Daniel Sturridge is expected to return to the Liverpool team for the first time since August for their Premier League meeting with West Ham at Anfield. Photograph:   Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Former model Mandy Rice-Davies has died after an illness at the age of 70. Rice-Davies was one of the main figures in the 1960s Profumo affair. Models and showgirls Mandy Rice-Davies, (centre, right), and Christine Keeler, (behind), surrounded by press photographers as they leave the Old Bailey during the trial of Dr Stephen Ward, a major figure in the Profumo Affair. Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images

Mandy Rice- Davies — one of the women at the centre of the Profumo affair which rocked Harold Macmillan’s Tory government in the 1960s and contributed(...)

 Diego Costa of Chelsea is expected to start against Newcastle United.  Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Saturday, December 6thHull (17) v West Brom (16) Striker Abel Hernandez returns to the Hull squad after missing two matches for the birth of his child(...)

George Boyd of Burnley scores the opening goal against Newcastle United at Turf Moor. Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Burnley 1 Newcastle United 1Burnley climbed out of the bottom three despite letting a half-time lead slip against Newcastle. With the teams just above(...)

Marginalised under Trap, Hoolahan has been very much a part of O’Neill’s plans

WinnersWes HoolahanThe midfielder’s marginalisation under Trapattoni became the key criticism of the Italian towards the end his tenure and while O’Ne(...)

The  Republic of Ireland’s James McClean scores  his side’s third goal against the USA at the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo:   Brian Lawless/PA

A comprehensive victory that should alleviate some of the pain from last Friday’s defeat in Glasgow.We need to start with Robbie Brady’s excellent dis(...)

Alex Pearce and Stephen Quinn during Ireland’s training session in Malahide. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho 4:49

Amid all the talk of distractions, tonight’s game against the USA somehow seems like one itself. It will doubtless be a welcome one, though, to Martin(...)

Richard Keogh of the Republic of Ireland beats Steven Naismith of Scotland to the ball during the European qualifier at Celtic Park. Photograph: Getty.

They might argue about whether they had actually set out to settle for the draw but Richard Keogh was one of several Irish players after last night(...)

 Ireland manager Martin O’Neill talks to members of the media ahead of his side’s crucial European Championship qualifying game against Scotland in Celtic Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho 2:31

Martin O’Neill is likely to make a call on James McCarthy’s fitness this morning in Malahide with the Republic of Ireland strongly suggesting that th(...)

Shay Given training with the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of Friday night’s game in Glasgow. Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer 1:18

Legend has it that Archie Gemmill, then at Derby County, drove his heavily pregnant wife all the way to Paisley in mid-season so that their son would (...)