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The striker refused to play for Stoke after texting manager Mark Hughes

Superbrothers: Sword and Sourcery EP - now free on Apple's App Store

Apple's App Store celebrates 5th birthday with free downloads

Store has had more than 50bn downloads as of May this year, generating $10bn in revenue.

Tim Henman: What Andy Murray must do to triumph this week

The expert view: Six keys to victory
With Will Smith in 'I Am Legend'

I Am Legend sci-fi author Richard Matheson dies aged 87

The science fiction author who wrote watershed 1954 vampire novel I Am Legend and whose work inspired several major fantasy feature films has died aged 87.

Half-cocked: Liam Neeson in the preposterous 'Taken 2'

Liam Neeson eyes $20m deal to star in Taken 3

Liam Neeson is close to agreeing a $20 million deal to star in Taken 3, according to reports.

Erik Pieters

Stoke reveal interest in Netherlands international Erik Pieters

Chairman admits club are seeking a left-back

Album review: Burt Bacharach, Anyone Who Had A Heart (Universal)

This six-disc retrospective covers most of the bases from early standards such as “Magic Moments” and “Baby It's You” through to collaborations with Costello and Cullum, sensibly relying on definitive versions by the likes of Dionne and Dusty and Aretha, with just one disc given over to Bacharach's own performances of songs such as “Alfie” and “Trains And Boats And Planes”.

Video: Disney and Pixar releases

Watch the videos below to see trailers and clips from Disney and Pixar's latest films and some recent classics.

Video: DVD and Blu-Ray releases

See below to watch the trailers for this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases

Sam Mendes at the premiere of Skyfall

Skyfall might not be the limit as Sam Mendes rumoured to direct next Bond after all

Sam Mendes said just months ago that he was putting 007 on ice to focus on theatre. But now it seems that the Skyfall director was just being coy, as Sony Pictures and MGM have reportedly started talks for him to return and direct Daniel Craig in the next instalment of the James Bond franchise.

Padgett Powell

Paperback review: You & I, By Padgett Powell

Godot misses another appointment

Actress Isla Fisher

Isla Fisher on making it in Hollywood (and how being married to Sacha Baron Cohen DIDN'T help)

'Women should not have to adopt masculine traits in order to succeed,' says Australian actress

Tony Pulis stares to the heavens before the kick-off of Southampton v Stoke

Tony Pulis urges Stoke fans to get behind successor

Rafael Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo are among the favourites to succeed the Welshman

BBC Radio Stoke presenter Paula White who was removed from her Friday show after slurring and appearing drunk

Radio Stoke presenter Paula White pulled off-air for slurring her words and 'sounding drunk'

BBC Radio Stoke presenter Paula White was taken off-air after slurring and appearing to be drunk.

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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried