Martin Hardy

Martin Hardy is a football reporter at 'The Independent'.

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Gus Poyet is ecstatic after guiding Sunderland to victory over Newcastle

Sunderland 2 Newcastle United 1 match report: Gus Poyet lifts Sunderland from rock bottom to a giddy high

Borini struck six minutes from time to spark Stadium of Light pandemonium

Lee Cattermole: The combative ex-captain has been restored to the Sunderland midfield

Lee Cattermole: I nearly quit Sunderland over Paolo Di Canio

Now restored midfield man is eager for derby win to give strugglers' season a late kick-start

Newcastle United's director of football, Joe Kinnear

Joe Kinnear versus Roberto de Fanti: Why this North-east derby is about lack of direction

When Sunderland meet Newcastle, it is not the managers who will get the blame if the worst happens...

Fabricio Coloccini has returned to Argentina to recover

Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini likely to be out of action until Christmas

Defender has suffered a groin injury while on international duty and is a significant blow for the Magpies who also have Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa suspended

Brendan Rodgers has said sixth place would be a disappointment for Liverpool

Liverpool’s sights are raised to by Brendan Rodgers

There is a growing belief that Liverpool’s ascent to the top four will last. Manager Brendan Rodgers puts that down to finding players with the hunger to play well for Liverpool – not just to play for Liverpool.

Gus Poyet is unveiled as Sunderland manager: ‘It is going to be difficult but I am convinced we have a big chance of staying up’

Gus Poyet: I will win over Sunderland team to beat relegation

New Black Cats manager pledges side should be 'comfortable' to perform – unlike under Paolo Di Canio

Two-goal hero Adnan Januzaj is taken off against Sunderland

Wayne Rooney hopes Manchester United team-mate Adnan Januzaj will join him at England too

Belgium-born winger scored twice against Sunderland at the weekend

Dejected Newcastle players during Monday's defeat at Everton

'Ex-manager' or 'next manager'? Joe Kinnear muddies Newcastle waters

Third successive defeat at Cardiff today will  increase unease around Pardew’s team

Luis Suarez celebrates his first goal of the match with a t-shirt in dedication to his new-born child

Sunderland 1 Liverpool 3 match report: Luis Suarez’s Premier League return adds bite for snappy Reds

Daniel Sturridge assists both of the Uruguayan's goals

Luis Suarez celebrates his second goal on Sunday

Brendan Rodgers: 'Luis Suarez is so focused for us it is like a new signing'

Reds' manager praises striker after his double against Sunderland

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?