Alvaro Negredo has formed part of City's irresistible attack, yielding 115 goals this season

Comment: 12 months ago Roberto Mancini was fighting with Mario Balotelli - now the Premier League title is Manchester City's to lose

The club's form has meant they have long been seen as title favourites, now they have the top spot, too

Metropolitan Police of officers entering a property in Marcella Road, SW9, as police targeted a notorious gang in a series of early morning raids across the UK

Police raids lead to arrest of 29 ‘vicious’ gang members

Senior members of one of the country’s most notorious gangs have been arrested after expanding their drug-dealing operations outside of their south London stronghold to target lucrative new markets, police said yesterday.

Sarah Taylor and Charlotte Edwards celebrate with teammates after winning the match and retaining the Ashes in Hobart

Women's Ashes 2014: Victory for England 'means everything' says captain Charlotte Edwards

England won today's Twenty20 to retain the Ashes

Women's Ashes 2014: Captain Charlotte Edwards shows England how to win Ashes with brilliant innings

First Twenty20 International: England 151-1 (17.5 overs) beat Australia 150-3 (20 overs) by nine wickets

The scene outside Shenfield station this morning, after a 44-year-old City worker was shot in the leg on his way into London

Shenfield station shooting: City worker shot in leg on way to work in ‘deliberately targeted attack’

Police are appealing for witnesses after a balaclava-wearing gunman fled from the scene

Stuart Lancaster says England have not been scarred by their heavy defeat at the hands of Wales in last year’s title decider

Six Nations 2014: England possess the belief to end title drought, says Stuart Lancaster

The French can talk a brilliant game, especially when England loom large on their horizon. "It's a mythical match for us," said Pascal Papé of Stade Francais, the new captain of Les Bleus, "and losing is not an option." Then came the coach, Philippe Saint-André, and his assertion that in Paris a week on Saturday, his side would "not start with the starter but begin with the main course, with roast beef straight away". When it comes to the word play, Stuart Lancaster and company struggle to keep pace.

Alastair Cook will not play in the fourth ODI

England eager to avoid 'worst in history' tag

Defeat on Friday will make it nine internationals in a row on tour

Tim Sherwood picked Nabil Bentaleb ahead of Lewis Holtby and Etienne Capoue

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood alerts England over Nabil Bentaleb chance

The midfielder could qualify to play for the Three Lions

Alastair Cook looks on during the defeat in Sydney on Sunday

Alastair Cook the right man to lead England, insists old friend Ravi Bopara

Cook has said he will consider his future in light of the disastrous tour of Australia

Lydia Greenway, right, and Arran Brindle celebrate the win

England women on brink of keeping Ashes

Lydia Greenway has warned her England team-mates not to take anything for granted despite her unbeaten 69 in the first one-day international, leaving Charlotte Edwards’ side on the brink of retaining the Ashes.

Jose Mourinho says he believes Manchester United will sell Wayne Rooney this summer

Manchester United will sell Wayne Rooney overseas in the summer, says Jose Mourinho

Chelsea bid twice for the England striker and there are strong indications that Mourinho still believes he can sign the player

England's centurion Eoin Morgan may miss Saturday's match with a calf injury

Ashley Giles: I won't scream and shout at England players

England were in shock. They were probably in meltdown as well. In losing to Australia by one wicket with three balls to spare after the last-wicket pair put on 57, it was entering the kind of territory where you wondered when they might win again.

Non-league side buys stand for £5,500 on eBay

The stand will now be deconstructed, and moved via truck from the Isle of Wight

Essex County Council offices in Chelmsford

Essex council sells elderly man's £24,000 Pissarro painting to pay towards his care home fees

Judge has also ruled that council could sell a house owned by the man

Gary Ballance is confident he can deal with Mitchell Johnson ahead of his return to the Australia squad for the second One-Day International with England

ODI series: Gary Ballance confident he can cope with returning Mitchell Johnson after insisting he's faced quicker bowlers

Ballance is looking to fight fire with fire after hitting half-centuries in his last two innings

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