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Football: Everton intent on displaying hidden talents

FIRST, AN apology. In recent weeks these columns might have implied watching Everton was akin to watching paint peel and that only those with long pockets, tedious lives or severe inclinations towards self-harm would pay money to gain entrance to Goodison Park.

Football: Barmby sparks Everton deluge

Everton 5 Middlesbrough 0

Football: Good at home but not title deeds

Liverpool 3

Football: All working but no class

Middlesbrough 0 Leicester City 0 Attendance: 34,631

Football: Weekend guide to the Premiership: Middlesbrough v Leicester Last season: No fixture

MIDDLESBROUGH'S HAMILTON RICARD is being given time to prove he has recovered from his trip to Colombia before being picked today. The 25-year-old was on international duty in Bogota for his country's 1-1 draw with Denmark last week when the earthquake struck, and although he returned safe and well, manager Bryan Robson is taking no chances. "Hamilton was out of the way of where the earthquake was and it doesn't seem to have affected him," said Robson, who has a more or less full squad to choose from, although goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has a flu bug which has prevented him training all week.

Football: Sizzling Smith leaves Boro breathless

Leeds United 2 Smith 21, Bowyer 27 Middlesbrough 0 Half-time: 2-0 Attendance: 37,473

Football: Snow-bound Villa slip from the summit

Middlesbrough 0

Football: Giant of a Feuer guard

A Diamond keeper is sparkling in the shop window.

Football: Wanchope off in flare-up

Derby County 2 Middlesbrough 1

Football: Liverpool give Houllier hope

Middlesbrough 1 Liverpool 3

Football: Boro expose United plan to dominate

Manchester United 2 Middlesbrough 3

Football: Losses mount for Utd plc

Manchester Utd 2 Middlesbrough 3 Butt 62, Scholes 70 Ricard 23, Gordon 31, Deane 59 Half-time: 0-2 Attendance: 55,152; Boro win leaves everyone at Old Trafford open-mouthed while Chelsea sweep past Spurs to the top

Football: Anelka rescues shaky Arsenal

Premiership: Arsenal 1 Middlesbrough 1: Late goal earns point for champions while Manchester United struggle to subdue spirited opponents

Football: Young Boro in charge

Middlesbrough 2 Coventry City 0

Football: Ricard makes good for makeshift Boro

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'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
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Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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Juventus vs Real Madrid

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Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

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Bread from heaven

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Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

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