Sport Glenn Hoddle is set for a role with the FA

The former manager is being touted as a possible replacement for AVB

Fahim out as new buyer circles Pompey

Portsmouth have accepted Sulaiman al-Fahim's resignation from the board as the club continue to battle for survival, with the chief executive, Peter Storrie, suggesting that a sale to a South African group is imminent.

Pandora: Hold the front page! Brown gets a break

Here's something you don't see every day: a bit of good news for Gordon Brown. We hear that performance dates for the forthcoming theatre adaptation of that seminal 1980s television programme Yes, Prime Minister have been delayed.

Leading lawyers call for quicker 'no-fault' divorces

Three in four professionals say current system in which one person must be to blame is driving couples into the courts

Brazil to test England's progress under Capello

England will play five-time World Cup winners Brazil in a friendly in Qatar on Saturday 14 November. The meeting, which will be the 23rd between the two countries, has been mooted for a while now but the Football Association has finally confirmed it after all the contractual details were sorted out.

Sport on TV: Wright hits the bars in a game that always goes to penalties

Ian Wright is trying to set up a system of football academies in prisons across Britain. In Football Behind Bars (Sky One, Monday) he begins his quest at Portland Young Offenders Institute, on a remote island off the Dorset Coast with 48 young lags boasting 150 years between them for offences including armed robbery and attempted murder. "Who do you want to go and do something like this?" he asks. "Gary Lineker?" Well frankly, Wrighty, yes, that would be quite entertaining.

Amy Jenkins: If I watch a crime show on TV, will it make me break the law?

Compliance. It's a spooky word, like some kind of euphemism employed by the Ministry of Torture in a totalitarian regime. If a female is "compliant" you imagine her as a limp doll that might be anyone's for the taking. But compliance, apparently, is big in television. And Jimmy Mulville and Stephen Fry have been making industry headlines by lambasting broadcasters at the Edinburgh TV Festival for what they call the box-ticking culture of "compliance" in television.

Party Of The Week: Raindrops and broomsticks

Umbrellas were the fashion accessory of choice at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in London this week.

Robin Scott-Elliot: Spoonful of Shearer helps the medicine go down ... and down

View From The Sofa: Football Focus, BBC1 / Soccer Saturday, Sky Sports / Match of the Day, BBC 1

The Five Minute Interview: Gary Lineker

"I wish I was 20-years younger as I’d be earning a few quid as a footballer now..."

Peter Bills: Selfish RFU can't have it all their own way

Is not the hysterical reaction of the Rugby Football Union to the news that three England players had signed for French clubs typical of a selfish organisation?

Parties: Who said this was cheesy?

It was cheap but cheerful at the crisps company Walkers' "Do us a Flavour" party at London's Paramount Club on 8 January, where the outlandish finalists in a public competition to create a new variety were unveiled. Canapés were replaced by crisps, but, with plenty of bubbly to go around, the crowd – a heady mix of B-listers – didn't seem to mind.

Trautmann play is ultimate glove story

Incredible tale of ex-Luftwaffe paratrooper who helped Man City win FA Cup with a broken neck takes to the stage

Sport on TV: Chiles a natural in fan zone for the common man

The BBC divides its football anchormen and pundits into an elite squad and the dirt-trackers. With a few add-ons, it's essentially Lineker, Hansen and Shearer – the Permatan Three – versus Chiles, Dixon and Peacock, the Men in the Street. The former get the plum jobs, the latter the leftovers. They've got it the wrong way round.

FA to use Olympic template for World Cup bid

England's bid for the 2018 World Cup will gather momentum today when the Football Association board meets to decide on their campaign structure.

Sport on TV: Left behind the times, but we'll always have Allis

Imagine only ever getting to see the last 15 minutes of football matches. Or sitting down to watch Hamlet with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern already pushing up daisies, Polonius behind the arras with his fatal sword wound and Ophelia having taken her early bath. That's what watching the Masters is like.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
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The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

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The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

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Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

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Is bridge becoming hip?

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Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

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Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

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