Despite signing for a club record fee of £24 million Darren Bent didn’t enjoy a happy time at Aston Villa and his release comes as no great surprise. Photo: Neville Williams/Getty Images

Aston Villa have offered a new contract to defender Ron Vlaar but released striker Darren Bent, the club have confirmed. Enda Stevens will also leave (...)

Bournemouth are promoted as Championship winners after Watford could only draw 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday. Photograph: Getty

Derby County 0 Reading 3 Derby saw their play-off hopes crushed by out-of-form Reading who ended a run of four Championship defeats by pulling (...)

Joshua King celebrates scoring his third and Blackburn’s fourth during their 4-1 FA Cup fifth round rout of Stoke City. (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)

Blackburn Rovers 4 Stoke City 1Ten-man Stoke suffered FA Cup embarrassment at Ewood Park as they were torn apart 4-1 by a second-string Blackburn side(...)

Yaya Sanogo celebrates after Marouane Chamakh puts Crystal Palace 3-2 up against Southampton. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Liverpool 0 Bolton 0Liverpool’s avoided an FA Cup upset at home to Bolton but even on a day of shocks it was not much of an achievement after a tooth(...)

 Daryl Murphy tussles with Victor Wanyama during Ipswich’s FA Cup third round draw with Southampton. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

There was a time, not so long ago, when Daryl Murphy became accustomed to life in Darren Bent’s shadow. He was the bargain buy from Waterford Town (...)

Darren Bent  celebrates scoring one of his 11 goals for Aston Villa in 2011. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has dropped down to the Sky Bet Championship to join Brighton on loan.The 30-year-old former England international, wh(...)

Hull defender Michael Dawson closes down Aston Villa’s Andreas Weimann  during the  Premier League match  at Villa Park. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Aston Villa 2 Hull 1Aston Villa equalled their best start to a Premier League season as first-half goals from Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann e(...)

Leon Osman is an injury concern for Everton.

Saturday, April 12th Crystal Palace (14) v Aston Villa (13) Palace manager Tony Pulis hopes to have a fully-fit squad to choose from. Dwigh(...)

Juan Mata has admitted his frustration with Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Fulham at Old Trafford on Sunday. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Juan Mata admits Manchester United’s performances need to improve quickly.Mata’s €44 million transfer to Old Trafford was supposed to kick-start Manch(...)

Disappointed Manchester United manager David Moyes walks off at the end of the Premier League match against Fulham at Old Trafford. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

David Moyes said that Manchester United were suffering from a “mental softness” and that he did not expect the champions to sink so low as they did in(...)