Sport Christmas and football go hand in hand. But for once I can take a back seat this year

After an early lesson, I’ve monitored my food and drink every Christmas for 48 years - until now

Club-by-club guide to all the January transfer deals

A full run-down of the transfer ins and outs in the Premier League during the January window.

'Playing Spurs is an opportunity,' says Sean Dyche

Watford gap: Dyche says likes of Spurs are miles ahead

The Hornets manager was almost an FA Cup giant-killer with Chesterfield as a player but he tells Richard Rae ahead of tonight's Tottenham match that beating the big boys is harder than ever

Rovers hope new faces can turn season around

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League One betting preview: Derby daybreak for Spireites

John Sheridan described the recent FA Cup defeat at home to Torquay as the lowest point of his managerial career and his Chesterfield team hit rock bottom in League One last weekend when they followed up with a 5-2 defeat at Oldham.

Paul Newman: Charlton reap rich reward for bringing back old boy Powell

The Football League Column: Powell had established a reputation as one of the game's most articulate figures

Watford appoint Sean Dyche as manager

Watford have confirmed the appointment of Sean Dyche as their new manager.

The other wedding of the century?

Tomorrow sees the long-awaited marriage of Ed Miliband and Justine Thornton. Richard Hall and Adam Sherwin help you get in the mood with a guide to the big day

Revealed: the 29 anti-reform MPs who would lose their seats under the AV system

For 29 MPs, opposition to scrapping the first-past-the-post voting system is a matter of raw political survival, an analysis by The Independent has found.

Owen Coyle urges Bolton to learn from Wembley defeat

Bolton manager Owen Coyle is bracing himself for a horror video after seeing his side's dreams of lifting the FA Cup destroyed in spectacular fashion.

Paul Newman: 'Mad Dog' Allen puts much-needed bite into Barnet's fight

The Football League Column: With a ground capacity of just over 5,000 and a catchment area dominated by support for Arsenal and Tottenham, Barnet have become accustomed to defying the odds

Bedlam in Burslem rips Vale apart

League Two club branded EmmerVale after events descend into soap opera farce

Ronnie Moore parts company with Rotherham

League Two promotion hopefuls Rotherham have confirmed that manager Ronnie Moore has left the club by mutual consent.

Davies dreams of rolling back the Wembley years

Birmingham City 2 Bolton 3

Bolton dream as Lee leaps to lofty heights

Birmingham City 2 Bolton Wanderers 3: Korean's late winner raises hopes of lifting Cup again after 53-year wait
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The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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