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Former Crystal Palace manager is keeping a close eye on the finances at Bolton

Moussa Sissoko

Aston Villa target Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko

Aston Villa are in serious danger of relegation

Hull City and Blackburn Rovers both receive parachute payments
Dean Saunders

Dean Saunders plots return to Premier League for Wolves

Saunders was unveiled as Wanderers' new boss yesterday afternoon

Match Report: Woeful Wolverhampton Wanderers broken by Luton Town's Alex Lawless

Luton Town 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0: Stale Solbakken loses his job as non-League Luton progress easily into the fourth round

Rio Ferdinand was also hit by a coin in the match

Fan who confronted Rio Ferdinand given three-year football ban

Manchester United defender was confronted during victory over City

Yann M'Vila

Transfer Talk: Nicolas Anelka to West Ham; Gary Hooper to Norwich; Yann M'Vila to Arsenal

The Independent's Martin Hardy analyses today's January transfer window stories and separates the reality from the rumour

Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge is on 'last chance' says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

England striker completed £12m move from Chelsea

Football review 2012: The best goals of the year

A look back at the year in football

On the rise: Luciano Becchio nods in Leeds’ second to hit the club’s top 10

Championship round-up: Becchio strikes twice to welcome in the new dawn for Leeds

Luciano Becchio scored twice to give Leeds United's new owners the perfect start with a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough at Elland Road. Dubai-based private equity group GFH Capital this week completed their takeover of the club and Neil Warnock's side are now just two points off the Championship top six.

Dennis Stevens: Footballer who won the League and the FA Cup

Illogically, some people compared him to the incomparable – his cousin Duncan Edwards

Striker's time limit expires as he fails to match own hype at the Blues

Sturridge promised much but delivered little and is now being sold while youth is still on his side, writes Sam Wallace

Fabrice Muamba shows off fancy footwork on Christmas Strictly Come Dancing

Miracle footballer Fabrice Muamba showed he still has some fancy footwork as he kicks up a storm for Strictly Come Dancing - just months after retiring from the pitch after his "death".

Player who scored in first final at new Wembley Mitchell Cole dies

A 27-year-old footballer who scored one of the goals in the first final to be held at the new Wembley Stadium has died, the Football League has said.

Chris Eagles soars for Bolton against Blackburn

A fine individual display from Chris Eagles inspired Bolton to a 2-1 victory over neighbours Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Rafael Benitez and the managers fans loved to hate

Chelsea's interim manager is not the first to face an uphill struggle to win over the fans

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

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