Sport In a stew: Downing is counting on a Cup win to build confidence

Being known as a "Cup team" is a mixed compliment, implying the ability to raise your game for one-off occasions, but never to sustain it. If Wigan Athletic, FA Cup winners relegated within a week, are newcomers to the genre, West Ham United have been at it rather longer.

Woman's Football: Coultard plays girls' guide

Andrew Baker fears the women of England will need to raise their standard

World Cup place can cap it all for Coultard

Gillian Coultard left Upton Park hanging on to a commemorative silver cap on Wednesday night, a memento presented to her by West Ham's old favourite Geoff Hurst to mark her century of England appearances.

Football: Backing for 2006 World Cup bid

England have a tremendous chance of staging the World Cup in 2006 thanks to the success of Euro 96. That is the unanimous verdict of some of the country's leading football experts who were in Brighton for the Labour Party conference to add their support for the bid.

The Ryder Cup: Beware the Tiger feats

Andrew Longmore meets the man who hates to be reminded of a famous deed

Cricket: Ben makes himself at home

Benson & Hedges Cup final

The brilliant Brazilians still dancing to a different beat

England may yet become a force in next year's World Cup but Ken Jones says Glenn Hoddle's team still have a long way to go to match the technical ability of the world champions

Football: Kitson glory day

West Ham United 5 (Kitson 5, 13, 89, Hartson 30, 67) Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Carbone 82) Attendance: 24,960

Football: Hewitt keeps the Chesterfield dream alive

Middlesbrough 3 Ravanelli 64 Hignett pen 70 Festa 100 Chesterfield 3 Morris 54 Dyche pen 60 Hewitt 119 after extra time Attendance: 49,640

England exposed by Muller

England 4 Germany 6

Football: Cottee's departure a reminder of what once was

West Ham United 1 Derby County 1

The British should learn how to roll their credits at the dinner table

Had dinner with John Lahr, the New Yorker scribe, drama critic and biographer of Joe Orton. Mr Lahr has recently turned down the chance of writing the life of Rosanne Barr, with the co-operation of the lady herself, and ensuring himself a pension of half a million dollars. (It seems he couldn't guarantee the co-operation of Ms Barr's parents, without whose testimony the project was fatally compromised.)

Laying the blame at Hunter's feet

As England prepare to face Poland at Wembley tomorrow, Ken Jones recalls the teams' historic match 23 years ago

Painter puts Leeds on the canvas

Leeds United 2 Darlington 2

Euro-spy

England win something

Timely tonic for flexible England

Stan Hey sees a long-lost talent provide the spur for the national cause
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee