Fighting back: Fans protest outside Fratton Park against the club’s owners. Now the Portsmouth Supporters Trust is the preferred bidder

The Last Word: The spirits of Pompey past can heal us all

We can learn from the struggle for the soul of Fratton Park against a succession of charlatans

In Brief: Newcastle trio set to return after Africa Cup abandonment

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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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain