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Gustavo Poyet, the Brighton & Hove Albion manager, has warned that the imposition of Financial Fair Play rules in the Championship from next season will create a two-tier competition – and that it is even more vital for his team to take advantage of their chance to reach the Premier League this season.

Craig Sandercock: Hull KR’s coach is not a fan of playing two Super League games over Easter

Sandercock shows contempt for Easter with Hull KR team selection

Craig Sandercock's jaundiced view of Super League's Easter programme is reflected in his team selection for the visit of the leaders today.

Paolo Di Canio takes over at Sunderland despite a reputation for controversy

Sunderland: Paolo Di Canio to offer starkest contrast to Martin O'Neill's style

Italian as emotional and impetuous as predecessor was thoughtful and methodical

Liverpool Jordan Henderson celebrates after scoring the first Liverpool goal

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Danny Graham wants to show his commitment to Sunderland

Adam Johnson backs Danny Graham to come to Sunderland's rescue

Leading scorer Steven Fletcher out for the rest of the season

Steven Fletcher scored twice more for Sunderland on Saturday

Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole deliver Sunderland huge blow in relegation fight

The pair will not be available for the season run-in

Goalscorer Steven Fletcher of Sunderland applauds the travelling fans

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher waits on scan results

The 25-year-old was hurt in Scotland's defeat to Wales

Robbie Keane misses the Austria game because of a calf strain

World Cup qualifiers round up: Republic of Ireland rocked by Robbie Keane injury for must-win game against Austria

The Republic of Ireland have been dealt a major blow with captain Robbie Keane being forced to withdraw from the squad for the World Cup qualifier against Austria in Dublin tomorrow.

The Sporting Week Ahead (23/03/13)

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Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme

Wolves goalkeeper suffers freak injury after punching tactics board

Carl Ikeme hurt himself in frustration after an uncharacteristic mistake

A Blackburn Rovers fan holds up a poster in protest against the club's owners Venkys

Blackburn Rovers under Venky's - a rollercoaster ride

The Indian owners today sacked manager Michael Appleton

Golden boy: Kevin Doyle celebrates scoring the winning goal for Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Bristol City 1 match report: Wolves bite back after first-half horror show

Whether, as their manager Dean Saunders suggested afterwards, this match proves to be a turning point in Wolves' season remains to be seen. They are, after all, still in the relegation zone with just eight games remaining.

Dick Neal: Hard-grafting footballer who took on Barcelona

Dick Neal was a midfield dreadnought, a hard-grafting footballer both creative and combative, who shone for Birmingham City in both legs of a European final against Barcelona. The time was 1960, when the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup – the forerunner of the modern Europa League – was in its infancy, a competition set up to promote trade, having no connection with clubs' league positions and played out over two seasons.

Millwall 0 Blackburn 0 FA Cup match report: Blackburn claim to be victims of 'cheap shots' in bloody battle

No one could have left complaining that the FA Cup is no longer competitive. The 14,885 supporters there yesterday might have bemoaned other things: the quality, the fluency, the pitch, the weather, Millwall's finishing or Blackburn's ambition. But the commitment of the two sides to the contest was never in doubt.

Darren Bent

Dion Dublin labels Aston Villa season 'absolutely woeful' and says players must take responsibility

Paul Lambert's side are in real danger of being relegated

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