The Independent (London, England)

The Independent is a Monday to Sunday newspaper, owned and published by Independent Print Ltd and headquartered in London, England. It was first published in 1986 in reaction to the conservative views held by the London Times and the London Telegraph. It has a liberal slant. The Independent's audience is London based, with 54 percent of its readership living in London and its surroundings. Other notable qualities of its readership are: the average reader is 43 years old; 59 percent are employed; 62 percent are married; 48 percent have a college degree or higher; and 73 percent own their own homes. Regions covered include: London and South East, South West, Midlands, North and North East, North West, Scotland, and Wales. The Independent is the youngest of Britain's daily newspapers and is notable for challenging London's more established and conservative daily newspapers. The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. In 2010, Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent, and Johann Hari, a regular columnist in the paper, each received a Comment Award, similar to the U.S. Pultizer Prize. Oliver Wright is Whitehall editor; Oly Duff is home news editor, and Katherine Butler is comment editor.

Articles from January 25, 2009

Berbatov's Sublime Strike Ends Unlikely Dream for Tottenham
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 Scholes (35), Berbatov (36) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 Pavlyuchenko (5) Two clubs with 19 FA Cup wins between them, and just about the same number of injuries, produced a patchy, if fluctuating, fourth- round tie yesterday evening, in which...
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Blood and Guts Favour Dons
ABERDEEN 0 RANGERS 0 Rangers failed to seize the chance to briefly go top of the SPL but at least they can console themselves that they did not lose this chance-lite lunchtime match in which Aberdeen had a decent penalty shout denied.The referee, Calum...
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Cook Gets Nod as Deputy
Young opener is chosen as vice-captain while battle begins for No 3 berth England's new captain, Andrew Strauss, yesterday offered the firmest possible indication that it is time for the team to move forward. That intention was made perfectly clear by...
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Cork Puts Stopper in Palace Progress
ROUND-UP Two fourth-round ties added to the Championship interest in the FA Cup when Sheffield United beat bottom club Charlton Athletic 2-1 at Bramall Lane, and, in a thriller at Vicarage Road, another south London side, Crystal Palace, went out 4-3...
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Deja Vu for Meehan after Day of Ecstasy and Agonyin France
Ruck and Maul Steve Meehan, the Bath coach who has had a week to remember, or forget, is not a novice when it comes to dealing with prop forwards embroiled in a drugs scandal. Meehan spent four seasons at Stade Franais and was there in 2002 when Peter...
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Emnes Eases the Pressure for Boro
WOLVERHAMPTON 1 Vokes (63) MIDDLESBROUGH 2 Alves (44), Emnes (83)Grateful for small mercies, Gareth Southgate has another platform on which to attempt the recovery his team and managerial reputation desperately need. Marvin Emnes, signed for 3 million...
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'I Can Guarantee His Team-Mates Will Forget Him'
Dire warnings from the only two England internationals to have endured drug bans The only two English representative players to have been through the drugs ban faced by Matt Stevens predict troubled times for the shamed Bath prop. If the positive test...
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I'm Drawing a Blank When It Comes to Emptying My Mind
The Hacker At the turn of the year I made a bold statement regarding the upsurge I am expecting in my form. While in no way wishing to tone down my expectation, I have to report that my only outing so far has been less than encouraging.I blame the weather....
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It's Game, Set and Max but the PR Guru Is Far from Snookered
Inside Lines Top publicist Max Clifford has been called out by the Lawn Tennis Association. Sources there confirm his six-month contract to overhaul the game's image is not being renewed and that discussions are taking place with other PR agencies to...
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Joe Lively Steps Up His Game to Earn Tilt at Gold Cup Glory
Tizzards' bargain buy takes earnings to over Pounds 200,000 as he heads for Festival On a FA Cup Saturday, giant-killing anywhere must be considered appropriate, and after knocking over the equivalent of Championship opposition yesterday, the barely...
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Joker in Pack Who Was Ready to Call It Quits
Stephen Brenkley meets Graeme Swann His glass is always half full, so it is fascinating to hear about the dark days when he felt like giving up. Now he is in pole position to be England's No 1 spinner When the balloon was going up, Graeme Swann was feeling...
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Matt Finished? Two-Year Ban Could Spell the End
Drugs furore overshadows Bath's do-or-die Heineken Cup clash today Now we know, or think we know, why Julian White was included in England's Saxons squad. There was bemusement all round when White, at the age of 35 and one of the most destructive scrummagers...
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McManaman Relishes Spice of Bitter Rivalry
True blue who turned red knows all about Mersey derby, and the pain in Spain For someone brought up as a dyed-in-the-blue-wool Evertonian, who then played 364 games for Liverpool over a nine-year period, Mersey derbies bring mixed emotions. Studied neutrality...
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Merciless Murray Looks in Rude Health
Scot shrugs off illness to destroy Austrian and set up last-16 clash with Verdasco. By Paul Newman in Melbourne Heaven help the opposition when Andy Murray starts to feel well again. The world No 4 went into his match against Jrgen Melzer at the Australian...
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Monye Fit to Fly as Quins Find Comfort at Home
HARLEQUINS 29 SCARLETS 24 Harlequins Tries: Robshaw, Robson, Percival, Williams Cons: N Evans 3 Pen: N Evans Scarlets Tries: Stoddart, Rees, G Evans Cons: S Jones 3 Pen: S Jones Half-time: 15- 3 Att: 11,083 In chilly conditions apt enough for the Mighty...
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New-Ball Pair Skittle Pakistan to Propel Sri Lanka to Victory
Sport in Brief Seamers Nuwan Kulasekara and Thilan Thushara turned in a stunning performance with the new ball as Sri Lanka secured a stunning 234- run victory over Pakistan in Lahore to clinch the series 2-1. The opening bowlers ended any hopes Pakistan...
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Now White Is in the Dock as Ospreys Make Gouging Claim
Tigers scrape through as desperate battle for points ends with accusations against Stevens' replacement OSPREYS 15 LEICESTER 9 Ospreys Pens: Hook 5 Leicester Pens: Hougaard 3 Half-time: 6-3 Att: 18,285 Julian White, the Leicester prop who has been...
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Off-Field Blows but Moyes Fights out of Blue Corner
Even on Merseyside and even in what is officiallynow a recession, the rich get richer and the poor do the other thing. In the case of Liverpool and Everton, of course, poverty may be considered relative; ask Tranmere Rovers, the region's third club,...
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On the Move
Nicky Adams Leicester to Rochdale (loan)Lionel Ainsworth Watford to Huddersfield*Troy Archibald-Henville Tottenham to Exeter (loan)Rob Atkinson Barnsley to Grimsby (free)Cedric Avinel Watford to FC Gueugnon (loan)Craig Bellamy West Ham to Manchester...
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Outside Edge
IT'S SUPER BOWL XLIII next Sunday in Tampa Bay, and half-time will see the return of the all-girl Lingerie Bowl, as a pay-per- view TV event. Perhaps. Because Reby Sky, the Tampa Breeze quarterback scheduled to join the line of scrimmage in her scanties,...
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Paterson Provides Burnley's Just Deserts
After the misery of Wednesday's late surrender another cup defeat is avoided thanks to last-ditch equaliser WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2 Koren (31), Kim (45) BURNLEY 2 Alexander pen (25), Paterson (89) This was the very least Burnley deserved. Two heroic performances...
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Policy on Drugs Remains in a Confused State
The Last Word As Stevens awaits his fate and athletics tries to put its house in order, doubts persist over lack of consistency It was one of the sporting days to savour in 2008; not quite up there with Usain Bolt and his world record-breaking feats...
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Poppies Flower before Late Fulham Flurry
Last-gasp goals from Johnson and Zamora flatter illustrious visitors as Kettering cut a dash on the big stage KETTERING TOWN 2 Westcarr (36, pen 83) FULHAM 4 Davies (12), Murphy (77), Johnson (88), Zamora (89) Not enough of a draw for live television...
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Portsmouth Embarrassed by Graceful Swans
Holders dumped out at home as Adams' men are unable to cope with Welsh side's pace and invention PORTSMOUTH 0 SWANSEA CITY 2 Dyer (26), Scotland pen (45) Swansea City removed the FA Cup holders from this season's competition with an efficiency that Tony...
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Rae Can Leave Mark on Arsenal's Boyo Wonder
Cardiff City's Gavin Rae has a message for young Aaron Ramsey when the boyo wonder returns to Ninian Park today, and it is one that may just find its way into the Arsne Wenger whinge should Arsenal fall foul this lunchtime. Try any of that funny, twisty,...
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Referee's Gaffe Closes Book on Monkey Magic
HARTLEPOOL UNITED 0 WEST HAM UNITED 2 Behrami (44), Noble pen (45) Hartlepool United had never reached the fifth round of the FA Cup. After memorably knocking out Stoke City in the third round, it felt like their centenary season might hold a good omen....
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Rumours
Florent Malouda could make his escape from Chelsea in the direction of Italy. Chelsea's former manager Claudio Ranieri is interested in taking the 9 million winger to Juventus, but he faces two obstacles in his pursuit of the former Lyon forward: the...
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Sbragia and Allardyce Struggle for Quality Control
SUNDERLAND 0 BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 The FA Cup was on display at Sunderland's home ground on Friday, paraded by Bobby Kerr, the little midfield general who lifted the old tin pot for the Wearside club at Wembley 36 years ago. In the fourth round back in...
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Strauss Makes Picture-Perfect Start in Quest for Job Security
On the Front Foot How splendid England looked in white as they posed for the official tour photograph yesterday. The picturesquely appointed Warner Park Stadium in Basseterre formed a stupendous backdrop. But how would they line up? And would there would...
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Sullivan's Heroics Keep Villa in Check
DONCASTER ROVERS 0 ASTON VILLA 0 Aston Villa might have aspirations to break the dominance of the big four but they still cannot win at Doncaster. Rovers might have needed a couple of exceptional reaction saves from their veteran goalkeeper, Neil Sullivan,...
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'This Was like Going Back 10 Years'
Police commander tells of organised violence by Millwall fans as spectre of hooliganism returns at KC Stadium Millwall and Hull City face possible punitive action after serious crowd trouble marred yesterday's FA Cup fourth-round match at the KC Stadium,...
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Travelling Tyros Settle in for White-Knuckle Ride
Gypsy kings in the making are proud of their scrapping roots as they turn pro Tyson Fury and Billy Joe Saunders have more in common than evocative names which stand out on boxing billboards. Both are young prospects with antecedents steeped in Romany...
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Tries from Peel and Tait End Clermont's Hopes
ROUND-UP Clermont Auvergne went out of the Heineken Cup after their 26-17 defeat by Sale at Edgeley Park yesterday.The team from the Massif Centrale needed a win with a four-try bonus point if they were to stay in contention for a quarter-final place....
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Trouble in the Stands Brings Back Old Fears
HULL CITY 2 Turner (15), Ashbee (84) MILLWALL 0 It ended up being a day of memories, yet this was no revival of Cup romance but of the worst aspects of crowd trouble.The atmosphere was tense from the start and there were a number of arrests made after...
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Van der Sar Must Keep out Baggies to Bag New Record
Outside the Box Edwin van der Sar must keep out West Bromwich Albion's less-than- lethal attack for 84 minutes at the Hawthorns on Tuesday to set a new Premier League goalkeeping record. The Manchester United keeper has not been beaten in the 942 minutes...
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Ward's Sky Blue Thinking Condemns Plucky Gulls
TORQUAY UNITED 0 COVENTRY CITY 1 Ward (87) Coventry's manager Chris Coleman was under no illusions as to how close his team came to blowing this fourth-round tie at Torquay. A winning goal three minutes from time totally against the run of play was enough...
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Williams Shakes off the Rust as Winning Streak Continues
Serena polishes off Peng to reach last 16, where she is joined by six Russians After two days of coping with the unexpected, normal business resumed for Serena Williams here yesterday. A comfortable 6-1 6-4 victory over China's Peng Shuai took the world...
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Wright Stuff Is Not Enough to Thwart Brilliant Ballack
CHELSEA 3 Ballack (16, 59), Lampard (85) IPSWICH TOWN 1 Bruce (34) In what was presumably intended as an introduction to metropolitan wit, the stadium announcer declared that the 6,000 Ipswich fans had "probably come here by tractor". Not that they...
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