Sport Sheffield United player's celebrate Ryan Flynn's late winning goal in their FA Cup win over Aston Villa

Villa left to focus on Premiership survival as Lambert’s side lacks nous to cut down Blades

Deadly toll in Afghanistan heaps pressure on Brown

Three 18-year-olds on their first tour of duty named among the six killed on bloodiest day of fighting against Taliban

Six fallen British soldiers named

Six British soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan during a bloody period of fighting were named today.

Celebrating diversity: Nuclear families? Not us!

Mum, Dad and 2.4 children? Our domestic affairs are far more varied than ever before, with only 36 per cent of us living in traditional units, compared with 52 per cent in 1971. Love, though, is the common bond

Hunt’s double beats Coventry and keeps Reading in hunt

Reading manager Steve Coppell hailed his side after they started “a big month” with a 3-1 Championship win over Coventry. Daniel Fox gave Coventry a deserved early lead with a terrific free-kick but a brace from Noel Hunt and a Kalifa Cisse strike saw the Royals record a vital win.

Relief in sight after cold snap snowfall

Weather forecasters predict the cold snap will ease today after heavy snow in some parts.

League round-up: Mariners ship late goal but Newell draws comfort

Two new managers installed at struggling League One and Two sides, Paul Lambert, the former Celtic midfielder, and Mike Newell, late of Luton Town, saw creditable performances that gave an indication of the problems at Colchester United and Grimsby Town, but also hinted at their solutions.

Cancer battle for Horsfield

Former Fulham, Birmingham and West Brom striker Geoff Horsfield has revealed he is suffering from testicular cancer.

Liverpool hold fresh Barry talks

Liverpool are believed to be involved in new talks with Aston Villa to settle the future of England midfielder Gareth Barry.

Barry could play in Intertoto

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is considering playing want-away skipper Gareth Barry in Saturday's Intertoto Cup clash with Odense BK at Villa Park.

League round-up: Holdsworth goal leaves Leeds hoping for mercy from tribunal

An independent tribunal to consider the validity of a 15-point penalty imposed on Leeds by the Football League gets under way in London today, and after last night's 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield, Gary McAllister's team have even more reason to hope for a positive outcome.

Fox looks to Pearce for help in the hunt for caps

Daniel Fox has said he could barely have wished for a better mentor than the England Under-21 coach, Stuart Pearce.

Brian Viner: Netball perfectly positioned to pass on higher skills

Netball, though one of the nation's most popular participation sports, occupies only marginally more space than mountain unicycling in the back pages of our national newspapers.

No Pain, No Gain: Why restaurants are such an appetising prospect

Eating out is becoming a national obsession, with spending in restaurants continuing to grow at a remarkable rate, according to the Office for National Statistics. So it is perhaps not altogether surprising that the restaurant star of the No Pain, No Gain portfolio has served up another scintillating set of figures.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
Vietnam
Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?