Chris Tremlett has played just 11 Tests in a 13- year first-class career

Hope springs for Chris Tremlett to torment Australia once again

Pace bowler dogged by injuries is included in England's 30-man squad for the summer

Steven Gerrard last night that England had got Montenegro “exactly where we want them”

'Steven Gerrard will sign new Liverpool deal' says Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will follow his example and end his career at Anfield by signing a new contract. But Carragher who is retiring at the end of the season, admits striker Luis Suarez is now close to rivalling Gerrard as the best he has played alongside.

Gervinho (right) is congratulated on his goal by Bacary Sagna

Arsenal 4 Reading 1 match report: Arsène Wenger revels in trying to unlock potential of star turn Gervinho

Ivorian's passion for the game, if not his consistency, pleases the Arsenal manager

James Lawton: Our own house must be kept clean of racism

It is unfortunate that the problems of the England national team may be compounded by the possibility of playing behind closed doors at Wembley. But if there was indeed racist content in the anti-Ferdinand chanting in Montenegro, there is only one sensible reaction: so be it.

Savile's litany of depraved crimes remained one of Britain's darkest secrets until his death

Savile probe police arrest 82-year-old man

An 82-year-old man from Berkshire has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences as part of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse investigation, the Metropolitan Police said.

Wall Street critic Warren Buffett gets 2% of Goldman Sachs

Warren Buffett, the American investor who in the past has criticised the casino culture that pervades Wall Street, is set to become one of the leading shareholders in Goldman Sachs, the investment bank he backed by taking a stake during the financial crisis. And he won't even have to spend a penny of his own money.

Nigel Adkins

Royal appointment: Nigel Adkins urges Reading to 'dare to dream'

Former Southampton manager signs contract until 2016

New Zealand v England player ratings

The Independent's cricket correspondent Stephen Brenkley rates the England players following the series in New Zealand

Nigel Adkins agreed the comeback made it his team’s best result of an increasingly impressive season

Nigel Adkins' switch from Southampton to Reading is bonkers

Appointment highlights the knee-jerk decisions being made by football clubs

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Gary Megson / Bryan Robson - West Brom - December 2004
Megson left with West Brom bottom of the table, 3 points away from safety. Robson became the first manager to ever save a club bottom at Christmas from relegation on the last game of the season, when West Brom beat Portsmouth 2-0 at home to stay up.

Does sacking a manager late in the season work?

Reading today announced Nigel Adkins as Brian McDermott's successor

Steven Gerrard last night that England had got Montenegro “exactly where we want them”

Montenegro v England: Trash-talking Montenegro are running scared says Steven Gerrard

England dismiss jibes from World Cup opponents about arrogance and long balls as misplaced mind games

Boris Berezovsky post-mortem finds hanging is cause of death

A post-mortem examination on Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky has found he was hanged, police said tonight.

Jermain Defoe taps in his goal for England

Video highlights: All the goals from England's 8-0 win over San Marino

England's satisfying romp to victory over San Marino might have been expected, but what, if anything, can be concluded from the team's goals?

Flat out: The unstoppable Josh Charnley scored four tries for Wigan

Wigan Warriors 62 Widnes Vikings 4: Charnley leads rout of the Vikings

A rapid-fire hat-trick of tries scored over 10 destructive minutes of the first half by Josh Charnley set Wigan on the way to a hugely impressive win over last season's bottom club.

Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier postponed again

A second attempt to play Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Russia has been aborted due to bad weather in Belfast.

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there