Sport Villas-Boas has promised that Jermain Defoe will not be sold in January

Following the confirmation of his move to MLS side Toronto FC, Defoe brings to an end a somewhat unfulfilled partnership with Spurs that often saw him - rightly or wrongly - overlooked

Ferguson takes first step to revenge

He climbed to the press conference table and dealt out the diplomacies, just as he has in his 17 previous Champions League campaigns. A nod to the threat of Benfica's Pablo Aimar and the club's European pedigree. A smile and a handshake for the translator.

Ferguson takes first step on road to revenge

He climbed to the press conference table and dealt out the diplomacies, just as he has in his 17 previous Champions League campaigns. A nod to the threat of Benfica's Pablo Aimar and the club's European pedigree. A smile and a handshake for the translator.

James Lawton: Can Aguero transform City the way Maradona lifted Napoli? Yes, and it's already happening

Mancini is right about the difficulty of reworking quickly the mentality of a big football team

Drenthe relieved to be at Everton after fierce battles with Mourinho

Royston Drenthe, Everton's new Dutch winger, is one of the few people to feel a comfortable glow about his new club, where the supporters' group Blue Union are planning to march before tomorrow's home match with Aston Villa in protest at what they claim is stagnation under Bill Kenwright's chairmanship.

Speed hopes Bale and belief can inspire side to emulate heroes of old

Manager backs his flying winger to hurt England as visitors chase first win at Wembley in over 30 years

Johan Cruyff label Jose Mourinho actions 'arrogant' and 'impotent'

Jose Mourinho's finger-in-the-eye assault on Barcelona's assistant trainer was "an act of arrogance and impotence" and Real Madrid must rein in their controversial coach, Dutch great Johan Cruyff said.

Alex Ferguson predicts title challenge from Chelsea

Sir Alex Ferguson is refusing to write Chelsea off as Premier League title rivals.

The Last Word: Land of hype and inglory

Don't be fooled by that victory in Sofia. England's footballers will go on to disappoint

James Lawton: Capello's reign may be redeemed by Rooney's rising influence

There was a day in the life of Bulgarian coach, Lothar Matthäus, when he came within a heartbeat of shutting down Diego Maradona. It was in the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City and it might well have won Germany a World Cup final.

James Lawton: Everton are in crisis again. So who better at the helm than magical Moyes?

If David Moyes had a lower threshold of self-pity there was a good chance he would have tied one on quite seriously last Wednesday night.

Found in a loft: Fagan's secret boot room diaries

From the glory years to the Heysel tragedy, the Liverpool legend kept a record of his days on the Anfield staff. Tim Rich takes a look

Basketball: Champions Spain prove too strong for Britain

Great Britain put up a better fight on day three of the European Championships in Lithuania yesterday but could not produce an upset against defending champions Spain, losing 86-69.

Pearce vows to take all his top players for next tilt at U-21 glory

England Under-21 manager is anxious to avoid a repeat of this summer's early exit

Steve McClaren confirms he will stay at Nottingham Forest

Steve McClaren has confirmed he will be staying in his role as Nottingham Forest manager.

Manchester United supporters demand debt clearance from Glazers

The Manchester United Supporters Trust have repeated their call for the Glazer family to use the proceeds from their intended Singapore Stock Market flotation to wipe away the club's massive debt.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee