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Hit & Run: Vote for Ken

Actors, like investment banks, are susceptible to the fluctuations of the market. While the Stock Exchange is reeling, shares in Kenneth Branagh are soaring. Ever since his Ivanov opened the Donmar season at Wyndham's Theatre, it has been Ken! Ken! Ken! Buy! Buy! Buy! – or the critical equivalent.

Portsmouth 2 Stoke City 1: Crouch and Defoe look like a classic partnership

This was Portsmouth's seventh game in 22 days but there was no sign of any hangover as a result of their energy-sapping Uefa Cup exploits in Portugal on Thursday which did not finish until after midnight.

Portsmouth 2 Vitoria Guimaraes 0: Diarra and Defoe earn advantage for trip to Portugal

Jermain Defoe missed a penalty after Lassana Diarra broke the deadlock in the 39th minute, but scored Portsmouth's vital second goal which should ensure their progress to the group stage of the Uefa Cup after a first-leg win against the Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes at Fratton Park last night.

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Peter Crouch: Talking big

Portsmouth's new £11m striker tells Sam Wallace why he left Liverpool, how he and Jermain Defoe will score a lot of goals and the strange story about the kit man and the sofa

Portsmouth accept Mendes bid

Portsmouth have accepted a bid from Rangers in the region of £3m for midfielder Pedro Mendes.

Levy vents anger after 'enforced' £19m sale of Keane

The Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy, did not conceal his anger last night after conceding the signature of Robbie Keane to Liverpool for what he described as £19m "compensation" – rising by a possible £1.3m, based on appearances.

Teenager Ngog joins Liverpool

Liverpool have signed highly-rated teenage striker David Ngog from Paris St Germain.

Wood rises to memory of Rose to keep sights on silver

Chris Wood yesterday evoked memories of Justin Rose's Open heroics of a decade ago with a brilliant finish to his second round that boosted his hopes of finishing the tournament as the leading amateur player.

Ferdinand the latest big name to snub Newcastle

Newcastle United's faltering summer recruitment drive was knocked back once again yesterday when Anton Ferdinand pulled out of transfer negotiations with the club. The West Ham defender was one of a group of players the club's London-based transfer team had hoped to sign.

Benitez keen on Keane

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez ruled out making a move for Spain striker David Villa on Thursday.

Liverpool accept Portsmouth bid for Crouch

Striker Peter Crouch's future at Liverpool looks to be coming to an end after the club gave Portsmouth permission to open talks with the England international.

Stand Up Get Down Featuring Jessica Hynes & Friends, Madame Jojo's, London

Charity gigs are often ramshackle affairs and this show, in aid of children's charity NCH, was no exception. Jessica Hynes (formerly Stevenson) put the Daisy into lackadaisical, exhibiting all the neurotic characteristics of the role that made her famous in the sitcom Spaced, but to no great effect.

Capello will choose Ferdinand or Terry as England captain

Then there were two. The great England captaincy audition is, Fabio Capello said on Wednesday night, down to two names and while he would not name the contenders it is understood that John Terry and Rio Ferdinand are the last men standing. Never has there been such an incentive for those two to stay out of trouble at Wayne Rooney's Ibiza stag do this summer.

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