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

Football: Wise's fear of the law proves to be the beginning of wisdom

When he was a member of the Crazy Gang Dennis Wise revelled in his image as a cheeky Cockney chappy who was always in the thick of the action. And he continued to live up to his wild reputation when he left Wimbledon for Chelsea.

Football: Why Big Ron is happy making a drama out of a crisis

Olivia Blair on a new start for an old hand

Book Of The Week: Tales of Barnsley in a very different era

Barnsley: A study in football 1953-59 by Andrew Ward and Ian Alister (Crowberry, pounds 9.99)

This Week's Top 10 Sports Books

1 From Arlott to Aggers - 40 Years of Test Match Special, edited by Peter Baxter and Phil McNeill (Andre Deutsch, hardback, pounds 14.99)

Let's see in colour, and celebrate

Young people have a positive attitude to ethnic identity. The melting pot was a silly idea, says Trevor Phillips, though he fears minorities may eventually marry themselves into oblivion

Gullit ready to sell Vialli

Football

Profile Ruud Gullit: A man of two halves King's Road Messiah

Success looms on and off the pitch for the soccer stylist. Jasper Rees applauds

Football: Battle of the little big men

Howard Wilkinson, the FA's technical director, assesses the rich talents of the Cup final rivals who can light up Wembley

Election '97: Saying goodbye to the grey men

Martin Bell MP? The possibility that one of Britain's most admired war correspondents will take Neil Hamilton's seat offers a tantalising glimpse of how politics might be enriched if the parties lost their stranglehold over the Commons.

Pre-election bid speculation finds a focus in BG; MARKET REPORT

As the election campaign got under way the stock market cast around for possible corporate activity to provide some action in the run up to polling day.

Football: Ward's double reward

If these two teams meet up in either a semi-final or even the final of the FA Cup, it should be some game. Yesterday's warm-up, played in a disrupted wind on a bare pitch none the less created a rumbustious spectacle in which goals, fouls and incidents were easily mixed, culminating in Ashley Ward's injury-time winner to give Derby a valuable three points.

Football: Chelsea given taste of own medicine

When Alan Birchenall suggested at Filbert Street yesterday that Leicester could emulate Chelsea's performance against Liverpool in the previous round and recover their two-goal deficit it was not only the Chelsea supporters who tittered.

Football: `When I scored I knew they were worried'

Ruud Gullit, the Chelsea manager, admitted that his side had almost gifted Liverpool victory before turning on a second-half display that followed his inturctions to the letter.

Blacks Leisure grabs gold in a sporting year

Derek Pain, Stock Market Reporter of the Year, reviews the leading share price winners and the heaviest losers of 1996; Make your mind up time: The Independent offers readers a selection of shares ranging from blue chips to the more speculative

Wearside's work ethic triumphs

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing