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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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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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