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West Ham United v Manchester City: Premier League live!

*Premier League updates from the 12.45pm BST kick-off at Upton Park*Live scores, all the days fixtures, latest tables and much more*And feel free to drop scott.murray@theguardian.com an email 11.45am BST Manchester City beat West Ham United 3-1, 6-0, 3-0 and 2-0 last season. An aggregate score of 14-1. The Hammers will be wanting to improve on this today, Ill be bound. But then this is

Paul Gascoigne reportedly placed on emergency detox

Medics section former Tottenham Hotspur player under the Mental Health Act after a drinking binge, it is reportedTottenham Hotspur have said they are supporting former football star Paul Gascoigne after it was reported he had been placed on an emergency three-day detox.Medics sectioned the 47-year-old under the Mental Health Act at 3am on Friday after a drinking binge, it was reported on Sat

Magic Leap: startup promises a leap forward for virtual reality

Google is one of the hopeful investors in what could be a revolution in creating screen-free, Matrix-style dream worldsLike fusion power or jet-packs, virtual reality has always been 20 years away. _Matrix_-inspired dreams of being transported via headset to another realm have been held back by poor graphics, high costs and, most damagingly, nausea. Virtual reality has had an unfortunate habit

Google executive Alan Eustace beats Felix Baumgartner's skydiving record

Eustace jumps 130,000ft from edge of space, hitting 822mph, after ascent in a balloonGoogle executive Alan Eustace has broken the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert after taking a big leap from the edge of space.Eustace jumped from over 130,000ft in a specially designed spacesuit, beating the mark set by the Austrian Felix Baumgartner in 201

Tunisia is showing the Arab world how to nurture democracy

Despite the turmoil surrounding Tunisia, its cohesive society has brought about stability and, this weekend, the countrys second free electionsTunisia is bracing itself for the second open and free elections since its revolution and the toppling of its dictator in January 2011. While the rest of the Arab spring countries Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, and Yemen have slid either into chaos and ci

Serena Williams beats Caroline Wozniacki in thriller at WTA Finals

World No1 fights back to reach title match in Singapore Wozniacki fails to serve out match, losing 7-6 in decider Williams slams Russian officials sexist and racist commentsSerena Williams regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6 6-3 7-6 on Saturday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals.The best of friends off t

Marussia join Caterham in missing F1 US GP, confirms Bernie Ecclestone

Ecclestone gave Caterham dispensation to miss next two GPs Caterham administrators to use time to find buyer for F1 teamThe struggling Caterham and Marussia Formula One teams will both miss next weeks US Grand Prix in Texas, the sports commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Saturday. Neither of those two teams are going to go to America, said the 83-year-old.Caterham are in administra

Johann Lamont quits as head of Scottish Labour

Glasgow Pollok MSP says central structure of party in London out of touch with political climate after referendum pollJohann Lamont is to stand down as leader of the Scottish Labour party, after describing some of her Westminster colleagues as dinosaurs who do not understand the politics they are facing since the referendum.Lamont accused colleagues of trying to run Scotland like a branch of

A hummingbird and his man

An elderly man takes pleasure in the small things, by sharing his kitchen with a hungry hummingbird in Brasil.Todays caturday video is an amateur video featuring João Silvestrini, a retiree who lives alone in Barretos, Brasil. Seeking to expand his circle of friends, Mr Silvestrini recently joined Facebook. Although he lacks human companions, he clearly has a close relationship with the local

Iran executes Reyhaneh Jabbari despite global appeals for retrial

Activists say designer killed man in self defence after he tried to sexually assault her, and confession came under duressIran has executed a woman who killed a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her, in defiance of an international campaign to spare her life.Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged at dawn on Saturday in a Tehran prison for the murder of a former intelligence official, the o

Angel di María: Manchester Uniteds £59.7m, £280,000-a-week bargain

The amount of money Manchester United have spent and will spend on Di María is extraordinary but then so is he Barney Ronay: Mourinho got a total education under Van GaalFootball was invented for a single purpose to make people happy and accordingly football clubs exist for a single purpose to make their supporters happy. So it is often curious when a football club is accused of overpaying f

England survive Samoa scare to secure victory in Four Nations opener

Steve McNamaras side recover from 22-20 deficit to win 32-26 Pacific Islanders twice led at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane All the latest rugby league news on our dedicated siteEngland survived a major scare to get their Four Nations Series campaign off to a successful start with a 32-26 triumph over Samoa in a thrilling clash in Brisbane.The Pacific Islanders threatened to pull off a shock r

A photograph seen once, long ago, haunted me and taught me to distrust memory

When I tracked down a Nazi soldiers snapshot of an execution, it reminded me how warily you must tread when you try to enlist the past, however good your intentionsI have been working off and on for a couple of years with an architect friend, Declan Hill, on an attempt to map the wall or rampart that in the 17th century surrounded the town of Belfast or, at least, may have surrounded it. There

I have 200 or 250 pairs of trainers: meet the men who are hopeless repeat fashion buyers

It starts innocently enough: you buy a pair of trainers (or a cap, or a printed shirt) and the next minute your wardrobes stuffed with them. Here are the men who know what they like and are sticking with it I have never thought of myself as a collector, but what the eye likes, the hand grabs over and over, as it turns out, and now my wardrobe looks like an ageing mobsters capsule collection.

Luis Suárez: me and my big mouth

Banned from playing football since the World Cup, Luis Suárez is finally set to make his debut for Barcelona against Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season. Is the worlds most thrilling (and volatile) striker a reformed man? Simon Hattenstone tries to stay on his right side*Read an exclusive extract from Suárezs new bookLuis Suárez is squinting into the Spanish midday sun. We ar

The Green party surge and why its coming from Bristol and all points west

Polls this week put the Greens on 8%, overtaking the Lib Dems for the first time in a decade and providing a clear challenge to Ukip in the eastAs a display of political activism in difficult circumstances, it looks very noble: in the midst of grim weather, a dozen or so members of the Green party, gathered around a street stall in the middle of Bristol, doing their best to make the case for a

John Peel day: Pink Floyd, PJ Harvey, Roxy Music and more of the bands he broke in pictures

Saturday 25 October marks 10 years since the death of the DJ who was instrumental in launching the careers of some of musics most successful acts. From PJ Harvey to Public Enemy, the Pogues to Pink Floyd, here are some of the bands he championed Continue reading...

Marriage in recovery: The things that keep me sane

In my penultimate column, here is a list of things Ive learned that have kept me goingRecently, my 13-year-old daughter was asked by a teacher to imagine the advice that an 18-year-old her would give to her current self. She sighed and said, What a bloody waste of time, before producing a fantastic list that could, if put into practice, help her to get out of certain stuck-in-a-rut situations. 

From Python to Seinfeld - are these 12 classic comedies still funny?

Theyre known as comedy gold but are they? Really? Our critics cast an unsentimental eye over 12 from the hall of fame Continue reading...

Our 10 best pumpkin recipes

With Halloween just around the corner, its time to brush up on the best things to make with the iconic squash curries, salads, sweet waffles and a classic all-American pieWaffles make for a handsome breakfast, and pumpkin imparts a mellow sweetness to these gluten-free beauties. If pumpkins are out of season, you can use 600g mashed ripe banana instead of the pumpkin puree. Continue reading.

Sophie Heawood: Jude Law and the accidental babies

Under Judes Law, there is a good chance that, if a man keeps having unprotected sex with young women, a number of them will get pregnantLook, I must admit my eyes boggled a bit when I saw that the actor Jude Law is having another unplanned baby, which is rich of me, because Im hardly the nations most organised person. Still, I was surprised to see that after three kids from his marriage to Sa

Q&A: Anne Rice

I settle in a recliner every evening with a Diet Coke, to watch the best TV I can findBorn in New Orleans, Rice, 73, wrote The Vampire Chronicles. The series started with her 1976 book, Interview With The Vampire, which became a movie starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Prince Lestat, her first new Vampire Chronicles novel in more than a decade, is published on Tuesday. She is widowed with one s

UK driving licence fees fall

Cost of provisional licence will fall to £34 from £50, while cost of renewing licence online will drop to £14Young drivers facing the mounting costs of taking to the road might well breathe a little easier after the government announced it was slashing the cost of obtaining a licence. The cost-cutting measure, which will see the price of a provisional licence fall to £34 from £50, was anno

14 dead in Nepal bus crash

Bus packed with people including Israeli tourists and locals heading home for Diwali veers off mountain highwayA Nepal bus packed with people, including Israeli tourists and locals heading home for a Hindu festival, veered off a mountain highway, killing 14 and injuring dozens, police said on Saturday.Among those killed Friday were two Israelis, including a woman who was part of a group he

First US military death announced since Isis offensive started in Iraq

The first US service member has died in the third US-Iraq war, although not in combat, the Department of Defense says Continue reading...

Kansas City Royals 3-2 San Francisco Giants: 2014 World Series - as it happened!

*Royals bullpen secures a tight victory over Giants*Kansas City lead best-of-seven series 2-1*Game 4 on Saturday Continue reading...

Two dead after student opens fire in Washington state school

One student killed and four injured after youth named as Jaylen Fryberg, 15, fired handgun in cafeteria before shooting himself Continue reading...

Egypt declares state of emergency in Sinai after checkpoint bombing

Emergency measures to last three months after 30 soldiers killed when suicide car bomber struck checkpoint, according to officials Egypt declared a three-month state of emergency would begin on Saturday in the north and centre of the Sinai peninsula after a suicide car bombing killed 30 soldiers. The bombing on Friday was carried out by a suspected jihadist who rammed a checkpoint with his

Italian court overturns Dolce and Gabbana tax convictions

Supreme court reverses decision against fashion duo, who had been sentenced to imprisonment The Italian supreme court on Friday overturned fraud convictions and 18-month jail terms against celebrated fashion duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, their company announced. We have always been honest and we are extremely proud of this recognition by the Italian court of justice. Viva lItalia

Ottawa shooting: Stephen Harper oversees resumption of guard duties

Hundreds of Ottawa residents gather to honor fallen soldier Nathan Cirillo as his colleagues retake their positionsThe autumn sun shone brightly as two soldiers resumed guard over the tomb of the unknown soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, a mark of resilience after one of their number, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, lost his life in this weeks attack on the nations parliament.Hundreds


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