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

Farewell 2012, the year Britain found its confidence

We may not have known it, but we are a confident nation

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

The Last Word: A primitive tribe swarms around the tawdry trinket of Sports Personality of the Year

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

Jernade Meade

'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

The Way I See It: The old route for successful amateurs has been closed to today’s aspiring pros

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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

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
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003