Sport Seattle, led by Russell Wilson, are favourites to win next month's Super Bowl

For devotees of the NFL, this is as good as it gets – the divisional round of the play-offs, four games pitting the regular season’s finest against four challengers already battle-hardened by victory in last weekend’s ever-treacherous wild-card round. And in 2014 there’s an extra twist: the prospect that one of the longest, most painful droughts in US sport might be near an end.

Bruce Anderson: We are in desperate need of good and honest government

In trying to describe Gordon Brown's task, its impossibility becomes manifest

Vadera seeks a G20 role for Brown after No 10 exit

Sources close to Baroness Vadera, one of Gordon Brown's closest allies who quit last week, suggest that the real reason she has gone to the G20 is to help secure a job for the Prime Minister with the group of advanced economies after the election.

Brown and Obama hold bilateral meeting

Prime Minister Gordon Brown today held a bilateral meeting with US president Barack Obama at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh.

Andrew Grice: How special is the special relationship?

Gordon Brown finally won - in injury time - his battle to get a formal one-to-one meeting with Barack Obama. The White House agreed to spare his blushes and the two leaders have met in the margins of the G20 summit in Pittsburgh.

G20 leaders set sights on global economic reform

Stimulus measures 'must be retained to safeguard recovery'

David Usborne: Pittsburgh gears up to stop protesters crashing party

Protesters clashed with riot police on the streets of Pittsburgh last night as world leaders gathered in the city for the G20 summit. There were reports that pepper gas and rubber bullets were used to disperse pockets of demonstrators who had tried, but failed, to reach the convention centre.

G20 Diary: Don't believe the hype

Official advice from the President of the United States: "Stop reading those London tabloids." Barack Obama's spokesman, Robert Gibbs, dismissed stories of a breach in the special relationship, propagated mainly by The Daily Telegraph, as "a bunch of silliness". Sure, the White House turned down repeated requests from No 10 for a bilateral meeting, but Obama is talking with Gordon Brown all the while through the UN and G20 summits, Mr Gibbs told the US press corps travelling down to Pittsburgh. So that's a few dozen Telegraph subscriptions cancelled, then.

Britain is blocking curbs on bank bonuses, says Germany

Rift between European and Anglo-American positions as leaders meet

David Prosser: Watchdogs learn to bark together

Outlook It is a eurosceptic's dream. At exactly the moment the European Commission unveils its vision of a new system of financial supervision for the EU, the German Finance minister launches a daft tirade against Britain's apparent self-interest as negotiators at the G20 in Pittsburgh turn to regulation.

Hamish McRae: Sometimes governments get it right

The question now is how to choreograph the recovery and get the balance right

World Focus: A tough test for Obama's open-arms diplomacy

President Barack Obama begins three days of non-stop conferring with other world leaders tomorrow that will highlight his commitment to multilateralism and US engagement – even with America's natural foes – but threatens also to expose the scant dividends so far yielded by his open-arms approach.

Sarkozy proposes the <i>joie de vivre</i> index

The official measure of political success should be "revolutionised" to include happiness and well-being as well as growth, President Nicolas Sarkozy suggested today.

Brown to claim recession over as union boss warns of poll disaster

PM will deliver an upbeat assessment of the economy at the TUC conference this week &ndash; but Unite's joint leader Derek Simpson predicts 'slaughter' unless he axes Mandelson and Miliband

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Margareta Pagano: G20 spin? Ignore it, the real story is in a small Swiss town

It's the FSB in Basel that has the clout on bankers' pay
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

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Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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