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Police ask City to limit derby-day antagonism

Manchester City have been asked by the Greater Manchester Police not to inflame Saturday's Old Trafford derby by allowing Carlos Tevez to repeat the kind of incendiary comments which dominated the build-up to last year's Carling Cup semi-final second leg.

Chance for Bent to solve England's striking dilemma

Darren Bent, recently transferred from Sunderland to Aston Villa, has moved ahead of the other contenders to partner Wayne Rooney in England's attack. With Andy Carroll injured, he will start Wednesday's friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen alongside – or just in front of – the Manchester United man. United's Rio Ferdinand has withdrawn and there are call-ups for the Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale, West Ham's Scott Parker and the Aston Villa full-back Kyle Walker.