunday 21st December 2014

Manchester City playmaker David Silva is hungry for more goals after filling a void for the champions by striking twice against Crystal Palace.

Morgan makes cameo performance

This Is Lancashire: New England one-day captain Eoin Morgan played a small role in Sydney's win

11:45am Sunday 21st December 2014

Eoin Morgan made a cameo appearance for Sydney Thunder in his first outing since his appointment as England one-day captain, contributing an unbeaten 12 in their resounding 56-run victory over Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.

11.5m tune in for Strictly finale

This Is Lancashire: Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev have been crowned winners of Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)

11:17am Sunday 21st December 2014

More than 11 million people watched Caroline Flack as she was crowned c hampion of this year's Strictly Come Dancing - but this was a million fewer than last year.

Elton and David Furnish tie knot

This Is Lancashire: Sir Elton John posted several pictures on Instagram of his marriage ceremony with David Furnish (@eltonjohn/PA)

11:06am Sunday 21st December 2014

Sir Elton John and David Furnish have got married exactly nine years after they tied the knot in a civil partnership ceremony.

Hayden: KP exile is ludicrous

This Is Lancashire: Kevin Pietersen, pictured, should be in the England squad, according to Matthew Hayden

10:53am Sunday 21st December 2014

Former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden believes it is "ludicrous" that Kevin Pietersen continues to be overlooked for England duty.

Apprentice finalists in last pitch

This Is Lancashire: Mark Wright and Bianca Miller are the final two candidates in this year's The Apprentice

10:10am Sunday 21st December 2014

The two remaining Apprentice candidates will go head to head to launch their business ideas in the final of the hit BBC show this evening.

Impact surprised Broadchurch cast

This Is Lancashire: David Tennant and Olivia Colman were big hits in the first series of Broadchurch (PA/ITV)

10:09am Sunday 21st December 2014

David Tennant has said the cast of TV hit Broadchurch was taken by surprise when it became a "national talking point".

Rebel Wilson: Pitch Perfect 2 crushes the first film

This Is Lancashire: Rebel Wilson: Pitch Perfect 2 crushes the first film

9:35am Sunday 21st December 2014

Aussie actress Rebel Wilson has revealed that the Pitch Perfect sequel ‘crushes’ the first film.

Jack O'Connell: Angelina Jolie's loved in Derby

This Is Lancashire: Jack O'Connell reveals what kind of boss Angelina Jolie is

7:55am Sunday 21st December 2014

Jack O’Connell was very impressed with Angelina Jolie’s attempt at a Derby accent.

GP hours 'failing younger adults'

This Is Lancashire: Young adults are bypassing GP surgeries because they cannot get appointments, a charity says

6:05am Sunday 21st December 2014

GP surgeries must keep up with "21st-century lifestyles", a charity has warned, after a survey found young adults head straight to accident and emergency departments because they cannot get a suitable appointment.

Service held for Lockerbie victims

This Is Lancashire: Scotland's top prosecutor reaffirmed Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's guilt in the killing of 270 people in the Lockerbie bombing

2:53am Sunday 21st December 2014

The 270 people who lost their lives in the Lockerbie bombing exactly 26 years ago will be remembered at a memorial service in the United States today.

X Factor winner hopes for top slot

This Is Lancashire: X Factor winner Ben Haenow is hopeful he can secure the 2014 Christmas number one

1:11am Sunday 21st December 2014

X Factor winner Ben Haenow said he would love to finish off a "crazy year" by landing the Christmas number one single today.

Welby quizzed on same-sex marriage

This Is Lancashire: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, was interviewed by Kirsty Young on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs

1:11am Sunday 21st December 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is trying to bridge the split within the Anglican church over the issue of same-sex marriage.

Farage's approval rating slips

This Is Lancashire: Nigel Farage has seen his approval rating decline, according to a poll

1:11am Sunday 21st December 2014

Nigel Farage's approval rating and the popularity of his party have both slipped according to a poll which gave Labour a seven-point lead over the Tories.

Hunt criticised on ambulances plan

This Is Lancashire: The current target is for an emergency vehicle to reach those in life-threatening situations within eight minutes

1:11am Sunday 21st December 2014

Labour today stepped up attacks on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt after it emerged that target times for ambulances to reach some seriously-ill patients could be lengthened.

Abuse survivors welcome probe move

This Is Lancashire: The Government's child abuse inquiry panel could be disbanded to make way for a more powerful body

1:11am Sunday 21st December 2014

Dozens of child abuse survivors have welcomed Theresa May's indication that a panel conducting a troubled inquiry into historical abuse could be disbanded in order for a new and more powerful body to take over.

