Jack Pitt-Brooke

Jack Pitt-Brooke is a sports writer for The Independent.

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Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham or Southampton? The race for Champions League places is heating up

The most thrilling part of the season’s climax may be the battle for the top four as five clubs fight for two spots

Jon Toral: A road less travelled – Barcelona to Brentford

Jon Toral joined Arsenal at 16 yet is now happy to be playing in the Championship after four knee operations almost ended his career. But he tells Jack Pitt-Brooke he still dreams of being a top Gunner

Roberto Soldado gives Spurs the perfect start last night as he volleys home direct from Paulinho’s corner
Turkish fans pictured protesting over ticketing for matches last year

Liverpool vs Besiktas preview: Besiktas build business plan on anarchist foundations

Turkish club risk alienating core fans in replacing old stadium

Laurent Blanc has imposed a stodgy possession game on PSG

PSG vs Chelsea: Paris Saint-Germain left firing Blancs after missing out on Angel Di Maria last season

Wealthy French champions' rise has stalled following last summer's decision to sign David Luiz instead of the pacy attacker they needed. Jack Pitt-Brooke examines the growing pressure on their coach

Santi Cazorla starred for Arsenal against Middlesbrough

Arsenal 2 Middlesbrough 0 comment: Gunners sail on under the serene influence of captain Santi Cazorla

Spanish playmaker wore the armband against Boro

QPR will appoint Chris Ramsey as their manager until the end of the season

Chris Ramsey appointed QPR manager: Ramsey is ready to lead Queens Park Rangers relegation fight

Ramsey has been in temporary charge of QPR since Harry Redknapp's unexpected departure

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?