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Lampard's Derby start season at Reading – and all EFL fixtures

Lampard's Derby start season at Reading – and all EFL fixtures

Sports
Derby County will face Reading in Frank Lampard's first game in charge of the Rams when the 2018-19 Championship campaign starts in August.The match at the Madejski Stadium, on Friday, 3 August (20:00 BST), will kick off the English Football League season.Stoke City's first game back in the second tier after dropping out of the Premier League will be at Leeds United. Fellow relegated sides West Brom and Swansea host Bolton and travel to Sheffield United respectively.Former England boss Steve McClaren begins his time in charge of QPR with a trip to Preston on Saturday, 4 August, while new Ipswich boss Paul Hurst welcomes promoted Blackburn to Portman Road for his first game as Town boss.League...
Why you should start paying off your student loans as soon as possible, even before graduation

Why you should start paying off your student loans as soon as possible, even before graduation

Finance
When Ruth B., now 26, graduated from college in May 2014, she already had a few months of student loan payments under her belt. Ruth, who asked that her last name not be used, had taken out federal loans to help cover her tuition and living expenses every year. But in her senior year her family finances changed when her younger brother started college, as well. "My senior year I couldn't count on my mom to help me out, so I took out a private loan from Sallie Mae to cover everything that financial aid wouldn't cover," Ruth said. Ruth realized right...
Blue Jays start series with Rays after sweeping Orioles

Blue Jays start series with Rays after sweeping Orioles

Sports
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays are now within a half game of each other in the American League East standings, though they've come from wildly different directions. The Rays (29-35) have lost nine of 10 games, including three of four in a weekend series with the Seattle Mariners. The Blue Jays (30-35) come into Tropicana Field with the momentum of a four-game sweep against the last-place Baltimore Orioles, who are a full 10 games back of both teams. The schedule is oddly stacked, such that the two division rivals have only played three times in the opening third of the season. They'll meet 12 times in August and September to make up for it, so this series can set the tone as both teams fight to get back to .500. The Rays lead the majors with 17 one-run losses, including ...
England v Barbarians: Elliot Daly to start at full-back, Danny Cipriani on the bench

England v Barbarians: Elliot Daly to start at full-back, Danny Cipriani on the bench

Sports
Friday, May 25, 2018 Elliot Daly will start England's non-cap international against the Barbarians at full-back, with Danny Cipriani having to settle for a place among the replacements. It is Daly's first start in the number 15 jersey, having made all but one of his previous England appearances on the wing, and the selection sees Mike Brown - the usual incumbent in the position - switch to the left wing. Cipriani has been overlooked for a starting role despite his return to the senior England squad, with George Ford preferred at fly-half. The team is co-captained by Ford and Chris Robshaw, and the latter is joined in the back row by Tom Curry, the Sale openside who appears destined to fill the seven jersey for next month's series against Sou...
Global warming 'led to the start of the human race'

Global warming 'led to the start of the human race'

Technology
Global warming during a "greenhouse interval" ultimately led to the start of the human race, scientists believe.New research suggests that sea temperatures of around 25C (77F) and a lack of permanent polar ice sheets fuelled an explosion of species diversity that eventually led to the human race.Scientists made the discovery while looking for clues in tiny fossil shells in blocks of Shropshire limestone thought to be around 510 million years old.The timeframe is referred to as the Cambrian explosion, when representatives of all the major animal groups first appeared.The surge in diversity allowed life to evolve into a multitude of complex forms, including fish, reptiles, birds and mammals.Scientists previously thought the Cambrian explosion must have been fuelled by warm temperatures, but ...