Sport Everton midfielder Ross Barkley will be offered a new improved contract for his breakthrough into the first team this season

Barkley has broken into the first-team this season and has been tipped for inclusion in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad after making his England debut in September

Paul Gascoigne bankruptcy case dismisssed

A bankruptcy petition against former England football star Paul Gascoigne was dismissed at the High Court today.

Rangers and Celtic: Disunited they stand

Yesterday, Scottish authorities set out a plan to tackle Glasgow's football violence. But the Rangers and Celtic divide is part of the city's soul, argues Richard Wilson

Paul Gascoigne pledges to pay tax debts

Former England football star Paul Gascoigne promised at the High Court today to pay off his debts to the taxman to avoid the threat of being made bankrupt.

Paul Gascoigne drink-drive case dropped

Ex-England football star Paul Gascoigne has had a drink-drive charge against him dropped, a court confirmed today.

Daft-as-a-brush wing cures travel sickness

Ashton and England are going places as backs get hands on quick ball at last

Andy Coulson's 'offer to quit was rejected by No 10'

Tory spin doctor was ready to resign over allegations of phone hacking at the 'NoW'

Gascoigne drink driving trial adjourned

A drink-drive case involving former England football star Paul Gascoigne was adjourned for the fourth time today after civilian witnesses were unable to attend court.

Rehab clinic Gascoigne misses drink-drive court

One-time World Cup star Paul Gascoigne missed his sentencing for drink-driving today because he is in rehab.

Paul Gascoigne represents himself before case adjourned

The trial of former England football star Paul Gascoigne, who is accused of drink driving, was adjourned today following hours of legal wrangling.

Gazza on drugs charge

The former football star Paul Gascoigne has been arrested in connection with an alleged drug offence. The 43-year-old spent Thursday night in police custody on suspicion of possessing a class A substance.

Gascoigne arrested following drugs raid

Paul Gascoigne has been arrested for drugs offences, sources said today.

Paul Gascoigne could be jailed over drink-driving

One-time World Cup star Paul Gascoigne was warned he could be jailed after he admitted driving while more than four times the legal limit today.

Gascoigne's appointment at Garforth yet to be finalised

Paul Gascoigne's appointment as manager of Garforth Town is not yet a done deal. Reports yesterday claimed the former England midfielder had already been confirmed as the boss of the Evo-Stik First Division North League club but talks remain ongoing between Gascoigne and the Garforth owner, Simon Clifford.

Gascoigne close to Garforth Town appointment

Paul Gascoigne's appointment as manager of Garforth Town is not yet a done deal.

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game