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

Gascoigne move is in doubt

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These boots are made for stomping

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Letter: Non-violent men

Sir: I have been reading with ever increasing incredulity your reporting on the topic of women who are victims of violent men.

Men must break their conspiracy of silence

Deborah Orr `While sectarian and race hate is campaigned against... the hate which prompts a man to beat his wife remains private'

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THE EX-WIFE of Paul Gascoigne, the former England footballer known as Gazza, helped to launch a campaign against domestic violence yesterday by speaking of the injuries she suffered at his hands.

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IT WAS once put to Bill Shankly that qualities reminiscent of his hero, Tom Finney, could be found in the style and application of a lauded young winger. "Don't you see a bit of Finney in him?" an unwary reporter asked. "Aye, but Tommy Finney is 53," Shankly retorted.

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IF YOU see Chris Evans this morning, be gentle. He may be nursing a multi-million pound hangover. The most famous redhead in the country was recently found slumped in a Soho doorway, to the delight of the national press but to nobody's great surprise.

`Five Bellies' is free for appeal

JIMMY GARDNER, the best friend of the footballer Paul Gasgoigne, was released from Durham Prison yesterday less than 72 hours after he was jailed for a firearms offence.

Football: Gascoigne defended by Robson

BRYAN ROBSON, the Middlesbrough manager, has come to the defence of Paul Gascoigne after newspaper reports of a drinking binge following Tuesday night's 3-2 victory at Wimbledon.
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