hei-fi 'I have very strong feelings on the matter,' says Anton Ferdinand

As the Queen's Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand broke his long silence by saying he had "very strong feelings" about any possible racial abuse, Chelsea last night continued their backing for John Terry, who is likely to captain the team in a Champions League tie here this evening.

Brutal Bath legacy gives Robinson perfect platform

He's tough, rugged and committed as hell. He's got the weight and power, and he's certainly not afraid to use it. And that's just Andy Robinson's 13-year-old son, Oliver. Never mind what his Dad might do as the new supremo of England rugby.

Lethal Lewis sends the finale west

The seamer England ignored strikes three early hammer blows to set up victory but stifle the occasion

Relegation fight takes Endacott back to Wigan

Frank Endacott faces his old club today for the first time since Wigan sacked him in 2001.

Boscastle's flood loss estimated at £50m

The cost of the flash flood that devastated the Cornish village of Boscastle could reach £50m, experts have estimated.

Labour pins Hartlepool hopes on 'robocop' mayor

Labour bosses are hoping to enlist Middlesbrough's "robocop" mayor, Ray Mallon, to help them hold on to the Commons seat left vacant by Peter Mandelson's appointment as an EU commissioner.

Eriksson rails at media circus over private life

Sven Goran Eriksson yesterday pledged to remain England manager even though he believed the interest in his private life was "sick" and his employers, the Football Association, had been plotting against him.

Eriksson needs England to hit form

Sven Goran Eriksson has warned that England must "hit the ground running" in next week's friendly against Ukraine as he looks to put the controversy over his personal life behind him.

Eriksson secure despite kiss-and-tell

Sven Goran Eriksson's future as England manager appeared to be secure last night after a "kiss and tell" with his former lover left little to the imagination but provided no ammunition for the Football Association to sack him.

Racing: Fall likely to sideline Moore for two months

Jamie Moore is reported not to have suffered any lasting damage when crushing two vertebrae in his back in a heavy fall at Newton Abbot on Wednesday.

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Working at the cartwash

It may look like a puddle in a country lane, but this is probably the forerunner of today's drive-through carwash. Penny Jackson finds a farmhouse home with a revolutionary history

Murder suspect deceived parents of victim in phone call

The man wanted in connection with two double murders in North Yorkshire "span a tissue of spurious stories" which delayed the discovery of one victim and put him within walking distance of two others, police said yesterday.

Mourinho looks to take Chelsea between the lines

Jose Mourinho, or so his supporters regularly claim, is unlike any manager England has ever seen. And so are his tactics. He is no fan of the regulation, Premiership standard of 4-4-2. Indeed he abhors it. He almost spits out his disdain.

Split-cap specialist Exeter sells out to Iimia fund group

Exeter Investment Group, one of the main protagonists in the split-capital investment trust sector, threw in the towel yesterday, selling the remainder of its business to Iimia investment group, the boutique fund manager, in a share-based deal.

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