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Liverpool are looking to respond to last weekend's defeat to Aston Villa

League round-up: Shelvey halts Boro progress

Third-placed Middlesbrough were held 2-2 by Blackpool, Boro's sixth Championship draw in nine home games as stalemates hinder their progress. Scott McDonald twice gave Boro the lead, but Jonjo Shelvey's fifth goal in four games made Pool's point. "The result is frustrating – but not the way we played," said Boro's manager, Tony Mowbray.

Jimmy Adamson: Footballer and manager who led Burnley to their greatest successes

It is a question which can never be answered, but it is a compelling one in any examination of Jimmy Adamson's life and work. Would England have won the World Cup in 1966 if the unobtrusive but authoritative North-easterner had accepted the invitation to become manager of the national team? After he rejected the opportunity, the job of replacing Walter Winterbottom went to Alf Ramsey instead, and the result was the most glorious triumph in the history of the English game.

Paul Rachubka got crucified against Blackpool, letting in five goals

Ian Holloway: Wagers of sin make me sick to the stomach

We have lost faith in the bankers and politicans, please don't let it happen in sport as well. It sickens me that the Pakistani cricketers, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, cheated by deliberately bowling no-balls. I think it is absolutely right to send them to jail. Sport should be sacred and what those three did totally abuses what we all go into it for.

Carling Cup round-up: Palace maintain good form to overcome Saints

Crystal Palace maintained their fine recent form to reach the quarter-finals of the League Cup for the first time in nine years, beating Championship leaders Southampton 2-0 at Selhurst Park last night.

League round-up: Austin's drive ends Rams run

The perfect Championship starts achieved by Southampton and Derby County came to a grinding halt as the Saints lost a thriller at Leicester City, 3-2, Darius Vassell, Richie Wellens and a Richard Lambert own goal saw the Foxes win at home for the first time this season, while Charlie Austin scored both goals in Burnley's 2-1 defeat of the Rams at Pride Park for the Clarets' first League win of the season.

Bolton's new arrival Mears breaks leg training

New signing Tyrone Mears has broken his leg in training, less than a week after joining the club.

City rule out trading Tevez for Eto'o

Airticity XI 0 Manchester City 3: Mancini seeks missing pieces for Champions' League campaign while third-string side labour in Ireland

The Championship team by team guide

Nick Szczepanik looks at the season ahead in the English second tier

Coyle reunites with Eagles and Mears

Bolton have signed Burnley midfielder Chris Eagles and defender Tyrone Mears on three-year deals.

Bolton sign Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears from Burnley

Bolton have completed the signings of Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears from Burnley.

'Too good for London', Sir Paul Stephenson will find a welcome at the Kettledrum's bar

Lancashire gave him to London and Lancashire will take him back.

Rodgers: I won't break the team up but there's no room for sentiment

Swansea manager realistic about Premier League prospects as he reflects on how far his club have come

Paul Lambert insists he never wanted to leave Norwich

Paul Lambert insists leaving Norwich never crossed his mind and, with speculation over his future now put to bed, the Scottish manager can focus on a summer recruitment drive to help the Canaries stay in the Barclays Premier League.

Leeds and Burnley charged following fiery meeting

Leeds and Burnley have been charged by the Football Association with failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.

League round-up: Eagles pair lifts Clarets' aspirations

Chris Eagles scored twice as Burnley kept hopes of a top six finish alive, coming from behind to win 4-2 at Derby County. Trailing 2-1 just before the hour, the Clarets levelled when one of the Rams' goalscorers, Jamie Ward, gave away a penalty and was sent off. Eagles scored from the rebound after Brad Jones saved his penalty and Burnley pressed home their advantage, goals by Wade Elliott and Chris McCann wrapping up the win.

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