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 arrested for the second time in two days

Former England football star Paul Gascoigne has been arrested for the second time in two days.

Paul Gascoigne bailed after takeaway disturbance

Former England star Paul Gascoigne was released on police bail today after he was questioned on suspicion of being drunk in charge of a vehicle.

Vinnie Jones 'offered Big Brother cash deal'

Vinnie Jones is said to have been offered one million dollars to join his former football rival Paul Gascoigne in the Celebrity Big Brother (CBB) house.

Paul Gascoigne credits Peter Beardsley for his recovery

Paul Gascoigne has said he owes former teammate Peter Beardsley for helping him fight back from alcoholism and depression.

Anson hoping to 'draw line in sand' after 2018 bid infighting

World Cup chief executive optimistic that board issues are now behind them

Ferdinand lifts lid on his heroes ... and his ballet

To his manager anyone who wears that particular red shirt will be anathema, but Rio Ferdinand has flirted with the unmentionable, from a Manchester United perspective, by suggesting that Liverpool players were the ones he admired more than Old Trafford's as a child.

Root of celebrity bashing can be found in Rome

Since time began, societies have created their idols only to destroy them. So if we really want to understand Britney's breakdown, we should look to ancient Rome.

Sport on TV: Farewell to the man for whom every jumper was a goalpost

The great man of English football, our 'eminence grise', deserved a lot more than the half-hour afforded by the hastily assembled Sir Bobby Robson – A Tribute (Sky Sports 1, Friday). There was a very powerful team of players paying their respects, so many that there wasn't time to tell the story of an extraordinary career that spanned so many generations, from a time when players were on £2 a week to today's multi-millionaires. The only face lacking among the talking heads was the one to whom programme-makers had always seemed to turn in these situations, and that was Sir Bobby himself.

Figo 'could play on in China'

Former World Player of the Year Luis Figo wants to extend his career outside Europe and would consider playing in the Chinese Super League (CSL), a Chinese newspaper reported today.

FA keen for Auld enemies to meet again next season

England are set to play Scotland next season for the first time in 11 years, under plans to be discussed this week. Officials of the Football Association and Scottish FA will hold talks about the fixture at the International Football Association Board summit in Northern Ireland next Friday and Saturday.

Reprieve for Gascoigne in tax case

Fallen football hero Paul Gascoigne has been given a nine-week breathing space to file his late tax returns and fend off a bankruptcy petition by Revenue and Customs.

Janet Street-Porter: Gazza's slide into despair shames us all

Two well-known men, both addicts, make headlines. George Michael is picked up by the police yet again for allegedly cruising in a public toilet near his north London home. George, who was reportedly caught with crack cocaine, was let off with a caution. Some might (justifiably) see this as an example of the two sets of drug laws in this country – one for millionaire pop stars and models and another for the working classes.

Healy sorry for gesture

Northern Ireland striker David Healy tonight apologised for his flute-playing gesture during a game against Celtic.

Troubled Paul Gascoigne is sectioned

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, police said today.

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Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
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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
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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
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
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor