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The Black Cats lead 2-1 after the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final

Man United 1 Zenit St Petersburg 2: Russians win cup as Scholes sees red

Paul Scholes was sent off as Manchester United squandered a chance of lifting a trophy only two weeks into the season as they went down to defeat by Zenit St Petersburg in the UEFA Super Cup.

Ronaldo confident his aim still true after miss

If Cristiano Ronaldo's missed penalty cost him any sleep on Wednesday night, then he did not betray any signs of it. "I'm always confident," he said. "I've 38 goals this season so it's not a problem if you miss one or two. I've scored 16 or 17 penalties since joining United and I've missed two. If I get another penalty in Manchester I'll score. I have confidence in my own ability."

Dazed winger 'can't remember' Roma goal

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he remembers little about the goal that turned a crucial Champions League tie Manchester United's way.

United do not hound refs, says Ferguson

Ahead of the kind of high octane weekend Sir Alex Ferguson can expect, it sounds dangerously like tempting fate but the Manchester United manager has waded into the debate on protection of referees by claiming that his side affords them a respect which is lacking at Arsenal and Chelsea.

There can be no repeat of City defeat, says Giggs

As Manchester United picked up the pieces following Sunday's devastating home defeat to their neighbours Manchester City, Ryan Giggs said that there could be no repeat of the performance that has left their title chances in doubt. But privately the club are concerned that national associations are no longer willing to compromise on players over international friendlies.

Republic of Ireland 0 Brazil 1: Class finally tells as Robinho splits Irish defence

Robinho belatedly brightened up a chilly night at sold-out Croke Park with a 65th-minute winner to help Brazil sink the managerless Republic of Ireland. The Real Madrid striker finished off a sweeping counter-attacking move by firing a low shot through Lee Carsley's legs and beyond the desperate reach of Shay Given.

Trapattoni heads Ireland's wish list

Giovanni Trapattoni is the latest in a long line of changing favourites to become the Republic of Ireland's new manager, with the FA of Ireland hoping to announce the Italian's appointment soon if an interview within the next few days goes smoothly. Ireland play Brazil in a friendly this evening and no talks will be held until that is out of the way.

Carrick targets trio of wins to keep treble dream alive

The Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is aiming to take a "defining" step towards the treble this week – with a hat-trick of victories.

Susan Bassnett: Anger and outrage at the corporate model

As 2006 drew to a close, so too did the reforming aspirations of the Oxford vice-chancellor when a large majority of his opponents voted down his plans for major governance reforms.

Widening tropics 'will drive deserts into Europe'

Alarming new satellite evidence of the effects of global warming comes as forecasters predict more severe hurricanes

Hundreds of Aids sufferers face deportation

Hundreds of people with HIV/Aids face being sent back to Africa following a decision by the Home Office to allow them to be deported to their home countries.

United pull plug on Keane's televised rant at team-mates

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