Sport Darren Fletcher has been limited to seven starts in nearly two years

Scottish midfielder back in training following lengthy illness while Rooney may play on Saturday

Footballer in court accused of attacking sister

A former Premier League footballer will stand trial today charged with assaulting his sister.

Players value clubs above country says Pleat

David Pleat believes players caring more about their clubs than their country is a problem for England.

Raddy Antic: From Pleat's memorable jig to showdown with Capello

One of only two men to have managed Real Madrid and Barcelona, Raddy Antic hopes to guide Serbia to a second-round meeting with his old adversary

Bosses 'panicking' over World Cup distraction

Managers fear the soccer World Cup could cost them up to £1 billion in lost production as workers take time off to follow their team, according to a report today.

Football fan jailed after post-match violence

A football fan has been given a 10-month prison sentence following post-match clashes in which brooms and mops were hurled at police.

A night to remember: How to plan your election viewing

At one point earlier this year it looked as though Election Night 2010 might be a rather subdued affair.

FA to investigate crowd trouble incidents

The Football Association today announced investigations into two separate incidents of crowd trouble at weekend matches.

Football League question parachute payments

Football League clubs have not approved plans to double parachute payments for relegated sides .

Sam Wallace: In a roundabout way, Stevenage show the true strength of the English game

Talking Football: The football hierarchy here has stayed true to a system that is rooted in civic pride

Beastly Fury, by Richard Sanders

The Chinese claim to have invented football but there is no doubt that the form of the game we recognise originated in Britain.

Football fans walk free after Tube brawl

Two groups of football fans walked free from court today despite admitting that they drunkenly brawled on the Tube.

Esther Rantzen: "Everyone told me I was mad to stand for election - my children think I'm round the twist"

It's 1pm or thereabouts and I'm in Luton Town Hall with Esther Rantzen, the prospective Independent MP for Luton South.

A winding-up order? It could be the start of something great

Pompey fans are understandably fearful that their club enter liquidation next week but, as AFC Wimbledon fan Niall Couper explains, it won't be the end of the world

McLean revels in sound of silence

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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
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The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen