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

Tevez tipped to rediscover scoring form

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is being backed to rediscover his scoring touch.

Liverpool in defiant mood share spoils with City

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England warned of World Cup bid embarrassment

The Football Association team bidding to stage the 2018 World Cup must secure Africa's four votes or go the way of the embarrassingly unsuccessful 2006 campaign. That was the message here yesterday from one of the most accomplished and experienced of football politicians.

Belgian general ensures City are in good Kompany

Midfield marshal is free of pain and looking to avoid second-season syndrome

Richards must raise game, says Hughes

City manager admits his right-back's career has stalled after bright start

Wenger sorry he let Upson leave Arsenal

Arsene Wenger feels more than a tinge of regret that England defender Matthew Upson did not stay and fulfil his potential at Arsenal – and he even thought about buying him back.

Handbag row casts shadow over 2018 bid

World Cup committee insists gifts to Fifa wives were within guidelines

Robinho injury woes continue

Manchester City star Robinho faces another fortnight out of action after suffering a setback in his recovery from a stress fracture of his ankle.

Kompany's blueprint for new Manchester City

Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City have to prove they can live with the pressure of expectation before they can begin to succeed in the Premier League.

City just about worthy of a point

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Thomas Vermaelen: Wenger pulls another rabbit out of the hat

Yes, Arsène's found another one... a £10m Belgian defender who looks great in both boxes and has already proved to Tony Adams that size doesn't matter. Steve Tongue speaks to Thomas Vermaelen

Racism track record could help 2018 bid says Triesman

Lord Triesman is hoping England's history of tackling racism in football will play a part in the 2018 World Cup bid.

Arsenal and Manchester City in race to sign Puyol

Manchester City and Arsenal will battle for the services of defender Carles Puyol next summer according to reports.

Arsenal focused on football after record profit

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood insists results on the pitch will always come ahead of profit at the Emirates Stadium.

Set pieces give Mark Hughes cause for optimism

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes believes his side have added an extra tool to their armoury and become dangerous from set pieces.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?