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How Procrastinating Can Boost Your Creativity

<i>Did you know that there is a right way and a wrong way to procrastinate?</i>You are probably intimately familiar with the wrong way. That familiarity was …

David Villa and Kaka discovering harsh realities of life as a Designated Player in Major League Soccer

New York City FC and Orlando City star players badly need help to fulfil the huge expectations placed on their shoulders<p><b>"I need team-mates at my side to help me. I can't do this alone."</b><p>This candid statement by David Villa after New York City's 5-1 humbling by LA Galaxy on Sunday could easily have …

Fifa left red-faced after Hulk pulls out of Russia 2018 World Cup draw - less than a week after racism storm

Brazilian striker Hulk has repeatedlty faced monkey chants in Russia and has even accused a referee there of racially abusing him<p>Brazilian star Hulk has pulled out of Saturday’s World Cup draw just two days after agreeing to take part and less than a week after claiming he encountered racism in …

England may never win the World Cup without change, warn former managers

Exclusive: Glenn Hoddle, Kevin Keegan, Sven‑Goran Eriksson, Graham Taylor and Steve McClaren sign joint letter stating that England’s chances of winning the World Cup again will be damaged without reforms<p>Five former England managers have starkly warned that England’s chances of winning the World …

Who is Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro?

The Chelsea first team doctor, who is in her fifth season in the role, has been criticised by Jose Mourinho and has previously suffered sexist abuse<p>Eva Carneiro, Chelsea’s first-team doctor, has come under fire from Jose Mourinho for trying to treat Eden Hazard in stoppage time as 10-man Chelsea …

Soccer

Children to play video game to train to keep still before MRI

The action of a video game could help train children to lie completely still before an MRI and avoid the need for general anesthetic.<p>In an MRI, even …

Anesthesiology

I love football, but swearing allegiance to one particular team seems ridiculous to me

David Edwards is a member of 'the other FA': the football agnostics who don't support any particular team, and he is appalled by the new £5bn Premier League TV deal<p>“Are you a football fan?” is a question men are often asked, by other men. “Yes,” I reply. The next question is always: “So what team …

Soccer

George Lucas was planning to release Star Wars Episode 7 and then sell Lucasfilm

George Lucas washed his hands of Star Wars when Disney bought Lucasfilm, but prior to the acquisition, he had been developing his own version of what might have been Episodes 7 through 9, he said in an interview with USA Today.<p>Lucas sold the the company he founded in 1971 to Disney for $4.05 …

Star Wars

Liverpool transfer news and rumours: Rickie Lambert wanted by Palace and Xherdan Shaqiri deal agreed

Transfers: Latest news, rumours and gossip for Liverpool FC in 2015, as Rickie Lambert is linked with move to relegation strugglers and £10m fee for Xherdan Shaqiri is agreed<p><b>Liverpool</b><p>Liverpool may need to step up their interests in a striker this month with Crystal Palace interested in signing</b> …

Transfer rumours: LA Galaxy offer £20m to lure Steven Gerrard to US

Transfers: Latest news, rumours and gossip for clubs in the Premier League and Europe in 2015, as Liverpool captain is offered big bucks to join MLS side<p><b>• Rumour of the day:</b> LA Galaxy will offer <b>Steven Gerrard</b> £20m salary to join - the same amount they paid David Beckham. (Mirror)<p><b>• Long shot of the</b> …

Soccer Gods

Too big to disrupt? Canada’s banks fight back against the likes of Apple, Facebook

Under siege from Silicon Valley, Canada’s biggest bank is making a bet on the human heartbeat.<p>In November, the Royal Bank of Canada joined forces with credit-card giant MasterCard and Canadian tech startup Bionym to experiment with a wristband that authenticates identity by reading cardiac rhythms. …

Why Manchester City have the edge over Chelsea in the Premier League title race

Jose Mourinho's side might be top of the pile but Pellegrini's men have the class, depth and nerve to pip them in the championship battle, says Mark Ogden<p><b>FORM</b><p>There is little to separate the two teams in terms of form as they head into the festive fixture programme, but <b>Manchester City</b> have a slight …

Revealed: The dirtiest teams in the Premier League

After Jose Mourinho criticised Stoke's physical style on Monday, Chris Bascombe delved deep to find out who the biggest sinners in the top flight really were<p>FOULS COMMITTED<p>According to the Opta statisticians, <b>Crystal Palace</b> and <b>Leicester City</b> have committed the most fouls during the course of this …

Chelsea 3 Tottenham Hotspur 0, match report: Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy extend jinx

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League – Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba and Loïc Rémy all score as Spurs pay for missed chances<p>There is an increasing case for this being the most stylish, watchable <b>Chelsea</b> side since the dashing days of Arjen Robben and Damien Duff a decade ago. To think that …

Soccer

Arsenal 1 Southampton 0, match report: Alexis Sanchez strikes at the death to lift Arsene Wenger

Arsenal vs Southampton, Premier League – Pressure eases on Gunners manager as Saints are left heartbroken<p>Upon arriving at the Emirates Stadium last night, a grinning Alexis Sánchez was caught by the BT television cameras attempting to lift a cardboard cut-out of himself in the tunnel just a few …

Kobe Bryant: What It Means to Me to Pass Michael Jordan on NBA's Scoring List

All the reasons that others have to diminish this, an upcoming accomplishment that most definitely resonates with Kobe Bryant, are the very reasons he cherishes it.<p>Bryant is set to pass Michael Jordan on the all-time NBA scoring list in the next week or two. Yes, it has taken him more games, more …

Basketball

Arsène Wenger under pressure as Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov admits 'his principles are restricting us'

Alisher Usmanov wants Arsène Wenger to continue his work at Arsenal, he has pointedly suggested that the manager is failing to learn from past mistakes<p>Alisher Usmanov, <b>Arsenal</b>'s second largest shareholder, has offered his most critical assessment yet of Arsène Wenger and claimed that the club need …

The most Arsenal story ever

In what may well represent the most Arsenalish kind of behaviour ever witnessed at a football ground, an Arsenal supporter was arrested at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday after red wine was thrown at the Manchester United bench.<p>The incident took place as United celebrated the opening goal of their …

Record-breaking Lionel Messi is both football god and mere mortal

When the Barcelona forward shattered the La Liga goalscoring record, he showed his humanity, yet Messi often seems more than human.<p>Sometimes there are moments in football that remind you that a player is but human. Sometimes there are moments that reinforce the belief that a player stands above …

Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of November 24

Manchester United's stunning victory at Arsenal will have settled Louis van Gaal's nerves somewhat, with his young, makeshift defence keeping Arsene Wenger's team at bay until the fifth minute of stoppage time.<p>However, it is crystal clear that the United squad is still fractured following David …

Soccer

Things we learned from the weekend...

On Friday we looked ahead to the weekend’s football and highlighted some of the matches worth keeping an eye on.<p><b>SPAIN</b><p>After going three league matches without scoring, Lionel Messi ended what by his standards was a goal drought, by notching a hat-trick against Sevilla and in the process, becoming La …

Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Kevin Strootman, Victor Valdes, More

Manchester United's snatch-and-grab victory over Arsenal should provide Louis van Gaal's men with plenty of confidence heading into home fixtures with Hull and Stoke, but defensive reinforcements continue to dominate the club's January transfer rumours.<p>Kevin Strootman, Victor Valdes, Seamus Coleman …

Soccer

Chelsea Star Thibaut Courtois Nominated Alongside Manuel Neuer For FIFPro Award

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been nominated for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014 award celebrating players' achievements last season.<p>The …

Neymar Finally Proving Transfer Value at Barcelona in Spectacular 2nd Season

When Neymar signed for Barcelona in July 2013, he was seen as a pricey but interesting acquisition who was potentially brilliant.<p>When the truth about his enormous transfer fee came out, people thought he was far too expensive and, thus far, a disappointment.<p>But this season the Brazilian is showing …

Soccer

Zlatan, Neymar, mustaches and everything else we're thankful for in soccer

Thanksgiving provides a perfect chance to list what we're grateful for, from changing hairstyles to sublime slips.<p>Happy Thanksgiving!<p>For those of you not in the United States, today is the day we celebrate a food-centric holiday, created by modifying history. It may seem self-indulgent -- we stuff …

Angel di Maria on loving Manchester United life and how Wayne Rooney partnership is similar to Lionel Messi and himself

Angel di Maria is the Angel of the North... he is loving life at Manchester United and says his understanding with Wayne Rooney is just like when he …

Indian Super League a bigger draw than Serie A

It’s only been around a few weeks but already the Indian Super League (ISL) has become the fourth most popular in the world, surpassing Italy’s Serie A in terms of average attendance.<p>The (ISL) has sought to emulate the success of cricket’s IPL, luring former international veterans such as Sweden’s …

Messi 'obviously' not joining Chelsea, says Mourinho

The Portuguese insists that the Blues will not be signing the Barcelona superstar, despite his recent revelation that he may not finish his career at …

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in blast at Ballon d'Or

Mourinho says individual award has no place in a team sport and mocks players who launch 'Obama-style' campaigns to win it<p>Jose Mourinho has mocked individual awards in football following the announcement of the shortlist for Fifa’s Ballon d’Or and compared the campaigns that some players launch to …