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Villa are relegation candidates

When Aston Villa lost 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, their manager’s reaction was telling. At least, said Paul Lambert, they had worked hard. Given that last season Villa had the seventh-highest wage bill in the league, owner Randy Lerner may feel entitled to more than hard work. After a lucky 1-1 draw against Swansea, Lambert said: “We are not in a relegation fight”. As they are four points off the drop zone and averaging less than a point a game at home, others may feel differently.

Mohamed Al Fayed's eldest son Karim launches photographic exhibition

The eldest son of Harrods chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has been known as the quietest of his sons, choosing to keep out of the spotlight and avoid celebrity parties. Now, Karim Fayed is ready to share his passion for photography as he launches his first ever exhibition.

Harrods' pension fund sale off

Harrods has been forced to shelve plans to sell off its pension fund. The Knightsbridge department store owned by Mohamed al-Fayed has been in negotiations with Pension Corporation, a buyout firm run by Edmund Truell, about offloading its liabilities to around 1,000 staff and former staff since last November.

Hangeland inspires Fulham to win over Shakhtar

Shakhtar Donetsk 1 Fulham 1 (Fulham win 3-2 on aggregate)

Outside Edge (21/02/10)

While we don't expect Britain to top the medal table at the Olympic Games, winter or summer, you'd have thought we'd have a good chance at the Couch Potato Olympics, a contest devised by thedailybeast.com to find the slobbiest nations around. They evaluated 24 countries using four criteria – calorie intake per day; television viewing; aversion to playing sports; and internet usage – but Britain only managed fifth overall, though we did pick up silver in the sports aversion category. Winners by a street were North America, with the US first (two golds, two bronzes) and Canada second (one gold). Plucky little Belgium, buoyed by their diet of mussels and mayo-slathered chips, pipped Turkey for third. Beers all round; Belgian, of course.

Zamora's winner puts Fulham in driving seat

Fulham 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 1

FA Cup in brief: 13/02/2010

Redknapp keen for Spurs to seize their opportunity

Tottenham: With Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool knocked out, manager Harry Redknapp believes the Cup represents a decent opportunity for success for Spurs.

Hodgson blasts 'ingratitude' of fans

Roy Hodgson has slammed Fulham fans who have criticised club owner Mohamed Al Fayed for not splashing the cash in pursuit of silverware.

Hodgson seeks Fulham war chest

Roy Hodgson is hoping he will find Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed in a generous mood when they discus how to take the Cottagers' depleted squad forward next season.

Tears and tributes for King of Pop

Floral displays, dimmed theatre lights, a mass moonwalk and Sir Elton John singing "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" to celebrity house guests – it was an eccentrically British response to the news.

Fulham: potential transfer list

Roy Hodgson unexpectedly led Fulham to their highest ever finish and with it a place in the Europa League.

£150 billion wiped off rich list fortunes

More than £150 billion has been wiped off the fortunes of the UK's richest people in the "devastation" of the international economic crisis, it was revealed today.

Mohamed Al Fayed: FA and Premier League run by 'donkeys'

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has moved to quash rumours that he is looking to sell the club and lambasted the FA and Premier League for the financial hardship facing many clubs.

Al Fayed attacks Met as assault case is dropped

Mohamed Al Fayed has criticised the Metropolitan Police after learning that he will not face charges in relation to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl.

Al Fayed slams police over sex attack probe

Mohamed Al Fayed today launched an attack on how police handled a sexual assault allegation against him after learning he will not face charges.

Michael Brown: Vultures feeding on a rotten corpse

Yesterday's revelations about the alleged willingness of some Labour peers to take cash in return for seeking amendments to the law will be a nail in the coffin of Gordon Brown's government. Notwithstanding the protestations that none of those involved are ministers, the public will nevertheless see little difference between this and the cash-for-questions scandals of the mid-1990s involving John Major's government.

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