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Martin Skrtel pictured being taken from the pitch

Martin Skrtel injury: Liverpool defender stretchered off wearing neck brace after losing consciousness

Slovakian hurt in awkward fall early on during FA Cup tie with Blackburn

Steven Gerrard scarves on sale outside Anfield

Liverpool vs Blackburn team news: Steven Gerrard misses FA Cup quarter-final

No place for captain who has been struggling with injury

Leeds fan 'smuggles' dog into match against Wigan

The canine appeared to join in the celebrations when Leeds scored

A view from outside Anfield

Liverpool 0 Blackburn Rovers 0: Mario Balotelli unable to make an impact and Martin Skrtel hurt in FA Cup quarter-final – LIVE!

Follow the latest news and score from this FA Cup quarter-final tie

A view of the scenes as fans entered the pitch during Aston Villa's FA Cup tie with West Brom

Aston Villa 2 West Brom 0: Pitch invasion in pictures

Supporters entered the pitch on three occasions during the FA Cup tie at Villa Park

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano

Lionel Messi hat-trick: Barcelona star scores three against Rayo Vallecano to set new record

The Argentine scored three in a 12 minute spell

Cristiano Ronaldo shows off his dance moves, including the moonwalk

Turns out the Real Madrid star can do more than step-overs

Manchester United fans 'are suffering too much', says Ander Herrera following win over Newcastle

Midfielder insists United deserved victory at St James' Park

Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham: Which teams will finish in the top four?

Five won't go into two so we take a look at the contenders' current form, remaining fixtures and assess their chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League

Six things we learnt: Louis van Gaal is watching a different Manchester United; Henderson becoming the genuine heir to Gerrard

A look at the lessons to be learnt from the mid-week Premier League fixtures, including Jose Mourinho retains a sense of humour and Bafetimbi Gomis passes out sometimes

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The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss