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If the FA Commission’s forthcoming report is to prove meaningful, it must embrace radical reform

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FA Cup replay: Bournemouth v Wigan match preview

A look ahead to tonight's FA Cup Third Round replay at the Goldsands Stadium

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Wigan's cup record has been poor in recent years

Match Report: Barnes-Homer starts Macclesfield's odyssey

Two late goals from Matthew Barnes-Homer saw Macclesfield of the Conference come from behind to pull off a stunning turnaround here and beat the Championship pacesetters Cardiff City.

On the rise: Luciano Becchio nods in Leeds’ second to hit the club’s top 10

Championship round-up: Becchio strikes twice to welcome in the new dawn for Leeds

Luciano Becchio scored twice to give Leeds United's new owners the perfect start with a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough at Elland Road. Dubai-based private equity group GFH Capital this week completed their takeover of the club and Neil Warnock's side are now just two points off the Championship top six.

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Aston Villa insist out-of-favour Shay Given will not be sold in January

Republic of Ireland stopper behind Brad Guzan in pecking order

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Harry Redknapp promises players a party - but only if QPR avoid relegation

Christmas party has been cancelled following awful start to season

Harry Redknapp shows his frustration at QPR’s failure to win

Ryan Nelsen demands players take responsibility for QPR plight

QPR remain winless after 15 games

‘There’s some good people there [at Norwich], really good people,’ said Villa manager Paul Lambert

Aston Villa are 'nowhere near the finished article' admits Paul Lambert

Villa have endured a sluggish start to the season

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Five things Harry Redknapp needs to do to save QPR

Queens Park Rangers 1 Aston Villa 1: With his side seven points adrift of safety, the new manager must work a minor miracle

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Match Report: QPR improve but not nearly enough

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Paul Dickov manager of Oldham Athletic

League One preview: Bank on a Latics backlash

It's not often that a team managed by Paul Dickov puts in a performance doesn't meet the required standard for endeavour but when it happens, it's worth paying attention because you can usually be guaranteed a response in the next game.

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Premier League: Sunderland v Aston Villa match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light

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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert acknowledges influence of 'gaffer' Martin O'Neill

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert still refers to Martin O'Neill as “gaffer” and today acknowledged the influence the Northern Irishman has had on his career.

Berbatov of Fulham is challenged by Joe Bennett of Aston Villa

Joe Bennett returns from suspension for Aston Villa to play against Sunderland

Aston Villa left-back Joe Bennett will return from a one-match suspension following his sending-off against Norwich for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light.

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Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker