Official adverts could return to the BBC

But corporation fears proposals to place public messages on its channels could threaten its independence.

League round-up: Madine the man as Cumbrians close gap

Gary Madine scored the only goal as Carlisle United beat Notts County 1-0, the Cumbrians' third home win lifting them into the League One promotion places. County had several good chances to level but Carlisle did enough to close to within a point of the leaders Brighton.

Ameobi to the rescue after Accrington put up brave early fight

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Hughton remaining realistic

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton allowed his players one night to celebrate their 6-0 demolition of Aston Villa before bringing them straight back down to earth.

The Last Word: Hooliganism isn't back... it never went away

Coins hurled at players, hoardings thrown at police, fan skirmishes – the bad old days are here to stay

Sleeping giant stirs, 40 years after being pronounced dead

Bradford Park Avenue played First Division football, knocked Arsenal and Manchester City out of the FA Cup and produced Kevin Hector. Now they are a club reborn and ready for a return to the League

Accrington savour memories

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Fulham's bad tourists head north with meagre support

It is a damning indictment of the number of fans Fulham take on their travels that when manager Roy Hodgson wished to honour the hardy souls who braved the arduous journey up to Stoke during the recent cold snap, he was able to write a personally thank-you letter to each and every one.

FA Cup lifeline keeps Stanley breathing

Accrington's run to a fourth-round home tie with Fulham today has saved the League Two club from a familiar fate

Accrington betting five lose appeals

Five players today lost their appeals against sanctions imposed for betting on football matches.

Fans fight to stop sun setting on Stanley

They owe the Inland Revenue £300,000 and have eight weeks to live but Accrington are desperate to avoid being the club that dies twice

Four players banned after betting on Accrington match

Disciplinary chiefs have expressed "serious concerns" that a Football League match may have been fixed after four players were banned for between five months and a year for betting on the outcome.

Steven Gerrard 'launched volley of punches'

England footballer Steven Gerrard launched a volley of uppercut punches at a man in a row over music, a court heard today.

Gerrard in dock to face affray allegation

England footballer Steven Gerrard was in the dock today as jurors waited to be called to try his affray trial.

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