Sunday Mirror (London, England)

Sunday Mirror (London, England) is a newspaper specializing in International News topics.

Articles from December 21, 2003

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120,000 Shoplifters Are Stealing Pounds 470m-Worth of Gear and Putting Pounds 25 on YOUR Christmas Bill; SUNDAY MIRROR CONSUMER SPECIAL
Byline: DAN EVANS A FRENZIED shoplifting spree in which 120,000 thieves will walk away with pounds 470million worth of goods is now in full swing. Targeting stores packed with Christmas shoppers, the six-week blitz began in November and won't...
All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Wonderful Wives. after All, I'm Still Married to Them Both; REFUGEE BEGS TO BE UNITED WITH WHOLE OF HIS FAMILY
Byline: MICHELLE O'KEEFFE Refugee Hussein Ali Hammoud has a special wish this Christmas for him, his wife and children - to be reunited with his OTHER wife and kids. The polygamous ex-army officer has been living with his second wife Sadika and...
Andy Townsend's Column: Rio Was Way out of Line, but That Ban's Too Gr-Eight; the Former Republic Star Who Speaks His Mind
Byline: Andy Townsend/NICOLA BYRNE I KNOW I might be in the minority, but I feel mightily sorry for Rio Ferdinand this morning. Whatever way you look at it, he's been made an example of - and that's going to make his whopping eight month ban,...
Archie & Ray: Bobby Sets Up Scottish Panto; Big Names and Big Opinions; Hepburn and Macpherson - They Don't Pull Any Punches
Byline: ARCHIE MACPHERSON CHANNEL FIVE would not need to look too far to cast a Robber Baron for any last minute panto they would now like to produce. The hissing and booing would be reserved for Bobby Williamson. He got his young lads to tear...
ARMY SEX ABUSER HAS RUINED MY LIFE; Captain Prowled at Night in Base
Byline: ANNA ADAMS A YOUNG soldier preyed upon by disgraced army captain Roderick Bryce-Stafford has told how the sick officer shattered his army dream. Geraint Moon, 21, revealed how Bryce-Stafford would prowl the army base late at night preying...
BIKES 2003: END OF AN ERA; Jeffries Was Just a Giant among Us - Neill Boss Reflects on One of the Toughest Years for the Sport
Byline: Jimmy WALKER HECTOR Neill knows all about triumph and tragedy. Just only 12 months ago Hector and his son Phillip, who manages the TAS Suzuki team, were looking forward to scooping up all the major prizes including the most coveted of...
BOXING: Jane: I'll Be Next Warren
Byline: DERICK ALLSOP JANE COUCH had to beat prejudice to make her mark as a boxer. But now she's lining up even bigger fights - against heavyweight promoters Frank Warren and Barry Hearn. The women's pioneer from Fleetwood tops the bill against...
BOY DIES..TWO FIGHTING FOR LIFE IN CAR HORROR; Man Facing Death Charge after Pavement 'Carnage'
Byline: JOHN KELLY TWO children were fighting for their lives last night after a road accident in which an 11-year-old boy died. Christopher Shaw, who would have turned 12 tomorrow, was out walking a new puppy with his father, Michael, brother...
Brian McNally's Column: McClaren Shoots for Gunners; Voice of the North East
Byline: Brian McNally MIDDLESBROUGH fans hate to be reminded that their club still don't have a solitary major honour to their name after 128 years of trying. But Riverside boss Steve McClaren is convinced Boro are on the brink of ending their...
BUSH AND BLAIR: THE BIG FALL-OUT; Relations in 'Deep Freeze' since Saddam Caught
Byline: CHRIS McLAUGHLIN, Political Editor TONY Blair and George Bush's love-in has collapsed over the rebuilding of Iraq. The two leaders have fallen out over plans for the reconstruction of the country and the heavy-handed action of American...
CAGED: SOCCER YOB AND DRUG-DEALING MR BIG; 32st Fight Ringleader in Pounds 160,000 Bust
Byline: ANDY GARDNER Crime Correspondent ONE of Britain's most feared football hooligans has been jailed for selling pounds 160,000 of cocaine wrapped up in Lotto tickets. Thirty-two stone Michael Papamichael was a key member of Tottenham Hotspur's...
CAPT. DRUNK; Virgin Pilot Taken off London Flight Faces 5 Yrs in Jail
Byline: STEPHEN MARTIN A BOOZY Virgin Atlantic pilot was in jail in America last night after he was arrested in his cockpit stinking of drink. Heathrow-based Captain Richard Harwell, 55, was hauled off his jumbo as he prepared to fly 383 passengers...
Carole Malone Column: The Mother of All Bad Starts in Life
Byline: Carole Malone I DON'T have one jot of sympathy for the psycho that is Ian Huntley. But it's hardly surprising he's turned out the way he has when he's got a mother who goes public and says "Hang my son." Since a jury convicted Huntley...
