Wolves rubbish Steven Fletcher transfer talk

Mick McCarthy insists there is "not a chance" Wolves will sell top scorer Steven Fletcher during the January transfer window and expects him to be fit for the weekend clash at Tottenham.

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Stoke defender Robert Huth heads his team's third goal during a satisfying win for Tony Pulis against Gillingham at his old stomping ground

Returning hero Pulis has last laugh

Gillingham 1 Stoke City 3: Gulf in class is plain to see for chairman Scally as Gills are eventually put in their place by Stoke

Robbie Keane could join on loan from LA Galaxy

Aston Villa interested in Robbie Keane loan deal

Aston Villa are interested in signing Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane on a two month loan, Press Association Sport understands.

John Terry blocks Ireland's shot on the line but appeals for hand-ball are not required as the Villa man knocked in the rebound

Ireland pulls strings as Chelsea flounder again

Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 3: Villas-Boas left with nothing but excuses as Villa's pace quickens decline

Watson comes off bench to rescue point for Wigan

Stoke 2 Wigan 2

Tony Pulis has already seen his Stoke side qualify for the next stage of the Europa League

Stoke boss Tony Pulis expects little transfer activity in January

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has indicated it could be a fairly quiet January transfer window for the club, with the focus more on outgoing personnel than new faces.

Rebuilding Villa: Alex McLeish observes his squad train at Aston Villa's Bodymoor
Heath facility

McLeish still hamstrung by history at Villa

New faces are badly needed as fans suspicious of former Blues manager demand entertainment

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Birmingham-born 17-year old Nathan Redmond was a surprise starter but impressed with his pace

Redmond's promise takes the edge off elimination for Hughton

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Sebastian Larsson puts on a show for the cameras after firing in Sunderland’s injury-time winner against Blackburn

Late surge of emotion lifts O'Neill to dramatic first win

Sunderland 2 Blackburn Rovers 1

O'Neill to fulfil his destiny in North-east

Should Martin O'Neill's first Sunderland team-sheet reveal wholesale changes at home to Blackburn, it might be better not to read too much into them. Nicklas Bendtner, John O'Shea, Michael Turner and Phil Bardsley are all injury doubts, and Lee Cattermole, the card-prone captain, is suspended.

Martin O'Neill was in the stands to see Sunderland beaten by Wolves

Martin O'Neill targets success at Sunderland

Martin O'Neill is determined to transform Sunderland's fortunes as he takes charge at the Stadium of Light today.

Alex McLeish will come face to face today with Alex Ferguson, his mentor at Aberdeen

Paul Newman: Why relegation from the top flight is no longer the curse it once was

The Football League Column: In the last 10 years, eight of the 30 clubs relegated from the Premier League have bounced back at the first attempt

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The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
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Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
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At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

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