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Return of the giant-killers

For years it was the preserve of the Big Four and appeared in decline, but the magic returned to the FA Cup last year with Barnsley knocking out Liverpool and Chelsea &ndash; while Portsmouth actually won the trophy. Glenn Moore expects the trend to continue this weekend

Dyer set to return after 17 months out

Kieron Dyer, the West Ham midfielder, is finally ready for a return to action after spending the last 17 months recovering from a broken leg.

Premier Rugby move to ease Bristol's financial plight

Bristol's latest descent into financial turmoil – the grand old club's third brush with calamity in a decade – is causing serious concern amongst the movers and shakers of Premiership rugby, who fear the weakest of the 12 elite teams will struggle to survive in the increasingly Arctic economic climate. The West Countrymen deny they are close to calling in the administrators, but their recent public plea for new investment has yet to bear fruit while fortunes on the field continue to worsen.

Zola sets sights on &#163;7m striker Pazzini

Dual boost for Hammers as Dyer nears return with match behind closed doors

Dyer warms up for Christmas comeback with friendly runout

The West Ham United midfielder Kieron Dyer is aiming for a Christmas return to action after 15 months out with a career-threatening injury. The 29-year-old broke his leg against Bristol Rovers in a Carling Cup tie in August last year, less than a fortnight after joining the Hammers from Newcastle, but is set to feature in a friendly this week.

England left hanging on by red card

England Under-21 2 Wales Under-21 2 (England win 5-4 on aggregate)

Gerry Francis ponders Newcastle offer

Gerry Francis has revealed he would be honoured to coach at Newcastle, but insists a deal to join Joe Kinnear's backroom staff is still a long way off.

Under-fire Kinnear brings in Francis as 'another voice'

Joe Kinnear's first major decision at Newcastle United is to ask Gerry Francis to help with the coaching at St James' Park. Francis, 56, has been out of management since his last post at Bristol Rovers seven years ago but is expected to appear at Newcastle's Benton training ground for the first time next week.

League new boys land top draws in the Carling Cup

Aldershot and Exeter have been rewarded for their return to the Football League with plum draws against Coventry and Southampton respectively in the Carling Cup first round.

Flynn calls on Wales's leading men for Under-21 centenary

Wales will play their 100th Under-21 international against England next month with a squad including an unprecedented six senior internationals.

League round-up: Holdsworth goal leaves Leeds hoping for mercy from tribunal

An independent tribunal to consider the validity of a 15-point penalty imposed on Leeds by the Football League gets under way in London today, and after last night's 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield, Gary McAllister's team have even more reason to hope for a positive outcome.

Swansea City 2 Bristol Rovers 2: Scotland's double salvages point for stuttering Swansea

Swansea City's supporters might like to think of themselves as the Arsenal of League One, a passing team who entertain with a pleasing and effective style of attacking football. Like Arsène Wenger's team, however, they are starting to feel the effects of a long season. Last night's result at the Liberty Stadium left the long-time leaders with only two points from their last three home matches, although they were probably grateful for the draw after Jason Scotland's two second-half goals denied Bristol Rovers an unlikely victory.

Charlton Athletic 1 West Bromwich Albion 1: Phillips keeps Baggies within striking distance

Alan Pardew called last week "the worst of the season" for Charlton, which was fair comment as the Addicks' manager saw his side lose three games and finally fall out of the play-off places. This well-deserved draw at least ended that run but barely improved their play-off hopes.

Charlton Athletic 1 West Bromwich Albion 1: Charlton hopes hurt by Phillips

Alan Pardew called last week "the worst of the season" for Charlton, which was fair comment as the Addicks' manager saw his side lose three games and fall out of the play-off places.

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