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Salford's million pound rugby match

Tonight Rugby league's Million Pound game takes place. So called because that's the value placed on a spot in Super League. Salford will defend their seat at the sport's top table in a winner take all - loser goes down clash with Hull KR. One Rovers player has branded the concept 'a disgrace' that's potentially damaging to the mental health of the losing players. Chris Hall reports on one of the most stressful fixtures in sport.

Police officer charged after drugs investigation

A serving police officer has been charged with misconduct in a public office and a drugs offence after a police narcotics probe. Greater Manchester Police officer Daniel Aimson, 35, who is accused of misconduct and conspiracy to produce cannabis, was one of nine people charged following a drugs operation, the force said. Aimson, of Ullswater Road in Astley, Greater Manchester, will appear alongside the other eight at Manchester Magistrates' Court on October 20.

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Andy Burnham quits the shadow cabinet

Andy Burnham MP Credit: PA

Andy Burnham's announced he is leaving the shadow cabinet to focus on the Greater Manchester Mayoral campaign.

The Shadow Home Secretary and Labour's candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester told the Labour Party conference:

This is my tenth Conference speaking to you as a Cabinet or Shadow Cabinet Minister. And it will be my last.

"It is time for me to turn my full focus to Greater Manchester. That's why I can tell you all first today that I have asked Jeremy to plan a new Shadow Cabinet without me, although I will of course stay until it is in place.

"I have given my all to this Party and always put its interests above those of factions and personalities. And I have given exactly the same loyalty to all four of the Labour leaders I have served. "Out there, there's a demand for big changes in the way this country is run. This Party should be the voice for that change.

So that's why I am ready to leave Westminster. It's time to make a change, to challenge the status quo from the outside. It's time to get the voice of the North heard like it has never been heard before."

– Andy Burnham MP

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FA statement: Allardyce leaves by 'mutual agreement'

Sam Allardyce Credit: PA

FA Statement in full:

The FA can confirm that Sam Allardyce has left his position as England manager.

Allardyce's conduct, as reported today, was inappropriate of the England manager. He accepts he made a significant error of judgement and has apologised. However, due to the serious nature of his actions, the FA and Allardyce have mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.

This is not a decision that was taken lightly but the FA's priority is to protect the wider interests of the game and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football. The manager of the England men's senior team is a position which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity of the game at all times.

Gareth Southgate will take charge of the men's senior team for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain whilst the FA begins its search for the new England manager.

The FA wishes Sam well in the future.

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