Paul Lambert regrets the manner of his exit from Norwich: ‘It should never have been the way it is,’ he says

Aston Villa reaching Wembley final would be an 'absolutely phenomenal' achievement

Villa play Bradford in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup

Mo Farah crossing the finishing line to win gold in the 5,000m final

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Long Run blundered at the last but recovered to win the King George VI Chase

Long Run lifts second King George to vindicate Waley-Cohen

Amateur rider prevails after last-fence error to pick off Captain Chris in desperate duel to line

Tabloid favourites David Beckham and the Duchess of Cambridge were there to endorse the people’s choice, Bradley Wiggins

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Many Olympic heroes have toiled in sports that offer everything but fame

Knees up: Simon Russell Beale, centre, camps it up in Privates on Parade

Privates on Parade, Noel Coward Theatre, London

His staging of Privates on Parade at the Donmar Warehouse in 2001 was one of the productions that marked out Michael Grandage as the natural successor to Sam Mendes.

Stoke’s Asmir Begovic is booked by Mark Halsey on Saturday

Kevin Garside: Football is a game befouled by excuses for the lack of respect

The Way I See It: Football is wholly responsible for the tolerance it affords to offenders

Arsenal limp on in decline but seek to avoid a catastrophe

At the Emirates Stadium today many of the chief scouts of leading European clubs, along with many agents, will convene for a forum on the scouting and trading of elite level footballers. Finding the next big talent, developing players and trading them astutely is big business these days and where better to hold a seminar on the subject than at a club who pioneered the art in the modern game?

Hines means Swansea are full of beans after own goal halts Boro run

Swansea celebrated reaching the semi-finals of the League Cup for the first time but it was with a limp rather than a strut against gutsy Middlesbrough. For an hour, it was the Championship team who provided the touch of class until a crucial substitution and an own goal turned this quarter-final tie on its head.

Boro’s Seb Hines, centre, scores an own goal while tussling with Gary Monk

Michael Laudrup admits 'tense' Swansea toiled hard to break new ground

Swansea City 1 Middlesbrough 0

James Lawton: The 'beautiful game' is at a crossroads: can anyone out there provide the answers?

When Lord Ouseley, chairman of the Kick It Out campaign, described the governance of English football as a moral wasteland riddled with hypocrisy he did it against the backcloth of the Palace of Westminster.

Gary Jones and James Hanson of Bradford celebrate following their victory in the penalty shootout

Bradford spike Arsene Wenger's big guns as Arsenal crisis deepens

Bradford City 1 Arsenal 1 (aet; Bradford win 3-2 on penalties)

Sense of relief: Wenger admitted that Arsenal badly needed a victory

Arsene Wenger anxious for Arsenal to avoid penalty shoot-out against Bradford

Gunners can take confidence from a good result says manager

Bubbly Bradford excited at prospect of piling the pressure on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Capital One Cup: League Two side happy to risk fixture backlog if it means further League Cup joy tonight

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'I am small, but I don't get pushed around', says Arsenal's 5'3" academy product Jernade Meade

Jernade Meade insists his fiercely competitive spirit makes up for his lack of height as he targets a third appearance in an Arsenal shirt.

Kevin Garside: How the BBC can help boxing fulfil its Olympic legacy

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