Sport West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka makes an alleged anti-Semitic gesture when celebrating his first goal against West Ham

Anelka bagged his first goal for West Brom since joining in the summer but has become embroiled in a racism row after an alleged anti-Semitic celebration

Marouane Chamakh finally finds the back of the net for Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace 1 West Ham United 0 match report: Rare Marouane Chamakh goal gives Tony Pulis home take-off

Striker's first goal in 11 games sees Eagles soar off bottom of table

Benteke celebrates his goal for Aston Villa
Joe Cole's first West Ham goal for 10 years earned the hosts a deserved point as Loic Remy was denied a dream debut for QPR

Match Report: Robin Van Persie denies Joe Cole his winning return for West Ham United against Manchester United

West Ham United 2 Manchester United 2: The prodigal son is back at Upton Park but late – and brilliant – intervention from United substitute takes the shine off Joe's homecoming party

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Joe Allen predicts 'exciting times ahead' if Liverpool can find consistency

The Reds won 3-0 at QPR yesterday

Lucas Leiva has played a pivotal role in Liverpool's midfield this term

Lucas Leiva returns to Liverpool squad for visit of Southampton

Premier League team news

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey

Jonjo Shelvey available for Liverpool's Europa League tie against Udinese

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be able to call on midfielder Jonjo Shelvey for tomorrow night's Europa League clash with Udinese at Anfield.

The best and worst free transfer deals

Stoke City completed a deal for striker Michael Owen this week in what was the highest profile free transfer of the summer.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

Liverpool take opportunity to rest key players for Hearts

Liverpool have omitted a host of first team players, including Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez, for tonight's Europa League qualifying play-off first leg at Heart of Midlothian.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

Liverpool happy to let their leading players skip European tie with Hearts

Liverpool have omitted Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson for tonight's Europa League qualifying play-off first leg at Heart of Midlothian.

Didier Deschamps has managed Monaco, Marseille and Juventus

The Last Word: 'Water carrier' is the only man to douse French egos

France will have recognised Didier Deschamps as the only candidate with the clout to bang galactico heads together

Craig Bellamy celebrates his semi-final goal

Return home on the cards for Bellamy

Liverpool's Craig Bellamy is giving deep consideration to a move away from Anfield, with Cardiff City wanting to take him back.

Joe Cole has impressed since making the switch to Lille

Joe Cole features in Liverpool plans says Brendan Rodgers

After meeting with the Liverpool coaching staff, Brendan Rodgers has said he is keen to fully assess his entire first team squad.

New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers urges Liverpool to show fighting spirit

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects his players to work hard and contribute to a "cause worth fighting for" as he seeks to turn around the club's fortunes.

Lampard feels Hazard's emergence is a sign of the flourishing talent in the Belgium squad

Lampard 'excited' by Hazard signing

Frank Lampard is relishing the prospect of midfielder Eden Hazard joining Chelsea and could get a first-hand look at his quality during England's Wembley friendly with Belgium on Saturday.

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform