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McCall sees a confidence boost

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: Manchester United's Radamel Falcao celebrates his equaliser in their 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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.

Hammers heap winter woe on Foxes

Chelmsford Weekly News: West Ham's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring their fist goal against Leicester

5:27pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Andy Carroll was on target as West Ham's fourth win in five games ensured Leicester would be bottom of the Barclays Premier League at Christmas.

Lamela wins it for Spurs

Chelmsford Weekly News: Erik Lamela celebrates scoring Tottenham's winner

5:27pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Erik Lamela broke his 25-game Barclays Premier League goal drought to seal Tottenham's 2-1 victory over Burnley at White Hart Lane.

Austin treble sinks Baggies

Chelmsford Weekly News: Charlie Austin heads in his third as QPR fought back to beat West Brom

5:27pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Charlie Austin returned from suspension to steal the show with a hat-trick as QPR recovered from two goals down at home to West Brom to win 3-2 and move out of the Barclays Premier League bottom three.

Falcao rescues draw for United

Chelmsford Weekly News: Falcao celebrates scoring the equaliser for Manchester United against Aston Villa

5:27pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Radamel Falcao clinched a 1-1 draw for Manchester United as 10-man Aston Villa ended their winning run.

Hartley in trouble again after red

Chelmsford Weekly News: Dylan Hartley makes his way off after being shown the red card

5:23pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Northampton captain Dylan Hartley could miss at least the start of England's RBS 6 Nations campaign after he was sent off for elbowing an opponent in the face at Franklin's Gardens.

Saracens pummel sorry Welsh

Chelmsford Weekly News: Richard Wigglesworth came off the bench to score a hat-trick of tries

5:23pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Saracens left their recent Aviva Premiership form in the dust as they notched 11 tries in beating winless London Welsh 78-7 to return to the play-off spots.

Officers sacked over obscene images

Chelmsford Weekly News: Two Met Police officers have been sacked for sending obscene images on their phones

4:31pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Two police officers from Scotland Yard's Diplomatic Protection Group have been sacked for sending obscene images from their mobile phones.

Lockerbie bomber's guilt reaffirmed

Chelmsford Weekly News: Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland reaffirmed the guilt of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi over the Lockerbie bombing (Crown Office/PA)

4:21pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Scotland's top prosecutor has reaffirmed Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's guilt in the killing of 270 people in the Lockerbie bombing and has pledged to track down his accomplices.

Ricoh move no quick fix - Simpson

Chelmsford Weekly News: Joe Simpson believes Wasps have secured their long-term future by moving to Coventry

3:12pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Joe Simpson insists Wasps' Ricoh Arena move will not be a quick fix for their Aviva Premiership hopes.

Pardew wants cool heads in derby

Chelmsford Weekly News: Alan Pardew does not want his Newcastle side to get carried away

2:28pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has ordered Geordie boy Steven Taylor not to allow the derby atmosphere to get to him as he plots victory over Sunderland.

The heart-warming reason Bill Murray likes to re-watch Ghostbusters

Chelmsford Weekly News: The heart-warming reason Bill Murray likes to re-watch Ghostbusters

2:06pm Saturday 20th December 2014

It’s 30 years since the film came out and it’s still utterly watchable, even for the cast.

Markovic is improving - Rodgers

Chelmsford Weekly News: Liverpool's 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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'

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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?

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: Mitchell Johnson played a key role in Australia's win over India

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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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 in agony over England axe

Chelmsford Weekly News: Alastair Cook has been left out of England's 15-man World Cup squad

6:22am Saturday 20th December 2014

Alastair Cook was left "gutted" and "raw" after being stripped of England's one-day captaincy and dumped from the World Cup squad.

Silva strikes sink Palace

Chelmsford Weekly News: David Silva, right, scores his second goal as Manchester City beat Crystal Palace

6:15am Saturday 20th December 2014

David Silva struck twice as Manchester City made light of their absence of strikers to brush troubled Crystal Palace aside 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Wrongly-released suspect recaptured

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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'

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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.

£1.2bn spending on 'Panic Saturday'

Chelmsford Weekly News: High streets are expecting a £1.2bn Panic Saturday shopping splurge

4:05am Saturday 20th December 2014

Shoppers across Britain went looking for late Christmas bargains today as h igh street spending was set to reach £1.2 billion on what was being branded "Panic Saturday".

Text Santa delivers £5.5m present

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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

Chelmsford Weekly News: 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.

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