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Manager bemoans another poor performance as his United side suffers second successive defeat

Farewell Sir Bobby, and thanks for the memories

Bobby Robson adored talking about football. Lucky enough to speak with him three times, Brian Viner looks back on his interviews with the great man

Sport on TV: Objective thinking takes a dive along with Drogba's reputation

There are few certainties in life but here are three: it will end one day, Didier Drogba will fall over a blade of grass, and every time Jamie Redknapp opens his mouth on television, nonsense tumbles out.

Magpies keep faith with Owen to regain form for vital games

Dowie stresses striker's enduring qualities in aiding Newcastle's relegation fight

Sweet smell of success lifts Butcher

Scotland's No 2 raises hopes by recalling his experiences against the Netherlands

Beckham backs Gullit's decision to put family first

David Beckham was left "disappointed" by Ruud Gullit's departure as Los Angeles Galaxy coach but supported the Dutchman's decision to walk away if life was not working out for him in California.

James Lawton: Keegan's return testament to terminal madness of St James'

After all the years of broken football romance, all the failures to mature into a knowing, fighting organisation able to live in the hard world inhabited by serial winners like Manchester United and Arsenal, what do Newcastle do?

James Lawton: Allardyce yet another victim of Newcastle's quick-fix thinking

On his way to becoming not Big Sam but, for the moment at least, another small and dismal statistic, the latest fallen manager of Newcastle United made a whole series of fundamental mistakes.

Allardyce's time runs out as Newcastle wield axe again

On a day of extraordinary contradiction, even by Tyneside's standards, Sam Allardyce was sacked as manager of Newcastle United yesterday afternoon and into the river of speculation that runs through this football-daft city immediately waded the names of Jose Mourinho, Alan Shearer and Harry Redknapp.

Gillespie acts as Warnock's advocate

Sheffield United 0 Cardiff City 0

Football: Souness' natives grow restless

Newcastle United 1 Charlton Athletic 1

Angel pushes Robson towards the precipice

Aston Villa 4 - Newcastle United 2

Sporting increase heat on Robson

Newcastle United 0 - Sporting Lisbon 1

Shearer fears dazzle of silver

'You don't win anything in the semis. I've lost count of the times I've had a tingling -a feeling about us winning something'
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booksMalorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
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Thiago Silva pulls Arjen Robben back to concede a penalty
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Robin van Persie hands his third-place medal to a supporter
Van Persie gives bronze medal to eccentric fan moments after being handed it by Blatter
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Douglas McMaster says the food industry is ‘traumatised’
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First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
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Blackest is the new black

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Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
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Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
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Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport