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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.

Luton Town 3 Preston North End 0

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee