Sport Theo Walcott is to miss his second World Cup in a row

He has always accepted the pressure with good humour and no bitterness. He is still young and there is a World Cup in him yet

Game on: Nottingham launches its fifth gaming festival

Nottingham is set to host its annual games festival this week but the organiser suggests "it's not really about games". So what is GameCity's purpose?

Sports Book of the Week: Will You Manage? by Musa Okwonga

Following up A Cultured Left Foot, his analysis of what makes a great footballer, Musa Okwonga has turned his attention to managers.

Commons touch helps Clough settle an old score

Leeds United 1 Derby County 2: Derby manager says victory is vindication for Leeds groundstaff stopping his son from walking on pitch

Johnny Metgod: Oranje appeal

Johnny Metgod learnt from the best in Brian Clough. Now he's part of the team hoping to help the Dutch master the world

Cohen keeps Forest firing

Nottingham Forest 1 Middlesbrough 0

Heskey has a future at Aston Villa says O'Neill

Martin O'Neill insists striker Emile Heskey is a key part of his plans at Aston Villa despite his lack of first-team starts this season.

Red Riding novels to be made into film

Red Riding, the dark quartet of novels about police corruption in 70s and 80s Yorkshire that were turned into an addictive television mini-series, is now set to be reborn for global audiences as a Hollywood film.

Guy Adams: How to lose celebrity friends in Hollywood

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Ferguson hails Wenger impact

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Arsenal owe a huge debt of gratitude to old foe Arsene Wenger.

Bellamy and Neville let off hook as FA backs down

Both escape bans as Hughes claims City player acted in self-defence in Manchester derby

The Championship battle of the sons

Two dynasties collide this afternoon as Nigel Clough and Darren Ferguson go head to head. Glenn Moore hears how the aspiring managers of Derby County and Peterborough deal with the pressure of preserving their fathers' legacies

David Peace: Occupied City

In his latest novel, the author of 'The Damned United' explores serial killers in dysfunctional societies, but David Peace tells Claire Allfree he's keen to return to the sporting life for his next project

Clough's War, by Don Shaw

In the past couple of years we have had David Peace's 'The Damned Utd' and Duncan Hamilton's 'Provided You Don't Kiss Me', and in a way this book completes a Brian Clough trilogy.

Caine gives BBC one of the best

After 'In The Loop' and 'The Damned United', BBC Films hopes for more hit movies. Ian Burrell reports

The Independent Film Forum: 8. The Damned United

Our new film forum is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. Here's a selection of your views on the footballing tale starring Michael Sheen as Brian Clough
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?