Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

Premier League: Aston Villa v Norwich City match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Villa Park

Andrey Arshavin and Per Mertesacker of Arsenal look dejected in defeat

Arsene Wenger unhappy over Arsenal's league position

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits the Barclays Premier League table makes unpleasant reading after defeat at Norwich left them 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Jason Roberts has got it wrong on his Kick It Out racism campaign

This is not the kind of thing a white man should say. But Jason Roberts seems to have got it wrong on racism. The black footballer has called for a boycott of this weekend's anti-racism Kick It Out protest. He feels it has not been vigorous enough in its response to abuse in the game.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton

Arsenal warned that Norwich will 'fight like dogs' on Saturday

Winger Elliott Bennett has warned that Norwich will 'fight like dogs' as they look to kick-start their Barclays Premier League campaign against Arsenal on Saturday.

A view of St James' Park

Managing director Derek Llambias optimistic about Newcastle's financial future

Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias is confident the events of the past fortnight have helped to secure the long-term future of the club.

Demba Ba of Newcastle volleys in a spectacular equaliser
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew signs staggering new contract to manage Newcastle until 2020

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley today placed the future firmly in the hands of manager Alan Pardew when he handed him a staggering eight-year contract.

Norwich complete signing of Mark Bunn from Blackburn

Norwich today completed the signing of goalkeeper Mark Bunn from Blackburn for an undisclosed fee.

Norwich sign Michael Turner from Sunderland

Michael Turner has completed his move to Norwich from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

Robert Snodgrass celebrates after putting Leeds 1-0 up at the Emirates
earlier this month

Norwich signing Robert Snodgrass couldn't turn Premier League chance

New Norwich signing Robert Snodgrass admitted the chance to play in the Barclays Premier league was too good to pass up.

Leeds' Robert Snodgrass celebrates scoring against Cardiff yesterday

Leeds captain Robert Snodgrass set for Elland Road exit

Robert Snodgrass has left Leeds' training camp after being given permission to speak to an unnamed Barclays Premier League club, believed to be Norwich.

Steven Whittaker injured as Norwich beat Celtic in pre-season friendly

Norwich's 1-0 friendly win over Celtic at Parkhead last night came at a price when new signing Steven Whittaker limped off in the first half with an ankle injury.

Shearer reckons heading back to the north-east could be the best option for Carrol

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll should return to Newcastle, says Alan Shearer

Former Newcastle captain Alan Shearer believes returning to Tyneside would be a “great move” for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.

Lee Clark

Danish international Peter Lovenkrands joins Birmingham

Peter Lovenkrands has become Lee Clark's first signing as Birmingham boss, subject to a medical.

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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
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America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
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How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?