Ancelotti urges Chelsea not to get complacent

Carlo Ancelotti has warned his Chelsea side they must not become complacent despite restoring their five-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a resounding 3-0 win at Arsenal.

Henry not expecting Ireland revenge

France striker Thierry Henry does not believe the Republic of Ireland will take to the field at the Stade de France this evening intent on revenge.

Diarra hits out at Ireland

France midfielder Lassana Diarra has accused the Republic of Ireland's players of "making up stories" following the altercation at the end of the World Cup play-off first leg in Dublin on Saturday night.

Deal for Ireland's play-off rights to go to wire

Fears that fans of the Republic of Ireland will face a television blackout of tomorrow's decisive World Cup qualifying match against France were played down last night by broadcasting sources, who said that an 11th-hour deal is "the most probable outcome".

Trapattoni: Eire's World Cup dream 'alive'

Giovanni Trapattoni will send the Republic of Ireland into a do-or-die battle with France in Paris confident their World Cup dream is still alive.

Cahill will not be leaving in January, says Megson

Bolton manager warns off any prospective purchasers for highly rated centre-half

Drogba appreciates life at Chelsea

Didier Drogba seems to have spent most of his five years as a Chelsea player wishing he was somewhere else. His belligerent presence up front has often been undermined by his predilection for the 'grass is greener' mentality.

Ronaldo exit gives Chelsea chance says Anelka

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is hopeful his side will have the measure of Manchester United this season now Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer at Old Trafford.

Allardyce plotting Van Nistelrooy 'coup'

Sam Allardyce has revealed he would like to bring Ruud van Nistelrooy to Ewood Park from Real Madrid as he seeks to replace Roque Santa Cruz. However, the Blackburn Rovers manager will not move for Michael Owen because he, like Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan, considers him injury-prone.

Ian Herbert: £80m is good business for Manchester United

Manchester United have decided that £80m coming in for Cristiano Ronaldo, a player whose increasingly individualistic streak was hindering their team ethos more than helping it, represents an excellent piece of business. There are few United fans who will argue with that logic.

Fletcher will miss out after referee stands by semi-final red card

Referee Roberto Rosetti stands by his decision to send off Manchester United's Darren Fletcher in the Champions League semi-final, second leg against Arsenal on the grounds that the Scotsman denied Cesc Fabregas a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Anelka injury hits another nail into Chelsea title hopes

Chelsea, still digesting their missed opportunity at the weekend to close the gap on Manchester United, saw their title challenge further undermined yesterday with the news that Nicolas Anelka will be out of action for around three weeks.

Hiddink makes Drogba 'positioning' clear

Coventry City 0 Chelsea 2

Golden Guus gets off to a flier

There are no divisions in my squad, insists new Chelsea manager as Anelka goal lifts Blues above Villa into third place

Scolari tells stars to 'play with love for Chelsea'

If Chelsea does not quite yet resemble a sinking ship, Luiz Felipe Scolari yesterday told his players he was more than happy for them to make like rats, if they so desired.

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After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
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BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
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Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

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Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

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Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
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Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

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Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

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