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David Beckham is among those set to receive money back from failed building projects

Inspirational Lampard has the last word

West Ham United 0 Chelsea 1: England midfielder is savagely abused by the home crowd but sets up Chelsea's winner and gets an apology from Zola

Bruce calls for win to end Latics' downward slide

The Wigan Athletic manager Steve Bruce has urged his side to forget their poor run of form and return to winning ways at home to West Ham United tonight.

Dyer set to return after 17 months out

Kieron Dyer, the West Ham midfielder, is finally ready for a return to action after spending the last 17 months recovering from a broken leg.

Zola sets sights on £7m striker Pazzini

Dual boost for Hammers as Dyer nears return with match behind closed doors

Dyer warms up for Christmas comeback with friendly runout

The West Ham United midfielder Kieron Dyer is aiming for a Christmas return to action after 15 months out with a career-threatening injury. The 29-year-old broke his leg against Bristol Rovers in a Carling Cup tie in August last year, less than a fortnight after joining the Hammers from Newcastle, but is set to feature in a friendly this week.

Football star Barton jailed



Premiership footballer Joey Barton was today jailed for six months for assault and affray.

Tottenham Hotspur 4 West Ham United 0: Curbishley feeling the heat after latest rout

This is a nasty habit that West Ham have developed: nine days, three games, 12 goals conceded. Their third 4-0 defeat in succession was a humiliating occasion for Alan Curbishley who admitted that the pressure is now on him as his side finished with 10 men and little in the way of professional dignity.

Manchester City 1, West Ham United 1: Eriksson lowers sights after City stumble again

Sven Goran Eriksson spoke more presciently than he probably anticipated when cautioning, amid the delirium of Manchester City's golden start to this season, that the real test would come in the depths of winter, when some of his imports were used to putting their feet up for a few weeks. The roller coaster has been slowing for some time and it had truly grounded here, in a game as grey as the soggy Manchester day which delivered it up.

Footballers who drive Hummers need an education in the classics

In a Venn diagram depicting faintly tragic, futile male obsessions there would be no overlap between those who appreciate football and those who appreciate cars. The predictable news last week that yet another footballer has bought a new Hummer reminded me of this indisputable truth: that you can appreciate and understand one or the other, but never, ever both.

People power drives the new internet revolution

The internet has been around for only around 15 years, but already it is on the brink of a second revolution.

John Rentoul: Last week, I asked how far Alan could go. Today, Gordon must be wondering, too

Knock, knock. Who's there? Gordon. Gordon who?

The dream arrives for the ultimate force that is Stevie G

Liverpool's marathon man insists his stamina will not fail him as he rises to the demands

Sex.com: We are a nation addicted to porn. And nearly 11 million of us got our fix on the net last year

New figures reveal the extent to which Britain has become hooked. And experts say it is doing great damage to relationships between men and women. By Sophie Goodchild and Severin Carrell

Newcastle United 2 Portsmouth 0: Wor Alan: the Shearer legend given a new lease of life

Talismanic striker sends St James' Park into raptures by breaking Jackie Milburn's record with 201st goal for club as Newcastle make winning start to life after Graeme Souness

The mantra of Michael Owen: 'Goalscoring - I eat, sleep and drink it'

Little striker reborn and primed for the big challenge
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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
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
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
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
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’