Sport Stop the right to roam: Players like Romelu Lukaku must not be loaned to another Premier League side in tactical deals that benefit the parent clubs

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

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the winning goal for Villa

Christian Benteke to the Aston Villa rescue after Swindon cause a scare

Swindon Town 2 Aston Villa 3

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan

Brad Guzan was Wembley ambitions for Aston Villa

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan wants to make amends for one of the biggest disappointments of his career by helping Aston Villa return to Wembley in the Capital One Cup.

Paolo Di Canio

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio hoping to upset Aston Villa in Capital One Cup

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio has been basking in “positive energy” ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup clash with Aston Villa.

Standing in: Chris Hutchings took caretaker charge of Ipswich yesterday

League round-up: Palace flourish after Freedman but Hutchings can't arrest decline at Ipswich, who are walloped by Wednesday

Lennie Lawrence and Curtis Fleming continued their caretaker duties as Crystal Palace beat Leicester to move within a point of the automatic promotion places, despite speculation linking the pair with a move to Bolton. Palace co-chairman Steve Parish expects assistant manager Lawrence and first-team coach Fleming to join former manager Dougie Freedman at the Reebok following his appointment this week.

Paolo Di Canio

League One preview: Gary Smith to compound Paolo Di Canio's woes at Swindon

Paolo Di Canio hasn't reacted well to the news that Swindon have been placed under a transfer embargo and his Swindon side aren't reacting well to the negative vibes coming from their manager, so it's hard to resist quotes of 13/8 about them coming unstuck again at high-flying Stevenage on Saturday.

McCarthy snubs Bolton's advances

The search for a new manager at Bolton Wanderers continues after Mick McCarthy spurned the club's advances yesterday.

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson

League One preview: Sheffield United could banish some demons

If there's one team Sheffield United aren't going to take for granted this season, it's Oldham. The Blades had three weeks fewer than most clubs in League One to prepare for the new campaign but theirs was the longest summer, reflecting on where it all went wrong in the race for automatic promotion last term.

A view of Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road

League One preview: Sheffield United to buckle against Leyton Orient

Sheffield United were given a good going-over by a bruising Hartlepool side in midweek and Leyton Orient can benefit from the knock-on effects by beating the battle-weary Blades at Brisbane Road on Saturday. Take the 5/2 about the Londoners prevailing.

League One weekend preview: Formidable Shrewsbury entertain Swindon

Swindon's performances tend to dip on the back of cup heroics and Shrews are formidable at home

Two drown rescuing dog as autumn storms wreak havoc

Couple were swept away by swollen river during floods that have forced hundreds from homes

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looking forward to Swansea Capital One Cup tie

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is relishing the prospect of welcoming his old club Swansea to Anfield after the two sides were paired together in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

Paulo Di Canio calls Swindon's Capital One Cup victory over Stoke a 'special moment'

Swindon boss Paulo Di Canio rated his side's performance against Stoke as one of the greatest in the club's history after the npower League One outfit pulled off a dramatic 4-3 extra-time victory in the Capital One Cup second round.

Fulham crash out as Stoke are made to suffer

Fulham crashed out of the Capital One Cup at Sheffield Wednesday last night, a 50th-minute penalty from Gary Madine, below, continuing Dave Jones's unbeaten run at the Championship club.

League Cup round-up: Collins sends Stoke out while poor Fulham suffer a bad night

James Collins hit a hat-trick as League One Swindon knocked Stoke out of the Capital One Cup last night, Paolo di Canio's side winning 4-3 after extra time at the Britannia Stadium.

Comeback kid: Watford striker Matej Vydra celebrates his late winner

League round-up: Zola eyes promotion after win

Matej Vydra scored an injury-time winner as Watford came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Selhurst Park, in Gianfranco Zola's first league game in charge.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game