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

Simon Read: Are The Owls being wise in saying no to payday lender cash?

I'm really pleased that the Championship football club Sheffield Wednesday has turned down a lucrative sponsorship deal from a payday lender.

David Beckham

Is David Beckham one of the Premier League all-time greats? He's not even in the top 1,000 says Chris Waddle

He never had a trick, wasn't particularly quick but did sell shirts says Waddle

Sheffield Wednesday turns down payday lender as sponsorship deal

Championship football club Sheffield Wednesday has turned down a lucrative sponsorship deal from a payday lender.

The Championship: Second tier's unpredictable fare provides thrilling finale

Only the Premier League, the Bundesliga and La Liga are better attended

Peterborough United 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0 match report: Strong finish leaves Posh with chance of survival

Darren Ferguson had his own distinct – but still familiar – take on it: "twitchy bum time".

A child wears a Jersey bearing the writing

Ian Herbert: Out of the darkness springs hope eternal for families ruined by Hillsborough disaster

The last inquest was scarred by degenerating into a private battle

<b>October 2011:</b> Suarez was alleged to have racially abused Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a Premier League match. Suarez was later found guilty by an independent regulatory commission and banned for eight matches and fined £40,000.

Luis Suarez banned for 10 games for biting - so what are the longest bans ever in English football?

Luis Suarez has been hit with a 10-game suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic

Margaret Thatcher takes advantage of a photo opportunity with Kevin Keegan (left), Emlyn Hughes and the rest of the England team of 1980

Ian Herbert: A minute's silence? Margaret Thatcher was not one of us when it came to sport

Her compulsory membership plan for supporters was detested and failed

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 10 April 2013

Woods confident of beating Nicklaus' Major record

No minute’s silence for Thatcher is testament to football’s bad relationship with the former PM

The sporting world was one she did not understand and did not want to understand

Billy Davies has lifted Forest in his second stint as manager

Martin Hardy: Returning Billy Davies driven to 'prove the doubters wrong'

Life Beyond the Premier League

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio

Former team-mate Chris Powell labels Paolo Di Canio appointment by Sunderland 'a bold move'

The Italian's appointment has divided opinion

The new Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has rejected

Paolo Di Canio forced to deny racism claims as Sunderland come under fire for controversial appointment

New manager says his words were 'twisted' but anti-racism groups are worried by Italian's appointment

The Sport Matrix: Monday 1 April 2013

Di Canio handed Sunderland reins in place of O'Neill

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