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Arsene Wenger prior to Arsenal's game against Besiktas
Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring the winner for Liverpool against Southampton

Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers has spoken to Daniel Sturridge about £16m arrival

There are concerns the Italian could be a destabalising influence

Liverpool confirm the Balotelli transfer on Twitter

Mario Balotelli to Liverpool CONFIRMED: AC Milan striker completes £16m switch and signs 'long-term' deal

Italy international returns to the Premier League from AC Milan

Sir Alex Ferguson at the Stadium of Light

Sunderland vs Manchester United: Sir Alex Ferguson looms over Louis van Gaal at the Stadium of Light

Former manager digests another difficult performance

Jack Rodwell of Sunderland celebrates scoring his goal during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United

Sunderland vs Manchester United live report: Jack Rodwell cancels out Juan Mata opener

Half-time: Sunderland 1 Manchester United 1

Robin van Persie arrives at the Stadium of Light

Sunderland vs Manchester United team news: Robin van Persie returns

Louis van Gaal brings his countryman back into the fold

Angel Di Maria in action in the Spanish Super Cup for Real Madrid

Angel Di Maria: Winger 'fits the bill' for Manchester United says Gary Neville

Argentina international set for move to Old Trafford

Nacer Chadli celebrates after opening the scoring against QPR

Tottenham vs QPR live report: Nacer Chadli bags brace as Eric Dier scores again

A sorry return for Harry Redknapp in his first game at White Hart Lane since he was sacked with Tottenham winning 3-0 at half-time

Erik Lamela starts for Tottenham

Tottenham vs QPR team news: Erik Lamela starts as Spurs transfer 'target' Loic Remy gets nod for QPR

Harry Redknapp returns to White Hart Lane for first time since he was sacked

Angel Di Maria could be on his way to Old Trafford

Angel Di Maria to Manchester United: Real Madrid winger on verge of transfer to Premier League

Real Madrid expected to push for best price possible for Argentina international

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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
11 best face powders

11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone