Press Association 2014 LATEST

Markovic is improving - Rodgers

This Is Local London: Lazar Markovic impressed against Bournemouth in midweek

1:31pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic looks like he is starting to finally settle into English football after manager Brendan Rodgers urged him to be more aggressive.

Wasps prepare for Ricoh Arena debut

This Is Local London: Wasps rugby director Dai Young does not want his players to be distracted by the occasion on their Ricoh Arena debut

1:07pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Dai Young has underlined that his players cannot be distracted by the occasion on Sunday when Wasps play their first home game at Coventry's Ricoh Arena.

If The Apprentice candidates had these business plans they'd have probably made the final

This Is Local London: If The Apprentice candidates had these business plans they'd have probably made the final

12:06pm Saturday 20th December 2014

We don’t know the ins and outs of every candidate’s business plan, but here’s how we think they could have taken Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment.

Bette Midler: I keep my voice in shape

This Is Local London: Bette Midler: I keep my voice in shape

12:06pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Bette Midler has said she doesn’t care too much what size she is as long as her voice is in shape.

ECB: No change on Pietersen stance

This Is Local London: Kevin Pietersen, pictured, was never in contention for an England return, according to James Whitaker

12:05pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Kevin Pietersen was not discussed as a potential shock inclusion for England's 15-man World Cup squad, according to national selector James Whitaker.

Trott to captain England Lions

This Is Local London: Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott will captain England Lions in January

11:40am Saturday 20th December 2014

Jonathan Trott will resume his international career by captaining the England Lions four-day team on the tour of South Africa next month.

Hotel booking site gives assurance

This Is Local London: A major hotel booking website reassured customers their details are safe

11:32am Saturday 20th December 2014

One of the world's biggest hotel booking websites has insisted its customers' details are safe after a whistle-blower revealed how he helped fraudsters use personal data to trick thousands of people.

Kellie Bright reveals details of the EastEnders' Christmas Day special

This Is Local London: Kellie Bright reveals details of the EastEnders' Christmas Day special

11:05am Saturday 20th December 2014

EastEnders’ Mick Carter vows to stand by wife Linda after finding out about her rape ordeal.

Mark Wright: Fired Apprentices were just 'stocking fillers'

This Is Local London: Mark Wright: Fired Apprentices were just 'stocking fillers'

10:55am Saturday 20th December 2014

Mark Wright and Bianca Miller saw off 18 other candidates to make it to The Apprentice final this year.

Dance show was Strictly a 'lifeline' for Simon Webbe

This Is Local London: Dance show was Strictly a 'lifeline' for Simon Webbe

10:06am Saturday 20th December 2014

Blue singer Simon Webbe said being on Strictly Come Dancing has given him a new lease of life.

Sizzling Steyn seals Windies misery

This Is Local London: Dale Steyn's bowling caused West Indies to collapse to a heavy defeat

9:56am Saturday 20th December 2014

Dale Steyn claimed a six-wicket haul as South Africa tore through West Indies' batting order to secure victory in the opening Test by an innings and 220 runs.

Premiership silent over cap report

This Is Local London: Saracens and Bath could be in breach of the salary cap, a newspaper report claims

9:26am Saturday 20th December 2014

Premiership Rugby has refused to comment on a report that Aviva Premiership clubs Saracens and Bath are being investigated for alleged salary cap breaches.

What made Strictly Come Dancing so great in 2014

This Is Local London: What made Strictly Come Dancing so great in 2014

9:05am Saturday 20th December 2014

We look at the highlights of Strictly Come Dancing 2014.

Will there be peace and joy for our Made In Chelsea favourites this Christmas?

This Is Local London: Will there be peace and joy for our Made In Chelsea favourites this Christmas?

9:05am Saturday 20th December 2014

Oliver Proudlock and Binky Felstead have dropped some hints about the Made In Chelsea Christmas special.

Top tips for the perfect Strictly showdance

This Is Local London: Top tips for the perfect Strictly showdance

8:05am Saturday 20th December 2014

Here’s our guide to the dos and don’ts of the ultimate ballroom freestyle.

Jim Carrey: I was pestered about sequel

This Is Local London: Jim Carrey: I was pestered about sequel

8:05am Saturday 20th December 2014

Jim Carrey claims he was pestered into making a Dumb And Dumber sequel.

Johnson sets up Australia win

This Is Local London: Mitchell Johnson played a key role In Australia's win

7:30am Saturday 20th December 2014

Mitchell Johnson and Chris Rogers played key roles as Australia wrapped up a four-wicket victory over India within four days of the second Test in Brisbane.

Cipriani catches eye of Diamond

This Is Local London: Steve Diamond, pictured, was pleased with what he saw from Danny Cipriani

6:47am Saturday 20th December 2014

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond paid tribute to Danny Cipriani after the fly-half helped inspire a hard-fought 18-11 win over high-flying Exeter.

Cook 'gutted' as Morgan takes over

This Is Local London: Alastair Cook has been left out of England's 15-man World Cup squad

6:22am Saturday 20th December 2014

Alastair Cook admitted he was "gutted" to be omitted from England's World Cup squad after being replaced as one-day international captain by Eoin Morgan.

Joe has Hart set on trophy glory

This Is Local London: Joe Hart has won the Premier League twice with Manchester City

6:15am Saturday 20th December 2014

England goalkeeper Joe Hart has set his sights on winning many more trophies with Manchester City after signing a new contract with the champions.

Wrongly-released suspect recaptured

This Is Local London: Jordan Francois was freed from prison by mistake (Metropolitan Police/PA)

6:09am Saturday 20th December 2014

A teenager who was mistakenly released from prison after he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder has been detained by police.

Studio 'did not cave over film'

This Is Local London: James Franco, left, and Seth Rogen in a scene from The Interview (Columbia Pictures - Sony/AP)

6:09am Saturday 20th December 2014

The head of Sony Pictures has insisted the studio has "not caved" over the decision to cancel the release of a movie about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Mark Wright's chest will be kept under wraps in Strictly final

This Is Local London: Mark Wright's chest will be kept under wraps in Strictly final

6:05am Saturday 20th December 2014

Mark Wright has said he will be keeping his shirt on in this weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing final.

Stores braced for 'Panic Saturday'

This Is Local London: High streets are expecting a £1.2bn Panic Saturday shopping splurge

4:05am Saturday 20th December 2014

High street spending is set to reach £1.2 billion today as festive shoppers hit the stores on "Panic Saturday".

Text Santa delivers £5.5m present

This Is Local London: George Clooney, left, swaps Hollywood for Highclere Castle on the set of Downton Abbey alongside co-star Hugh Bonneville

2:37am Saturday 20th December 2014

ITV's Text Santa appeal raised its highest ever total as viewers dug deep to donate more than £5.5 million.

Woman, 65, held over flats murder

This Is Local London: A 65-year-old woman has been arrested over the stabbing murder of a man in Pimlico, central London

2:37am Saturday 20th December 2014

A 65-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed to death.

Hart still has best quality of life

This Is Local London: Hart has retained its position as the top location to live

12:17am Saturday 20th December 2014

Nestled in the north-east corner of Hampshire, the tranquil district of Hart has been crowned as the place with the best quality of life in the UK for the fourth year in a row.

Plea for carbon monoxide alarms

This Is Local London: Carbon monoxide poisoning kills 40 people a year and can be caused by wrongly installed appliances and blocked flues and chimneys

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

Gas companies should give free carbon monoxide alarms to all households, councils have said.

Last dance for Strictly finalists

This Is Local London: Four celebrities and their partners will battle it out for the glitterball trophy in the final of Strictly Come Dancing

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

The curtain will fall on Strictly Come Dancing tonight, as four celebrities and their partners fight it out for the glitterball trophy.

Welsh Secretary attacks Miliband

This Is Local London: Stephen Crabb claimed Ed Miliband "doesn't give a toss" about Wales

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband "doesn't give a toss" about Wales because his party has become an "elitist, metropolitan" organisation, a Cabinet minister has claimed.

Bid to help over-50s keep working

This Is Local London: Employment Minister Esther McVey said the over-50s have a hugely valuable contribution to make to workforces

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

The Government is pledging to tackle ageism in the workplace by offering fresh support to older jobseekers.

Man remanded in stab murder case

This Is Local London: A man was remanded over a stabbing murder in north west London

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

A man was remanded in custody today charged with the murder of a woman stabbed to death during the morning rush hour.

Women 'hit hardest by Tory plans'

This Is Local London: Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has criticised Tory austerity proposals

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

Women will be hardest hit by George Osborne's austerity measures if the Conservatives win next May's general election, Labour has warned.

Tories 'competent' on immigration

This Is Local London: An influential Commons committee has highlighted a series of failures in the immigration system

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

David Cameron insisted that only the Tories can offer "competence" on dealing with immigration and his plans to reform European welfare rules would be an "absolute requirement" in his proposed renegotiation of the UK's links with Brussels.

Man held over off-duty Pc's murder

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

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

Detectives investigating the death of off-duty police constable Neil Doyle have arrested a man on suspicion of murder, Merseyside Police said.

Caroline Flack: Strictly Come Dancing has been life-changing

This Is Local London: Caroline Flack: Strictly Come Dancing has been life-changing

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

Caroline Flack revealed taking part on Strictly Come Dancing has been a worthwhile life experience.

Frankie Bridge doesn't know how she'll cope when Strictly ends

This Is Local London: Frankie Bridge doesn't know how she'll cope when Strictly ends

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

The singer reckons there needs to be some post-Strictly rehab for the contestants.

Man charged with neighbour's murder

This Is Local London: Police have named the woman stabbed to death during the rush hour in Harrow, London

11:03pm Friday 19th December 2014

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman stabbed to death during the morning rush hour.

We love Text Santa and not just because of the George Clooney Downton scene

This Is Local London: We love Text Santa and not just because of the George Clooney Downton scene

10:35pm Friday 19th December 2014

It seems the whole nation are sat on their sofas crying to Text Santa.

Cipriani shines in Sale win

This Is Local London: Danny Cipriani was in fine form for Sale

10:04pm Friday 19th December 2014

Danny Cipriani created one try and scored another as Sale wrecked Exeter's hopes of climbing to the top of the Aviva Premiership.

Good news for Carter

This Is Local London: Ali Carter has been given the all clear following treatment for lung cancer

9:31pm Friday 19th December 2014

Ali Carter has been given the all clear from cancer for the second time in two years.

Plenty of support for Cook removal

This Is Local London: The news that Alastair Cook will no longer captain England in one-day internationals has been welcomed

9:24pm Friday 19th December 2014

The news that Alastair Cook's reign as England one-day international captain is all but over has been welcomed by several former leaders of the national side.

Bank fines boost for charity single

This Is Local London: Chancellor George Osborne is waiving the VAT on a charity single, using fines for abusing the Libor system

7:54pm Friday 19th December 2014

Fines levied on banks for misconduct will fund a VAT waiver on a military charity single, the Government has announced.

Hackers send new threat to Sony warning not to release The Interview in any form

This Is Local London: James Franco and Seth Rogen's pay revealed in new hack

6:36pm Friday 19th December 2014

That includes DVDs and piracy while Sony has also been asked to remove the trailer from the internet.

Hart signs new City contract

This Is Local London: Joe Hart is enjoying a fine season for Manchester City

6:07pm Friday 19th December 2014

Joe Hart has committed his future to Manchester City by signing a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2019.

Fine and one-match ban for Pearson

This Is Local London: Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has been fined £10,000 and banned from the touchline for one match

5:50pm Friday 19th December 2014

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has been hit with a £10,000 fine and a one-match touchline ban following his altercation with a fan last month.

Van Gaal won't rush Falcao decision

This Is Local London: Radamel Falcao needs to play more games to earn a permanet move to Manchester United

5:31pm Friday 19th December 2014

Louis van Gaal will not make a call on Radamel Falcao's future until the striker has an extended run in the Manchester United first team.

Obama criticises Sony film decision

This Is Local London: The Sony Pictures Entertainment studio in California (AP)

5:24pm Friday 19th December 2014

Barack Obama has criticised Sony Pictures' decision to cancel the release of a movie about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying the studio "made a mistake".

West Indies in trouble

This Is Local London: Vernon Philander, left, was among the wickets for South Africa

5:16pm Friday 19th December 2014

The West Indies are staring at a heavy defeat after taking a battering from South Africa's bowlers on the third day of the first Test at Centurion.

Armstrong wouldn't cheat - at golf

This Is Local London: Lance Armstrong says he loves the "code of honour" in golf

4:15pm Friday 19th December 2014

Lance Armstrong insists he would never cheat - at golf.

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