Juventus rule out move to sign Sissoko

Juventus' interest in the Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko appears to have cooled after the club revealed they were unlikely to make any January signings.

Benitez shows strain again as he dismisses talk of sacking

Rafael Benitez was forced to dig himself out of trouble yet again yesterday after his gloominess late last week gave rise to suggestions that he fears he will be sacked by his club's American owners.

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Six Britons kidnapped from oil rig in Nigeria

Intensive efforts were under way last night to secure the release of six Britons after they were kidnapped from a Nigerian oil rig off the country's southern coast.

Pearson finance chief takes on new role at FT

Rona Fairhead, Pearson's chief financial officer, has been appointed as the new head of the company's newspaper group, prompting speculation she could be next in line to replace chief executive, Dame Marjorie Scardino.

Hearts stumble as Robson moves into pole position

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Ranieri priced out as Hearts sent packing

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Babayaro rediscovers appetite away from the 'unbelievable' world of Abramovich

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FOOTBALL: Mourinho stands to pocket pounds 4.2m bonus for full trophy haul

ROMAN ABRAMOVICH will pay Jose Mourinho a bonus of Û6m [pounds 4.2m] if Chelsea win all four trophies this season. The Chelsea owner will also agree this summer to Mourinho's request for an extension to his current pounds 4m-a-year contract.

SPORT ON TV: Darke arts give the conspiracy theorists a Highbury field day

Darke forces are at work, say the conspiracy theorists, as Sky's football commentary team continue to adopt a "squad rotation" policy that might have come straight from the Claudio Ranieri manual of How To Lose The Confidence Of The Dressing Room.

Ranieri apologises for 'agitated' post-match remarks

The Valencia coach Claudio Ranieri has apologised unreservedly for his stinging criticism of the Swedish referee, Anders Frisk, after his side's 2-0 defeat against Werder Bremen in the Champions' League on Tuesday night.

Terry leads Chelsea's march on Europe

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