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Kent build up solid lead against Derbyshire

Ageless all-rounder Darren Stevens bagged six for 47 and smashed a quick-fire 53 not out with 11 boundaries during an action packed second day that saw 19 wickets fall and Kent build a priceless 242-run lead over Specsavers County Championship rivals Derbyshire.

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Derbyshire enjoy better of afternoon session at Kent

Kent posted a batting bonus point but Derbyshire had the best of the mid-session on day one of this Specsavers County Championship match in Canterbury.

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Derbyshire claim wickets to fight back against Kent

Kent’s rosy start against Derbyshire came off the rails when they lost four wickets for five runs in the space of 15 balls to limp in at lunch on 91 for four after the first interval of this Specsavers County Championship clash.

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Premier League preview: Battle to beat the drop hots up

Premier League preview: Battle to beat the drop hots up

Attention turns to the bottom of the Premier League this weekend with Boro, Bournemouth and Swansea all battling for vital points.

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Transfer rumours: Manchester United told to demand Gareth Bale in exchange for David De Gea

Transfer rumours: Manchester United told to demand Gareth Bale in exchange for David De Gea

Manchester United should try to include Wales forward Gareth Bale in a deal if Real Madrid attempt to sign David de Gea, says former United assistant boss Rene Meulensteen.

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Former England defender Ugo Ehiogu dies

Former England defender Ugo Ehiogu has died at the age of 44.

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Luis Reece.

Reece has bitter-sweet memories over Derbyshire debut

Luis Reece will look back on his first-class Derbyshire debut with bitter-sweet memories after he shared a record-breaking stand but ended on the losing side.

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Transfer rumours: Are Real Madrid ready to break the world record for Man United star David De Gea?

Transfer rumours: Are Real Madrid ready to break the world record for Man United star David De Gea?

Romelu Lukaku is said to want a return to Chelsea, while Real Madrid are rumoured to be ready to break the world record to land David De Gea,

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Erv The Swerv Wallace led the Spencer Racing team at the CRMC Championship over the weekend.

Wallace leads racing team in CRMC series

Bikes from Worksop’s Spencer Racing competed at the second round of the CRMC (Classic Racing Motorcycle Club) Championship race series at Pembrey, South Wales, over the Easter weekend.

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OPINION: Gary Rowett will have learned a lot from Brentford beating

Our Derby County columnist Andy Buckley-Taylor feels his side’s beating by Brentford will be a blessing in disguise.

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Tinker retains ICO European kickboxing crown in Matlock

Tinker retains ICO European kickboxing crown in Matlock

Pro kickboxer Karl Johnston retained his ICO European K1 crown in blistering style at Matlock’s County Hall.

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RUMOUR MILL: Chelsea to sign Madrid star, Spanish giants plan to poach Spurs boss Poch, Man United set to splash yet more cash

RUMOUR MILL: Chelsea to sign Madrid star, Spanish giants plan to poach Spurs boss Poch, Man United set to splash yet more cash

Here are the stories making today’s back pages.

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IN PICTURE: Forest manager Mark Warburton.
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OPINION: I’m gobsmacked by Mark Warburton’s team selection

Mark Warburton left himself wide open to criticism following two catastrophic defeats over the Easter bank holiday.

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RUMOUR MILL: AC Milan to make summer move for Premier League midfielder, Real Madrid president gives go-ahead for world record Hazard bid, Everton slap £100m price tag on Lukaku

RUMOUR MILL: AC Milan to make summer move for Premier League midfielder, Real Madrid president gives go-ahead for world record Hazard bid, Everton slap £100m price tag on Lukaku

Here are the stories making up today’s back pages.

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Match gallery: Buxton keep faint play-off hopes alive at expense of Matlock

Buxton narrowly won the A6 derby despite Matlock being the more accomplished side for much of the contest but it seems likely that neither side will qualify for the play-offs.

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Buxton FC v Matlock Town, Buxton goal

Matlock managers take positives as play-off dream ends

Matlock joint bosses Glenn Kirkwood and Craig Hopkins want a big crowd to show up for Saturday’s final league game of the season against Warrington Town so they and the squad can thank the fans for their backing.

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Club record in vain as Derbyshire lose on penultimate ball

Derbyshire suffered last-over heartbreak in their three-wicket Division Two County Championship defeat to Northamptonshire, despite setting a new club record.

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Derbyshire slight favourites to seal rare win

Tony Palladino and Will Davis have raised Derbyshire’s hopes of a first County Championship victory in 21 months on the final day of the Division Two match against Northamptonshire at Derby.

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Claudio Ranieri

RUMOUR MILL: Chelsea and Manchester United to go head-to-head for Morata | Arsenal line up Benzema to replace Sanchez | Real Madrid willing to sell James to Red Devils | Watford could turn to Ranieri | Schalke star agrees to join Gunners | Liverpool target close to new Napoli deal

Here are the rumours doing the rounds on Monday, April 17.

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Reece and Godleman set new Derbyshire record for opening stand

Luis Reece and Billy Godleman rewrote Derbyshire’s record books on a morning of declaration bowling against Northamptonshire in the County Championship Division Two match at Derby.

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