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Footage shows axed former Sky Sports presenter Gray making offensive chant at female colleague

Goals disguise England's striking flaws

It looks good in print. Rooney 2 (77, 86), but this is as misleading as the overall scoreline. The Manchester United striker took his goals well, but they were unusual goals for him, poacher's goals – a free header and a tap-in against tiring opposition – rather than something a bit special. The goals aside (a big caveat, admittedly) Rooney did not play well.

Capello promises best ever performance

Fabio Capello has promised England will produce their best home performance of his time in charge tomorrow.

Eddie Jones: Borthwick is at home in brutal new world

Sometimes, I wonder if rugby will ever reach the limit of its physicality. It's a desperately hard sport these days, and we're fast getting to the stage where teams will struggle to train meaningfully more than twice a week – post-match recovery is beginning to take upwards of 48 hours. A lot of these blokes are now covering eight kilometres in a game, and when you lump that together with the ever-increasing punishment they take in contact, well, it makes the eyes water. Maybe pro-fessional union will find itself returning to the tried-and-trusted amateur routine of a session on Tuesday and another on Thursday, for the simple reason that no one will be able to handle more.

Milner request for move adds to intrigue at St James’ Park

Evidence of the sometimes conflicting agendas at the top at Newcastle United came yesterday when James Milner's written transfer request was made public by the club, one week after it was actually delivered to the hierarchy at St James' Park by the 22-year-old. The outcome may be that Milner joins Aston Villa for £9m, though Milner is unhappy with his pay at Newcastle, not the overall situation.

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To call Shaun Ellis's film a porno fantasy dressed up as an existential crisis would make it sound more interesting than it is.

James Lawton: Flood of money has unleashed forces of greed

In American sport, gambling has for nearly a century been the longest shadow. It would no more be granted official sponsor status, at is it with four Premiership clubs here, than a drug dealer would be allowed a franchise alongside the sellers of hot-dogs and cold beer.

Newcastle United 2 Fulham 0: Owen central to Keegan's strategy after triggering the 'big relaunch'

It would be misleading to report that after one win, albeit Kevin Keegan's first, that Newcastle United are as a club and a team on the verge of resurrection, but with their owner, Mike Ashley, declaring his loyalty to Keegan in the boardroom and the manager then addressing Michael Owen's contractual status, this felt like a day when Newcastle could at last start thinking about the future. That "big relaunch" the first-team coach, Terry McDermott, spoke of a fortnight ago felt more credible on Saturday.

Watford 0 Preston North End 0: Mawene finds mindset to blunt Watford attack

After this tough draw against Preston North End, the Watford manager, Adrian Boothroyd, took his players off for a four-day trip to the sunshine of Dubai to prepare themselves for the remaining games of the season.

Businessman hired to save Northern Rock is a non-dom

Ron Sandler, the troubleshooter brought in by Gordon Brown to oversee the rescue of Northern Rock, has been revealed to be a non-dom who does not pay UK taxes on his offshore earnings.

Keegan backs Owen to fight way back into England reckoning

The Newcastle manager, Kevin Keegan, has backed Michael Owen to win 100 caps for England despite not featuring in new manager Fabio Capello's first game.

Departure of Owen awakens old failings

Eriksson undermined by more inexplicable substitutions

Russian diplomat killed and four kidnapped in Baghdad

A Russian diplomat was killed and four others were abducted in Baghdad yesterday. The victims, who have not been named, were travelling in a diplomatic car which was ambushed near the Russian embassy in the Mansour district of Baghdad.

England 6 Jamaica 0: A tall story as Sven's men are given record send-off

Crouch does the trick to lead Jamaica a dance and give England their best ever win under Eriksson as squad revel in a stroll in the park

James Lawton: Wenger's warriors brought to earth as stars slip out of reach at Stade de France

The roof was supposed to have fallen in on Arsenal in the most important game of their long and noble history. But then something astonishing happened. They looked up and saw the stars and felt they could touch the greatest prize available to them - their first Champions' League trophy. In the end it was an illusion, but they can take pride that they came so close to defying the odds.

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Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin