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Arsenal attacker sticks to his guns about Capello but tells Sam Wallace he wants a central striking role for club and country

McCarthy pleads innocence

Mick McCarthy, the Republic of Ireland manager, yesterday claimed that he was an innocent victim of last season's FA Cup final ticket scandal.

Accountants back BBC forgery claim

A claim that the BBC Panorama programme used a fabricated financial document in an investigation into the business dealings of Terry Venables, the England football coach, received backing from a firm of City accountants last night.

Books: Muscling in at the light end

A long wrestling career encouraged Garp's creator to try the written word. A case of upping the metaphoric rate, says Harry Pearson; The Imaginary Girlfriend by John Irving Bloomsbury, pounds 9.99

The week 'Punch' really had kick

I was listening to the highly entertaining Postcard from Gotham on Radio 4 on Saturday and heard Christopher Hitchens launch into a funny story about Alan Coren and first of all, as a precaution, ask Joe Queenan, the (highly entertaining) host, if he had ever heard of Alan Coren.

SPORTS LETTERS: Only joking

From S Mirghavamedin

Public sleaze is blamed for moral decay

FRAN ABRAMS

Injury damages 'ignore inflation'

STEPHEN WARD

Dear Wrigley's

OK, so your sugar-free gum is Britons' favourite sweet, but don't think we swallow the tale that it is healthy and sophisticated

Backhander claims 'were made up to get Venables'

An advertising executive who claims that Terry Venables, the England football manager, appeared to be behind bogus invoices was accused in court yesterday of lying.

Ethics put to the test

THE scene was the Highbury press room last December, the Saturday after George Graham had been alleged to have accepted money from the agent Rune Hauge. Jeremy Paxman stood at the rear of the room, there to compose his "celebrity match report" for another Sunday newspaper.

Yes, headmaster, it's all down to you

Gillian Shephard has announced a new qualification for headteachers. Fran Abrams and Judith Judd examine a vital role

Big concept, top licks

Irish surname, Latino vibe: Kip Hanrahan is a funkmeister with few peers. By Phil Johnson

Letter: Marr done good

From Mr Andrew Belsey

England sheepish in traditional defeat

Cricket

Hanley fails to quell doubts on his future

Beleaguered Tory chairman insists party finances are healthy but displays little confidence about keeping his job for general election
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