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Newcastle officials are expecting Cheick Tioté, Demba Ba and Papiss Cissé to return to the North-east early this week to prepare for Sunday's derby with Sunderland, despite their African Cup of Nations qualifying game on Saturday night being abandoned.

League round-up: Oldham deny racism

An Oldham player who is alleged to have used racist abuse towards a ball boy during the 1-1 draw against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane has received the backing of his club.

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson

League One preview: Sheffield United could banish some demons

If there's one team Sheffield United aren't going to take for granted this season, it's Oldham. The Blades had three weeks fewer than most clubs in League One to prepare for the new campaign but theirs was the longest summer, reflecting on where it all went wrong in the race for automatic promotion last term.

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Walker was ruled out with a toe injury he suffered in Tottenham 2-0 win over Fulham on the final day of the season. The right-back recently won the PFA Young Player of the Year and was recently rewarded with a new five-year contract.

Kyle Walker reveals England team-mate Phil Jagielka was among his heroes

Kyle Walker has admitted Phil Jagielka is one of his heroes as the Tottenham full-back prepares for his first competitive appearance for England.

Ched Evans has been jailed for rape

Five more charged over identification of Ched Evans rape victim

Five more people have been charged with revealing online the identity of a woman raped by footballer Ched Evans, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

Ched Evans: Two charged over naming of rape victim

Two people have been charged with revealing the identity of a woman raped by footballer Ched Evans online, the Crown Prosecution said.

Return of Alejandro Faurlin and Kieron Dyer from injury a boost for QPR says Mark Hughes

QPR manager Mark Hughes admits the return of Alejandro Faurlin and Kieron Dyer from long-term injuries has given the west Londoners a huge boost.

Kyle Bartley won over by Swansea's style

New Swansea recruit Kyle Bartley has revealed the similar footballing ethos promoted by the club was the main reason behind his decision to move to the Liberty Stadium from Arsenal.

Comeback kid: Watford striker Matej Vydra celebrates his late winner

League round-up: Zola eyes promotion after win

Matej Vydra scored an injury-time winner as Watford came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Selhurst Park, in Gianfranco Zola's first league game in charge.

Michael Appleton: Busy day

Portsmouth sign a whole new team – in just one day

Portsmouth completed the signing of nearly a whole new side yesterday when 10 players joined the troubled club just in time for their opening League One game at home to Bournemouth tomorrow.

Jessica Ennis will be taking part in the Olympic heptathlon tomorrow

Jessica Ennis sets sights on gold at Olympic heptathlon

Jessica Ennis will be happy to chase gold rather than lucre when she begins her quest for the Olympic heptathlon title tomorrow.

Off: Dorin Goian wants out of Rangers

Goian's refusal to play in Scottish fourth tier could spark player exodus at Ibrox

Dorin Goian was the first Rangers player to reveal he will leave the club rather than play in the Scottish Third Division, but the likelihood is that more will follow.

Ray Lewington joins England coaching staff on full-time basis

Ray Lewington has joined England's coaching staff on a full-time basis, signing a four-year deal.

Paul Lambert says taking charge of Villa is 'an incredible opportunity'

Paul Lambert wants Aston Villa to 'play to their strengths'

Paul Lambert begins work in earnest with Aston Villa's players today with the aim of making them "play to their strengths" after last season's disappointments.

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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