Jack Pitt-Brooke

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

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Didier Drogba and Diego Costa

Sporting Lisbon vs Chelsea: Diego Costa will START in Champions League tie, but it's a 'risk' says Jose Mourinho

Didier Drogba is missing through injury, meaning Mourinho will take 'risk'

Nani in action for Sporting Lisbon

Sporting Lisbon vs Chelsea: Reborn Nani in form to upset Chelsea

The forward is on loan from Manchester United

Pochettino takes on George Weah in his PSG days

Arsenal vs Tottenham: Hostile derby day nothing new for well-travelled Mauricio Pochettino

After his fearsome experiences in South America, Spain and France, the Tottenham manager will not be cowed on Saturday

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger warns Spurs: Building a new ground will be a terrible stress

Arsenal boss has advice for north London rivals

Mauricio Pochettino wants to emulate the impact made by his local rival Arsène Wenger

Arsenal vs Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino reveals he wants to match success of Arsene Wenger

Tottenham manager praises Arsenal defender Calum Chambers who he coached at Southampton last season

Spurs were facing their second straight home defeat before two goals from substitutes Ryan Mason and Harry Kane gave them an eventual 3-1 win

Tottenham Hotspur vs Nottingham Forest: Mauricio Pochettino hails his players after comeback win

Forest manager Stuart Pearce just as pleased after his side had led at one point

Ryan Mason scores Tottenham’s equaliser against Nottingham Forest
Nathaniel Clyne (No 2) drives home his side's second goal past Arsenal’s David Ospina at the Emirates

Arsenal vs Southampton match report: Nathaniel Clyne gives finishing edge to Saints in Capital One Cup

Arsenal 1 Southampton 2: Arsène Wenger pays the price for picking reserve side

Arsenal's Abou Diaby and Southampton's Steven Davis

Arsenal vs Southampton: Gunners manager Arsene Wenger defiant over team selection despite Saints defeat

Frenchman claims he had 'no choice' but to make changes for Capital One Cup clash

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there