Sport Steven Gerrard in action for England

Roy Hodgson is eager for his side to test themselves against Central and South American opposition

Downing avoids Boro boos

Middlesbrough 1 Sunderland 1

Portsmouth look to extend Johnson contract

Portsmouth are hoping to agree a new four-year deal with in-demand full-back Glen Johnson.

Scholes happy to exchange jet-setting for domestic duty

Paul Scholes is confident Manchester United will benefit from a more "normal" second half to the season. United complete a memorable 2008 against Middlesbrough at Old Trafford tonight, needing a victory to keep themselves in touch with Liverpool and Chelsea as they look to complete a Premier League title hat-trick.

Cahill tests Gibson's resolve

Middlesbrough 0 Everton 1

Southgate won't sell players cheaply

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has told English football's big spenders to put up or shut up if they are planning January raids for his players.

Southgate warns of 'complacency' in the Premier League

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has warned English football that it must reassess its economics if the Premier League boom is to be sustained.

Johnson linked to La Liga

The list of Middlesbrough players apparently attracting interest from other clubs grew today when it emerged that Spanish giants Real Madrid were on the trail on young winger Adam Johnson.

Southgate dismisses Tuncay Chelsea speculation

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has laughed off suggestions that Chelsea could get their hands on striker Tuncay Sanli for £8m.

Wheater's ban adds to Boro defensive woes

The Middlesbrough manager, Gareth Southgate, is facing a defensive crisis as he prepares for Saturday's Premier League match with Arsenal. Boro have decided not to appeal against David Wheater's red card at Hull City at the weekend, and that means he will miss the Gunners' visit to the Riverside Stadium.

Hull bounce keeps Brown's stock rising

Hull City 2 Middlesbrough 1

FA to investigate Mido abuse

The Football Association are investigating racist chanting directed at Middlesbrough striker Mido during the Tees-Tyne derby against Newcastle on Saturday.

Cash is king in a world of paupers

Middlesbrough 0 Newcastle United 0

Taylor apologises for outburst at fan

Middlesbrough defender Andrew Taylor today issued a public apology after becoming embroiled in a row with a fan.

Bolton expose the young ones with flying start

Middlesbrough 1 Bolton Wanderers 3

Darren Anderton: 'I never thought I'd end up in League Two but they all try to play football'

One of the stars of Euro 96, Darren Anderton was once known as 'Sicknote' because of his injury record but is still playing – for Bournemouth – at the age of 36
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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
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Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
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The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

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Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

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These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen