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Having swept to the top of the Championship with three expansive wins, Queens Park Rangers revealed their grittier side at Pride Park when, 2-0 down going into time added on, Patrick Agyemang and James Mackie both scored to rescue a point from a 2-2 draw with Derby County. It had seemed an unlikely outcome on the hour when James Bailey added to Kris Commons' fine opener.

Wigan's Martinez confirms interest in Scotland

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Ipswich are one of several clubs interested in striker Jason Scotland.

Zaha gets early Burley off to flying start

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League round-up: Ipswich quick off mark as Strachan loses out to Keane

It took Roy Keane's Ipswich Town 14 Championship matches to register a win last season. This season's first three points took just 90 minutes after the Suffolk side put Middlesbrough's stature as favourites for promotion into focus with goals by Tommy Smith, Tamas Priskin and Jon Stead sealing a 3-1 away win. "Last year we never looked like scoring and that was our problem but today we took our goals well," Keane said.

Burley raises hopes at Palace, the league's other chaos club

Manager finds silver lining despite tough times at Selhurst Park forcing him to put his faith in youth

Nelsen insists underdogs Kiwis 'are a very good team'

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Outside the Box: South African singer tries to track down Tractor Boys' pop-picker

One of South Africa's leading pop singers wants to trace a former fellow trainee at Ipswich Town and invite him to the World Cup as a thank you for putting his career on the right track; towards music rather than football. Elan Lea had trials at Portman Road 10 years ago and was hugely impressed with a player whose name he cannot remember, who was worried Lea would not be taken on. "Now if this guy was concerned, and I remember him being great, then I definitely had a reason to be concerned because I knew I wasn't the next Beckham or Messi," Lea said. He has now signed up with Universal, with a debut single being released in the UK next month, as well as "growing heart-throb status with a top placement in 'Heat' magazine's Manometer". Ipswich triallists, circa 2000, should make themselves known. It may yet prove Darren Bent's best chance of making this summer's World Cup.

Adam Blacklaw: Scottish international goalkeeper who helped Burnley win the League title in 1960

Adam Blacklaw was the bold, fearless, sometimes spellbindingly brilliant last-ditch bastion of the Burnley rearguard as the team from the East Lancashire cotton town of around 80,000 inhabitants defied the big-city battalions to lift the Football League championship half a century ago this spring.

Sunderland sign Hutton on loan from Tottenham

Sunderland have swooped to complete the capture of Tottenham defender Alan Hutton on loan until the end of the season.

In Brief: England return 6,000 unsold tickets for finals in South Africa

Fears that this summer's finals in South Africa will be one of the worst attended in recent history heightened yesterday when it was revealed that England fans have not taken up 6,000 of the 29,000 World Cup tickets allocated by organisers to the FA for the official supporters' club.

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