Revenue & Customs officials have forced taxpayers to pay out tens of millions of pounds to use poorly-staffed advice lines while claiming to hit efficiency targets, the government's independent auditors have discovered.
Arsène Wenger praised his Arsenal players for summoning the spirit to bounce back from their "super-crisis" as they responded to their Capital One Cup humbling at League Two Bradford City to beat Reading 5-2 in the Premier League.
It was the numbed expression and monotone delivery that betrayed Juan Mata's sense of deflation. Chelsea players were shuffling away from the Yokohama International Stadium with nothing to show for their expedition to the other side of the globe other than that hideous, empty feeling of failure, and not even the prospect of an imminent collision with Leeds United roused them from their melancholy.
Brendan Rodgers has reiterated that Liverpool will strengthen their squad in January, although he doubts the club will be able to afford "top players" in the transfer window.
Not many positive conclusions could be drawn from Monday night's latest festival of goals from Reading and Arsenal, given the abject quality of both defences, but Theo Walcott will be hoping that he used the evening to make a telling point.
Neil Warnock has still to decide whether he will shake Rafael Benítez's hand when Chelsea visit Elland Road for Wednesday evening's Capital One Cup quarter-final.
This was like old times for Arsenal. The opposition were inferior but they swatted them aside with a ruthless attacking swagger to drink in a much needed tonic. The trauma of the Capital One Cup exit at League Two Bradford City demanded a response and it was forthcoming.
I hope you're having a sparkling winter, truly I do. I pray that you're visibly delighted by the prospect of the freezing months ahead, skipping through the snow, pausing at your white-topped front gate to French a beautiful lady before dancing off into the three hours of natural light the day affords you, like Bill Murray at the end of 'Groundhog Day'.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Germany-based insurance and asset management company Allianz SE with violating the books and records and internal controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for improper payments to government officials in Indonesia during a seven-year period.