Stanley five deny allegations

Five footballers charged with breaching Football Association rules on gambling after "irregular" betting patterns on a League Two match last year yesterday denied the allegations and requested personal hearings.

Bets, files and videotape – inside the 'Stanley Sting'

A year ago, five players backed their own side to lose a match. Now investigations have unearthed hundreds of thousands in suspect wagers. Nick Harris follows the trail of evidence

Betting scam is 'just the tip of a match-fixing iceberg'

Exclusive: FA 'powerless' in landmark investigation - despite CCTV evidence of players' wagers

Players charged in betting scandal

An investigation into a betting scandal has led to charges against four players accusing them of staking thousands of pounds on their own team to lose. A fifth player has also been charged by the Football Association for breaching betting rules over the same game – Accrington Stanley v Bury in League Two in May last year.

The Last Word: 'Five clubs will follow us into administration'

Dire forecasts from Darlington as even high-profile outfits like Southampton consider 10-point penalty

Court date for Gerrard co-accused

Four men charged over a brawl that allegedly involved England footballer Steven Gerrard will appear in court with the star next month.

Footballers charged in Gerrard brawl case

Two footballers were charged today in connection with the same nightclub brawl which saw Steven Gerrard accused of assault.

Forgotten authors No. 21: Bill Tidy

It seems rather rude to include a living author here, but the case of Bill Tidy, pictured right, illustrates an unusual form of public amnesia. Daily pages of cartoons are common in US national press, which still run dated strips such as Blondie (born 1930) and Andy Capp (born 1957). But the art of the British serial cartoon has died – when Punch magazine folded after 150 years in 1992, many familiar names vanished with it – and Bill Tidy represents a neglected peak of the form.

Benitez call offers full backing for Gerrard

Liverpool manager makes personal call to reassure beleaguered captain

The Ten Best PC Games

Do everything from fighting alien hordes and travelling the world with 007 to leading Accrington Stanley to the top of the Premiership with Toby Green's ten best PC games.

FA investigates 'unusual' betting on Bury victory

The Football Association "will look very closely" at Accrington Stanley's 2-0 home defeat to Bury on Saturday after some bookmakers stopped taking bets on the match having seen "an unusual amount of money" being placed.

Livesey sends Carlisle clear in race for automatic promotion

Goals from Danny Livesey and Marc Bridge-Wilkinson gave Carlisle a 2-0 win over Northampton which helped consolidate their position in the second automatic promotion place in League One.

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Boxing: Maloney flies out for heart to heart with troubled Harrison

Frank Maloney, the manager of troubled World Boxing Organisation featherweight boxing champion Scott Harrison, has flown to Scotland to make a heartfelt plea for the boxer to turn his life around.

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