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The former manager has been a regular onlooker during David Moyes' difficult start to life at Old Trafford

Michael Owen gives up on playing for England

Michael Owen has given up hope of being selected for England by Fabio Capello.

The Last Word: How the once beautiful game can get rid of its snarling face

Football's rulers must copy rugby and put system in place to deal swiftly and efficiently with foul-mouths

Harry Redknapp slams 'silly boy' Wayne Rooney

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp tonight slammed Wayne Rooney for the foul-mouthed rant that followed his hat-trick against West Ham and insisted that the Manchester United striker fully deserved his Football Association charge.

Trautmann's Journey, By Catrine Clay

To Bobby Charlton, Bert Trautmann was "not just a goalkeeper but a god". But how did a German POW, survivor of the savage Russian front and former Hitler Youth, become the Manchester City favourite? His Cup Final heroics in 1956 – he played on with a broken neck – set the seal on a career of grace and courage saluted by fans and peers.

Football legends turn out for Nat Lofthouse funeral

Bolton came to a standstill this afternoon as thousands turned out to pay their last respects to the town's greatest footballer, England legend Nat Lofthouse.

Jockey McCoy named Sports Personality of the Year

Jockey AP McCoy was tonight crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

And Arsenal will play... Schalke (they hope)

Arsenal's destiny in this season's Champions League today lies firmly in the hands of a pair of legends from two of the club's biggest rivals.

Bobby Charlton denies Alex Ferguson faced sack

Sir Bobby Charlton is adamant Sir Alex Ferguson would not have been sacked if he had lost that fateful FA Cup tie at Nottingham Forest.

Drama revisits the Busby Babes story

The former Doctor Who actor David Tennant is to star in a new drama which tells the story of the "Busby Babes" and the air disaster in which many of them died.

And then there were three... Nobby Stiles to sell 1966 winner's medal

Midfielder becomes eighth World Cup winner to part with memento

Matthew Norman: The ghouls, the narcissist and top jobs at CNN

With questions raised about the ghoulishness with which the media covered Raoul Moat's final days, a word of praise for two leaders of this frantic festival of broadcast Americana. Kay Burley, the Walter Cronkite du jour who so skillfully downplayed the horrors of 9/11 ("If you're just joining us, the entire eastern seaboard of the United States has been decimated ..."), added to her portfolio of triumphs on Sky News. She asked a criminologist: "Living rough for a narcissist must be tricky?" Well, it must. So hard to find a full length mirror. Speaking of narcissism, hats off to John Inverdale. With so sensitive a breaking story, what you really want at the helm is the sports guy, and John's transition from sipping Pimm's with Boris Becker at Wimbledon to spearheading Radio 5 Live's midday show was seamless. Watching the live feed from Rothbury, he touched on the paradox that, in the midst of all the horror, it looked so sleepily picturesque. "It's almost," he said, "like a scene from Midsomer Murders." He lost it for a bit after that, the sound of blood whooshing to his cheeks clearly audible, but recovered his sangfroid so well that he is said to be CNN's top target this autumn.

Rio has feet on ground and hope held high

Given Rio Ferdinand's first tournament experience ended with England being feted at Luton airport despite being knocked out in the last 16 at France 98, it was perhaps refreshing to hear the England captain set the bar high yesterday.

Albert Scanlon: Busby Babe who survived the Munich disaster but never fulfilled his potential as a footballer

Albert Scanlon was the most enigmatic of Manchester United's Busby Babes, the group of young, extravagantly talented athletes who were pushing back the boundaries of what was hitherto deemed possible on the English football scene when their world was shattered by the Munich air disaster.

Hit & Run: Read all about them

Reach for your reading glasses and lay down your cynicism – the season of the celebrity biography is upon us. For the lucrative sub-trade in "revealing portraits" and "warts'n'all memoirs", the race for Christmas riches starts on 1 October (that's Thursday) as scores of books crash into shops like a tsunami of trash.

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