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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee