News archive from 15 January 2011

Diego Godin linked with Chelsea transfer as David Luiz interest eases

Diego Godin linked with Chelsea transfer as David Luiz interest eases

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is determined to bring in a new central defender this month, as Alex is currently sidelined by a knee problem and doubts remain about John Terry's long-term fitness. He had hoped to sign Benfica's Brazil international...

Metro, 22:01 in Sport
 
Alastair Campbell diaries: How Blair's Bible reading prompted Iraq 'wobble'

Alastair Campbell diaries: How Blair's Bible reading prompted Iraq 'wobble'

Tony Blair had a "wobble" on the eve of his first bombing mission against Saddam Hussein after a late-night reading of the Bible, Alastair Campbell writes in his diaries serialised in today's Guardian. In a powerful illustration of the...

Guardian, 22:12 in Politics
 
Northampton 37-0 Edinburgh | Heineken Cup match report

Northampton 37-0 Edinburgh | Heineken Cup match report

Everything fell neatly into place as far as Northampton were concerned last night. A comfortable victory over Edinburgh, featuring four tries from the wing Paul Diggin, and a favourable result in Cardiff ensured that the Saints will top Pool One and...

Guardian, 22:12 in Sport
 
Alan Pardew seeks derby coup to keep Newcastle fans onside

Alan Pardew seeks derby coup to keep Newcastle fans onside

Alan Pardew's first act at St James' Park was to scrutinise the fixture list. "As soon as I'd signed up here I looked to see when we'd be playing Sunderland," Newcastle United's manager said today. Chris Hughton's successor has only had to...

Guardian, 22:13 in Sport
 
Scottish referees need to toughen up, says Celtic's Johan Mjallby

Scottish referees need to toughen up, says Celtic's Johan Mjallby

Celtic's assistant manager, Johan Mjallby, has called on Scottish referees to toughen up under criticism. "It's a hard job and I understand that, but at the same time, if you want to be a referee you need to be mentally tough," Mjallby said....

Guardian, 22:13 in Sport
 
Marc Albrighton the Villa autograph hunter who became the hunted

Marc Albrighton the Villa autograph hunter who became the hunted

Lounging on a sofa at Aston Villa's training ground, Marc Albrighton looks so comfortable it is as though he has been there forever. In a sense he has. The 21-year-old grew up in Tamworth just down the road from Bodymoor Heath, signed schoolboy forms...

Guardian, 22:13 in Sport
 
Australian Open 2011: Andy Murray readies himself for Karol Beck

Australian Open 2011: Andy Murray readies himself for Karol Beck

Andy Murray rarely fails to surprise. No sooner does he formalise his coaching arrangement with his part-time Spanish tutor, Alex Corretja, than he arrives at a grand slam without him. Corretja does not travel as enthusiastically as some, preferring...

Guardian, 22:13 in Sport
 
Cardiff Blues 14-9 Castres | Heineken Cup match report

Cardiff Blues 14-9 Castres | Heineken Cup match report

Castres will entertain Northampton next Saturday with only the runners-up position in pool one to play for after maintaining their abysmal away form. They are, however, unbeaten at Stade Pierre-Antoine this season and have targeted a place in the last...

Guardian, 22:13 in Sport
 

RNC proves me wrong | Michael Tomasky

Well, they're not quite done voting for Republican Party chair, but we can already say that my experiment has gone down to crashing defeat. You'll recall that I argued that we could predict who'd be elected the next RNC chair based solely on the...

 
Alastair Campbell diaries: The shaping of a war leader

Alastair Campbell diaries: The shaping of a war leader

The first tentative steps towards the most controversial event of Tony Blair's premiership – the 2003 invasion of Iraq – were taken during the period covered in these diaries. In late 1998 Blair sanctioned his first bombing mission as prime minister –...

Guardian, 22:29 in Politics
 
Man convicted of attempted rape after victim found him on Facebook

Man convicted of attempted rape after victim found him on Facebook

The 30-year-old painter and decorator accosted the woman in Tufnell Park last May and proceeded to punch her to the ground and try to rape her. Gray made the mistake of mentioning his unusual first name to his victim, as well as revealing his age and...

Metro, 22:35 in Hot News
 
Bernstein's A Quiet Place: silence is golden

Bernstein's A Quiet Place: silence is golden

It was 20 years after his death before Leonard Bernstein's opera A Quiet Place finally got to be performed in New York, the city he lived in for close on half a century. At first sight it's hard to explain the neglect. West Side Story has been packing...

 
SAINTS ROUT EDINBURGH

SAINTS ROUT EDINBURGH

Northampton became the first team this season to qualify for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals as they beat Edinburgh 37-0 to claim with their fifth consecutive win in the competition It was a far from vintage performance from the Saints but it was...

Daily Star, 22:43 in Sport
 
West Ham board refuse to declare support for Avram Grant

West Ham board refuse to declare support for Avram Grant

Avram Grant has yet to receive a message of support from West Ham United's board following the 2-1 victory over Birmingham City in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final on Tuesday. Grant began the week under extreme pressure despite West Ham...

Guardian, 22:44 in Sport
 
Harry Redknapp fancies Spurs' chances against Manchester United

Harry Redknapp fancies Spurs' chances against Manchester United

There was a time when Harry Redknapp might have exhaled deeply ahead of a meeting with one of the country's biggest clubs, shrugged his shoulders and put forward one of his favourite phrases: "It's difficult". The manager would regularly...

Guardian, 22:44 in Sport
 


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