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Liverpool manager admits he made mistake with Gerrard deployment as controversial penalty gets home side off hook in front of owner Henry

Football: Mooney brings Anfield to earth

Liverpool 0 Watford 1

Sport on TV: Forget about Des and bring on Barry Davies

WHAT? AN EXTRA pounds 24 for the BBC from digital licence holders? And no Des Lynam? You must be joking.

Football: Houllier builds around the `good heart' of Liverpool

IT WOULD have been easy to change five players at half-time, Gerard Houllier remarked, sitting in the air-conditioned interview room at Ewood Park shortly after his Liverpool team had drawn 2-2 with Blackburn Rovers in the energy- sapping heat of Saturday afternoon. But he had resisted the temptation to give them a breather. "I wanted them to suffer a bit," he observed, with a small grin.

Football: Camara exposes negative Rovers

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Football: Keegan takes brave decisions

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Football: Cole is likely to partner Shearer

KEVIN KEEGAN was pondering his striking options at Bisham Abbey yesterday. Should he go for pace or muscle? Experience or youth? Penalty- box poacher or roving creator? With Alan Shearer's place apparently cast in stone, as it has been since Gary Lineker's retirement seven years ago, and Michael Owen and Kevin Phillips injured, the decision comes down to who partners the captain out of Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Emile Heskey and Robbie Fowler.

Sports Letter: Out of line

Out of line

Football: Fowler's nose may frustrate Keegan

KEVIN KEEGAN should know by tomorrow whether Robbie Fowler will be available for selection for England's friendly international in Hungary next week.

Football: Fowler decides against FA appeal

ROBBIE FOWLER has dropped plans to appeal against the six-match ban imposed on him by the Football Association.

Football: Fowler appeals his Le Saux ban

ROBBIE FOWLER will appeal to the Football Association against his two-game ban for rude gestures towards Graeme Le Saux, backed by new video evidence.

Football: Owen out for rest of the season

MICHAEL OWEN is out of football for three months with a hamstring and tendon injury. Yesterday the Liverpool and England striker discovered the results of the scan on his right leg which reveals far worse damage than was first feared.

Does a prima ballerina bounce?

FOR ALL the thousands of column inches devoted to the performing arts, one area remains almost permanently hidden from view. It is the rehearsal room. Audiences and critics are virtually never allowed access. And, for the sake of their own reputations, directors and performers rarely divulge what mistakes, tantrums, sobbing and sackings go on.

Football: Fowler given six-match suspension

ROBBIE FOWLER intends to appeal against the six-match suspension he was given by a Football Association disciplinary commission yesterday for both his "cocaine snorting" goal celebration during the Merseyside derby last weekend and his fracas with Graeme Le Saux last month.

Racing: Even Flow to stop Pipe plan

THOUSANDS OF punters will walk into betting shops this morning convinced that they have a bet for the big race at Aintree which seems nothing short of pre-ordained. Twelve months ago, Martin Pipe, Tony McCoy and the owner David Johnson sent a five-year-old to run in the John Hughes Memorial Chase over the National fences, and despite his youth, he won as impressively as any horse in the race's history. Today, they will attempt to repeat the trick with Gris D'Estruval, and the bookies will be treating him with as much caution as Double Thriller, favourite for tomorrow's Grand National.

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