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Wigan face QPR in their play-off first leg on Friday

The 2014/15 managerial sack race: A look at this season's casualties, including Uwe Rosler

Some were fired, others went of their own free will - here we look at all the separations between club and manager

Lewis Hamilton

F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton to return to Stevenage and do some 'family stuff' ahead of season finale

The British driver is on the verge of his second Drivers' World Championship

Juan Mata rescued Manchester United in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace

Juan Mata wants to 'seize every opportunity' at Manchester United

The Spain international has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford

Wes Brown and Anderson

Manchester United midfielder Anderson the 'least intelligent' footballer Wes Brown has ever played with

The pair played together at Old Trafford for four years

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo return to Manchester United's Old Trafford fails to attract fans

The former United player is set to feature for Portugal in a friendly against Argentina that will also see Lionel Messi in action

Must watch: Batsman Jesse Ryder hits massive six, puts dent in commentator Ian Smith's car

Smith was calling the Super Smash match in New Zealand when Ryder hit the shot that damaged his rental car

Must watch: 'Dancing' corner routine goes horribly wrong during football match

Czech side Pribram tried something different

David Moyes on his arrival at Manchester United (left) and Real Sociedad

Juan Mata exit: Would Manchester United be making a mistake if they sold the midfielder?

The Spaniard has been linked with a transfer away from Old Trafford, but Manchester United would lose goals and assists if he left

Juan Mata (right) and David Moyes arrive at Carrington training complex on Monday

Juan Mata defends David Moyes reign at Manchester United, claiming he had 'no luck' and 'anyone' would have struggled

The Manchester United midfielder was discussing his former manager's appointment at Real Sociedad

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Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
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The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
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No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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