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Grant says Pompey must 'get nasty' to beat drop

Manager wants aggressive approach to start with visit of high-flying Arsenal tonight

Portsmouth seeking new investment

Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie has been asked by owner Ali Al Faraj to find investors interested in putting money into the club.

James hopeful of Portsmouth return

England goalkeeper David James expects to make his Portsmouth comeback in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland.

Crouch frustrated by 'strange' United loss

The Tottenham striker Peter Crouch believes the Carling Cup defeat by Manchester United was just a blip and they can bounce straight back against Everton on Sunday.

James happy with Grant appointment

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James has backed Avram Grant to reverse the ailing fortunes of the Fratton Park club.

Fuller piles pain on Pompey

Stoke City 1 Portsmouth 0

James insists he will be fit for World Cup

England goalkeeper David James expects to be fully fit for next summer's World Cup.

Capello singles out Milner for praise

England coach Fabio Capello feels James Milner is improving at every stage of his footballing development.

James injury increases England's keeper crisis

Capello's concerns about No 1's long-term shoulder problem puts underperforming stand-ins on the spot

Lampard ruled out of Brazil friendly

Frank Lampard is out of England's friendly with Brazil in Qatar on Saturday.

Rovers rescued by resurgent Roberts

Blackburn Rovers 3 Portsmouth 1

Steve Howard: We need a clean industrial revolution

Scientists and economists agree we need to more than halve emissions by mid-century. This means every major decision - every investment decision or new policy decision – needs to be a low carbon decision.

Defoe leaves his mark as Spurs ride their luck

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The secret life of the beard

To mark the dramatic return to form of the manly growth, as sported by England's David Beckham, Katy Guest explores the history of facial hair

Heskey seeks Villa exit to safeguard World Cup place

Striker admits that lack of action under Martin O'Neill may lead to transfer request
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