News Andy Gray and Richard Keys at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in 2012

Footage shows axed former Sky Sports presenter Gray making offensive chant at female colleague

Sir Alex Ferguson’s presence at most United games has cast a shadow over David Moyes

Blaming Sir Alex Ferguson presence for Manchester United problems is a 'pathetic excuse', says Bryan Robson

The former manager has been a regular onlooker during David Moyes' difficult start to life at Old Trafford

Alastair Cook goes in the first over

ODI series: Alastair Cook laments top-order failure following latest defeat to Australia

The captain was out in the first over

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton gives the ball to a young fan after running in a touchdown

NFL Divisional Playoff: San Francisco 49ers v Carolina Panthers match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s Divisional Playoff match at the Bank of America Stadium in Carolina

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

NFL Divisional Playoff: Indianapolis Colts v New England Patriots match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s Divisional Playoff match at Gillette Stadium in New England

England all-rounder Ben Stokes took six wickets on day one of the fifth and final Ashes Test

Ashes 2013-14: Six-wicket haul doesn't beat Perth century for England's star man Ben Stokes

Stokes finished the Australia first innings with figures of 6-99 as he shone where England struggled once more

Michael van Gerwen celebrates his victory in the PDC Darts World Championship final

Darts World Championship: Record breaking Michael van Gerwen delighted after 'unbelievable' final victory over Peter Wright

Van Gerwen became the youngest ever winner of the title having finished as runner-up last year

Michael van Gerwen beat Adrian Lewis 6-0 to set-up a final against Peter Wright

Darts World Championships: Michael van Gerwen thrashes Adrian Lewis to set-up unlikely final against Peter Wright

Wright knocked out contender Simon Whitlock to reach his first final in the tournament while van Gerwen will be appearing for the second straight year

Are you watching the match tonight? by Brian Barwick

Book of the week: Are you watching the match tonight? by Brian Barwick

Greg Dyke, chairman; David Davies, executive director; Brian Barwick, chief executive. The roster of senior appointments at the Football Association from among the ranks of television executives in recent years indicates just how influential  its on-screen presence, and the billions in earnings this generates, has become for the game.

Wayne Rooney scored his 150th goal for Manchester United in the 3-2 win over Hull City

Hull City 2 Manchester United 3: Wayne Rooney in the mood to celebrate and hopes run of form will 'surprise' Premier League rivals

The England striker scored his 150th goal for United in the comeback win over Hull and hopes that the worst of their results are now behind them ahead of second half of the campaign

Fans at the World Darts Championship keep themselves entertained with the various fancy dress seen each night
Today women are spoilt for choice in terms of sporting role models like cyclist Laura Trott

Ashling O'Connor: How long before a woman is deemed capable of managing a top men’s side?

The FA’s decision to appoint a male coach of the England women’s  football team shows progress – but there’s still a long way to go

James Wade escaped an early exit at the Darts World Championship, fighting back to beat Darren Webster 3-2 in the first round

Darts World Championship: James Wade gets a lucky escape after Darren Webster misses six match shots to progress to second round

Wade was facing a shock exit in the opening round before clawing his way back into the match and taking the win 3-2

Alastair Cook pictured after England lost the Ashes

Ashes 2013-14: Alastair Cook admits England 'haven't been good enough' and will consider captaincy

England have relinquished the urn after going 3-0 down in the series

Jack Wilshere celebrates scoring Arsenal's first goal

Napoli v Arsenal: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Champions League fixture in Naples

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea v Steaua Bucharest: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Champions League fixture at Stamford Bridge

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Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there