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FA braces itself for the Manchester invasion

During liverpool's glory, glory years, Kenny Dalglish used to refer to Wembley as "Anfield South". Next month, as three clubs from within a 20-mile radius of each other head to London for the FA Cup semi-finals, it will become "Greater Manchester South".

FA confident Wembley can handle Manchester derby

The Football Association accept there are "different circumstances" attached to next month's all-Manchester FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, but are confident it will not cause difficulties.

Local rivalry and the battle for Europe add interest to semi-final draw

"What a great day out. Let's av iiiiit with em." What Rio Ferdinand's tweet lacked in grammar it more than made up for in passion. On a weekend when the capital hosts the London Marathon, it will also provide a stage for the long-running Mancunian feud between City and United.

Athletics track must stay, says GB coach

It remains to be seen whether the track at the 2012 Olympic Stadium will be ripped up and the centrepiece of the London Games turned into an athletics-free zone for Tottenham Hotspur – a prospect described yesterday by Charles van Commenee as "ridiculous". "I can't think of any capital in Europe that doesn't have a stadium where you can organise major championships in athletics," the head coach of UK Athletics said. "The capital of Albania maybe?"

Pantoland's streets are paved with gold

When times are hard, we're more determined than ever to have a laugh. Kate Youde on the (highly profitable) reinvention of panto.

Terence Blacker: Why writers are mugging one another

Creative writing courses pay less attention to words on the page than to the pitch, the sell-in

Adventure racing: take it to the limit

Think a marathon sounds tough? It’s adventure racing that is the true test of body and soul, discovers Rebecca Newman

Coe rules out any U-turn on London marathon route

There will be no U-turn on the controversial changes to the route of the London 2012 marathon, Lord Coe insisted yesterday. The London 2012 chairman said he had made the call to switch the marathon finish from the Olympic Stadium in London's East End to the Mall in central London "for operational reasons" including security, clashes with other events, and traffic congestion.

French call for ban on Channel swimming

Armed with little more than a bathing suit, nose plugs and a liberal application of Vaseline, hundreds of cross-Channel swimmers have sought out one of sport's toughest challenge since Captain Matthew Webb first performed the feat in 1875.

DVD: Four Lions (15)

Chris Morris, probably England's greatest satirist since Jonathan Swift, tackles modern jihadism.

Bidding process for Olympic Stadium begins

West Ham have six weeks in which to finalise their plans for moving into the Olympic Stadium following today's launch of the formal bidding process.

Yamauchi's marathon dream rises from ashes

The last time Mara Yamauchi took on the challenge of the marathon she was beaten by the fallout from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Just to make it to the start-line for the London Marathon in April, the Oxford woman had to undergo an ultra-marathon trek from Albuquerque to the English capital – via Denver, New Jersey, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris, Le Touquet and Shoreham – because of the Icelandic ash cloud shutting down European air space. The six-day, 5,500-mile slog took its toll. The world No 2 of 2009 finished down in 10th place, in 2hr 26min 16sec – 3min 4sec down on her best.

'Fastest' pensioner took a short cut on London Marathon

A runner said to have recorded the fastest ever London Marathon time for the over-65s took a 10-mile short cut, it emerged yesterday.

Pandora: Southern discomfort

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