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Mark Hughes: Doubts raised once again about Met's marksmen

During the Jean Charles de Menezes inquest nearly two years ago, the Metropolitan Police's CO19 firearms unit was pilloried. They were not where they should have been on the morning of the operation, and the jury did not believe parts of the officers' testimony.

Shawcross: we must boost defence

It is not like Stoke City to bemoan their defensive frailties as they have been brilliantly parsimonious at the back over the last two seasons but their centre-half Ryan Shawcross said yesterday he is not content with the way the back line is playing.

Zamora return put back to February

The England striker Bobby Zamora will be out for five months, Fulham manager Mark Hughes confirmed yesterday. Zamora underwent surgery on Sunday to correct the broken fibula sustained in last weekend's 2-1 victory over Wolves, but additional ankle ligament damage was also discovered.

Fulham target more summer signings

Mark Hughes hopes the arrival of Belgian international striker Moussa Dembele will not conclude Fulham's spending this summer.

Mark Hughes: A hard act to follow – especially with fewer police

The Conservatives have always seen themselves as the party of law and order, so these figures will be a bitter pill to swallow.

British Land reports first NAV hike since 2007

British land has reported its first increase in net asset value for three years, reinforcing the view the UK's commercial property sector is finally over the worst of the financial downturn.

The West Ham manager contenders

Following the news that Gianfranco Zola has been sacked as manager of West Ham, the search for his replacement has begun.

So, did the leaders get their facts right?

'Independent' writers separate the truth from the fiction presented in Thursday night's television debate

Letters: Factory farming

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Award success for Independent journalists

The Independent has been shortlisted in seven categories in the British Press Awards, the national newspaper industry's most prestigious annual prizes. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in London next month.

Robinho joins Santos on loan

Manchester City forward Robinho is to rejoin Santos on a six-month loan after the two clubs today reached agreement on the deal.

Bolton face crucial manager decision

If supporter opinion is to play a part, Bolton will approach Mark Hughes to replace the sacked Gary Megson - but as he weighs up a decision that will shape the Trotters' future, owner Eddie Davies knows he must get it right.

Bellamy affirms commitment to Manchester City

Craig Bellamy has ruled out a move away from Manchester City and insists new manager Roberto Mancini has his full support.

Steve Tongue: Celebrity signings must share blame for shabby dismissal

"Some might say," the banner at Eastlands read yesterday, quoting Manchester City fans Oasis, "we will find a brighter day". Many more will say, after the shabby sacking of Mark Hughes, that they do not deserve to.

Champagne offers may not be a great deal

Shops are misleading customers by artificially inflating the price of champagne so they can sell it at "half price" in the run-up to Christmas, it has been claimed. Supermarkets are advertising bottles of bubbly for £14 this month amid talk of a champagne "price war".

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