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Angel di Maria celebrates his goal with Lionel Messi

World Cup 2014: The best commentary so far? Argentine commentator breaks down in tears after Angel di Maria goal

Pablo Giralt was unable to control himself during Argentina's win over Switzerland

A leaked image purporting to be the new Manchester United shirt

Manchester United kit: Has the 2014/15 Premier League strip been leaked?

New images appear on internet

Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal: Has Barcelona striker's agent dropped hint over transfer destination?

The Chile international is also wanted by Liverpool

Alexis Sanchez latest: Arsenal growing confident of snatching Barcelona striker from Liverpool

The Chile international still favours a move to London

Colombia's James Rodriguez

Brazil vs Colombia World Cup 2014 preview: Five reasons why Colombia will win

The sides meet in a quarter-final in Fortaleza bidding for a place in the last four

Neymar pictured after Brazil's victory over Chile

Brazil vs Colombia World Cup 2014 preview: Five reasons why Brazil will win

The sides meet in a quarter-final in Fortaleza bidding for a place in the last four

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch Andy Murray lose at Wimbledon

Wimbledon 2014: Prince William reacts to Andy Murray defeat

The second in line to the throne was in attendance to watch the defending champion's exit

Angel di Maria celebrates his goal with Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi at World Cup 2014: The path to immortality for the Argentina captain

The Barcelona maestro again played a crucial role in seeing his side through to the next round

Yaya and Kolo Toure train with the Ivory Coast side at the World Cup

World Cup 2014: Yaya Toure claims no-one cares about Ivory Coast exit because they are African

The Manchester City striker has suggested in the past his talents have been overlooked due to his place of birth

Neymar pictured after Brazil's victory over Chile

Neymar injury: Brazil fans 'don't have to worry' as striker is likely to face Colombia in World Cup quarter-final

The hosts' talisman picked knocks to both his thigh and ankle in the win over Chile

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The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
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Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?

Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
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Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
Billionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers

Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
10 best over-ear headphones

Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

Listen to your favourite tracks with this selection, offering everything from lambskin earmuffs to stainless steel
Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

Commonwealth Games

David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2014: Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings
Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star