From the Back Pages, September 23: Sunderland part company with Di Canio

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Sunderland have parted company with Paolo Di Canio. Sunderland are currently bottom of the Premier League with one point from 5 games.

Sir Alex Ferguson lost his first derby game away to Manchester City too, in September 1989, by a humiliating 5-1 scoreline that later prompted him to make a rare confession of vulnerability. He said that afterwards he went home to bed and felt, as he walked the streets of Manchester over the next few days, “like a criminal”. (The Independent)

MESUT OZIL lived up to his reputation as master of the assist by playing a part in all three Arsenal goals to put the Gunners top of the Premier League table after a hard-fought 3-1 win over Stoke at the Emirates this afternoon. (The Express)

Paulinho scored late on to give Tottenham a last gasp win at Cardiff. Andre Villas-Boas’ side were much the brighter throughout in the Welsh capital and had everything but an end product until the Brazilian midfielder nipped in to notch the winner. (Daily Mail)

Paris St-Germain captain Thiago Silva has urged his club to step up their pursuit of Wayne Rooney. (The Mirror)

The leading English and French clubs are adamant there is nothing the International Rugby Board can do to prevent them from setting up a replacement tournament for the Heineken Cup next season, even though the three Celtic unions and Italy will vigorously oppose what was on Sunday christened the Rugby Champions Cup. (The Guardian)

Sir Bradley Wiggins completed victory in the Tour of Britain today as Mark Cavendish won the 54-mile eighth and final stage in central London. (The Times)