Sport Hove into view: Sami Hyypia’s Brighton were chastened by a commanding Southampton display in a friendly last week

Former Liverpool star returns to English football against Sheffield Wednesday

Jacques Maghoma of Sheffied Wednesday

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A look ahead to this weekend’s FA Cup fourth round match at Spotland Stadium

Round-up: Charlie Austin double lifts QPR to second

Charlie Austin’s double lifted Queens Park Rangers to second in the Championship after a 2-1 home victory over Huddersfield Town yesterday.

Charlie Austin scored twice to give QPR a 2-1 win over Huddersfield

Championship round-up: Charlie Austin lifts QPR to second as Leicester run for promotion continues

David Nugent struck late to keep Leicester top of the Championship with QPR and Burnley in hot pursuit

Leicester celebrate after David Nugent scores to give them a late win over Leeds

Leeds United 0 Leicester City 1 match report: Kevin Phillips makes his presence felt as leaders Leicester turn the screw

Leeds improved to restore some pride from last week's 6-0 drubbing at Sheffield but Nugent's 87th minute strike gives Leicester a sixth straight win

Danny Ings was on target again for Burnley in their 2-1 win over Yeovil

Championship round-up: Unstoppable Danny Ings on the money again as Burnley maintain pressure on leaders Leicester

Victory at Yeovil reduced the gap to Foxes after their 4-1 win over Derby on Friday, while QPR also kept up their challenge with win over Ipswich

Reda Johnson scored for Sheffield Wednesday in their 6-0 win over Leeds

Sheffield Wednesday 6 Leeds United 0 match report: Owls smash Yorkshire rivals for six to continue rise up the Championship table

Matt Smith was sent off for Leeds early in the second half but they were already two goals down and the rout only got worse after the dismissal

Wayne Rooney may not recover from his groin injury in time to face Chelsea a week on Saturday

David Moyes: Most Manchester United players are giving their best

David Moyes, the Manchester United manager, has said “a lot” of his players are giving their best but admitted that might not be enough as the club today seek to avoid losing four consecutive games in a season for the first time in 53 years.

Macclesfield 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1 match report: Steve Williams gives non-league Silkmen replay

A thumping Reda Johnson header had given Wednesday the lead until Williams' second-half strike tied things up

Macclesfield manager John Askey is hoping to topple Sheffield Wednesday at Moss Rose

FA Cup brings cash lifeline for ailing Macclesfield

The players will be thinking of the glory, but for the men trying to keep Grimsby Town, Kidderminster Harriers and Macclesfield Town afloat, it is the riches on offer in the FA Cup third round that makes it worth diverting the Conference trio’s attention from the quest to regain Football League status.

Two goals by Burnley’s Danny Ings took his tally to 19

Championship round-up: Danny Ings fires Burnley into second as Derby slip up at home

Two goals from Danny Ings lifted Burnley back up the table into second place with a 3-2 win at home to Huddersfield. The striker has now scored 19 goals in all competitions. Full-back Kieran Trippier sealed victory 11 minutes from time as Martin Paterson scored twice for the Terriers on his first return to Turf Moor since leaving Burnley in the summer. Leicester City stay top of the league after a 3-1 win at Millwall.

Fernando Forestieri scores for Watford in their 4-0 win over Millwall

Championship round-up: David Nugent penalty sends Leicester City top as Derby's winning run is halted by Huddersfield

Elsewhere there were wins for Middlesbrough Ipswich and Watford

Ross Barkley celebrates Everton's winning goal against Swansea on Sunday

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley 'could shine in Brazil' for England at World Cup 2014, claims Roberto Martinez

The youngster scored a fine free-kick at the weekend to ensure Everton beat Swansea

Steve McClaren has guided Derby County to seven straight wins

Football round-up: Lucky seven as Derby join the top-two tussle

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Championship round-up: Burnley go top but Derby are emerging as genuine title contenders with seventh straight win

QPR's slip-up to Leicester allowed Burnley to leapfrog them with victory over Blackpool

UK weather: Snow warnings and gusts of up to 90mph expected as Britain recovers from wind-battered night that left thousands without power

Storms caused by Atlantic depression left 7,000 customer without electricity in Northern Ireland

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