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Flags will fly at half-mast across Scotland this weekend as a mark of respect for those affected by the helicopter crash in Glasgow.

Coleman shows the way up as Everton finally achieve lift-off

Birmingham City 0 Everton 2

Moyes says Everton are in relegation battle

Everton boss David Moyes believes his team are involved in a relegation battle.

Fans feel blue but Birmingham keep unbeaten record

Birmingham City 0 Wigan Athletic 0

Zigic's first goal for Birmingham 'can be big for him' says McLeish

Alex McLeish hopes Nikola Zigic's first goal in Birmingham colours will provide just the tonic for the striker and help him find his goalscoring touch. The Serbia international, a summer signing from Valencia for a fee believed to be in the region of £6m, finally opened his account for Birmingham in Tuesday night's 3-1 Carling Cup third-round triumph over MK Dons at St Andrew's.

'Genius' Hleb leads the way to finish off Dons in four minutes

Birmingham City 3 Milton Keynes Dons 1

Hleb starts goal-rush to KO MK Dons

Birmingham City 3 MK Dons 1

Hodgson ready to rest Torres in Europe as United game looms

As someone who has scored in each of his last three appearances against Manchester United, the concern about Fernando Torres's form and fitness extends beyond tonight's Europa League opener against Steaua Bucharest.

Hodgson: 'Fernando isn't fed up'

Liverpool manager defends star striker as speculation grows about Spaniard's state of mind

Jonathan Brown: Old enmities at risk of being resurrected in city divided by faith

The Pope has chosen a tough venue for first leg of his tour

Reina: top-four finish may be beyond Liverpool

it could be a long old season at Anfield as none other than Pepe Reina was willing to admit yesterday in the wake of the latest underwhelming performance from Liverpool, their goalless draw at Birmingham City on Sunday. And as such, their goalkeeper has asked the club's supporters to show a little patience, not behaviour synonymous with the average fan.

Liverpool holds Birmingham to goalless draw

Birmingham 0 Liverpool 0

Wolves sign Marcus Bent on loan

Birmingham have allowed striker Marcus Bent to join Barclays Premier League rivals Wolves on a four-month loan deal.

Blake earns 10-man Bolton unlikely point

Bolton Wanderers 2 Birmingham City 2

Scott-land: The Man Who Invented A Nation, By Stuart Kelly

The evaluation of a fiction rests on impact not truth," writes Stuart Kelly in a work that evaluates the impact of the many fictions, literary and otherwise, of Sir Walter Scott. Scott's impact was considerable but Kelly is aware of the problems facing this book; nobody reads Scott now, and his surviving legacy is often viewed negatively. Kelly quotes, among others, Irvine Welsh's dismissal of Scott: "Just an arse-licker to the Prince Regent".

Allardyce puts top flight goal rush down to excitement of new season

Sam Allardyce has put the flood of goals in the Premier League down to the joys of the new season. A remarkable 35 goals were scored in nine matches over the weekend, thanks to 6-0 wins recorded by Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle United.

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