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Craig Bellamy has ruled out a move away from Manchester City and insists new manager Roberto Mancini has his full support.

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British teenager found dead in Greek resort

A British teenager has been found dead in a Greek holiday resort, the Foreign Office said today.

Mourinho would like Manchester United job

Jose Mourinho would jump at the chance of managing Manchester United should the Old Trafford hierarchy decide he is the man to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.

Hart warns Portsmouth fans of 'modest' future

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Pup survives being flushed down toilet

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Stone Roses to reform for 21 gigs

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Chopra dumped by wife on Facebook

Sunderland striker Michael Chopra has been unceremoniously dumped by his wife on Facebook, according to reports.

Benitez decisions 'bizarre' says Redknapp

Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp believes Rafael Benitez's "bizarre" decision-making has shattered the Reds' hopes of claiming a first championship since 1990.

Forgotten authors No. 21: Bill Tidy

It seems rather rude to include a living author here, but the case of Bill Tidy, pictured right, illustrates an unusual form of public amnesia. Daily pages of cartoons are common in US national press, which still run dated strips such as Blondie (born 1930) and Andy Capp (born 1957). But the art of the British serial cartoon has died – when Punch magazine folded after 150 years in 1992, many familiar names vanished with it – and Bill Tidy represents a neglected peak of the form.

Dallaglio issues Stevens warning

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