Sport Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Borrell in particular was held in huge esteem by the Academy players, who were left shocked by the dismissals

Champions League: David Moyes must be given time at Old Trafford says Sami Hyypia ahead of Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen

The former Liverpool defender comes to Old Trafford as manager of United's Champions League opponents

Darren Bent

Newcastle keen on Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, but not his £6m valuation and £70,000-a-week wages

The 29-year-old striker interested in return to the north-east

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard is Liverpool's 'greatest ever player' says Jamie Carragher

Liverpool captain receives award from football writers

Moussa Sissoko

Aston Villa target Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko

Aston Villa are in serious danger of relegation

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney

Premier League: Manchester United v Sunderland match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Old Trafford

Jean Makoun

Aston Villa likely to loan Jean Makoun to Rennes

Aston Villa have confirmed they are in "advanced talks" with Rennes about midfielder Jean Makoun joining the Ligue 1 side on a season-long loan.

Alex McLeish is not liked by fans

Alex McLeish sacked by Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has been sacked, just 11 months after taking charge at Villa Park.

Stiliyan Petrov, who has recently been diagnosed with acute leukaemia

Stiliyan Petrov voted Aston Villa's players' player of the year

Aston Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov, who is currently sidelined because of acute leukaemia, has been voted the club's players' player of the year.

Kenny Dalglish is 'heading in the right direction', says Houllier

Everton FA Cup semi-final will not be a distraction for Liverpool insists Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists their impending Wembley FA Cup semi-final with Everton will not be a distraction as they try to get results back on track.

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Aston Villa supporters plans pre-match protest against Alex McLeish

Aston Villa supporters are being urged to attend a pre-match protest against manager Alex McLeish ahead of Sunday's home clash with Manchester City.

Agbonlahor was forced to pull out of the England squad

Gabriel Agbonlahor affirms desire to stay at Aston Villa

Gabriel Agbonlahor has pledged his future to Aston Villa and the England striker warned other clubs they would be wasting their time trying to prise him away.

Robbie Keane is on loan from LA Galaxy

Robbie Keane will not be rushed insists Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish insists he is under no pressure to pick loan signing Robbie Keane despite the striker joining for just a six-week spell.

Alex McLeish will come face to face today with Alex Ferguson, his mentor at Aberdeen

Emile Heskey assured of Aston Villa role

Alex McLeish insists veteran striker Emile Heskey still has a major role to play at Aston Villa and that it would be "crazy" not to make use of his vast experience.

Parker in Aston Villa's sights while McLeish starts £20m spree with N'Zogbia

Alex McLeish hopes to persuade Scott Parker to join Aston Villa this week, when the new Villa manager looks to begin spending the proceeds of Stewart Downing's £20m sale on Charles N'Zogbia, Shay Given and the West Ham captain.

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Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
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History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

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Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
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Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
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Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
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Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain