Sport Juan Mata made an impressive debut for Manchester United

A look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League fixture at the Britannia Stadium

Gus Poyet hit out at Stoke’s interest in Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher

Sunderland v Stoke City: Interest in Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher infuriates Gus Poyet

The Potters are reportedly interested in two of their opponents players

Juan Agudelo

Transfer news: Stoke sign US international Juan Agudelo, but send him out on loan immediately

The Potters failed to get a work permit for the striker

Barratt sales up 71% lifted by Help to Buy scheme

Barratt Developments, the biggest builder by volumes, has unveiled a huge 71 per cent rise in sales reservations to £1.26 billion — inspired by the Government’s Help to Buy scheme

Analysis: Steven Gerrard returns in deeper role to fire Liverpool hopes of a Premier League title

Captain was instrumental in 5-3 victory over Stoke City

John Guidetti

Transfer news: Stoke City to sign Manchester City striker John Guidetti on loan

The Swedish striker is expected to have a big future

Arsene Wenger gestures on the sidelines during Arsenal's win over Newcastle

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger supports David Bernstein over manager responsibility claims

The former FA chairman had said that managers were setting a 'terrible example' for their players in the way they behave on the sidelines

David Moyes has stayed measured through his early crisis

Manchester United manager David Moyes admits he has been 'lucky' to avoid working for hire and fire clubs

The Scot left Everton and Preston on his own terms

Keep up with Jones: ‘It’s difficult making that transition from being more of a 100mph team to a chess team,’ says Kenwyne Jones (right)

Tony Pulis sacking stopped Stoke City players walking out

Former Black Cat Kenwyne Jones relates how Stoke players developed the Paolo Di Canio feeling over ex-manager's 'sky football'

Mathieu Debuchy of Newcastle and Morecambe's Kevin Ellison
Yohan Cabaye has been linked with a move away from Newcastle

Capital One Cup: Morecambe v Newcastle match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Capital One Cup fixture at The Globe Arena

Jermaine Pennant

Jermaine Pennant is denied access to the United States for the second pre-season in a row

The midfielder's previous criminal convictions mean that he'll have to remain in the UK while the rest of the squad head off on a three-match tour of America

Roque Santa Cruz celebrates scoring against Atletico de Madrid in a La Liga game

Transfer latest: Malaga confirm permanent signing of Roque Santa Cruz following Manchester City release

Striker will remain with Spanish club having spent last season on loan from City

Jose Mourinho addresses the media at his first press conference since being reinstated as Chelsea manager

Premier League fixtures: Jose Mourinho welcomes home start for Chelsea

The returning manager starts life at Stamford Bridge against Hull City

Mark Hughes

Stoke City claim season ticket sales have been boosted by appointment of Mark Hughes

Former manager Tony Pulis was criticised for the style of football Stoke played

Both Harry Redknapp, left, the QPR manager, and his Reading counterpart Nigel Adkins, spent much of their time out of the dugout cajoling their teams (AFP/Getty Images)

I was hurt by players who didn't care, says Queen's Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes as he confirms Harry Redknapp will stay

Veteran manager will spearhead challenge to return to Premier League

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Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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The man who hunts giants

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