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

Brian Viner: Nostalgia plays tricks with the mind

Sky Sports are advertising their exhaustive coverage of the Ashes by reproducing in all national newspapers a sweet painting of their main cricket presenters – if the image of an unshaven Sir Ian Botham can ever be called sweet – with ties askew and bleary-eyed, the message being that the poor loves have had to stay up all night. This, of course, is misleading. They are all fully adjusted to the 10-hour time difference, while we're the ones meandering zombie-like through the day after staying up until the wee small hours to watch the action from Brisbane.

Parker says attack is the way for Hammers to battle out of trouble

Scott Parker believes attack could be the best policy if West Ham United are to drag themselves off the foot of the Premier League table. The Hammers have managed just one win this season to prop up the table with seven points after 11 games.

Grant blasts referee after Hammers blow their lead

Birmingham City 2 West Ham United 2: Israeli staggered by the 'farcical' decision to deny West Ham a late penalty

Wilshere: 'I went over line with stupid tackle but I've learnt my lesson'

When you are 18 years young, the tests come hard and fast. Last Monday's may have been straightforward enough: sign this contract, Jack, and Arsenal will pay you more each week for playing football than your old schoolmates earn in a year. Club sources say reports of £50,000 a week were exaggerated but, as Jack Wilshere admits, appending a signature to that particular document was "the easiest decision I've ever had to make".

Blues ban former owner Gold from St Andrew's

Birmingham City have banned their former owner David Gold from St Andrew's for today's Premier League game against his new club West Ham United after he described City's vice-chairman Peter Pannu as "disgusting".

Former owner David Gold banned by Birmingham

Former Birmingham co-owner David Gold has been banned from attending tomorrow's clash with his current club West Ham at St Andrew's.

Mood turns against Houllier after stalemate

Aston Villa 0 Birmingham City 0

Mancini left mystified by City's capitulation

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Manchester City 1: Tevez-less visitors have no answers after Edwards hits winner for Wolves

Let's catch Villa on their bad day, says fumble-free Foster

Keeper feels needed again after unhappy stint at United as Bluenoses scent reversal of fortunes in today's Second City derby

Carling Cup round-up: Boselli strike silences the boos from Swansea fans

Roberto Martinez was not a popular man in Swansea even before last night, but the Wigan manager's standing among fans of his former club must surely have plummeted even further after he inspired his side to a 2-0 win in the Carling Cup fourth round.

McLeish's German lesson helps Hleb adjust

Birmingham City 2 Blackpool 0

Birmingham hit heights at home to end goal famine at hom

Birmingham City 2 Blackpool 0: Blackpool's away record tarnished by McLeish and his diamond geezers

Zigic laughs off Sporting transfer talk

Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic has played down reports linking him with a January move to Sporting Lisbon and insists he is happy at St Andrew's.

Birmingham taking cautious financial approach

Peter Pannu claims Birmingham will adopt a prudent approach to avoid the financial problems which have engulfed other top-flight clubs.

Ferguson content with point for Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson was happy to take a point after his Manchester United side were rescued by Edwin van der Sar and the woodwork at Sunderland.

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