Robin Scott-Elliot: Oh the shame of watching pre-season friendlies

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Hull maintain Zamora interest

Hull City are still keen to sign Fulham striker Bobby Zamora despite the London club failing to land Peter Crouch, manager Phil Brown said today.

Bruce losing patience over Bent bid

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is beginning to run out of patience in his attempt to sign striker Darren Bent.

Crouch 'no longer priority' for Spurs

Harry Redknapp admits he may have to enter the market for a defender after injuries left him without a fit centre-half. Spurs had been favourites to sign Peter Crouch but Redknapp has conceded that injuries to Michael Dawson, Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King mean a move for a defender has now become his priority.

Sunderland agree fee for Campbell

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce hopes to push through his first summer signing over the weekend after agreeing a fee with Manchester United for Fraizer Campbell.

Shearer running out of time to rescue Newcastle

Newcastle United 0 Portsmouth 0

Crouch calls on Pompey to 'fight and scrap' to stay up

England striker says relegation-threatened side must show battling quality

Benitez muddled but happy

Portsmouth 2 Liverpool 3

Metgod wants Portsmouth to learn Greek lesson

Johnny Metgod, the Portsmouth first-team coach, believes the club's new Greek contingent can help to reinvigorate their flagging season, starting against Liverpool on Saturday.

Portsmouth embarrassed by graceful Swans

Portsmouth 0 Swansea City 2: Holders dumped out at home as Adams' men are unable to cope with Welsh side's pace and invention

Pennant joins Portsmouth on loan

Winger Jermaine Pennant has agreed to join Portsmouth on loan from Liverpool until the end of the season.

No more sales at Portsmouth says chairman

Portsmouth executive chairman Peter Storrie maintains there will be no other major players leaving Fratton Park during the January transfer window.

Taylor works hard to win over Bolton doubters

Bolton Wanderers 2 Portsmouth 1

Pet of the week: The stick insect

What on earth is it? It's a phasmid, which you'll agree sounds like quite a cool gang to belong to. There are some 3,000 species of stick insect, 300 of which can be bred in captivity, so you'll be spoilt for choice. But take advice before you rush out and get one – some can grow up to half a metre long. More like a log insect.

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