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When Stuart Williams was confronted by the emerging genius of Pele in a quarter-final of the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, the classy and constructive Welsh full-back responded with the performance of his life. That day in Gothenburg, the teenager who would soon be hailed as the greatest footballer of all time, scored the only goal of the game to eliminate valiant opponents who had upset the odds by reaching the last eight. Though deprived of their own star, John Charles, through injury, the scarlet-shirted heroes held out for more than 70 minutes against a sumptuously talented Brazilian attack, in which the prodigy combined to compelling effect with the likes of Garrincha, Didi and Zagalo.

Luton points deduction over transfers

League Two side Luton have been deducted 10 points for next season after being found guilty of 15 charges of misconduct by a Football Association Regulatory Commission.

You Write The Reviews: John Hegley and friends, Komedia, Brighton

John Hegley is nearly 55, yet there's still a rebellious streak in this figure with a greying quiff and a wonky pair of glasses. Tonight, he squeezed subversion into much of his set, from a tale about wearing women's briefs at Luton Town FC to an appraisal of Jesus's catering skills: "He made a lot of sandwiches and none of them had pork in."

Exeter City 1 Cambridge United 0: Exeter win to regain Football League spot

Exeter avenged last season's play-off final heartbreak with victory over Cambridge at Wembley yesterday to earn promotion to the Football League after a five-year absence.

Gascoigne: Turbulent life of football genius

Paul Gascoigne has featured almost as much on the front pages of newspapers for his rollercoaster private life as he has on the back pages for his sporting prowess.

Liverpool 5 Luton Town 0: High fives for Benitez

Gerrard hat-trick in 5-0 FA Cup rout of lowly Luton relieves pressure on Liverpool manager as American owners consider selling up

Cash trouble prompts Blackwell to quit Luton

Kevin Blackwell and his Luton Town management team have tendered their resignations at Kenilworth Road.

Howard finds life is not just about black and white

Tow Law to St James' Park is not far, a journey of 24 miles, and Steve Howard certainly knows the way. Yet he has gone a rather roundabout route to cover that distance. In fact, it has taken this native of the North-east some 13 years to get there.

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Just when you think you've had it up to here with dysfunctional America, Michael Cuesta's film offers a stunning corrective. It examines the way three 12-year-old children learn harsh lessons of life too early. Malee (Zoë Weizenbaum) precociously imagines herself to be in love with a local construction worker (Jeremy Renner, superb); Leonard (Jesse Camacho) is a fattie determined to change the family diet; Jacob (Conor Donovan) is traumatised by the death of his twin brother, whom he secretly believes was the favourite of his parents.

Tools Of The Trade: The Iomega REV Loader 280 hard drive

The conventional way of backing up large quantities of computer data is to tape it, in much the same way you would have recorded music in days gone by. Tapes costs a couple of pounds each, but the process is slow and they are vulnerable to damage.

Athletics: Blunder denies Gatlin sprint record

Justin Gatlin has been denied the world 100 metres record he had claimed at the Doha Super Grand Prix meeting last Friday in Qatar because an embarrassing mistake was made in the reading of the result.

Villepin vulnerable despite surviving censure motion

The embattled French Prime Minister, Dominique de Villepin, comfortably survived a "no confidence" motion in the National Assembly last night, but the blank spaces on the government benches suggested that his position remained vulnerable.

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