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A look ahead to this week’s FA Cup fourth round match at City Ground

Mick McCarthy is considered the leading contender for a job as manager of Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest confirm talks with Mick McCarthy

Nottingham Forest's new owners have confirmed they have held talks with Mick McCarthy about the vacant managerial post at the City Ground.

Fans cheer Olympic torchbearer Gary Lineker

The Olympic Torch travelled by train, boat and was even flown briefly into the air by a jetpack today, with former footballer Gary Lineker among the torchbearers as the flame continued its tour of the country.

Championship round-up: Sharp double puts Saints on verge of promised land

Southampton took a large stride back towards the Premier League last night when they won 3-1 at Peterborough to open up a five-point gap on third-placed West Ham with two games to play in the Championship. At the bottom Coventry are on the verge of relegation after a 1-0 home defeat to Millwall.

League round-up: Norris late strike stuns the Saints

David Norris's equaliser in the fourth minute of injury time at St Mary's Stadium earned Portsmouth a 2-2 draw in a tense South Coast derby with Championship leaders Southampton, slowing the Saints' title drive. Billy Sharp gave the hosts a 27th-minute lead, but Chris Maguire soon levelled. When Sharp added Saints' second in the 89th minute – a goal initially ruled out for offside – they seemed to have won the match, but Norris fired in from just outside the penalty area. Southampton are top on goal difference. "We were not defeated and it puts us back top of the League," Saints' manager, Nigel Adkins, said.

Sam Allardyce has seen West Ham draw their last five home games

Sam Allardyce hits back at 'delusional' West Ham fans

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has described the fans who have criticised the team's style of play as "delusional" as they prepare for tomorrow's crucial-looking encounter with second-placed Reading.

Ricardo Vaz Te gave West Ham a 51st-minute lead with a far-post header

Allardyce shrugs off fans' chants as West Ham ease pressure

Peterborough United 0 West Ham United 2

Sam Allardyce has seen West Ham draw their last five home games

Sam Allardyce wants West Ham to find killer instinct

Sam Allardyce has urged West Ham to find the killer instinct needed to boost their hopes of automatic promotion from the npower Championship.

Round-up: Sharp at the double for Saints

Two second-half goals by Billy Sharp, the Southampton striker who joined Saints from Doncaster Rovers in January, eased his side to a 2-0 win over visitors Rovers and move them nine points clear of third-placed West Ham United. Sharp headed in his first just before the hour and wrapped up the win when he fired home from inside the area with 15 minutes remaining.

Jem Karacan is congratulated by his Reading team-mates

Reading warn of complacency with top spot in reach

Reading's Turkish midfielder Jem Karacan has warned his in-form side to take nothing for granted as the Royals go hunting for top spot in the npower Championship tonight.

Tom McAnearney: Talented wing-half of the 1950s and 1960s

Tom McAnearney was a beacon of calmness and consistency at the heart of Sheffield Wednesday's midfield, first in the Owls' yo-yo years between the top two divisions of English football in the late 1950s, and then, during his personal prime, as the Hillsborough side enjoyed half a decade among the leading six clubs in the land.

Huddersfield manager Lee Clark was axed after a brief phone call

Surprise sacking leaves Clark 'perplexed'

Huddersfield manager axed after brief phone call despite superb record... but supporters not shocked

Championship round-up: Blackpool stretch unbeaten run

Two Gary Taylor-Fletcher goals extended play-off candidates Blackpool's unbeaten run to 10 matches as Ian Holloway's side beat Doncaster 3-1 last night to move up to fourth in the Championship.

Gary Johnson leaves Northampton by mutual consent

Gary Johnson returns to Yeovil for second spell as manager

Gary Johnson has made a surprise return to Yeovil for a second spell as manager.

Sunderland's O'Neill renaissance continues with win

Peterborough 0 Sunderland 2

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Mogul ensures Posh are going up in world

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

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Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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