Clare McKeon's Column: Paedos Must Not Be Allowed to Warp Us All; IT IS NOT SICK TO PRINT BEAUTIFUL CHILD PICTURES
Byline: Clare McKeon BENNETTON have done it again. They have got a debate going over one of their ads. This time it's a picture of a child, naked, with white wings on her back. The picture is delightful. When I look at it I see innocence,...
CONSUMER SPECIAL: 120,000 Shoplifters Are Stealing 650m-Worth of Gear and Putting 35 on YOUR Christmas Bill
Byline: DAN EVANS A FRENZIED shoplifting spree in which 120,000 thieves will walk away with pounds 658million worth of goods is now in full swing in the UK and Ireland. Targeting stores packed with Christmas shoppers, the six-week blitz began...
CONSUMER SPECIAL: 120,000 Shoplifters Are Stealing Pounds 470m-Worth of Gear and Putting Pounds 19 on YOUR Christmas Bill
Byline: DAN EVANS and ANNA ADAMS A FRENZIED shoplifting spree in which 120,000 thieves will walk away with nearly half a billion pounds worth of goods is now in full swing. Targeting stores packed with Christmas shoppers, the six-week blitz began...
CRICKET: ON THEIR KNEES; 3RD TEST: Vaughan's Men Wilt in the Sun as the Runs Pile on Sloppy Fielding Adds to England's Test Misery
Byline: STEVE HARDY in Colombo ENGLAND have already climbed two large hills to escape from the jaws of defeat on the sub-continent. But the Mount Everest they will face when Sri Lankan captain Hashan Tillakaratne finally declares today looks...
Dad's Christmas Lunch Will Be First He's Had for Years; OP GIVES FRANK NEW LIFE
Byline: DEIRDRE O'DONOVAN FRANK Burke has a lot to celebrate this Christmas - the gift of life. For the first time the father-of-two will be there to see his children open their presents. And the 45-year-old Dubliner is looking forward to...
DARTS: Keane Taunts Spur Me on SAYS PHIL TAYLOR; the Power Seeks New Glory
Byline: EXCLUSIVE By DUNCAN WRIGHT PHIL "The Power" Taylor launches his bid to win back his world title this week - inspired by the taunts of Manchester United star Roy Keane. Taylor's eight-year domination of the Ladbrokes. com PDC championships...
Deck the Hold with Boughs of Holly ...; FAMILY'S XMAS CHEER AS CAPSIZED HOME SAILS AGAIN
Byline: TOM RYAN AN Irish nautical family who have spent 13 Christmases at sea around the world have a special reason to celebrate this yuletide. In December 8, 2002, the boat and nautical home of Merle and Mary Clawson and their teenage daughter,...
Delia's Cheat's Guide to Xmas
Byline: Delia Smith Only four days to go and you've left everything too late. Don't panic. Take the crisis out of your Christmas with Delia Smith's easy-to- follow guide to the perfect Christmas lunch.. with just a tiny bit of cheating Christmas...
Do You F0llow the Star at Xmas?; See Which Personality You're Most like as We Ask Our Top 10 How They Spend the Festive Season
Byline: MAEVE QUIGLEY WE'RE used to seeing them at showbiz parties and posh premieres. But when it comes to Christmas, Ireland's favourite celebrities will be slaving over hot stoves and watching Only Fools and Horses like the rest of us. MAEVE...
Elite Ice Hockey League: MIS-FIRING BELFAST SUFFER GIANTS BLOW; BELFAST GIANTS...........2 Johnson 22:45, Ward 40:51 MANCHESTER PH'NIX...3 Kozier 23:02, 42.55, Hewitt 28.37
Byline: JIM SMITH ROB Stewart blamed poor finishing for the Belfast Giants fourth defeat in the last six games as they feel a further two points behind the Nottingham Panthers at the top of the Elite League table. After beating the Panthers in...
'Ello, 'Ello 'Ello J-Lo.; STAR BECOMES 'CASINO COP' TO CONTROL BEN'S GAMBLING
Byline: JULIAN BROUWER in New York JENNIFER LOPEZ has finally come up with an answer to boyfriend Ben Affleck's fondness for gambling - she plans to "police" his stakes at the tables. Irish American Ben, 31, and acting pal Matt Damon have been...
FERGIE HITS BACK AT CHARITY CLAIM: It Was MY Party .. and MY Money
Byline: DEIRDRE O'DONOVAN and DAN EVANS ALEX Ferguson last night hit back at claims he was paid almost EUR125,000 for attending a cancer charity night. Sir Alex, 61, claimed the event was not a fundraiser in the first place but a benefit for...