Festive drivers 'drugalyse' threat

This Is Lancashire: Roadside drug testing kits may be used on drivers during the festive season

1:11am Sunday 21st December 2014

A new roadside test could be used by police as part of a Christmas and New Year crackdown on drug driving, a home officer minister has indicated.

Hartlepool rule out signing rapist

This Is Lancashire: Former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans was convicted of rape

1:11am Sunday 21st December 2014

Convicted rapist Ched Evans will not be signed by bottom of the Football League Hartlepool United, the club has said.

More time to quiz Pc murder suspect

This Is Lancashire: Constable Neil Doyle, 36, died as a result of injuries suffered in Liverpool city centre (Merseyside Police/PA)

1:11am Sunday 21st December 2014

Detectives have been granted more time to question a man suspected of murdering off-duty police constable Neil Doyle.

May considering student exit plans

This Is Lancashire: Home Secretary Theresa May is considering a plan to send foreign students home when they graduate

1:11am Sunday 21st December 2014

Foreign students could face being sent back to their home countries after their courses finish under hardline plans reportedly being considered by Home Secretary Theresa May.

Webster claims shock Whitlock win

This Is Lancashire: Darren Webster, pictured, eliminated Simon Whitlock from the PDC World Championship

12:04am Sunday 21st December 2014

Darren Webster dumped seventh seed Simon Whitlock out of the PDC World Championship with a shock 3-1 first-round victory at Alexandra Palace on Saturday.

Inmates face armed forces question

This Is Lancashire: Prisoners entering custody will be asked whether they served in the armed forces

12:02am Sunday 21st December 2014

From January every prisoner coming into custody in England and Wales will be asked whether they have served in the armed forces as part of an effort to improve the way veterans are treated in the justice system.

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev crowned Strictly Come Dancing champions 2014

This Is Lancashire: Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev crowned Strictly Come Dancing champions 2014

11:15pm Saturday 20th December 2014

TV presenter Caroline Flack jumped for joy as she and Pasha Kovalev lifted the glitterball trophy after becoming ballroom victors.

Frankie Bridge may not have won Strictly, but she's still winning at life

This Is Lancashire: Frankie Bridge may not have won Strictly, but she's still winning at life

11:15pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Frankie Bridge may not have lifted the glitterball trophy, but she’s living the dream – both on and off the dancefloor.

McCall sees a confidence boost

This Is Lancashire: Mark McCall hailed Saracens' 'clinical' performance

9:59pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Mark McCall insists Saracens have the spring back in their step after they ruthlessly despatched London Welsh 78-7 to pick up their first Aviva Premiership win in more than two months.

Hartley red unjustified - Mallinder

This Is Lancashire: Dylan Hartley makes his way off after being shown the red card

9:59pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Northampton look set to mount a robust defence of their captain Dylan Hartley after he was sent off for elbowing Leicester centre Matt Smith in the face during their 23-19 Aviva Premiership victory at Franklin's Gardens.

Allardyce savouring Hammers success

This Is Lancashire: Sam Allardyce is enjoying West Ham's lofty league position while it lasts

9:34pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Sam Allardyce is determined to revel in West Ham's best start to a season in almost 30 years.

Redknapp hails Austin

This Is Lancashire: Charlie Austin's hat-trick won the game for QPR

9:34pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Harry Redknapp saluted hat-trick hero Charlie Austin but also saved praise for the character his side showed to come from two-down and beat West Brom.

Koeman hails Southampton's spirit

This Is Lancashire: Ronald Koeman liked what he saw from his men against Everton

9:34pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was proud of the "unbelievable" spirit displayed by his players as they brought the club's worst losing streak of the 21st century to a comprehensive end.

Van Gaal: Villa draw could cost us

This Is Lancashire: Manchester United dropped two points at Villa Park

9:34pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Louis van Gaal admits Manchester United's draw at Aston Villa could end up costing them the title.

Club's move to sign Evans condemned

This Is Lancashire: Former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans was convicted of rape

7:16pm Saturday 20th December 2014

A Football League club faced a backlash after its manager announced he would like to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Ukip warns members of social media

This Is Lancashire: Nigel Farage's Ukip party has urged members to avoid using social media after scandals over comments

7:16pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Ukip members have been urged to steer clear of using social media folllowing a series of scandals over inappropriate comments.

Warnock fumes over disallowed goal

This Is Lancashire: Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock lambasted the linesman after a goal was disallowed against Manchester City

6:05pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Manuel Pellegrini was happy to see Manchester City move joint top of the table, but Neil Warnock was in a much darker mood following Crystal Palace's 3-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

Three and easy for Saints

This Is Lancashire: Southampton's Graziano Pelle, centre, scores past Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard

5:30pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Southampton brought their worst losing streak of the 21st century to a comprehensive end as they impressively dispatched of Everton.

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