Sport Papiss Cisse celebraes after scoring Newcastle's second against Chelsea

Papiss Cissé is in a race to play after leaving the African Cup of Nations

Fabricio Coloccini celebrates his goal

Fabricio Coloccini: How defender's power has grown within St James’ Park

At the start of last year he wanted out but now defender has huge influence with owner and in the dressing room

Fabricio Coloccini set for Newcastle United job

EXCLUSIVE: Argentinian defender amazingly lined up to replace Alan Pardew, who closes on Crystal Palace post after £2m compensation agreed

Alan Pardew said: ‘I love the cup competitions but I’ve not really had too much joy here’

Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace: Newcastle manager on the brink of move to Selhurst Park

The London club would have to pay a hefty buy-out clause to bring Pardew to Selhurst Park

Papiss Demba Cisse of Newcastle United celebrates with team-mate Jack Colback after scoring against Everton

Newcastle vs Everton match report: Alan Pardew no-show after victory fuels rumours of Crystal Palace move

Newcastle 3 Everton 2: Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback on target as Magpies hold on, but manager fails to engage in usual post-match media duties

A view of St James' Park
Yaya Sanogo, Mats Hummels, Troy Deeney and Adnan Januzaj

Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Most Premier League clubs are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month

Wayne Rooney scores his and United's second of the game

Manchester United 3 Newcastle 1: 'I'm playing like Paul Scholes,' says Wayne Rooney

United skipper ran the show from midfield

Manchester United 3 Newcastle 1: Alan Pardew left the poorer by year of upheaval that began with Yohan Cabaye exit

A year is a long time in football - but this feels like a different era

Wayne Rooney opens the scoring after turning in a Radamel Falcao cross

Manchester United 3 Newcastle 1: Wayne Rooney admits 'there's a long way to go' despite impressive Boxing Day win

United skipper refusing to get carried away despite good form

Rooney celebrates with striker-partner Radamel Falcao after the pair combine to put United ahead

Manchester United vs Newcastle match report: Brilliant Wayne Rooney scores twice to fire up United's unlikely title challenge

Manchester United Newcastle: Rooney's double got the ball rolling for United before he set-up Robin van Persie for a thrid

Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong

Manchester United vs Newcastle programme notes: Adam Armstrong handed first Premier League start against 'improving' United

Louis van Gaal believes his side are continually improving but face an unknown quantity in 17-year-old striker Armstrong

Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong

Manchester United team news: Paddy McNair replaces Darren Fletcher as 17-year-old Adam Armstrong handed first Newcastle start

Armstrong has made just seven Premier League appearances from the bench but is preferred to Papiss Cisse

Andy Carroll and Branislav Ivanovic clash, John Terry scores, and Santa Clause in the home fans

Arsenal vs QPR live: Latest score and updates plus reaction to wins for Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Spurs

Follow all the action from around the grounds including Burnley v Liverpool, Crystal Palace v Southampton, Everton v Stoke, Leicester v Tottenham, Sunderland v Hull, Swansea v Aston Villa and West Brom v Manchester City

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee