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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.

West Ham owners will not make trip to Birmingham

West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold plus vice-chairman Karren Brady will not be returning to former club Birmingham for tonight's Carling Cup semi-final clash.

McLeish refuses to let his job fears distract players from cup battle

What a difference a fortnight makes. Two weeks ago it was West Ham United manager Avram Grant who found his position under the spotlight ahead of his team's Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Birmingham City. But now, ahead of tonight's second leg, having seen his job prospects enjoy a remarkable resurrection, it is the Israeli's opposite number Alex McLeish who is the one facing question marks over his future.

Grant has fresh worries as transfer deadline nears

At times Avram Grant must wonder why he bothers.

Birmingham widen search after ending Keane chase

Birmingham City have ended their interest in signing the Tottenham striker Robbie Keane. Spurs had accepted Birmingham's £6m offer for the Irish striker but an official statement yesterday announced that "the signing of Keane would not be in the best financial interests of the club".

Spirited Villa rewarded by Collins' leveller

Birmingham City 1 Aston Villa 1

Houllier to give Carew chance of redemption

John Carew, out of form and favour since Gerard Houllier arrived at Aston Villa in September, is poised for a dramatic recall in tomorrow's Second City derby-cum-relegation six-pointer at St Andrew's.

£6m Keane set for St Andrew's

Robbie Keane could become the second Tottenham Hotspur player to move to Birmingham City in the transfer window after the two clubs agreed a £6m fee yesterday.

Bentley determined to rebuild on his own terms at Birmingham

Tottenham's forgotten man is ready to shrug off the tiresome burden of being seen as Beckham Lite

Bentley makes loan move to St Andrews

Tottenham midfielder David Bentley has joined Birmingham on a six-month loan. The 26-year-old England international has struggled to settle at White Hart Lane since joining in a £15m transfer in July 2008, making just 62 appearances, with Spurs manager Harry Redknapp preferring Aaron Lennon over his international team-mate.

Birmingham give Newcastle permission for Sebastian Larsson talks

Birmingham hope to complete Tottenham winger David Bentley's loan deal in the next 24 hours, subject to him passing a medical.

Birmingham retain interest in Charlie Adam

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is expected to continue his pursuit of Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam.

Birmingham agree deals for Kenny Miller and David Bentley

Birmingham have agreed a deal to sign Tottenham winger David Bentley on loan for the rest of the season and have also had an offer accepted for Rangers striker Kenny Miller.

Birmingham in talks with Tottenham over Robbie Keane

Birmingham are in talks with Tottenham as they attempt to strike a deal to bring Robbie Keane to St Andrew's.

Arsene Wenger demands consistency from Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has called on Arsenal to start building the momentum which can drive them to the Barclays Premier League title with victory over big-spending Manchester City at Emirates Stadium tonight.

McLeish delighted as Birmingham end away jinx

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Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

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Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

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BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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