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

For City and Rovers, the Cup provides welcome diversion from league toil and stadium trouble

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

Capital One Cup: Everton v Stevenage match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Capital One Cup fixture at Goodison Park

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

The sporting week ahead (28/07/13)

Today

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

Meet the 'odd couple' among Europe's elite

The Irish champions enter the Champions' League this week with a very rare claim to fame: English management

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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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

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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
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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
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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

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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?

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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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