Sport Luis Suarez was at the centre of a diving row following the 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Aston Villa

Liverpool manager admits he made mistake with Gerrard deployment as controversial penalty gets home side off hook in front of owner Henry

Ian Herbert: Mancini's toilers plough path to promised land

There is nothing in the two managers' pasts that says Manchester City should be the earthier of the sides. Roberto Mancini was born near the Adriatic coast and loves the sea; Carlo Ancelotti in the rural area of Reggiolo and lives for the country. Mancini sails his 35-metre, £4 million yacht on Sardinian holidays; Ancelotti still loves to drive a tractor. But it was the willingness of Manchester City's so-called mercenaries to put in a hard day's work out on the field which made them the victors in the billionaires' playground.

Manchester City face defender shortage

Manchester City could have just three fit defenders for Saturday's Premier League crunch with Chelsea.

Hart takes blame for Blackburn goal

Joe Hart has accepted full responsibility for the blunder that gifted Blackburn the opening goal in Manchester City's draw at Eastlands on Saturday.

Premier League round-up: Chelsea and Arsenal keep pace as City slip up

Chelsea had no difficulties seeing off West Ham, which is still without a point after four matches. Michael Essien netted Chelsea's first goal after two minutes and headed in its third in the 83rd.

City's poor show has Redknapp feeling richer

Tottenham Hotspur 0 Manchester City 0

City close in on Balotelli after Inter drop £28m asking price

Young Italian striker set for Eastlands but Mancini faces battle to conclude Milner deal before season opener

Barcelona won't pay €50m for Fabregas says president

New Barcelona president Sandro Rosell maintains the club will not be bullied into paying over the odds to prise Cesc Fabregas away from Arsenal this summer.

Malaria charities use World Cup to highlight disease

Malaria charities are targeting the World Cup as a means of highlighting a disease that still claims a child's life every 30 seconds on the African continent.

Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast, North Korea, Portugal

Our unmissable guide to the World Cup: Who will survive the group of death?

Drogba looks set to miss World Cup

Didier Drogba is "definitely not out" of the World Cup at this stage and is awaiting the verdict of the Ivory Coast medical team on his injured arm, a national federation spokesman has confirmed.

Wenger sets out Arsenal transfer plans

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger intends to have his summer transfer business concluded sooner rather than later - and has warned it would be "dangerous" to buy a player just because they are a hit at the World Cup.

Manchester City hold Arsenal to draw

Arsenal 0 Manchester City 0

Wenger calls on Arsenal fans to show 'gratitude' towards old boys

Arsene Wenger has appealed to the Arsenal support to "show some style" and express their "gratitude" to former players when three one-time Gunners return to the Emirates in the colours of Manchester City this evening.

Touré tells Adebayor to keep calm at Arsenal

Manchester City captain Kolo Touré has warned his team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor that their former supporters at Arsenal have been "waiting" for the chance to deliver more abuse at him during Saturday's game at the Emirates but admitted that the striker's intemperate response to them in last September's home fixture between the clubs was wrong.

Scholes reveals the secret of United success with last word

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'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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