Sport Gus Poyet gestures during last weekend's 2-2 draw with Southampton

The Black Cats remain in the relegation places despite an upturn in form

A view of Reading's Madejski stadium

Reading announce minute's silence for Liverpool match - but Margaret Thatcher tributes ruled out

Hillsborough disaster will be marked at the Madejski stadium

No minute’s silence for Thatcher is testament to football’s bad relationship with the former PM

The sporting world was one she did not understand and did not want to understand

Sport on TV: Hillsborough - the path to truth still strewn with tears

"The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous." So wrote Joseph Goebbels, but the Nazi propagandist was only half-right when it came to the behaviour of many of the South Yorkshire police after the tragedy that unfolded at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989. Certainly they lied big, and kept up their lies, yet they have ended up finally looking not ridiculous, but cynically culpable and emotionally bankrupt.

Trevor Hicks at the High Court after the Hillsborough Inquiry

James Lawton: A Hicks knighthood would at least balance the Hillsborough account

He wouldn't accept that the victims might be forgotten or still less that their memories be sullied in any way

The IPCC has been investigating a range of allegations against Sir Norman Bettison following the Hillsborough tragedy on April 15, 1989.

'Gross misconduct' – but police watchdog still won’t throw the book at Hillsborough police chief Sir Norman Bettison

One of Britain’s most senior police officers, who was severely criticised for his role in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, abused his position and would have faced dismissal for gross misconduct if he had not quit with his full pension, the police watchdog has found.

IPCC heavily critical of Hillsborough chief constable Sir Norman Bettison

Bettison would have a case to answer for gross misconduct

Dave Brown wins Cartoonist of Year at UK Press Awards 2013

The Independent’s Dave Brown last night won Cartoonist of the Year at the Society of Editors’ UK Press Awards.

An aerial shot of the sinkhole

Florida sinkhole: First images released of 60ft-deep crater that claimed Jeff Bush’s life

Sinkhole exposed after demolition teams removed final walls of house

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Spice Girl Mel C collects mother of the year award

Former Spice Girl Mel C collected the Tesco Celebrity Mum of the Year award today.

The house in Florida where a sinkhole claimed the life of Jeff Bush

Rescuers end search for man swallowed by Florida sinkhole

More than 500 chasms have opened up in this part of Florida over the past 60 years

Jeff Bush's home in Hillsborough County, Florida, where he was swallowed by a sinkhole

Florida sinkhole: work continues on dangerous ground which has claimed one life

Jeff Bush is presumed dead after being swallowed by opening

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Pepe Reina has seemingly always been linked with a move away from Liverpool, with United touted as one possible destination. However, with Victor Valdes announcing he will leave Barcelona, it's thought Reina will be approached to replace him. A return to the club he started his career at is sure to appeal more than a move to Liverpool's greatest rivals.

Jose Reina insists relationship with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is 'very good'

There has been speculation all season surrounding the Spain international's future

The reserves pictured playing at Langtree Park yesterday

FA to investigate after Liverpool v Manchester United under-21 match is marred by unrest

A fan invaded the pitch and flares were set off in the stands

David Crompton said his email 'was never intended to cause any offence'

Hillsborough: Police chief sorry for 'insensitive' email

David Crompton, the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, whose force's failings at the Hillsborough disaster led to the deaths of almost 100 football fans, has apologised for "inappropriate and insensitive" remarks in which he accused the families of victims of lying about the disaster.

Melanie C has received the mum of the year award

Spice Girl Mel C wins mum of the year award

Former Spice Girl Mel C has been named Tesco's Celebrity Mum of the Year.

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