Orkney Service marks HMS Vanguard sinking centenary

Commemorations are taking place in Orkney later to mark the centenary of one of the biggest tragedies in the history of the Royal Navy. More than 800 people died when HMS Vanguard sank in Scapa Flow. A series of internal explosions ripped through the battleship at about 23:20 on 9 July 1917. A memorial service is due to be held ...

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'Cheaper' Heathrow airport third runway plans proposed

A wealthy businessman has submitted plans for a third runway at Heathrow which he says would be £5bn cheaper than the airport’s current scheme. Hotel tycoon Surinder Arora has put his proposal to the government’s public consultation on Heathrow. Ministers have expressed a preference for the airport’s plans for a new runway and terminal costing £17.5bn. Heathrow said it was ...

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Church of England to vote on transgender services

The Church of England’s governing body is due to vote on whether special services should be held for transgender people. Supporters of the services say the Church should offer a welcome to people to mark their transition. Others suggest the services would be counter to some parts of the Bible which state that humans are created as either male or ...

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British and Irish Lions 2017 tour can leave a lasting legacy that protects the future of the team

The morning after the night before brought a bit more clarity to exactly what the Lions have achieved. The frustration with how agonisingly close they came to defeating the All Blacks for just the second time since Lions tours began in 1888 had reduced quite significantly, and what was left was a feeling that this squad have done a pretty ...

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Chelsea to complete £34m transfer for Antonio Rudiger ‘in next 24 hours’

Antonio Rudiger is set to complete his move to Chelsea. (Getty Images) Chelsea will announce their deal to sign Antonio Rudiger from Roma within the next 24 hours, according to multiple reports. The Sunday Mirror and The Sun on Sunday both claim that the Germany international’s £34 million move to Stamford Bridge will be officially complete before Monday. What now ...

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Ivan Perisic drops second hint to Manchester United after Romelu Lukaku deal agreed with Everton

Ivan Perisic is one of Manchester United’s targets for the summer. (Getty Images) Ivan Perisic has dropped another subtle hint about wanting to join Manchester United this summer after the club agreed a deal to sign Romelu Lukaku. Jose Mourinho’s side will pay £75 million to Everton for the Belgian striker and the move is expected to be officially completed ...

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Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray knows he must improve to go deep into tournament ahead of Benoit Paire meeting

When you are French it is sometimes important to get your priorities right. Benoit Paire’s quickfire victory over Jerzy Janowicz here on Friday gave the world No 46 the chance to assess his next opponent, but watching Andy Murray take on Fabio Fognini did not figure in his plans for the evening. “I’m not going to watch,” Paire said. “I’m ...

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Sue Perkins: 'I knew Mel would quit Bake Off with me'

Former Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins says she knew Mel Giedroyc was also going to leave the show – even though they had never discussed it – because they are “like twins in a cot”. The pair both decided to quit the programme when the BBC lost the rights to Channel 4 in a bidding war last year, ...

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Jose Mourinho sent message to Romelu Lukaku days before striker rejected Chelsea for Manchester United

Manchester United are set to complete the signing of Romelu Lukaku. (AMA/Getty Images) Jose Mourinho sent a welcome message to Romelu Lukaku just days before the striker opted to join Manchester United ahead of Chelsea, according to reports. United have agreed a £75 million fee with Everton for the Belgian striker, who is now expected to complete his medical and ...

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Liverpool offered chance to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid for £66m

James Rodriguez has been offered to Liverpool. (Getty Images) Liverpool have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez, according to reports in Spain. Sport claim that Jurgen Klopp’s side were among the teams who were approached by Jorge Mendes, Rodriguez’s agent, and told that the Colombian was available. What now for Marcus Rashford after Romelu Lukaku ...

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