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City reported losses of £51.6m for 2012/13, down from £97.9m the previous year

Manchester City linked with £100m Messi bid

Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi has quashed rumours that he is destined to leave the club.

Solbakken: Manchester City are 'destroying football'

Manchester City have been accused of 'destroying football' by the coach of Thursday's Uefa Cup opponents FC Copenhagen.

Hurry! Hurry! The final weekend of the transfer window

After a relatively quiet January, the Premier League is bracing itself for the possibility of a frenzied final weekend of the transfer window, writes Glenn Moore

There was no future under Scolari, says Bridge

The salary is not quite the six-figure sum advertised in some quarters – he will actually earn no more than £85,000 a week – but Wayne Bridge insisted yesterday it was his frustrations with Luiz Felipe Scolari, more than the money on offer at Eastlands, which persuaded him to join Manchester City

New players not needed, says Scolari

Chelsea manager rules out signings despite agreeing to let Bridge join Man City

OJ Simpson: Is this the final chapter?

He's back in the dock – and all of America is watching. As the drama unfolds in Las Vegas, Guy Adams reports on the bizarre sideshow to a case that could see him spend the rest of his life behind bars

Wigan 0 Chelsea 1: Deco puts blues in top position

Deco scored with a free kick Sunday to give Chelsea a 1-0 victory at Wigan and extend coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's winning start in the Premier League.

Time of the essence as Keegan begins search for new recruits

At least one centre-half, a left-back, an athletic box-to-box midfielder and a deep-lying, inventive forward who might be termed Beardsleyesque – Kevin Keegan may have said yesterday: "It is a strong, talented group of players, which is something I did not have when I came last time," about this Newcastle United squad, but during his afternoon-long meeting with the chairman, Chris Mort, at the club's training ground, he will also have surely noted that there is room for improvement.

Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0: Anelka ready to turn provider for predator Drogba

It is tempting to wonder whether the Chelsea players will excuse Nicolas Anelka their tradition that all new arrivals at the club have to perform a song in front of the squad. For some reason it is hard to imagine Anelka blundering through a karaoke version of, let's say, "The Wanderer", purely for the amusement of his new team-mates.

Johann Hari: The real solution to our prisons crisis

In Wormwood Scrubs I met Anthony. He had brain damage and asked me if I was his father

Leading article: Liberal voices can still overcome the power of prejudice and intolerance

Progress for reactionaries and and forces of ignorance do not mean that Britain has become a small-minded country

FOOTBALL: ENGLAND v NETHERLANDS: Nervy first start for winger playing all over the place

SMALL BUT perfectly in form. That was the advance billing for Shaun Wright-Phillips, yet Manchester City's precocious 23-year-old found on his full England debut last night that the step up from fringe candidate to first-team regular in time for next year's World Cup finals may prove a taller order than expected

Bridge has chance to move from fringes to England forefront

Southampton left-back looks to exploit opportunity as Liechtenstein's former Serie A striker relishes test in Vaduz qualifier
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