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Blues boss is confident his side can prevent relegation after near miss last year

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

Transfer window: Who's chasing who in the Premier League

A look at the comings and goings at all 20 clubs
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.

The sporting week ahead (18/12/11)

Today

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

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

Birmingham City 1 NK Maribor 0

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

Colin Calderwood has been fired by Hibernian

Calderwood in at St Andrew's

Colin Calderwood has been appointed assistant manager at Birmingham, the Championship club confirmed yesterday.

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment