West Ham's superior bid threatens Spurs' dreams of joining elite

West Ham are set to be announced as the preferred bidders for the Olympic Stadium this morning after they were judged to have met more of the criteria set by the Olympic Park Legacy Company than Tottenham. The decision is a body blow to Tottenham's long-term bid to establish themselves among the elite of English football.

Stokoe, Sunderland and '73, by Lance Hardy

If Notts County, Leyton Orient or Crawley Town win the FA Cup this year, it will no longer be possible to claim that Sunderland's 1-0 defeat of Leeds United in 1973 was the greatest Cup final upset of all time.

'Miracles happen' says Evans as his Crawley side head for United

Torquay United 0 Crawley Town 1

Leyton Orient join Olympic Stadium debate

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn claims his club are being treated like "the lost tribe of East London and the elephant in the room" in the ongoing debate over the future of the Olympic Stadium.

Dean Smith handed Walsall job for the season

Walsall have appointed caretaker boss Dean Smith as manager until the end of the season.

Inside Lines: Hearn reveals his table plan for new ball-grabbing showpiece

The ubiquitous Barry Hearn, having scored heavily with darts and given snooker the kiss of life, now has a new sporting squeeze on his arm.

Bristol Rovers sack manager Paul Trollope

Paul Trollope has been sacked as manager of npower League One side Bristol Rovers.

Wednesday look to brighter tomorrow after rescue package

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High-flying Owls are in the money – and in luck too

Sheffield Wednesday 1 Leyton Orient 0

West Brom squad players handed chance to impress

West Bromwich Albion's fringe players have been challenged to stake a claim to play Premier League football by impressing in tonight's Carling Cup clash with Manchester City.

Football League round-up: Posh on top after mauling of Oldham

Peterborough moved top of League One after coming from 2-0 down to hammer Oldham at London Road on Saturday. Richie Jones and Chris Taylor appeared to have put the visitors in control, but James Wesolowski's goal in first-half stoppage time proved a dramatic turning point.

Shorey keen to get his career back on track with Albion

Nicky Shorey admits his career has stalled over the past couple of seasons but the former England defender is determined to show he still has what it takes to cut it at the highest level with West Bromwich Albion.

Paul Newman: Southampton pay tribute to the best of foreign owners

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Blackpool will be ready insists Adam

Midfielder Charlie Adam is convinced promoted Blackpool will be ready for the start of the Barclays Premier League season.

Blackpool striker Clarke may miss season

Striker Billy Clarke could miss the whole of Blackpool's first Barclays Premier League campaign with a serious knee injury.

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