Sport Sean O'Driscoll had less than a year as Bristol City manager

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Roberto Martinez has fired off another warning to Manchester United after telling them they are wasting their time over Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini pursuit

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Daniel Sturridge celebrates the second goal

Capital One Cup round-up: Daniel Sturridge steadies Liverpool after Notts County scare

Liverpool and Sunderland survived big scares but Premier League Crystal Palace were sent crashing out of the Capital One Cup by lower-league opposition tonight.

Brendan Rodgers talks with Daniel Sturridge

Capital One Cup: Liverpool v Notts County match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Capital One Cup second round fixture at Anfield

Liverpool celebrate a goal from Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool will give 'absolutely everything' in bid to win Capital One Cup, says Brendan Rodgers

First up for the Reds is League One side Notts County

It is understood that Luis Suarez has not been asked to say sorry

Luis Suarez is back in training but still no sign of apology to Liverpool

Liverpool’s unsettled striker now unlikely to leave after he is allowed to return from exile and join up with team-mates

Steve Evans

League Cup: Rotherham rewarded for Sheffield Wednesday triumph with second round trip to Aston Villa

Former champions Liverpool will face Notts County after they enter the competition at the second round having missed out on Europe

Kenny Jackett has joined Wolves with the task of taking them back up to the Championship

The Sport Matrix: Friday 2 August 2013

Captain’s slog puts Australia in Old Trafford boxseat

One Direction member Louis Tomlinson has signed a contract with Doncaster Rovers Football Club

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson signs for Doncaster - but don't worry 1D fans, he's sticking with the band

Publicity stunt sees the singer sign for the Championship side

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Cristiano Ronaldo on the ball at Dean Court last night

Bournemouth 0 Real Madrid 6 match report: Cristiano Ronaldo the Real ticket as Cherries are hit for six

It is not often supporters pay £60 to watch their team suffer a thrashing and feel they have seen value for money, but Bournemouth’s fans were at Dean Court last night to see their opposition.

English rovers: Ian Baraclough (pictured) and Gary Stevens are taking great strides at Sligo’s Showgrounds

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The Airbus UK manager Andy Preece

Europa League: Andy Preece makes history in breaking colour bar and targets the top

He becomes the first black English manager to coach in European competition

The Gaffer, by Neil Warnock

If Neil Warnock hadn't opted for a life in football he could have become a successful journalist, as followers of his column in The Independent can attest. Instead, combative, controversial, never short of words, he was rarely out of the news in a 33-year managerial career that spanned 13 clubs the length and breadth of England, from Plymouth Argyle to Leeds.

A general view of Turf Moor, one of only three grounds used in the 1888/89 league season that is still in use today

Football League announce six opening day fixtures to mark 125th anniversary

Championship sides Burnley, Bolton Derby and Blackburn are involved

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