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Derby's play-off place confirmed

Derby County will finish the Championship season in the top six after results this afternoon went the way of Steve McClaren's men.

Derby play Doncaster Rovers tonight (7:30pm). Thanks to Wigan's win over Reading and Brighton & Hove Albion's draw at Huddersfield, Derby are in the playoffs. They were also helped by Bournemouth's 4-2 loss at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

Derby need a victory tonight to keep the hopes of automatic promotion to the Premier League alive. Take a look at the Championship table here.

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British businessman set for £500m Candy Crush windfall

King Digital Entertainment, maker of Candy Crush Saga, has been valued £4.28bn.
King Digital Entertainment, maker of Candy Crush Saga, has been valued £4.28bn.

A businessman from the Midlands could earn more than £500 million from today's flotation of King Digital Entertainment.

Self-made millionaire Melvyn Morris has a 12.2% stake in the company behind the Candy Crush developer, which is to be valued at $7.08bn (£4.28bn) when shares are sold on the New York Stock Exchange.

The move could make Mr Morris - who left school at 16 and became a management consultant by 20 - one of the richest men in Britain.

After setting up a number of UK businesses, the entrepeneur founded dating agency uDate, which was sold for £150 million in 2002 having taken off in the dotcom boom.

He used the money he made from the sale to help found King, as well as invest in his local football team, Derby County.

Read: Candy Crush creator set to float on US stock market

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Forest suffer 5-0 humiliation in East Midlands Derby

Nottingham Forest have suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of local rivals Derby County today.

The bitter rivals went head-to-head at the Rams' iPro Stadium in today's early kick-off and it was Steve McClaren's side who looked the brightest from the start.

Craig Bryson's sixth minute goal got the home side underway, with the midfielder going on to score a hat-trick in what was a man-of-the-match performance.

Billy Davies' Reds side could not muster a reply all afternoon and found themselves 3-0 down at the break, thanks to two from Bryson and another from Jeff Hendrick.

The second half was just as bad for the visitors, thanks to Johnny Russell's magnificent 20-yard strike and Bryson's third from the penalty spot to compound their misery.

The result means Forest stay in sixth place for a couple of hours at least, whilst Derby sit in third and have automatic promotion firmly in their sights.

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Derby County boast season ticket surge

Derby County season ticket sales soar Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

16,300 season tickets have been sold to Derby County fans for next season already.

The club say it is 3000 more than at the same point last year.

Steve McClaren's side are in with a chance of promotion, standing third in the championship with ten games left to play,

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McClaren: New signing Thorne has great potential

Derby County Head Coach, Steve McClaren, thinks new signing, George Thorne, has great potential, as he fights for a spot in the starting line up for Derby's game against Birmingham City tomorrow.

Thorne signed for Derby on loan from West Bromwich Albion yesterday, after securing a new long-term contract at his parent club.

Read: Transfer Deadline Day - who's in and who's out in the Midlands

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