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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

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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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