Manager's derby criticism riles goalkeeper and further aggravates his relationship with senior players
Champions beaten at home by local rivals Manchester United
Mancini has to surely jettison his belief Balotelli has a place in a serious team
Derby takes place on Sunday
Now that the Suarez affair has dragged football into ultimate ignominy – the worry of a bank that its image is being tarnished by association with Liverpool Football Club (it's a bit like Al Capone complaining about the exorbitant cost of a glass of rye) – you have to wonder if the reputation of the English game has much further to fall.
City would be putting their desire to win title ahead of morals if Tevez plays for them
As the big chill bites, footballers find new ways to keep themselves warm
Thank God for the passion and the achievement of Mark Cavendish and the uplifting evidence that enough people in this country still value such extraordinary effort they voted him BBC's Sports Personality of the Year in a landslide.
Lancashire's title, Clarke's Open and Cavendish's jersey show that good things come (eventually) to those who wait
The Reverend Mother may have been perplexed when she sang, "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" but, as Roberto Mancini might now reasonably suggest, it could have been a whole lot worse. Imagine the panic if it had been Mario rather than Maria stalking the cloisters.
Manchester City are monitoring Daniele de Rossi's protracted contract negotiations at Roma and believe that £5m may be enough to secure a deal for a player in whom manager Roberto Mancini has a keen interest.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has refused to discuss the issue of Carlos Tevez at his weekly press briefing ahead of Sunday's Premier League encounter with Liverpool.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini today repeated his belief that Carlos Tevez has played his last game for the club.
Carlos Tevez has failed to report for training with Manchester City this morning, the club have confirmed.
Carlos Tevez will be in breach of his contract yet again and liable for another two-week fine unless the striker - who arrived in Buenos Aires on an unscheduled visit yesterday - attends training in Manchester at 10.30 this morning.