Sport Steve Bruce celebrates Hull City’s Premier Legaue return

Five minutes is all it took for realism to reign at the KC Stadium. Steve Bruce had been talking about one of the strangest days in Championship history with pride and gusto before his attitude changed – and a new focus on the task in hand came to the fore.

Jeremy Kyle gave a team talk to Southend United. They lost the game

Not a football genius: Jeremy Kyle gives team talk to Southend United (they lost)

Are team talks from special  guests a sure-fire way to sporting  success? Er, no

Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh, pictured with Henning Berg

Blackburn try to quash rumours Bollywood actor will take charge of club on day of wild rumours

Judan Ali - a novice coach with experience limited to youth and amateur level and the star of Bollywood football movie 'Dhan Dhan Dhan Goal', was at the training ground today

The Sports Matrix: Thursday 11 October 2012

Usada reveals its 'conclusive' verdict on Armstrong case

Horton returns to the Silkmen

Macclesfield have appointed Brian Horton as their manager until the end of the season. The Silkmen, who are outside the League Two relegation zone on goal difference, sacked Gary Simpson on Sunday.

Brian Horton has been assistant to Phil Brown

Macclesfield appoint Brian Horton until end of the season

Macclesfield have appointed Brian Horton as their new manager until the end of the season.

Paul Newman: Green experiment begins to bloom at Brighton's new home

The Football League Column

Championship review: Overachievers, underperformers, the best signing and the goal of the season

Another pulsating Championship campaign has reached the final curtain in spectacular fashion, culminating in QPR being crowned as champions; once again proving the division’s ferocity with another blockbuster season.

Hume views survival as bottom line for Preston

The Preston striker Iain Hume would be happy if he did not find the back of the net again this season – as long as the club escape relegation.

Paul Newman: Brown battling to put some pride back into historic Preston

The Football League Column: Brown's revitalised Preston side face three away games in eight days that will go a long way to determine if they stay up

Lost points leave Warnock facing long grind to line

Preston North End 1 Queens Park Rangers 1

That was very disappointing, says Jones after Cardiff let it slip

Cardiff manager Dave Jones was left to rue two dropped points after his side were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Burnley in the Championship on Tuesday night.

Elliot Grandin: 'Holloway's mad, he likes to joke around – but he's been very important for me'

The Blackpool manager saved his career and the midfielder would like to pay him back when the Seasiders face West Ham tonight

Testing day but Brown enjoys Hume comforts

Preston North End 1 Leicester City 1

Phil Brown returns to management with Preston

Phil Brown today returned to management with Preston on an 18-month contract, as the npower Championship strugglers seek to avoid relegation.

Stuart Gray named as Burnley caretaker

Stuart Gray has been placed in caretaker charge of Burnley following the departure of Brian Laws.

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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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
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Panto dames: before and after

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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