Fergie Pal Rescued after Crash at the Pole
Byline: BRENDAN MONTAGUE A BRITISH grandmother attempting to fly a helicopter from Pole-to-Pole had an amazing escape yesterday when it ploughed into thick ice. Jennifer Murray, 63, a close friend of the Duchess of York, suffered a broken arm...
Film: Nicold Comfort; MOVIES COLD MOUNTAIN (15)
Byline: QUENTIN FALK WHEN the awards are handed out next year, they may not have to go much farther than this epic and often brutal love story set in the dying days of the American Civil War. Scripted and directed by brilliant Brit Anthony Minghella...
Football: A Feast for Stephen; BUTCHER BACKS BHOYS'FAN PEARSON TO PROVE HIS WORTH IN TV BATTLE; MOTHERWELL V CELTIC: Stage Is Set for Fir Park Starlet
Byline: joe McHUGH TERRY Butcher is backing Celtic target Stephen Pearson to turn on the magic against Martin O'Neill's men today. The Motherwell boss is powerless to prevent Scotland starlet Pearson joining his boyhood idol's.Pearson could join...
FOOTBALL: ANGRY SOUEYONTHE ROCKS; Super Angel Brings out the Worst in Blackburn; BLACKBURN.....0 ASTON VILLA.....2 Moore 62, Angel 75
Byline: BRIAN McNALLY BLACKBURN manager Graeme Souness slammed his players after what he described as "the worst display of my three and a half years here". By contrast, a beaming David O'Leary will return to Leeds on Boxing Day with his head...
Football: Another Good Biyi for Pulis; WATFORD.............1 Helguson 4 STOKE..................3 Taggart 15, Akinbiyi 55, 72
Byline: BILL MILLS STOKE boss Tony Pulis is delighted his path has crossed Ade Akinbiyi's so many times in their respective careers. Akinbiyi scored two to give Stoke a well-deserved victory and came close to scoring a hat-trick. "It is funny...
Football: Bitter Evans Is Left Reffin' Mad; BALLYMENA U....2 Evans 8, G Kearney 37 INSTITUTE..........1 Parkhouse 56
Byline: IVOR NEWTON BALLYMENA goalscorer Paul Evans was fuming after a second-half red card robbed him of his chance to play in this week's Boxing Day derby with bitter rivals Coleraine. Evans, who had given United an early lead, was dismissed...
FOOTBALL: BLUES FEELING RAD ALL OVER; Rooney Sparks Fightback EVERTON................3 LEICESTER.................2 Howey 33 Og, Rooney 71, Radzinski 79 Ferdinand 45, Scowcroft 58
Byline: KEN LAWRENCE TOMASZ RADZINSKI capped battling Everton's comeback with a 79th-minute winner yesterday - but it was Wayne Rooney who stole the show at Goodison Park. Rooney may have had his side worried for a while, but any lingering concerns...
Football: BLUES LOOK TO LEADING LIGHTS
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS THE Cardiff Blues will look to two leading lights in France in a bid to lift the gloom over the Arms Park. The Blues know they must strengthen their squad as soon as possible if they are to compete with the best in the...
FOOTBALL: Bobby: How I Saved Robert
Byline: BRIAN McNALLY SIR BOBBY ROBSON has revealed it took a staggering 40 showdowns with Laurent Robert to transform him from the enfant terrible of Newcastle to the darling of Tyneside. Two outrageous strikes against Spurs and a man-of-the-match...
Football: Bullard's Blast Is Last Word; CREWE.................2 B Jones 10, S Jones 17 WIGAN.................3 McCulloch 8, De Vos 20, Bullard 80
Byline: RAY CLARKIN CREWE and Wigan produced football of the highest order - with goals to match. The best was a majestic 10th-minute strike by Crewe starlet Billy Jones. But the most decisive was the 80th-minute winner by Jimmy Bullard. ...
FOOTBALL: Bullard's Blast Is the Final Word; CREWE....2 B Jones 10, S Jones 17 WIGAN......3 McCulloch 8, De Vos 20, Bullard 80
Byline: RAY CLARKIN CREWE and Wigan produced football of the highest order - with a bunch of goals to match. The best was a majestic 10th-minute strike by Crewe's rising starlet Billy Jones. But the most decisive was the 80th-minute winner...
Football: Case for the Counties' Defence
Byline: PAUL KEANE A STRING of controversial proposals regarding Rule 42 have already been passed at county level - but the next step is getting them on to April's Annual Congress agenda. A high-powered team of former presidents will assess the...
Football: Celtic Ponder Appeal
Byline: JOE McHUGH CELTIC have until midnight to appeal against Neil Lennon's two match UEFA ban. Lennon led the Celtic protests against Swiss ref Urs Meier after Lyonknocked Celtic out of the Champions League a fortnight ago. Meier awarded...
Football: City Stars 'Have Let Us Down'
Byline: ANTHONY CLAVANE MANCHESTER CITY chief Dennis Tueart has called on Frenchman Nicolas Anelka, Steve McManaman and other failing stars to stand up and be counted. City entertain Leeds tomorrow on the back of a dismal run of eight games without...
FOOTBALL: CRESPO HITS TOP GEAR; FULHAM.................0 CHELSEA.................1 Crespo 62 Hernan's Header Puts Blues Back on Terms with the Gunners
Byline: duncan WRIGHT HERNAN CRESPO headed his eighth goal in England as Chelsea ended any talk of a crisis with a victory that moves them back level on points with Arsenal. Crespo's impressive second-half goal helped Claudio Ranieri's side take...
FOOTBALL: Defoe Red Sends Al Up the Wal; WALSALL..............1 Leitao 69 WEST HAM...........1 Harewood 10
Byline: PETER WESTON JORGE Leitao gave battling Walsall a deserved point, but for the third time this season West Ham will remember this game for the dismissal of Jermain Defoe. The match was only five minutes old when Defoe was sent off to the...
Football: Distillery Catch Swifts on Hop; LISBURNDISTILLERY...2 Lyttle 16, Dickson 90 DUNGANNON SWIFTS......0
Byline: DAVID HUNTER DUNGANNON boss Joe McAree was a disappointed man following his side's defeat at New Grosvenor yesterday. In the first half, his side faced the worst of the elements. And although they played well in the second, they lacked...
Football: EARNSHAW: I OWE IT ALL TO McCALL; 'He Set Me on My Way'
Byline: IAN BROADLEY CARDIFF City scoring sensation Robert Earnshaw credits Dundee United boss Ian McCall with boosting his career at a vital stage. Four years ago, McCall, then in charge at Morton, took the Welsh striker on loan to Morton and...
Football: EIRCOM LEAGUE: Hargan's Big Fear DON'T GO, COYLE; Sean Pleas to Super Vet
Byline: ROBERT REID DERRY defender Sean Hargan wishes Liam Coyle, the player that he regards as the Candystripes' man for all occasions, was 20 again. Coyle has everyone on tenterhooks as he decides whether to play on for another season following...
Football: Feast for Stephen; MOTHERWELL V CELTIC, TODAY, 3PM; BUTCHER BACKS BHOYS' FAN TO PROVE HIS WORTH
Byline: joe McHUGH TERRY Butcher is backing Celtic target Stephen Pearson to turn on the magic against Martin O'Neill's men today. The Motherwell boss is powerless to prevent Scotland starlet Pearson joining his boyhood idol's. Pearson could...
FOOTBALL: FIFA WARNING OVER UTD LEGAL BID WE WILL KICK YOU OUT; United Warned by FIFA over Rio Legal Action Plan
Byline: EXCLUSIVE By PAUL SMITH MANCHESTER United are on course for a clash with FIFA that could see them kicked out of the Champions League. United are set to take legal action if they fail to overturn Rio Ferdinand's eight-month ban on appeal....
Football: Flynn Eyes a Maxwell Coup
Byline: RHYS EVANS SWANSEA boss Brian Flynn is hoping to snap up former Cardiff midfielder Layton Maxwell in January. Maxwell is currently training with Blackpool after his contract was paid up by Bluebirds chief Lennie Lawrence earlier this...
Football: Friend or Foe; HAMMERS HOPE FOR JERMAIN REPRIEVE; WALSALL........1 Leitao 69 WEST HAM......1 Harewood 10
Byline: PETER WESTON WEST HAM are hoping referee Scott Mathieson will give them an early Christmas present by overturning Jermain Defoe's red card. The England Under-21 striker, who only returned from suspension last week, was sent off just five...
FOOTBALL: Fuller Promise; RICARDO HAS THE CLARETS WHINING PRESTON........5 Fuller 18, 71, 82, Lewis 60, Healy 88 BURNLEY........3 Ian Moore 24, Gnohere 64, Blake Pen 78
Byline: NEIL JOHNSTON RICARDO FULLER sent a "come and get me" message to the Premiership as he destroyed arch- rivals Burnley. The Jamaican, who is desperate to play on the top-flight stage, took his tally to 14 with a stunning hat-trick which...
Football: Gareth's the Man!; WHY I VOTE FOR JENKINS
Byline: PHIL BENNETT/DAVID WILLIAMS GARETH JENKINS is the man who should succeed Steve Hansen as Wales coach. The advert has been placed, the debate is raging, but as far as I'm concerned there is really only one man for the job. Gareth has...
Football: Gers Get the Chris of Life; SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: It's Hearts-Stopping for McLeish; BUT CELTIC WON'T BE QUAKING IN THEIR BOOTS; RANGERS......2 Arveladze 22, Burke 52 HEARTS...1 Kirk 11
Byline: JOE McHUGH RANGERS cut Celtic's lead at the top of the table down to five points, but there was little in the Ibrox side's performance to suggest they are going to give Martin O'Neill's side a real run for their money. Two weeks before...
FOOTBALL: GRAY POP IDOL; Daughter's Wedding Comes First as Eddie Fights for Leeds Job
Byline: Anthony CLAVANE EDDIE GRAY is giving away his daughter Natalie tomorrow but there is one thing he is desperate to hold on to - the manager's job at Leeds. The likeable Scot, who has masterminded a revival in his beloved club's fortunes...
Football: GREATCHRIS OF LIFE; SPL: McLeish Hearts Stopper; Relieved Gers Win, but It's a Nervy One; RANGERS..................2 Arveladze 22, Burke 52 HEARTS.....................1 Kirk 11
Byline: JOE McHUGH RANGERS cut Celtic's lead at the top to five points, but there was little in the Ibrox side's display to suggest they are going to give Martin O'Neill's side a real run for their money. Two weeks before their do-or-die trip...
Football: Healy: I'll Follow Henrik's Example
Byline: EXCLUSIVE ByCIARAN O'RAGHALLAIGH COLIN Healy is determined to follow Henrik Larsson's example as he starts the long haul back to fitness after a horrific double fracture of his right leg. Former Celtic star Healy is adamant he never wants...
FOOTBALL: HEN PARTY AT THE REEBOK; BOLTON................1 ARSENAL..............1 Pedersen 83 Pires 57 Bolton Ace Pedersen Pegs Back Gunners
Byline: Anthony CLAVANE LAST April, Arsene Wenger famously ripped off his club tie in anger when Arsenal threw away the lead - and their title chances - at the Reebok Stadium. Yesterday, in the Arctic conditions of Lancashire, the Frenchman wisely...
Football: HORNETS STUNG BY LIVE ADE PREMplus; WATFORD.............1 Helguson 4 STOKE..................3 Taggart 15, Akinbiyi 55, 72
Byline: BILL MILLS WATFORD boss Ray Lewington branded his team a "shambles" after this defeat. The Hornets are still in the mire after losing to fellow strugglers Stoke. Lewington said: "We've only played as badly as this once. Hopefully we...
FOOTBALL: I DO NOT NEED THE MONEY; Why Pavel Nedved Is Happy to Stay in Italy and Snub Chelsea
Byline: EXCLUSIVE By PAUL SMITH ROMAN Abramovich has stumbled across one player money can't buy. Chelsea's Russian billionaire owner planned to splash out as much as pounds 28million on Juventus winger Pavel Nedved. But the Czech Republic...
Football: I'll Never Watch That Video Nasty SAYS COLIN HEALY; EXCLUSIVE: Republic Star on Life after That Horror Tackle
Byline: ciaran O'RAGHALLAIGH COLIN HEALY may receive a few more Christmas cards and gifts than usual this year, but one thing he doesn't want to find under the tree is a video of his last game. The Sunderland midfielder hasn't yet seen a replay...
FOOTBALL: It's Good Biyi to Watford; WATFORD.............1 Helguson 4 STOKE..................3 Taggart 15, Akinbiyi 55, 72
Byline: BILL MILLS ADE AKINBIYI'S double strike capped a tremendous comeback from in-form Stoke. The powerful frontman doubled his tally for the season to earn the Potters a third successive victory after Gerry Taggart had cancelled out Heidar...
Football: Jackson in Late to Sink Dull Albion; COVENTRY...........1 Jackson 89 WBA.........0
Byline: JOHN GUBBA BAGGIES fans chanted "boing boing" - but it was more a case of boring, boring by the table-toppers as they were put in the shade by the Sky Blues. Johnnie Jackson, on loan from Spurs, came off the bench to score a dramatic...
Football: Jackson Takes Opportunity to Clobber Baggies; COVENTRY....1 Jackson 89 WBA.....0
Byline: JOHN GUBBA BAGGIES fans chanted "boing, boing" - but it was more a case of 'boring, boring' by the table-toppers as they were put in the shade by the Sky Blues. Johnnie Jackson, on loan from Spurs, came off the bench to score a dramatic...
FOOTBALL: Jackson Takes Opportunity to Clobber Baggies; COVENTRY........................1 Jackson 89 WBA.................................0
Byline: JOHN GUBBA BAGGIES fans chanted "boing, boing" - but it was more a case of 'boring, boring' by the table-toppers as they were put in the shade by the Sky Blues. Johnnie Jackson, on loan from Spurs, came off the bench to score a dramatic...
