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Independent launches new daily football email service

Today, we’re launching our new football email service, sending the most informative football news direct to your inbox every weekday.

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AFC Wimbledon get ready to 'right a wrong'

Kingston upon Thames is not a location associated with football diehards but there will be around 3,000 energised spectators at the Kingsmeadow stadium this afternoon for a pre-season meeting between the two most high-profile supporter-run start-up clubs in England: AFC Wimbledon (founded 2002) and FC United of Manchester (founded 2005).

Former Celtic striker John Hartson diagnosed with brain cancer

Former Wales striker John Hartson has been diagnosed with brain cancer, a hospital statement said today.

Small Talk: BGlobal powers into £9bn market

As part of war on climate change, or at least as part of the PR game of trying to look as green as possible, the Government is trying to get us all to have smart meters installed in our homes to measure our energy use. The Department for Energy and Climate Change reckons the smart meter market is set to be worth £9bn by 2020, and one company believes it has got a head start on many of its rivals.

ESPN to tie up with Sky over SPL rights

ESPN and BSkyB are set to launch a joint bid to screen the Scottish Premier League (SPL) from next season, with an announcement expected as early as today. The broadcasting giants are understood to be close to tabling an offer for the rights that the football authority clawed back from Setanta Sports shortly before the Irish group collapsed last month.

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This tale of two brothers seems to be a comic satire on ambition, but the laughs are desperately hard to come by.

Setanta suffers as ESPN wins Premier League

Setanta also hit with new blow as it loses rights to Scottish football

Letters: Expenses and reform

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Neil Warnock: Let's hear it for a big idea that will help out the minnows

I think Lord Mawhinney has had a great idea. I cannot see what purpose the transfer window serves at all. It only helps a handful of clubs with big squads who can carry loads of players. For clubs like us, operating on a tight budget, the window causes no end of problems. If we get injuries outside the window it's a nightmare. It means managers must choose between stretching the budget at the start of the season to get in enough players to cover for injuries, which can mean having a lack of quality; hoping everyone stays fit; or chasing around trying to get people in on loan, which is not easy. Last season was a classic example. First we had all our strikers injured, then we lost most of our central defenders. You end up playing people out of position which, while they do their best and some adapt really well, in general is no good for them or the team.

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Wolves are hungry for a lasting bite of top flight

Promotion beckons for Mick McCarthy's young side today – and this time they intend to stay there, says David Instone

Iron will sees Hatters crowned in Wembley thriller

Luton Town's Chris Martin (left) and Tom Craddock (right) celebrate their side's victory yesterday in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, secured by a fine goal in extra time from Claude Gnakpa (centre).

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