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Former Swansea City star is one of only seventeen players at Riga's disposal

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien could be on his way out of the club in January according to his agent

Transfer news: Michael Essien set for January Chelsea exit according to his agent

Essien's agent claims he could move to several European teams that are interested following his lack of first team appearances this season

Danny Drinkwater scores for Championship leaders Leicester in their 5-3 home win over Bolton

Round-Up: Leicester fight back to beat Bolton in eight-goal thriller

Giuseppe Sannino remains unbeaten as head coach at Watford

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 26 December 2013

‘Best ever’ Kallis quits Test format

Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane celebrate winning the league in 2001

Sir Alex Ferguson is still trying to exert 'control and power' at Manchester United, claims Roy Keane

Keane also takes offence at praise from the former Manchester United manager and explains how he cried for 'two minutes' after being ushered out of Old Trafford

Steve McClaren has taken 19 points from 24 at Derby

Derby County manager Steve McClaren admits England scars

Pain of national team failure still hurts high-flying Derby manager but, he tells Richard Rae, it was part of a learning process

Ricardo Fuller (#19) of Blackpool is shown a red card by referee Christopher Sarginson after head butting Luke Ayling of Yeovil Town

Blackpool shown THREE red cards in closing moments of defeat to Yeovil

The defeat to the West Country side was just Blackpool's third of the season

Sheffield Wednesday’s Connor Wickham (second left) scored both goals in the defeat of Leicester

Championship round-up: Connor Wickham pegs back Leicester while Harry Redknapp enjoys reunion with Bournemouth

Leicester City saw their three-point lead in the Championship evaporate as they were beaten by managerless Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough while Queen's Park Rangers won 3-0 over Bournemouth. On a dramatic evening the bottom three clubs – Wednesday, Barnsley and Yeovil – all won, two of them having sacked their managers at the weekend.

Clint Hill's determination has prolonged his career beyond what many thought possible

Neil Warnock: As a manager you have to bend the rules for older players like I did with Clint Hill...but Ryan Giggs just keeps on going

Arsene Wenger said he thought the English game was '99.9 per cent' clean but said the threat was there

Head Bhoy: Neil Lennon gesticulates during Celtic’s win against Aberdeen

Celtic 3 Aberdeen 1 match report: Kris Commons touch extends Neil Lennon’s unbeaten start

Celtic struck twice in added time through Derk Boerrigter and Kris Commons to beat Aberdeen in an enthralling Scottish Premiership encounter.

Round-up: It’s treble top as Burnley are
held by Forest

Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City took advantage of Burnley’s 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest yesterday to move level on points with Sean Dyche’s side at the top of the Championship.

Gary Bowyer
Adam Lallana was outshone on his debut by the visitors’ ability to dominate midfield

England 0 Chile 2: Back to the drawing board as Chile underline gulf in guile 

In this sea of sloppy passing Rodriguez in particular was lost

Football fans escape from being crushed in the stands at Hillsborough Stadium

Expert suggests police videos of Hillsborough disaster may have been edited, inquest hears

It also emerged that 74 more police statements are suspected of being altered than was originally believed

Steve McClaren got off to a winning start with Derby over Leeds

Derby County 3 Leeds United 1 match report: Magical Steve McClaren lifts mood at Derby

New manager gets off to a winning start after midweek speech worked wonders

Mousa Dembele and Michael Dawson in pre-season action for Tottenham

Tottenham captain Michael Dawson signs new three-year deal to remain at White Hart Lane

Defender nearly left Spurs last year but has now agreed a new contract with the north London club

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?