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Former Spurs keeper eying a return to the Premier League with Watford

Danny Graham will hope for more first-team opportunities at Sunderland

Sunderland sign fans' hate-figure Danny Graham from Swansea

Striker was booed by Black Cats fans this week

King Bee: Brentford manager Uwe Rösler has spearheaded the club’s success on the pitch

Michael Calvin: Bees' taste of honey sweetens sour taste of modern football

The Last Word: Brentford and a professional gambler are out to show that maybe there is life in the old game yet

Sport on TV: Fighting to make ends meet, especially if they're broke

"Behind every great man..." giggles Maria Fletcher in Fighter's Wives – The World of MMA (Five, Thursday), and behind the facade of long blonde hair and pneumatic cleavage you might expect the scheming devices of a footballer's wife. But these women who watch their husbands getting regularly beaten to a pulp need to be clever and calculating in a different way.

Danny Graham: The striker has been marginalised by Michu’s arrival

Sunderland make formal bid for Swansea striker Danny Graham

Graham has seen chances limited this term following arrival of Michu

Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli come together

'I am very, very happy with Mario Balotelli': Roberto Mancini refutes suggestions striker will be sold

Manchester City believe that AC Milan could come in with a £24m bid for Mario Balotelli this month

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson focusing on long-term ahead of Aston Villa semi-final

Capital One Cup first leg takes place tonight

Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli come together

'I will give him another 100 chances': Roberto Mancini forgives Mario Balotelli

Pair were pictured shoving and pulling at each other's clothes

The Sports Matrix: Friday 4 January 2013

Football: Balotelli's future in jeopardy after ugly row with Mancini

Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli come together

City hitter: The curse of Super Mario strikes again

Ugly training ground spat with manager Mancini could spell the end of volatile Balotelli's time in English football

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola

'I wanted to kick him a few times' – Zola relishing Mancini showdown

Fierce Italian rivals on the pitch for club and country meet as managers in FA Cup

Samir Nasri confronts Norwich City's Cameroonian defender Sebastien Bassong

Manchester City will not appeal Samir Nasri red card

Frenchman was shown straight red for headbutt

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.

Leeds manager Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock has no regrets over turning down Chelsea job

Leeds manager takes on Blues this Wednesday

Yaya Toure talks with Roberto Mancini

Manchester City confirm Yaya Toure is expected to depart in January for African Nations Cup

Midfielder will be sorely missed by Champions

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links