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

Davies feels sorry for old boss but there's no time for sulking

The departure of Anelka means Bolton's wideman can return to centre stage

Anger as Alzheimer's drugs ruled too expensive

The hopes of hundreds of thousands of patients with Alzheimer's disease have been dashed after the Government's watchdog on new medicines banned treatments for most patients.

Roy McFarland: McFarland and Todd relishing a Rams reunion

Thirty years after they were the best centre-halves in England, Roy McFarland faces his former team-mate as an opposing manager. Phil Shaw talked to him

David Conn: Chesterfield fighting for the right to be the ultimate community club

There is not too much in football which Roy McFarland has not seen in a commanding playing career spanning 28 England caps and two League Championships with Derby, then 23 grinding years in management at Bradford, Derby, Bolton, Cambridge and the ultimately successful battle to keep Torquay in the Football League in 2002. Last Saturday, however, was up there with the most extreme emotional moments of his footballing life. His current club, Chesterfield, began the day third from bottom and two points from safety, and if they were to beat off relegation from the Second Division, they not only had to win their home game against Luton, but Rushden & Diamonds and Grimsby - managed by the Spireites' former captain and manager Nicky Law - both had to lose.

Plymouth stride clear at the top

Mahon saves wasteful Ipswich

Morecambe prove too wise for Chesterfield

FA Cup review

Shaaban's quiet day as ill wind blows for Keller

Two foreign keepers inhabit two different worlds

Robinson the matchmaker stirs Stafford romance

FA Cup first round: Player-manager revives hometown club for derby at Shrewsbury as university record-breakers plot Mansfield's downfall
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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz