The Rundown

  • The Top 10 Manchester derbies

    Ahead of Monday's potential title decider, we look at 10 other Manchester derbies that live long in the memory.

    2012 — Cup thriller at the Etihad

    The most recent meeting between the sides was a nail-biting clash at the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup third round which saw City's defence of the trophy (where they beat United along the way) end at the first hurdle. United achieved a small measure of revenge for the 6-1 spanking handed to them at Old Trafford three months previously, but not without making life hard for themselves. Wayne Rooney opened the scoring on 10 minutes, and soon afterwards

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  • I quit! Sport’s most shocking resignations and retirements

    Guardiola leaves BarcelonaPep Guardiola has stunned the world of football by announcing that he will walk away from his job as Barcelona coach at the end of the season.

    Just 41, Guardiola has turned Barcelona into what many have called the greatest club football side ever assembled. Three Liga titles and two Champions League crowns in the last three years attest to that.

    This season things have not worked out for him: firstly, Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid are odds-on to supersede Barca as Liga champions; and then came their unlikely and extraordinary Champions League semi-final defeat at the hands of Chelsea.

    With the

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  • How important are suspensions?

    No fewer than seven players will miss next month's Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich through suspension.

    Chelsea skipper John Terry was sent off against Barcelona for brainlessly kneeing Alexis Sanchez in the back, and he will be joined on the sidelines by three team-mates.

    Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires - who scored the decisive goal with a wonderful chip - all picked up yellow cards that rule them out of the game via a totting-up process.

    And on Wednesday, Bayern's David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Luis Gustavo all received fateful bookings.

    Here is a

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  • The Top 10 British away days in Europe

    Agony and ecstasy – Dwight Yorke and Roy Keane after the 1999 semi-final

    Chelsea's performance at the Camp Nou is already being hailed as one of the greatest ever performances by a British side away from home in Europe.

    In honour of their achievement, we have decided to compile our favourite 10 away day European performances from the last 20 years.

    A couple of rules for starters: it has to have been a proper 'away' match — so no Miracle of Istanbul or United's two late goals against Bayern Munich in the 1999 European Cup final.

    Also, we have decided to limit it to one entry per club to add variety and have stuck to a 20-year window to save ourselves some epic

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  • The least successful Premier League managers

    Wolves' relegation from the Premier League has capped off a miserable spell as manager for Terry Connor.

    A tearful Connor was left to rue yet another defeat as Manchester City won 2-0 at Molineux on Sunday to seal Wolves' fate.

    Since his appointment as Mick McCarthy's successor in February, Connor has picked up just two points from 10 games in charge and is still searching for his first win with three matches remaining.

    However, his points per game rate of 0.20 is not the worst in Premier League history.

    That dubious honour goes to Jimmy Gabriel, who lost six and drew one of his seven games

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  • The sports stars whose bodies transformed

    Carl Pettersson, after and before: Bigger really is betterSwedish golf star Carl Pettersson was one of the brightest young talents in the game a couple of years ago, but spent most of the last three years struggling for form.

    He's got his mojo back now, though, with a victory in the famous Heritage Classic at the weekend at Harbour Town, one of the trickiest courses on the US Tour.

    And in a move which will delight yo-yo dieters everywhere, he credited his victory to a new junk food diet that has seen him gain a pile of weight.

    It turns out that when the portly Pettersson embarked upon a new diet and fitness regime a few years ago, his new body shape

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  • The fastest and most amazing hat tricks ever scored

    A Finnish teenage football star has instantly become one of the most sought-after young players in Europe after notching a stunning hat-trick in just two minutes 42 seconds.

    17-year-old Joel Pohjanpalo was playing for Finland's top side, Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi (commonly known as 'HJK' for understandable reasons), in their first match of the top flight season when he pulled off his feat.

    HJK looked like getting off to a terrible start to their defence of the Finnish title, however, as they trailed Mariehamn 1-0 with just 20 minutes left.

    That was until Pohjanpalo popped up to score three

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  • Top 10 incidents that show why we need goal-line technology

    Goal...? We'll never really know for sure.

    The debate about goal-line technlogy has once again reared its head after Chelsea were awarded a goal that never should have stood in their FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham on Sunday night.

    Referee Martin Atkinson has been widely derided for awarding a goal - though some of the still images released after the match suggest that tricks of perspective played by the TV cameras at least made his blunder much more understandable.

    Not that the rights or wrongs of the situation change anything: Atkinson was mortified after the blunder, apparently telling Spurs boss Harry Redknapp that "I feel

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  • Magnificent seven: Bad-boys-turned-managers

    Nicolas Anelka: thinking, not sulkingNicolas Anelka's appointment as coach of Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua has raised a few eyebrows this week.

    'Le Sulk' has gained notoriety during his playing career for rubbing managers and fans up the wrong way. He is now at his ninth club, with the combined transfer fees making him the most expensive player of all time.

    A turbulent career reached a low point in 2006 when he was expelled from the French World Cup squad after a furious row with coach Raymond Domenech at half-time against Mexico.

    The fall-out led to the rest of the squad refusing to train as France suffered a humiliating exit,

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  • The sports stars who were on the Titanic

    RMS Titanic

    This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the passenger liner which sunk in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage.

    Some 1,514 people out of 2,224 on board died when the ship went down on 15 April 1912, carrying a mixture of aristocracy and ordinary folk looking to make a new life in America.

    All those facts are well known. What is less well known is that among the passengers on that fateful voyage were nine of the world's best sportsmen. Here are their stories.

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    Richard Norris WilliamsRichard Norris 'Dick' Williams

    The 21-year-old Williams was a

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