News Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Anna, Sir Richard Branson, far right, and Irish activist Sir Bob Geldof, second from right, during the opening ceremony for the One Young World summit

The world is in a terrible mess. Global warming is causing irreversible damage to the environment, poverty and greed is stifling progress and corruption is rife. The solution? It’s time to hand over the reigns to the next generation. 

Danny Ings of Burnley scores the opening goal of the new Sky Bet Championship season

Burnley 1 Bolton 1 match report: Close-fought battle sees Darren Pratley cancel out a David Wheater own goal in Championship season opener

Burnley took the lead against their local rivals but both sides come away with a point after Pratley equalised midway through the first half

Grant Holt celebrates scoring his first goal for new club Wigan
Gael Bigirimana of Newcastle United. His favourite children's book is The Usborne Children's Bible, whilst his favourite adult book is Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard

Footballers' favourite writers? George Best, Paul Scholes... and Henry Kissinger

Players getting involved in scheme to encourage children to read

Jordan Rhodes scores the winner from the penalty spot

Millwall 1 Blackburn Rovers 2 match report: Jordan Rhodes' late penalty eases Rovers' relegation fears

Braveness was Gary Bowyer's buzzword, and Blackburn Rovers' interim manager can rest easy after all but securing his side's safety in England's second tier. On a night where his side showed their travelling support reasons to be concerned and cheerful for next season in equal measure, Jordan Rhodes' late penalty gave them a five-point advantage over the drop zone after trailing at half-time.

Danny Murphy was left out of the squad entirely

Michael Appleton defends Danny Murphy omission as Blackburn miss out on Wembley trip

Millwall won 1-0 at Ewood Park in their quarter-final replay

Jamie Carragher and the ultimate one-club footballers

The Liverpool defender today announced he will retire at the end of the season

The best January transfer signings

The deals that made all the difference in the Premier League

Anthony Pilkington celebrates his sides goal

Match Report: Wes Hoolahan sends Norwich to seventh heaven

Norwich City 2 Wigan Athletic 1

Match Report: Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers hit record low at Wigan

Wigan Athletic 2 QPR 2: Double from James McCarthy keeps beleaguered west Londoners still looking for first Premier League victory of the season

Ali Al Habsi in action against Manchester City

Form of Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi defended by Roberto Martinez

Oman international has made some high profile mistakes

Milan Mandaric: 'The court case took a lot of smiles off my face'

Martin Hardy: Milan Mandaric insists Sheffield Wednesday's day is sure to come

Life Beyond the Premier league

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere 'gutted, sad and devastated' at missing out on Euro 2012 and the rest of the season

The Football Association heard the news they were dreading last night as Arsene Wenger definitively ruled a "devastated" Jack Wilshere out of the European Championship. Wilshere has not played all season after an ankle surgery.

Football in Brief: Van Persie has peer support; Francis let out of hospital; Liverpool fans face Cup final train chaos

The Arsenal striker Robin van Persie will be the clear favourite after being named among the nominees for PFA Players' Player of the Year award. The prolific Dutchman heads a six-man shortlist revealed by the Professional Footballers' Association for their top award.

Athletic's Franco Di Santo shoots and scores a goal at the Emirates Stadium

Wigan beat Arsenal to boost survival hopes

Wigan pulled off a shock win at Arsenal to boost their Barclays Premier League survival hopes.

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