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Video: The Independent looks ahead to this weekend's Premier League games

United winning the fight to secure Ramsey's signature

Manchester United face a fight with Arsenal and Liverpool to secure the services of the prodigious Cardiff City midfielder Aaron Ramsey, though it is one they seem likely to win.

Ipswich Town 1 Cardiff City 1: Ramsey's teenage kicks inspire wilting Cardiff

Perceived wisdom would have it that the business end of the season is a time for experience. It is a time when old hands offer a guiding light which can be the difference between a side losing its way or finding a path to promotion.

Odejayi miss echoes past calamities on historic day

The historic resonance of this meeting was emphasised by a large photograph in the matchday programme of Barnsley fans making their way to their last big FA Cup gig in London – making their way by horse and carriage past the Houses of Parliament en route for the 1912 FA Cup final at the Crystal Palace, where their team drew 0-0 with West Bromwich Albion before winning the replay 1-0.

Countdown to the FA Cup semi-finals: 'We are only one step away from the FA Cup final. That's an amazing feeling'

Local hero Joe Ledley understands just what a first final since 1927 would mean for Cardiff City, writes James Corrigan

Ridsdale set for High Court battle

The Cardiff chairman, Peter Ridsdale, is in no doubt the club will be "materially damaged" if they lose their court case with creditors Langston, which is due to start at the High Court today.

Yakkaty snack: Gourmet yak cheese

OK, now pay attention! This is Tibet, a country fighting to preserve its identity in the face of Chinese hostility. Our story is about a monk with a cunning plan to help: he would fund a Tibetan school by selling gourmet yak cheese to the West. It sounds inspired, but there was one big problem: the cheese was absolutely disgusting. And that's where this story really gets interesting ...
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Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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