Ooh aah, Cantona registers new ambition

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Cantona's last shirt goes to auction

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Football: Lee laments lack of praise for home grown players

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Blair's favourite persuader bags another victory - for crisps

Tony Blair's favourite adman, Chris Powell, had more good news last night, when his advertising agency, BMP DDB, picked up the advertising industry's highest award for a piece of work that wasn't even an advertisement.

MARKET REPORT: Traders stay calm as Footsie falls nearly 50 points

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Giants who outgrow the back pages

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Volatile French philosopher withdraws from sport

Eric Cantona, the footballer who quoted Rimbaud but brawled like Rambo, shook the world of soccer to its core yesterday by announcing his retirement from the game at the age of 31.

In St Luke's we trust

An ad agency that espouses jobs for life? And a share in profits? It sounds too good to be true. But at the hierarchy-free St Luke's a social conscience is a must. Sceptics read on.

The Investment column: Man Utd on the ball

Manchester United's financial progress is as relentless as the club's performances on the pitch. Still top of the league and gunning for glory in the European Cup, the club turned in another impressive display with its first-half figures yesterday.

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Mexico Only a game? Not likely, and especially not when it's a friendly. Tuesday's match between Jamaica's national team and a Mexican First Division side ended in a pitched battle that forced the referee to scrap the game.

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Roy Keane and Danny Baker have taken over from Eric Cantona and Chris Evans as enfants terribles of their particular professions

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Saintly agency wins acclaim

An advertising firm run as a workers' co-operative has been named Britain's number two agency just a year after breaking away from its US parent.
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