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The 10 biggest sporting events of 2014 on Twitter: World Cup 2014 wins, but what came next?

These were the events the UK was discussing this year

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal methods could be to blame for Manchester United injury crisis, claims Terry Phelan

Chris Smalling became the 43rd injury of the season during the victory over Southampton on Monday night

Kevin Strootman

Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman switch could be determined by Manchester City

Louis van Gaal is a big fan of the Roma midfielder

Liverpool 1 Basel 1 player ratings: Steven Gerrard performance was below par despite brilliant free-kick

A look at the individual performances at Anfield

Steven Gerrard

Liverpool vs Basel team news: Steven Gerrard returns to starting XI for Champions League match

Captain came off the bench during the draw against Sunderland at the weekend

Ronald Koeman poses in a Christmas jumper

Ronald Koeman wears shocking Christmas jumper with in-built lights prior to Southampton party

Defeat to Manchester United doesn't appear to have dampened the Dutchman's spirits

Liverpool vs Basel: Champions League scores as Liverpool exit and Arsenal win but fail to finish top

Follow the latest events from tonight's European games

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao

Southampton vs Manchester United team news: Radamel Falcao on bench as Wayne Rooney returns

Victory for either side would take them up to third in the Premier League

Radamel Falcao wife hits back at Louis van Gaal on Instagram, claiming Manchester United striker is '100 per cent'

The Old Trafford boss has said the Colombian can only play 20 minutes at a time

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Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas