Sport West Ham striker Andy Carroll looks on at Stamford Bridge

A look ahead to this weekend's fixture at Upton Park

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan

Premier League: Sunderland v West Ham match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini

San Lorenzo set deadline to sign want-away Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini

The Independent revealed the defender wanted to return home

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

Joe Cole

FA Cup: West Ham v Manchester United match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's FA Cup fixture at Upton Park

Baines and Anichebe add to Newcastle's growing misery

It is possible to sell very good footballers and emerge as a serious force in English football. That may be a crumb of comfort to Newcastle's supporters this morning. There are not many more. Everton continued their excellent season by climbing to fifth place in the Premier League. They will still believe the Champions League is possible.

The ball slams into the back of the net from Leighton Baines’ stunning free-kick
United's Robin van Persie celebrates his first-minute goal

Alex Ferguson adopts pragmatic view at Manchester United with clean conscience

Manchester United 1 West Ham United 0

The sporting week ahead (11/11/12)

Today

Andy Carroll is on loan at West Ham

Thanks Andy! Newcastle credit recent success to £35m sale of Carroll

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has called the fee Liverpool paid for Andy Carroll “astronomical”, and credited the Magpies recent success to his departure.

Round-up: Sharp at the double for Saints

Two second-half goals by Billy Sharp, the Southampton striker who joined Saints from Doncaster Rovers in January, eased his side to a 2-0 win over visitors Rovers and move them nine points clear of third-placed West Ham United. Sharp headed in his first just before the hour and wrapped up the win when he fired home from inside the area with 15 minutes remaining.

League round-up: Coppinger halts nervy Hammers

Adam Lallana's two goals gave the Championship leaders Southampton a 2-0 win over Barnsley and Saints now lead by three points after second-placed West Ham were held to a fourth consecutive home draw, 1-1 by Doncaster Rovers. Reading, third, moved level on points with the faltering Hammers after a comfortable 3-1 home win over Leicester City.

Kevin Nolan scores the opening goal

Rejuvenated Nolan reduces Cardiff to running on empty

Cardiff City 0 West Ham United 2

Taylor pays dues to lift flagging spirits

Sunderland 0 Newcastle United 1

Enrique voices concerns over future of Newcastle

Jose Enrique, Liverpool's new left-back following his protracted £6m departure from Newcastle United, has called into question the direction, ambitions and focus of his former side.

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Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links