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

Books: Champs on the ropes

Tory history is full of internecine feuds, argues Kenneth O Morgan, but the party always bounces back; The Tories: Conservatives and the Nation State 1922-1997 by Alan Clark Weidenfeld, pounds 20, 416pp; An Appetite for Power: a history of the Conservative Party since 1830 by John Ramsden HarperCollins, pounds 24.99, 562pp

Football: Newcastle crash out of Europe

IN LAST night's European ties, Chelsea advanced to the second round of the European Cup-Winners' Cup, though Newcastle went out, while Rangers made progress in the Uefa Cup.

Football: Platt sets the right example

HOWARD WILKINSON has called for more ex-England players to be involved in coaching the country's youth sides.

Football: All aboard the Gullit train

The Ruud reawakening: Shepherd and Hall gamble on football becoming an affair of the heart again

Football: Relaxed start to the reign of Ruud

THE CHANGE of guard at Newcastle United was nothing if not brutal. Kenny Dalglish's autobiography had been rudely removed from the souvenir shop at St James' Park and not far away the statue of Jackie Milburn sported a new haircut. Dreadlocks, of course.

Market Report: Footsie sold off into ragged retreat

FOOTSIE SCORED a near-double (negative) century, with most overseas stock markets running for cover as the Russian bear seemed to grow even more angry.

Norbert Stiles, AE Housman and the chaps of '66

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

An awful glimpse of a summer of gloom

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Football: Cup Final: Blankety Blank show a turn-off

Stan Hey gets a Grandstand view of what wasn't happening at Wembley

Football: Keegan takes full command

KEVIN KEEGAN could be leading Fulham out in a Wembley final, just nine days after his previous employers compete for the FA Cup there. The former Newcastle manager put himself in charge of the Second Division side yesterday after ending Ray Wilkins' reign as manager over "a difference of opinion".

Small screen: The face of sport

Last week on BBC1's On Side, the presenter John Inverdale asked the recovering alcoholic Paul Merson what would happen if his team, Middlesbrough, won the Coca-Cola Cup and in the dressing-room afterwards his team-mates were circulating the champagne. Merson asserted that "they wouldn't pass it to me". "Just like in the game," came back Inverdale, without missing a beat.

Sport on TV: Why Will's world was not so ideal for Holmes

LIFE cannot be easy when you are Eamonn Holmes. He has made his name - such as it is - on the tackiest breakfast telly station going, where he does his best to dominate not just the guests, but also his co- presenters. And yet, when the calls come through for someone to graduate to better (or more remunerative) assignments, it always seems to be Holmes's sofa companions who move on.

Football: Football the land of the milked and moneyed

Norman Fox hears how commercial pressures can kick morality into touch

Football: pounds 30m of talent available free

CLUBS will receive details over the next month of more than 500 players available on free transfers this summer due to the Bosman ruling - which could lead to the gulf between the salaries of Premiership and Football League professionals growing wider than ever.

Football: Strain behind the cool exterior

GRAHAM RIX, Ruud Gullit's right-hand man at Stamford Bridge, has claimed that the deposed Chelsea manager was on the verge of cracking under the strain. Rix told the News of the World of the Dutchman's actions at half-time during Chelsea's Premiership defeat by Arsenal last Sunday.
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