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England forward Billy Vunipola scores a late try and is named man of the match as Saracens power into the Champions Cup final.
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Posted by Barry Glendenning

A good game: That was a very entertaining match and one not without controversy. Southampton were abject in the first half and were lucky not to lose James Ward-Prowse to a red card before they went 2-0 down. Ralph Hassenhuttl made two changes at half-time, switching to a back four and his team got themselves back in the game courtesy of a goal from Mario Lemina.

Despite losing Miguel Almiron and Fabian Schar to injury, Newcastle extended their lead when Perez scored his third to take the match ball. Southampton did have several good chances to equalise before that, with Maya Yoshida in particular, missing three decent chances.

Newcastle secure the win. Ayoze Perez’s hat-trick takes Newcastle to 41 points and they will be mathematically safe from relegation if Cardiff City lose against Liverpool tomorrow.

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Posted by Barbara Ellen

Flying might still be an adventure but we can do without the retro presentation

How did it come to this – women required to produce a sick note because they’ve been struck down by… unsexiness? It seems that Norwegian Air requires female flight attendants to wear heels, or have a note from the doctor – other rules cover everything from makeup to false eyelashes.

How mortifying for Norway: in 2018, the country was rated second for equality, after Iceland, in the Global Gender Gap report. Norwegian politician Anette Trettebergstuen said: “1950 rang, and it wants its rulebook back.” Norwegian Air responded that flat shoes are worn in the cabin, there are also dress guidelines for male stewards, and other airlines have similar rules – but it must be aware that last month, Virgin ditched requirements for heels and makeup, with others following suit.

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Posted by Emma Graham-Harrison and Akhtar Mohammad Makoii

Gunfire and blasts reported after unknown attackers battle security forces in Kabul

Suicide attackers stormed the Afghan ministry of communications on Saturday, killing at least seven people. The assault came the day after the collapse of long-anticipated peace talks between the Taliban and a broad spectrum of their Afghan opponents.

The attack also ended weeks of relative calm in the Afghan capital. Militants dressed in Afghan security forces uniforms targeted one of the tallest buildings in Kabul, next to the prestigious Serena hotel, which has been hit by insurgent attacks several times previously.

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Posted by Stuart James at Molineux

The wait for a goal goes on – 35 days and counting – but all that matters for now is that Brighton have stopped the rot. Chris Hughton had called on his players to show resilience and togetherness between now and the remainder of the season and both were in evidence when Brighton picked up a precious point to end a run of five successive defeats and edge a step clearer of the relegation zone.

Defensive from the first minute to the last, Brighton got exactly what they came for. It made for a desperately poor spectacle – “How do you watch this every week?” and “Boring” chanted the exasperated Wolves supporters – yet no one in Brighton colours was complaining.

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Police say 74-year-old Gerald Corrigan has been moved to another hospital due to his injuries.
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Brighton manager Chris Hughton says there is "probably a bit of relief" among Seagulls fans after his struggling side pick up a valuable point against Wolves at Molineux.
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England forward Billy Vunipola scores a late try and is named man of the match as Saracens power into the Champions Cup final.
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Posted by Barry Glendenning

70 min: Hmmm ... Maya Yoshida’s knee or Ryan Bertrand’s head. You’d think the two don’t look much alike and should be easily distinguishable from each other, but there seems to be some confusion over who Hayden’s shot took the deflection off. More news on this important matter as we get it ...

69 min: Brilliant goalkeeping by Angus Gunn, who prevents an Isaac Hayden volley from distance from beating him after it had taken a wicked deflection off Maya Yoshida’s knee. The ball completely changed direction and he had milli-seconds to react and keep the ball out with a strong hand.

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Posted by Barbara Ellen

Flying might still be an adventure but can we not do it without the retro presentation?

How did it come to this – women required to produce a sick note because they’ve been struck down by… unsexiness? It seems that Norwegian Air requires female flight attendants to wear heels, or have a note from the doctor – other rules cover everything from makeup to false eyelashes.

How mortifying for Norway: in 2018, the country was rated second for equality, after Iceland, in the Global Gender Gap report. Norwegian politician Anette Trettebergstuen said: “1950 rang, and it wants its rulebook back.” Norwegian Air responded that flat shoes are worn in the cabin, there are also dress guidelines for male stewards, and other airlines have similar rules – but it must be aware that last month, Virgin ditched requirements for heels and makeup, with others following suit.

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Posted by Greg Wood at Kempton Park

• Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber’s colt out of Newmarket classic
• André Fabre’s Persian King has shortened to 5-1

Too Darn Hot, the hot favourite for next month’s 2,000 Guineas since a brilliant win at Doncaster last September, has been ruled out of the Classic on 5 May after John Gosden, his trainer, decided that he had run out of time to get his colt ready following an injury to a splint bone 10 days ago.

Related: Two centuries after the first proper bookie, betting’s future is no banker | Greg Wood

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Posted by Rory Carroll in Derry

Police arrest two teenagers under anti-terror law after shooting of journalist in Derry

A new breed of terrorist is coming through the ranks in Northern Ireland, the detective leading the hunt for Lyra McKee’s killers said.

Police on Saturday arrested two teenagers in connection with the murder of the journalist in Derry. Officers suspect they are members of the dissident republican group New IRA.

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Posted by Paul Rees at the Ricoh Arena

• Saracens 32-16 Munster
• Man-of-the-match Vunipola booed throughout game

Saracens reached their third Champions Cup final in four years with a decisive, if hard-fought, victory over Munster who fell at this stage for the third season in a row. Billy Vunipola, who received a warning at the start of the week from his club and England for liking a homophobic Instagram post by Israel Folau, scored one of their two tries and was named man of the match, but after it finished he was confronted by a spectator.

Related: Gray urges Toulouse to usurp Leinster in battle of Champions Cup royalty

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