Football: Jean Is a Rock and He Will Get Us Rolling Again INSISTS ALEX McLEISH
Byline: RAY HEPBURN RANGERS LATEST - Eck kicks off his rebuilding programme; European ambitions scuppered by the 3-1 home defeat to Panathinaikos, 10 days ago. But even worse followed last Sunday when they travelled to Dunfermline and went down...
Football: JOHNSON IS PALACE PROVIDER; READING..............0 PALACE................3 Johnson 40, 90 Routledge 43
Byline: MARTIN BLACKBURN ANDY JOHNSON scored two and created the other as Crystal Palace's caretaker boss Kit Symons signed off with a win. Palace struck twice in three minutes at the end of the first half to effectively seal their second successive...
Football: Jorge Hits Back to Jolt Hammers; WALSALL..............1 Leitao 69 WEST HAM...........1 Harewood 10
Byline: PETER WESTON JORGE Leitao gave battling Walsall a deserved point, but West Ham will remember this game for the dismissal of Jermain Defoe - for the third time this season. The match was only five minutes old when Defoe was sent off to...
FOOTBALL: JUAN HECK OF AN ANGEL; BLACKBURN.....0 ASTON VILLA.....2 Moore 62, Angel 75 - Colombian Striker Leaves Rovers Feeling Sou Sick
Byline: BRIAN McNALLY JUAN Pablo Angel was the inspiration behind Aston Villa's first away Premiership win of the season. The quicksilver Colombian set up Stefan Moore's opener on 62 minutes and put the issue beyond doubt 12 minutes later with...
FOOTBALL: King Johnnie; COVENTRY......1 Jackson 89 WBA...............0 - SKY BLUE HEAVEN AS JACKO WINS IT
Byline: JOHN GUBBA BAGGIES fans chanted "boing, boing" - but it was more a case of boring, boring by the table-toppers as they were put in the shade by the Sky Blues. Johnnie Jackson, on loan from Spurs, came off the bench to score a dramatic...
Football: Kit Bags a Final Win for Palace; READING..............0 PALACE................3 Johnson 40, 90, Routledge 43
Byline: MARTIN BLACKBURN PALACE caretaker boss Kit Symons can look back on a job well done when he hands over the reins to Iain Dowie tomorrow. Andy Johnson ensured the manager signed off on a winning note as he scored twice and created another...
Football: LEE-THAL MISTAKE; ABERDEEN...2 DUNDEE....2; Wilkie's Own Goal Gifts Lucky Dons a Point
Byline: IAN BROADLEY DUNDEE staged a stirring fightback to preserve their 10-year unbeaten derby record at Pittodrie. Scotland's crisis club shrugged off their massive financial problems to halt the Dons' recent revival and lighten the festive...
FOOTBALL: Lenny Lays into City Slackers; CARDIFF...............1 Thorne 30 MILLWALL.............3 Roberts 5, Cahill 65, Sweeney 84
Byline: KEITH MORGAN CARDIFF CITY boss Lenny Lawrence looked on in fury as his side's calamitous defending sent them crashing again. Lawrence's team have now leaked 14 goals in their last five games. And after Millwall were gifted their first...
Football: LIVI PRODUCE SEASON'S BEST; KILMARNOCK..............0 LIVINGSTON................3
Byline: RON MARSHALL LIVINGSTON did more than get back to winning ways at Rugby Park - they matched their best league performance of the season. While Killie appeared to run out of ideas when they reached the business end of the pitch, Livi,...
Football: MARTY IN THE MOOD; Hungry Haveron Strikes as Bannsiders Put Heat on Pacesetters Coleraine Boss Relishing Tilt at Title CRUSADERS...........0 COLERAINE............1 Haveron 57
Byline: JIM SMITH COLERAINE manager Marty Quinn will enjoy Christmas after his side produced another gritty performance to maintain their title challenge. Victory over Crusaders, allied to Portadown's shock defeat at Ards, closed the gap to two...
Football: Mighty Mac; SUPER-SUB MACKENZIE SWOOPS TO SHATTER HULL'S HOME RECORD ;HULL......0 MANSFIELD..1 MacKenzie 84
Byline: DAVID GILL NEIL MacKENZIE ended Hull's unbeaten home record as Mansfield leapfrogged their promotion rivals into fourth spot. Sub MacKenzie struck six minutes from time to cap a fine performance by the Stags. Mansfield manager Keith...
FOOTBALL: NECK AND NECK AT THE TOP; Arsenal and Chelsea Level .. but United Could Take over Today
Byline: BILL MILLS HENRIK PEDERSEN capped a marvellous week by grabbing the equaliser as Arsenal had another hiccup at the Reebok. Bolton's Danish striker came off the bench to level the scores late on. Pedersen is enjoying a purple patch...
Football: NEW DEAL FOR MAC; O'Neill Sets Up Contract Talks
Byline: EXCLUSIVE By JOE McHUGH MARTIN O'Neill is set to offer Jackie McNamara a new contract - before the transfer window opens on January 1. Long serving McNamara is out of contract at the end of this season and could sign a pre-contract agreement...
FOOTBALL: NIEMI IN BUST-UP WITH FANS; 'I Was Insulted .. I Don't Need Motivating'; Southampton V Portsmouth, 12.30pm
Byline: EXCLUSIVE By PAUL SMITH SOUTHAMPTON keeper Antti Niemi came close to laying out one of his own fans when he was challenged to raise his game for today's derby with Portsmouth. The clubs meet in the League for the first time in 15 years...
FOOTBALL: O'Leary: Do It My Way
Byline: ADRIAN MILLEDGE DAVID O'LEARY is certain Leeds will avoid relegation as long as caretaker boss Eddie Gray picks the players he left behind at Elland Road. O'Leary, now boss of Aston Villa, was sacked by Leeds 18 months ago after his team...
Football: ON FIRE FERGUSON GIVES LARNE THE BLUES; LINFIELD......1 Ferguson 45 LARNE....0
Byline: CHRIS HOLT LINFIELD raced to the top of the Daily Mirror Irish Premier League with a hard-fought victory over Larne at Windsor Park. Former Northern Ireland international Glen Ferguson was yet again the hero for the Blues as he wrapped...
Football: Pav No to Roman's Cashski
Byline: PAUL SMITH ROMAN Abramovich has stumbled across one player money can't buy. Chelsea's Russian billionaire owner planned to splash out as much as EUR40m on Juventus winger Pavel Nedved. But the Czech star made it clear last week that...
Football: Phil: Keane Jibes Have Given Me the Power
Byline: DUNCAN WRIGHT PHIL 'The Power' Taylor launches his bid to win back his world title this week - inspired by the taunts of Manchester United star Roy Keane. Taylor's eight-year domination of the Ladbrokes. com PDC Championships was ended...
FOOTBALL: Proc Star Shines; MICHAEL LEAVES IT LATE FOR THE CATS; SUNDERLAND...........2 Stewart 27 Pen, Proctor 90 WIMBLEDON.............1 Thirlwell 45 Og
Byline: LES WARD MICHAEL PROCTOR silenced the home fans' boos with a dramatic late winner just seven minutes after taking the field as substitute. The festive spirit had been conspicuously absent before the Sunderland striker struck in the 90th...
FOOTBALL: Proctor Silences Critics with Late Winner for Cats; SUNDERLAND...................2 Stewart 27 Pen, Proctor 90 WIMBLEDON.....................1 Thirlwell 45 Og
Byline: LES WARD MICHAEL PROCTOR silenced the fans' boos with a dramatic late winner just seven minutes after taking the field as substitute. The festive spirit had been conspicuously absent before the Sunderland striker struck in the 90th minute...
FOOTBALL: PROCTOR SILENCES THE BOOS; SUNDERLAND.......2 Stewart 27 (Pen), Proctor 90 WIMBLEDON........1 Thirlwell (Og) 45
Byline: LES WARD MICHAEL PROCTOR silenced the home fans' boos with a dramatic late winner just seven minutes after taking the field as substitute. The festive spirit had been conspicuously absent before the Sunderland striker struck in the 90th...
Football: PROCTOR TAKES THE MICHAEL; SUNDERLAND.......2 Stewart (Pen) 27, Proctor 90 WIMBLEDON........1 Thirlwell (Og) 45
Byline: LES WARD MICHAEL PROCTOR left Wimbledon rooted to the foot of the First Division with a dramatic 90th-minute winner. Proctor had been on the field for eight minutes when he secured Sunderland's second win in 11 games. However, all...
Football: QPR BEATEN BY HOT EYRE; Latics Knock Rangers off the Top; OLDHAM....2 Cooksey 67, Eyre 86 QPR.....1 Thorpe 31
Byline: FRED BOUGHTON JOHN EYRE scored four minutes from time as managerless Oldham knocked QPR off the Division Two summit. Eyre's fourth goal of the season brought a first win since mid-October for Oldham, as the Latics came from behind. ...
FOOTBALL: QPR BEATEN BY HOT EYRE; OLDHAM......................2 Cooksey 67, Eyre 86 QPR.............................1 Thorpe 31 Latics Knock Rangers off the Top
Byline: FRED BOUGHTON JOHN EYRE scored four minutes from time as managerless Oldham knocked QPR off the Division Two summit. Eyre's fourth goal of the season brought a first win since mid-October for Oldham, as the Latics came from behind. ...
Football: Rainey Day as Leaders Crash; ARDS.................2 Fitzgerald 90, Rainey 90 PORTADOWN.....1 Neill 12
Byline: JIM PALMER ARDS boss Shane Reddish was a happy man after this late, late victory over Premier leaders Portadown. His men had comeback from the dead after being one down with just 10 minutes left. "I had the greatest confidence in my...
FOOTBALL: RICARDO IS FULLER PROMISE; PRESTON.............5 Fuller 18, 71, 82, Lewis 60, Healey 88 BURNLEY.............3 Moore 24, Gnohere 64, Blake (Pen)78
Byline: NEIL JOHNSTON RICARDO FULLER flashed a come-and- get-me message to the Premiership as he destroyed Burnley to keep Preston on course for promotion. The Jamaican hot-shot, who is desperate to play in the top flight, took his tally to 14...
FOOTBALL: Rio Was a Condemned Man the Moment He Was Axedby England
Byline: IAN WINROW Says SIR ALEX FERGUSON SIR Alex Ferguson feels Rio Ferdinand was condemned as guilty from the moment he was dropped from the England squad for failing to take a drug test. The Manchester United manager insists he will include...
Football: Robbie Keane to Impress
Byline: GARY FITZGERALD ROBBIE KEANE has never been Sir Alex Ferguson's cup of tea. In fact, the Manchester United boss once scoffed at suggestions he was about to sign a teenage Keane when he was at Wolves. Ferguson said: "Why would I pay pounds...
Football: Scottish Premier League: Gers Cut the Gap at the Top
ALEX McLEISH watched Chris Burke win three precious points for Rangers - then joked that the young winger's form was causing contract problems! Shota Arveladze equalised Andy Kirk's opener for Hearts before Burke's goal in the 55th minute cut Celtic's...
FOOTBALL: Shay's Wahey Day Is Capital for the Toon; CHARLTON..........0 NEWCASTLE......0 AGILE GIVEN KEEPS OUT ADDICKS
Byline: RICHARD GRIFFITHS RESEMBLING a blue-shirted octopus, Shay Given produced a series of outlandish saves to keep Newcastle in the game and extend their unbeaten league run to five. Every time Charlton looked to have eked out a goal, up popped...
Football: Soccer Spy
EIRIK BAKKE is set to hand Leeds a huge boost by returning to first team training two months ahead of schedule. The Norwegian international has not kicked a ball in anger this season after undergoing knee surgery last August. But he has recovered...
Football: So Cooley for Wright as Liam Strikes Again; LIMAVADY..........1 Cooley 88 NEWRYTOWN...0
Byline: ARTHUR DUFFY A LATE, late winner from United centre-half Liam Cooley gave manager Tommy Wright the perfect Christmas present at The Showgrounds. Having now won three of their last four matches, the unfashionable Northwest side have moved...
FOOTBALL: The Doctors Told Me: Give Up the Booze Now or You're Going to Die; EXCLUSIVE: Mark Dennis Lifts Lid on Football's Dark Side
Byline: Paul SMITH MARK DENNIS was given just months to live as his drinking spiralled out of control and he lay motionless in an intensive care unit. The former England Under-21 man was consuming so much alcohol that he suffered bouts of severe...
FOOTBALL: The Gloves Are off; Tottenham V Manchester United, 4.05pm YANKEE KEEPERS FLY THE FLAG AT THE LANE
Byline: GARY FITZGERALD and IAN WINROW SIR ALEX Ferguson reckons the Stars and Stripes is flying with pride above the Premiership right now - in the shape of three top American keepers. Two of those Yankee Doodle shot-stoppers will try to avoid...
FOOTBALL: Tim Calls for Some Passion
Byline: DUNCAN WRIGHT TIM SHERWOOD has told his Portsmouth team-mates to rediscover their passion if they want to come out on top against Southampton. Pompey visit St Mary's desperate for Premiership points three weeks after they produced a low-key...
Football: Welsh Leaks; LAWRENCE BLASTS AS BLUEBIRDS SHIP GOALS CARDIFF.........1 Thorne 30 MILLWALL.......3 Roberts 5, Cahill 65, Sweeney 84
Byline: JOHN GUBBA FURIOUS Cardiff manager Lenny Lawrence admitted to being "horrified" as his side's calamitous defending sent them crashing again. Lawrence's team have now leaked 14 goals in their last five games. After Millwall had been...
FOOTBALL: Wey Valley Girls Romp to Dorset Final
WEY VALLEY emphatically dispatched of their opponents en route to the final of the girls' Dorset County Cup as they notched up a record 34 goals. The Weymouth School scored demolishing 10-0 victories over Portland's Royal Manor and St Leonards in...
Football: Window Pain for O'Neill
Byline: JOE McHUGH MARTIN O'Neill has claimed football's top bosses simply don't understand the transfer window system. O'Neill is likely to be involved in some modest activity when the window opens at the beginning of January, with Motherwell's...