James Mariner

James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.

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Sheffield United vs Tottenham: Spurs will be careful not to repeat the Burnley near miss of 2009 against the Blades

Spurs fans may have a feeling of deja vu heading to Bramall Lane

African Cup of Nations 2015: Javier Balboa puts host nation on route to knockout stages

Tonight sees the climax of Group B, with 2012 winners Zambia, currently bottom, requiring victory against Cape Verde to make the quarter-finals

Iker Casillas: these wins earn you the league

Gareth Bale won and scored the last-minute winning penalty for Real to give the European champions a 15th win in 16 league games

Adrian Chiles has been voted the most gaffe-prone footballing pundit

Adrian Chiles is, was, football. Television will be sadder for his loss

I can’t help feeling ITV have made their move too soon

Former Sunderland forward Asamoah Gyan

African Cup of Nations 2015: Ghana hope Asamoah Gyan's return can resurrect campaign while Sadio Mane could be back for Senegal

Ghana are hopeful over the chances of former Sunderland forward Asamoah Gyan returning to reignite their African Cup of Nations campaign against Algeria on Friday night.

Raheem Sterling powers through the Chelsea defence

Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1 player ratings: Eden Hazard? Raheem Sterling? Steven Gerrard? Who was the star man?

Capital One Cup semi-final first leg ends in a draw

Olivier Giroud (right) and Santi Cazorla
Fernando Torres celebrates his first goal since returning to Atletico

Copa del Rey 2014/15: Fernando Torres scores twice as Atletico Madrid send holders Real Madrid out of Cup

Striker hits first goals since return to his boyhood club

The FA Cup trophy

Cambridge vs Manchester United FA Cup tie to be shown on BBC on Friday night

Arsenal's trip to Brighton will also be shown on television

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Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee