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Zabaleta's sending-off keeps City dreams grounded

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Manchester City took another small step in their plans to break the grip of the Premier League's big four yesterday but, while they failed to beat Wigan Athletic, Mark Hughes, their manager, said that the invincibility of the traditionally dominant clubs was slipping more than ever.

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There is always another demand, that is the nature of this life of his, but then the best measure of Kevin Kilbane is found in his willingness. His career is a triumph of presence, of being wherever he is needed and then never shirking from trying to offer the best of himself. So at Hull's training ground on Friday, he met each new round of questioners with a disarming smile and generosity of spirit that said all you needed to know about the soul of this austere player.

Filipovic backs Ireland for play-off success

Montenegro boss Zoran Filipovic has backed the Republic of Ireland to emerge from the play-off lottery to reach the World Cup finals in South Africa.

Given on best behaviour for century duty

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Manchester City 'keeper Shay Given has hit out at the reaction of the Aston Villa fans towards Gareth Barry on his first return to the midlands club.

West Ham embarrassed by City's striking riches

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Old boy finds love and savours revenge

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Hughes tips Ireland as future Manchester City captain

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