Trapattoni faces tough decisions

Victory for the Republic of Ireland tonight would all but guarantee them a World Cup play-off spot at least and maintain their chances of pipping world champions Italy to automatic qualification, while a draw – the result they have achieved in their last three away games in the campaign, against Montenegro, Italy and Bulgaria – would be a creditable return.

Keane turns to waiting game

Ipswich Town 1 Preston North End 1: Irishman tempers his fiery instinct as he strives to create an Ipswich team that is equal to the best of Bobby Robson's era. Tim Collings reports

Stoke sign £5m Whitehead

Stoke have completed the signing of Sunderland midfielder Dean Whitehead for an initial fee of £3m, which could rise to £5m.

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Brown fined £2,500 for post-match Riley rant

Hull manager Phil Brown has been fined £2,500 for improper conduct relating to comments made about Mike Riley after the Tigers' FA Cup defeat at Arsenal in March.

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He has turned Everton into top-four challengers but, the manager says, even victory today would just be the beginning. Glenn Moore reports

Howard Kendall: 'This Everton side takes me back to the Eighties'

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Not only was Wade Elliott's 25-yard screamer against Sheffield United in Monday's Championship Playoff final worth £60m, it has also earned his side a timely and deserved inclusion in our Dream Team series.

United battle to the end but must settle for play-offs

Crystal Palace 0 Sheffield United 0

League round-up: Posh and Bees up, but the Blues falter

Never the most scintillating of Championship sides, Birmingham City threw away the chance to seal an immediate return to the Premier League when Paul McKenna and Ross Wallace both scored from outside the penalty area to earn Preston North End a 2-1 win at St Andrews and keep their own hopes of a play-off place alive.

Old boy lights up Keane day

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Loan Ranger Adam brings down Preston

Preston North End 0 Blackpool 1

Sam Wallace: A damned difficult day out – how Philip Brown suffered at the hands of Arsène

We will never know if Cesc Fabregas spat at the feet of Brian Horton, the assistant manager of Hull City, last Tuesday night. So, in the spirit of The Damned United film released on Friday – telling the story of Brian Clough's 44 days at Leeds United – let us fill in the historical gaps. David Peace's novel The Damned Utd is a gripping thriller written in his distinctive, quick-fire prose style. Dark and beguiling, it is much better than the film.

FA fines Brown £2,500 and then look into his 'cheated' comments

Phil Brown, the Hull City manager, was yesterday fined £2,500 and "warned as to his future conduct" after the Football Association passed judgement on his touchline row with Newcastle United's Joe Kinnear in January.

Preston apologise for PA gaffe

Preston North End have sent a written apology to the Coventry City defender Ben Turner for the public address announcement that celebrated his own goal during the hosts' 2-1 win at Deepdale on Saturday.

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