Sport Good shout: Foster is back in the frame for an England call-up

Goalkeeper is now back in action and hoping to reassert his World Cup claims

Portsmouth: potential transfer list

Portsmouth had a scrappy season, losing two managers and failing to fill the vacancy with a wholly convincing replacement, but with new money from a possible takeover they may be active in the market.

Messi gives Maradona perfect start

Argentina, inspired by Lionel Messi, marked Diego Maradona's home and competitive debut as coach by beating Venezuela 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday. Messi scored the first goal and set up the second for Carlos Tevez before Maximiliano Rodriguez and Sergio Aguero completed an easy win for the hosts.

Manchester City quit Thailand as fickle fans lose interest

Manchester City have closed down their Thailand operations following former owner and ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's sale of the club, ending ambitious plans of becoming "Asia's Premier League team".

Pandora: Rees-Mogg takes his cue from the 'Sun'

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the tweedy Conservative candidate for the new parliamentary seat of North-East Somerset, has been caught red-handed trying to rip off the Sun newspaper in his latest campaign leaflet.

Season will end early for World Cup preparation

The Premier League have confirmed that next season will kick off on 15 August and finish on 9 May - five weeks before the start of the 2010 World Cup.

James wants Eriksson to answer Portsmouth call

Goalkeeper David James has backed Portsmouth's pursuit of Sven Goran Eriksson to become their next manager, claiming it would be a statement of intent by the cash-strapped club to employ the former England manager.

Kidd takes up assistant role as Eriksson heads list for Portsmouth job

Brian Kidd, the former Manchester United assistant manager, has been appointed to work with the caretaker manager Paul Hart at Porstmouth. The announcement immediately slashed the odds on Roy Keane becoming the next manager at Fratton Park, but Kidd is also well known to Sven Goran Eriksson, who has emerged as the club's first choice, having worked as a coach with England from January 2003 to May 2004 before he had to step down after being diagnosed as suffering from prostate cancer.

Johnson ponders summer move

Michael Johnson, one of the most gifted youngsters to have emerged from Manchester City's fabled youth academy and christened "FEC" – Future England Captain – in the club's dressing room just a year back, will give serious consideration to leaving the club this summer.

Eriksson's Mexico lose to Sweden

Sven-Goran Eriksson's Mexico continued their dismal run by losing 1-0 to the coach's native Sweden in a friendly international on Wednesday.

Eriksson involved in Mexico row

Mexico coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, already under fire due to his team's poor performances, is facing further criticism over the number of foreign-born players in his squad.

England star's life in the media spotlight

As one of England's most talented footballers Steven Gerrard lives every day of his life in the full glare of the media spotlight.

Hughes defiant over City slump

Discipline and a break from the past are key to progress, says City manager

Pandora: Sir Elton calls in the lawyers as satirical piece strikes a wrong note

Sir Elton John is used to being lampooned by comics around the globe, but his sense of humour only seems to extend so far.

How the Mersey got its beat back

PR helped Liverpool thrive as Europe's Capital of Culture

City chairman hails new era under bright young Hughes

Manchester City's new executive chairman believes that the club's successful pursuit of a British manager – Mark Hughes – is vital to the club's attempt to restore stability after yet another chaotic period in its recent history.

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
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Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

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Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

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Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
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Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment