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Manchester City are to contest the improper conduct charge laid against striker Emmanuel Adebayor by the Football Association.

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Manchester City confirm Lescott chase is still on

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has not given up the chase for Joleon Lescott.

Mark Hughes: Police overtime culture raises serious issues

Such is the extent of the overtime culture that permeates police forces, one officer is said to have claimed overtime while in the cells, after being arrested during his shift.

Blackburn vow to 'kick-lumps' out of Manchester City

Blackburn midfielder David Dunn insists his team will adopt a hard-but-fair attitude against Manchester City tomorrow, vowing to "kick lumps" out of the big-spending Blues.

Tevez injured following slip in shower

Manchester City's £25m signing Carlos Tevez could miss the start of the season after slipping in the shower.

Elano leaves Manchester City for Galatasary

Manchester City have confirmed that Elano has joined Turkish side Galatasary.

Onuoha agrees new Manchester City deal

Defender Nedum Onuoha has moved to end speculation over his future at Manchester City by agreeing a new five-year contract at Eastlands.

Manchester City holding talks with Adebayor

Manchester City are still holding talks to buy Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor from Arsenal to boost their bid to break into the top four of the English Premier League.

Mark Hughes told not to waste his time on John Terry

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has been told he is wasting his time trying to prise John Terry from Chelsea.

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Mark Hughes: Luxurious retirement of a fugitive from the court of public opinion

He earned his nickname, The Shred, for his ruthlessness in cost cutting. But when it came to securing a sunkissed bolthole in which to wait out the public resentment at his sizeable pension, Sir Fred Goodwin spared no expense.

Mark Hughes: Murder that put knife crime in the headlines

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Mark Hughes: No surprises but I'm still a committed appaholic

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Mark Hughes: Jail again for the addict who 'enjoyed gratuitous violence'

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

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Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

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Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

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