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

Sheffield Wednesday 1 Leyton Orient 0

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

The Football League Column

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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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
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
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
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
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