Sport Tromsoe's Remi Johansen in duel with Tottenham's Nacer Chadli

Tottenham’s manager, Andre Villas-Boas, believes his players are ready to take on Manchester United after a disappointing display in northern Norway – and says the Premier League champions could be the perfect opponents for his side.

Liverpool and Tottenham in race to sign Brad Friedel

Liverpool are facing competition from Tottenham in the bid to sign Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel, Press Association Sport understands.

Carlo Cudicini extends stay at Tottenham

Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini has signed a new one-year contract, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

PSV Eindhoven claim Heurelho Gomes wants to return

Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes wants to return to former club PSV Eindhoven, according to the Dutch club's sporting director.

Aston Villa hopeful Ashley Young can be convinced to stay

Gary McAllister is hoping the arrival of several quality signings this summer will help convince Ashley Young to remain at Aston Villa.

Dalglish rues lost Europa spot

Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 0

Heskey walks out after referee shows leniency

Aston Villa 1 Wigan Athletic 1

Mulumbu seals more than bragging rights

West Bromwich Albion 2 Aston Villa 1: Long-awaited derby win leaves West Bromwich and Hodgson looking secure

Mulumbu seals 10-man West Brom win

West Brom 2 Aston Villa 1

Bent dedicates his equaliser to 'passionate' Houllier

Aston Villa 1 Stoke City 1

Agbonlahor increases anguish for Hammers

West Ham United 1 Aston Villa 2: Villa reach comfort zone but three successive defeats leave Grant on brink

Agbonlahor propels Villa towards safety

West Ham 1 Aston Villa 2

Aston Villa open talks with Brad Friedel

Aston Villa have opened talks with veteran keeper Brad Friedel over a new contract, according to his agent.

Everton need official help to counter Bent double

Everton 2 Aston Villa 2

Home defeat adds to Villa's relegation concerns

Aston Villa 0 Wolves 1

Bolton late show is another blow for under-fire Houllier

Bolton Wanderers 3 Aston Villa 2
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness