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World Cup 2014 in pictures: The football goal posts of Brazil - Telegraph

Real Madrid ordered to play Champions League match in partially closed Bernabeu after racist chants from fans

European champions must display 'No to racism' sign in sections where abusive chanting was heard during semi-final against Bayern Munich<p><b>Real Madrid</b> will play the first game of their <b>Champions League</b> defence next season in a partially closed stadium after Uefa charged the club over racist behaviour …

England’s James Tredwell aiming to give Cook a lift against Sri Lanka

It is about time that England and Sri Lanka produced a normal game of cricket. At Lord’s, the solitary ground capable of selling all its tickets in this series, the spectators will be hoping so. A match in the balance with five overs to go would be most welcome. So would a bit of sunshine.<p>In this …

Barca hire Puyol as assistant to sporting director

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona have hired former captain Carles Puyol, whose playing career at his lifelong club was ended by persistent knee trouble at the end of last season, as an assistant to sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.<p>Barcelona's captain Carles Puyol attends a news conference at …

Andrew Flintoff Officially Ends Retirement to Make Lancashire T20 Return

Former England legend and Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff has made a dramatic return to cricket, signing up to play for his former county Lancashire.<p>The LCCC's official website confirmed on Friday that "Freddie" would return to their ranks to represent them at the shorter form of the game and will join …

Arsene Wenger and Arsenal Officially Agree on New 3-Year Contract Extension

Arsene Wenger has agreed to a new contract with Arsenal that will keep the longtime Gunners manager with the club through the 2016-17 season, confirmed by the North London side's official Twitter account:<p>Arsenal released an official statement through their website, confirming the Frenchman's …

Everything falling into place for Federer in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - Although he struggled at times to reach the fourth round with a 7-5 6-7(7) 6-2 6-4 win over Russian Dmitry Tursunov on Friday, Roger Federer believes the stars are aligning for him at the French Open.<p>Roger Federer of Switzerland reaches out to return a forehand to Dmitry Tursunov …

Lancashire set the pace as they capitalise on Yorkshire’s slow start

Headingley has been a happier hunting ground for Yorkshire this season, as a pair of crushing innings victories testify, so their ill use of the new ball against their premier foes will no doubt have proved a source of frustration.<p>Perhaps it was the six-hour delay that caused them to false start, …

Kevin Pietersen apologises as Delhi finish bottom of IPL

<b>Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has apologised to supporters after his Delhi Daredevils side finished bottom of the Indian Premier League.</b><p>England's all-time top run-scorer hit his only 50 of the tournament, but his 58 off 41 balls could not prevent a seven-wicket defeat to Kings XI …

Monaco F1 Grand Prix 2014: Final Results and Analysis of Top Drivers

Nico Rosberg secured pole position to win the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver outlasted teammate Lewis Hamilton, following a testy relationship between the two during GP week.<p>Persistent mumblings of a spat between Hamilton and Rosberg had dominated previews of today's race. The …

Death of gymnast sparks calls for NHS review

Coroner calls for national review of hospital care for blood clots after death of young gymast<p>A coroner has called for a national review of how hospitals deal with blood clots after hearing how a young gymnast died after suffering a thrombosis linked to the contraceptive pill.<p>The 21-year-old died …

ECB lays down marker in fight against fixers but vigilance is needed

Fixing the result defiles any sport; suddenly there is no point in watching or playing, we are better off making daisy chains. We have known this for a while. Consider Eupolis, the Thessalian boxer at the Olympic Games of 388BC. He bribed three opponents so that he could win the contest. But he was …

Jonny Wilkinson: ‘I cannot say how proud I am to be a part of this’

• Veteran praises Toulon team after Heineken Cup final win<br>• No10 could end career with league title against Castres

Gareth Bale: Real Madrid's £86m man makes his mark in final

<b>When Gareth Bale was presented as a Real Madrid player in front of thousands of supporters at the Bernabeu, he was immediately acquainted with the weight of expectation that came with his arrival.</b><p>In a lengthy introduction for the world's most expensive footballer, club president Florentino Perez …

Hales called up with Cook in doubt

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Chester-le-Street<p>Alex Hales, the Nottinghamshire batsman, has been added to the England squad for the second ODI …

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Premiership final 2014: Saracens are just too strong for Northampton Saints

They may have been outplayed by Toulon in the Heineken Cup final, but Saracens have the class and strength to see off Northampton in next Saturday’s Aviva Premiership final<p><b>Up front and up top</b><p>Northampton will need a solid set-piece and to get their front five in the game as much as possible. Then …

Champions League 2014: Best and Worst Performers from Real Madrid vs. Atletico

The 4-1 scoreline that ultimately set Real Madrid apart from local rivals Atletico doesn't give a fair account of how valiantly Diego Simeone's men performed in Saturday's Champions League final.<p>Lisbon laid on a most memorable derby affair, and although the three-goal differential would suggest Los …

Jamaica break 4x200m world record at World Relays

Jamaica’s men broke the 4x200m world record, set 20 years ago by the USA, on the opening night of the inaugural IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas. Great Britain made a solid if unspectacular start to the championships, qualifying from each of their respective heats ahead of Sunday’s finals and …

Real Madrid wins 10th European Cup

This time, Cinderella's slipper didn't fit.<p>Two minutes away from completing what would have been a historic double, Atletico Madrid stumbled at the finish Saturday, giving up a goal three minutes into stoppage time and then three more in overtime as Real Madrid swept by for a 4-1 victory in the …

Champions League Final: Photo Gallery

Croft and Brown ignite Lancashire

Derbyshire v Lancashire, NatWest T20 Blast, North Division, Derby<p><i>Lancashire 169 for 3 (Croft 76*, Brown 67) beat Derbyshire 149 for 5 (Moore 40, Ali</i> …

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WWE Week in Review, May 24: Luke Harper and Cesaro Impress, Bo Dallas Debuts

WWE traveled across the pond to England once again this past week to film its weekly programming. From the debut of a new Superstar to the return of Hulk Hogan, it was a fun seven days in WWE that will not soon be forgotten.<p>The ruthless rivalry between The Shield and Evolution was taken to new …

Gareth Bale no longer support act for Ronaldo at Real Madrid and Champions League final is his World Cup

Welshman's early success in his first season at Real Madrid is the best possible advertisement for British football<p><b>Champions League final, Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid: live</b><p>A couple of seasons ago, <b>Gareth Bale</b> started to play like <b>Cristiano Ronaldo</b>, blasting in from the wings to set the middle of …

Late Zamora goal sends 10-man QPR into Premier League

(Reuters) - Ten-man Queens Park Rangers snatched a 90th-minute goal through substitute Bobby Zamora to clinch promotion to the Premier League with a 1-0 win against Derby County in the Championship playoff final at Wembley on Saturday.<p>Queens Park Ranger's Bobby Zamora (R) reacts after their …

Louis van Gaal: Manchester United boss eyes debut title

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal wants to replicate his feats at Barcelona and Bayern Munich by winning the league in his first season.

Report: Palace to offer Speroni new deal

<b>Crystal Palace</b> have reportedly decided to offer <b>Julian Speroni</b> a new contract that will keep him with the club for the 2014-15 Premier League …

Ashley Cole considering offers from eight clubs with Monaco and Real Madrid leading race for Chelsea defender

Former England left-back considering offers from the Premier League and overseas after revealing he is likely to leave Chelsea this summer<p>Ashley Cole will consider lucrative offers from Monaco and Real Madrid this summer as he prepares to leave <b>Chelsea</b> after eight years.<p>Cole has already received …

Yaya Touré tries to turn up heat on Manchester City over ‘lack of attention’

Yaya Touré is on a collision course with Manchester City over his future after supporting his agent’s claim that he is unhappy – but the club are determined the Ivory Coast midfielder will not be sold.<p>Touré took to Twitteron Tuesday to agree with Dimitri Seluk after the agent claimed that his …