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It has been just over nine years since Craig Bellamy scored an injury time winner against Feyenoord to take Newcastle United through to the second …

Soccer

Alan Pardew plans transfer window raids to keep Newcastle motoring

We are at that time of year where television schedules are crammed with review shows – and if there is one dedicated to the most lampooned football clubs of 2013 then Newcastle United are sure to feature.<p>However, the club's owner, Mike Ashley, could yet have the last laugh. These are curiously …

Newcastle United's Alan Pardew aiming higher than top-10 finish

Newcastle United hope to intensify their unlikely challenge for a Champions League place by beating Stoke City at St James' Park on Boxing Day.<p>"I don't know if we can be any more consistent than we are at the moment with 19 points from 24," said the manager, Alan Pardew. "The board are after a …

Cardiff City come from behind to knock Newcastle United out of FA Cup

Football management is full of dilemmas, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's technical-area debut for Cardiff City provoked a particularly tricky conundrum. How on earth would Vincent Tan's chosen one reconcile the need to make a positive first impression with the competing requirement to be knocked out of …

Manchester United manager David Moyes denies deal is done to sign Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao

Reports suggested terms have been agreed to transfer Fabio Coentrao to Manchester United<p><b>Manchester United</b> manager David Moyes had denied claims the club are on the brink of signing Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao.<p>Reports from the continent have suggested that terms have been agreed to transfer …

Could Tupac Shakur have been a Jedi Master?

Tupac Shakur could have been a Jedi. According to one of Shakur's recording engineers, the late rapper was in talks for a role in Star Wars: Episode I, playing the part later taken by Samuel L Jackson.<p>In an interview with users at 2Pac-Forum (via Rolling Stone), Rick Clifford, chief engineer at …

NME

Valcke comments on 2022 World Cup timing stir controversy

LONDON (Reuters) - An announcement from FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would not be played in the summer created yet more controversy around the finals on Wednesday.<p>Qatar Football Association general secretary Saoud Al-Mohannadi (5th L), FIFA representative …