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The Liverpool defender today announced he will retire at the end of the season

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In the Premier League match against Bolton, Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard banged a clearance upfield from inside his own penalty area. At a windswept Goodison Park, the ball landed 30 yards from the opposition goal, taking a freak bounce that carried it over the head of his opposite number Adam Bogdan. 'I really feel for Bogdan,' said Howard. 'But those things happen and you have to move on from it.'

Goal scoring goalies: Keepers who found the net

A wind swept Goodison Park and a freak bounce colluded to make Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard the fourth goalkeeper to score in the history of the Premier League.

Jewell spots gem but Bullard waits

Ipswich town manager Paul Jewell has made an approach for Jimmy Bullard, but acknowledged that the midfielder is attracting interest from other clubs.

Caught &amp; Social: Beckham prizes athlete award

David Beckham was all smiles as he was presented with the award by his expat pal Gordon Ramsay.

Shola Ameobi extends Newcastle contract

Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has signed a two-year contract extension, which will keep him at St James' Park until the summer of 2014.

Japan in shock as footballer Naoki Matsuda battles for life

Japan's top players were in shock on Wednesday after former international team mate Naoki Matsuda was rushed into intensive care after he collapsed during training.

Beckham: I am unlikely to return to Premier League

David Beckham is unlikely to play in the Premier League again, he has admitted. "We are very happy here in LA," he said to Sky Sports News HD, "and have been for five years.

Flops and flair: South Americans in the Premier League

The imminent arrival of Sergio Aguero at Manchester City continues the trend of South Americans joining the Premier League.

Newcastle ease to win in United States friendly

Shola Ameobi was on the scoresheet as Newcastle secured a 3-0 win in their friendly against the Columbus Crew.

Rio Ferdinand woman 'no kiss and teller'

Telling her side of the story of her "affair" with England footballer Rio Ferdinand was part of Carly Storey's "emotional development", the High Court heard yesterday.

Caught &amp; Social: Beckham cock-a-hoop at game

David Beckham may be trying to win Americans over to the beautiful game, but basketball is still the sport that has the hearts and minds of his Hollywood neighbours.

Cole avoids airgun prosecution

The England footballer Ashley Cole will not face prosecution for shooting a work placement student with an airgun at Chelsea FC's training ground at Cobham, Surrey. Police sources said that officers were "highly unlikely" to pursue investigations any further after contacting the Premier League club.

Bankers&rsquo; pay is crazy. Footballers&rsquo; pay is not

It&rsquo;s important to define what it is that is objectionable about bankers&rsquo; bonuses. Is it that no one should take home such colossal sums?

Premiership Psycho, by C M Taylor

"The paps just red-handed me muffing out the Captain's wife in the Bentley." As opening sentences go, this makes up in immediacy for what it lacks in elegance; welcome to the world of Kevin King, League footballer, the protagonist in this publishing rarity, a satirical football novel.

Don Meredith: Tough American footballer who became a much-loved commentator

When he felt a Monday Night Football game was decided, Don Meredith would sing "turn out the lights, the party's over". For Meredith it sometimes seemed the party was never over. He enjoyed two glamorous careers, first as a star quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys and then as an announcer-cum-actor, and quit each when he stopped enjoying them.

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A new Russian revolution

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Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

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Jokes on Hollywood

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