Sport Wayne Rooney

The Manchester United striker insists playing for the national team is still a huge privilege that makes him proud

Football: No place for Howe in England set-up

Glenn Hoddle will today, it is understood, sever the last remaining link between the previous England management and his own when he informs Don Howe that his services as a coach are no longer required.

Liverpool finally seal Berger deal

Football

Football: Liverpool in late bid for Poborsky

Flights from the North-west to Prague have never been so popular as Manchester United and Liverpool, long-time bitter rivals on the pitch, fight at the negotiating table for the signature of the pounds 3.4m-rated Karel Poborsky.

Cantona threatens to quit

Football

Donis decides on Blackburn

Football

Pilgrims progress

Darlington 0 Plymouth Argyle 1 (Mauge 65 )Attendance: 43,431

How have Brighton gone from this... ...to this?

A CLUB IN CRISIS: At noon today, the Seagulls may cease to exist, wound up amid wranglings that have consumed the South Coast club. Greg Wood, a lifelong supporter, traces Albion's troubles and unearths a few Goldstone gems

Searching for the secrets of Shankly

The legendary former Liverpool manager is the subject of two new biographies. Ken Jones reports

Dreams of Wembley for Bishop Sutton

Non-League notebook

Too ready to deceive in the name of victory

If there was a time when sports fans saw their heroes as fair- minded young people who would never dream of trying to hoodwink authority, somebody should tell us when this saintly perspective prevailed.

Prime time for Jarrett

World Athletics Championships: Jackson backs his friend to race out of the shadows and into a kingdom of his own; Norman Fox in Gothenburg meets the hurdler tipped to wear the crown

Football: Saunders set to link up with Liverpool old boys

Dean Saunders, Aston Villa's leading scorer last season, is today expected to join Galatasaray, the Turkish club for whom Graeme Souness has already signed Saunders' former Liverpool team-mates, Barry Venison and Mike Marsh.

Venus ends Shilton's resistance

THE PLAY-OFFS: Wolves and Reading take an early advantage in the race for a Premiership place while Second Division rivals end all square

The man who saved Will Carling from '57 old farts'

Jon Holmes (left) is the camera-shy sports agent with a blue-chip client list and a reputation for honest brokering. But how does he go about running his business? Mike Rowbottom finds out
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there