Sport Everton striker Romelu Lukaku pictured receiving treatment during the Merseyside derby

The on-loan striker was taken off during the 4-0 drubbing being dished out by Liverpool

Rooney fails to win apology over tax story

The Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has failed in an attempt to force an apology over claims that he is paying only 2 per cent tax on some of his earnings.

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Brits latest line of family stars

Take a dive into the sporting history books and a handful of families pop up as having excelled in their respective fields.

Manchester City under less pressure after FA Cup win says Gareth Barry

Gareth Barry believes the demand for success at Manchester City is less intense due to last season's FA Cup triumph.

Diary: Where would we be without Cabinet's David Brent?

Do the annals of political wickedness contain a viler case of skulduggery than the guerrilla campaign to undermine Liam Fox? For the second time in a few months, the Defence Secretary is shocked – shocked, I tells ya, to the precipice of ague – by the leaking of a private letter to David Cameron.

Xabi Alonso explains Liverpool depature

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted he felt compelled to leave Anfield two years ago after losing the backing of manager Rafael Benitez.

Manchester City v Stoke City: Man for man marking

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Nigel Reo-Coker considering Aston Villa future

Nigel Reo-Coker insists the next step in his career will be made for footballing reasons and not financial gain as he set his sights on winning an England spot.

City stay on course for Champions League spot

Manchester City 2 West Ham 1

Gareth Barry insists Manchester City will respect Stoke

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry insists they will take nothing for granted against Stoke in the FA Cup final.

City optimism in short supply as Tevez heads for hamstring scan

Meanwhile, transfer talk resurfaces with Inter keen on £30m deal

Collins gives Villa some breathing space

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Letter from the editor: We're all in this together!

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Gareth Barry and Jack Wilshere defend Fabio Capello amid mounting criticism

Gareth Barry and Jack Wilshere have hit out at the mounting criticism of England boss Fabio Capello.

Jack Wilshere should play for under-21s says Gareth Barry

Gareth Barry believes Jack Wilshere should play in the European Under-21 Championships this summer "for the development and good of England".

Gareth Barry will captain England against Ghana

Fabio Capello has named Gareth Barry as England captain for tomorrow's friendly against Ghana.

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