Jack Pitt-Brooke

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

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Erik Lamela doubles Tottenham’s lead with the first of his two goals, an audacious strike

Erik Lamela rabona steals the show in five-star Spurs Europa League romp

Tottenham Hotspur 5 Asteras Tripoli 1: Superb strike overshadows Harry Kane's hat-trick in home side's Europa League win

Lukas Podolski celebrates his goal for the Gunners
Mauricio Pochettino has full faith in Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham Hotspur vs Asteras Tripolis preview: Mauricio Pochettino denies Jan Vertonghen rift as he eyes crucial win

Vertonghen has two years left on his existing contract

Anderlecht vs Arsenal: David Ospina out for three months, but Arsenal Wenger insists third choice Emiliano Martinez can step up

Arsenal’s injury plight was highlighted with the confirmation that Emiliano Martinez will start in goal at Anderlecht, nearly two years after his last appearance for the club – when he let in five goals.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa

Chelsea vs Maribor: Jose Mourinho criticises 'selfish' national coaches after Diego Costa injury lay-off

The Spanish striker will play no part in the Champions League meeting

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says his team must convert their promise into points against Georgia

European Championship Qualifiers: Strachan’s good mood depends on beating Georgia

Group D is difficult but surmountable and even if Scotland resign themselves to not catching world champions Germany

Estonia vs England: Five Arsenal players show England the advantage of a one-club bias

Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck played a role against San Marino

Emma Hayes

Emma Hayes wants no favours as her Chelsea close in on Women’s Super League title

Victory against Manchester City would bring the title

PSG lose credit as Marseille cash in over Ligue 1's big spenders

France’s two financial big-hitters met on Sunday but, writes Jack Pitt-Brooke in Paris, a Monaco equaliser confirmed money does not necessarily buy success as Bielsa’s unfancied side lead the way

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes