FA Cup round-up: Green sends Gulls soaring as Foxes hold Palace

Though they took very different routes, both Torquay United and Kettering Town will represent the Blue Square Premier in the draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup. Torquay beat Championship side Blackpool, some 60 places above them on the pyramid, 1-0 in their third round tie. Kettering's task was simpler. In the only all non-League match they defeated Eastwood Town of the Northern Premier 2-1.

Drubbing by Doncaster costs Calderwood his job at Forest

Nottingham Forest sacked their manager, Colin Calderwood, after a 4-2 Boxing Day drubbing at home to fellow strugglers Doncaster. The result saw Forest remain in the bottom three of the Championship, where they have won just four times this season.

Droylsden face FA Cup expulsion

Conference North side Droylsden could be thrown out of the FA Cup after fielding an ineligible player in the 2-1 second-round replay victory over Chesterfield.

Norris explains handcuffs celebration

An under-fire championship soccer player today changed his explanation of the meaning of a controversial goal celebration.

Norris fined for 'handcuff support of McCormick'

Ipswich Town have fined midfielder David Norris after his controversial goal celebration on Saturday. Norris appeared to make a "handcuff" gesture in support of his former Plymouth team-mate Luke McCormick after scoring for Ipswich at Blackpool.

Footballer fined over "cuff" celebration

Ipswich Town have fined midfielder and warned him about his future conduct following his goal celebration in the game against Blackpool on Saturday.

Championship round-up: Twice Kightly as Wolves set the pace but Blues are held

The importance of Michael Kightly to the promotion challenge of Wolverhampton Wanderers has been vividly illustrated in the past couple of weeks. His absence through injury had coincided with their dip in form but his return has seen them storm to the top of the Championship, and yesterday he scored both goals at Molineux in the 2-0 defeat of an obdurate Burnley that saw Mick McCarthy's side open up a six-point lead at the top.

Championship round-up: O'Connor too wise for Owls as McLeish goes on offensive

Frugal in defence, the Championship leaders Birmingham City had been equally parsimonious as goalscorers before manager Alex McLeish chose Garry O'Connor, Kevin Phillips and Cameron Jerome to start against Sheffield Wednesday. Not many dividends are being paid these days, but McLeish's decision paid in full as O'Connor, whose injury time goal was enough to beat Crystal Place on Tuesday, struck twice in the first half, an 11th-minute header and, four minutes later, his fifth goal of the season.

Southampton 2 Ipswich Town 2: Pekhart strike drags brave Southampton off the bottom

Southampton manager Jan Poortvliet was happy to settle for a point after his lowly side held Ipswich 2-2 at St Mary's last night. Tomas Pekhart rescued the Saints with his first goal in English football to help his team climb from the foot of the Championship.

Championship round-up: Phillips switched on to put McLeish in blue heaven

Birmingham City striker Kevin Phillips scored late winners as a substitute in his side's first two Championship matches and was rewarded with a start against Barnsley. By the 12th minute he had repaid manager Alex McLeish's faith when the Tykes left him unmarked to head in Stuart Parnaby's cross, Phillips's third goal in three games.

Transfer news and speculation, 20 August

Ipswich Town's manager, Jim Magilton, has confirmed that the proposed transfer of the Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi has been called off because of injury. The two clubs had agreed a fee for the 26-year-old and he underwent a medical at Portman Road on Monday. However, after the detection of a hamstring injury which is unlikely to clear up before the end of the transfer window, Magilton has decided to shelve the transfer. "It's disappointing but you have to be careful with hamstring injuries," the Ipswich manager said. "We don't want a repeat of last season when Shefki Kuqi joined us and suffered a hamstring injury in his first game." Ameobi spent six weeks on loan at Stoke City last season as he struggled to make an impact on the first team at St James' Park. The squad of the Magpies' manager, Kevin Keegan, is in a state of flux following the departures of Peter Ramage, Stephen Carr, James Troisi, David Rozehnal, Lamine Diatta and Abdoulaye Faye this summer. With Alan Smith's future also the subject of speculation, there are concerns that Keegan's resources could be severely stretched, with the strikers Michael Owen and Mark Viduka both missing Sunday's 1-1 draw at Manchester United through injury.

Transfer News and Speculation: 2 August

Lilian Thuram, the former France defender who played in the 1998 World Cup-winning team, announced his retirement yesterday. The 36-year-old had expected to join Paris St-Germain on a one-year deal but a heart problem was spotted during a medical examination in June.

Ipswich renew Nugent interest

Portsmouth misfit David Nugent will be given another chance to join Ipswich Town.

Transfer News and Speculation: 22 July

As he continues his search for new players, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger says he has no intention of going public and destabilising players – as Real Madrid have done with Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ipswich Town 1 Hull City 0: Hull face 'lottery' after loss

As the final whistle blew at Portman Road the victorious Ipswich Town players turned to whoever they could to seek confirmation that their efforts would get the reward they desired. Stewards, fans and staff were queried, but all came back with the same negative reply. Results elsewhere meant Alan Lee's winning goal, with just his second touch after coming on as substitute, was not enough to give Ipswich the play-off position they craved.

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