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

Roy Hodgson takes pressure off Joe Cole

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has revealed how midfielder Joe Cole's international team-mates have rallied around the midfielder to help him settle after a difficult start to his time with the club.

Joe Cole ruled out for two weeks

Joe Cole will be out of action for two weeks following the hamstring injury he sustained in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Bolton on Sunday.

Joe Cole says Liverpool must dig deep

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole believes the players have to find a way to grind out a victory after admitting his lack of form and the club's struggles are unfamiliar territory for him.

Hodgson impressed by Cole performance

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson was pleased to see Joe Cole showed no signs of rustiness as a result of his domestic suspension as he scored and played an important role in the 4-1 Europa League victory over Steaua Bucharest.

Waiting in the wings: England's failed wide men

It looks as though England may have finally found the answer out wide in the shape of Adam Johnson.

Tom Sutcliffe: Don't lament these fine lexicographers

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Footballer Joe Cole's ban delayed over wife's scare

England footballer Joe Cole avoided an immediate ban for speeding at 105mph after a court heard today that his wife was "severely traumatised" after being dragged from her car by "eight thugs on motorbikes".

Cole sorry for Liverpool penalty miss

Liverpool still have work to do to reach the Europa League group stages after Joe Cole squandered a chance to make their passage easier last night.

How Joe Cole ran out of luck on Ace of Spades road

The evocatively named Ace of Spades roundabout is a bleak confluence of asphalt and road signs, but for the authorities who enforce the variable speed limits on this stretch of the A3 in Surrey, the streets may as well be paved with gold.

Joe Cole facing speeding ban

England footballer Joe Cole was facing a driving ban today after he was found guilty of speeding at more than 100mph.

Cole will not appeal three-game ban for debut dismissal

Liverpool have decided not to contest Joe Cole's sending-off during their tumultuous encounter with Arsenal on Sunday. The former Chelsea midfielder, who was making his Premier League debut for the club following his free signing earlier this summer, clattered into Laurent Koscielny and received a straight red card from referee Martin Atkinson.

Hodgson defends Cole and Reina

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson refused to blame Joe Cole or Jose Reina after Arsenal snatched a last-gasp draw in their season-opener at Anfield.

Cole 'devastated' over red card

Hodgson insists midfielder dismissed on league debut is 'not kind' to hurt opponents

Under pressure? Not Roy of the leftovers

Massive test awaits veteran coach at Liverpool but he needs striker to help

Liverpool stroll through as takeover talk dominates

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
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French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
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