Sport Mario Balotelli is being linked with a big-money move to Liverpool

Reds closing in on Balotelli as Rodgers' men prepare for City test on Monday

Ajax’s Lasse Schöne celebrates his 51st-minute winner

Ajax 1 Celtic 0 match report: Scottish champions suffer hammer blow from Lasse Schöne in Amsterdam

Celtic’s Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread after they slumped to the bottom of Group H with a narrow defeat to Ajax in Amsterdam.

Emmerson Boyce

Europa League: Wigan player Emmerson Boyce warns of possible walk-off if racially abused in Russia

The FA Cup winners face Rubin Kazan on Thursday

Lionel Messi is suffering his worst goalless run in two years

Barcelona analysis: With no goal in four games, is misfiring Lionel Messi pining for Pep Guardiola?

A Different League: The almighty's dip in form follows on from the end of last season when he was absent or below-par in key games

Lionel Messi trains with Barcelona on Monday

Champions League: Milan v Barcelona match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Champions League fixture at the San Siro

Mario Balotelli has scored six goals for Italy during their qualifying campaign

World Cup Qualifier: Italy v Armenia match preview

A look ahead to the Group B World Cup Qualifying match in Naples.

Cesc Fabregas (right) said Barcelona were 'in a mess' last season

Cesc Fabregas: Barça will not run out of gas this season

Gerardo Martino’s policy of rotating the Barcelona squad will help prevent the team suffering a similar slump to the one that wrecked last season’s Champions League campaign, midfielder Cesc Fabregas has claimed.

Philippe Mexes walks after bring shown a red card

AC Milan 'furious' at being ordered to play behind closed doors at San Siro after fans 'abuse southern Italians'

Fans chanted 'We are not Neapolitans' at Napoli supporters at the weekend

Brazilian Neymar will assume Lionel Messi's mantle

Celtic v Barcelona: Lionel Messi’s absence from Champions League encounter is bittersweet for Neil Lennon

Barcelona still present a formidable challenge with Neymar taking over the leading role

Gareth Bale celebrates his goal on his Real Madrid debut

Gareth Bale to rent Kaka's mansion in Madrid

Brazilian is on loan at Milan and could make move permanent

Gennaro Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso fired by notoriously trigger happy Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini

The news comes following a string of bad results in Serie B

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Le Tissier, who spent his whole career at Southampton, scored a total 48 out of 49 spot kicks. The only time he ever missed from 12 yards was when Mark Crossley famously saved for Nottingham Forest in Saints' 2-1 defeat at the Dell in the Premier League in March 1994.
Arsene Wenger has praised midfielder Mesut Ozil for his performance against Stoke

Mesut Ozil could be the missing ingredient that ends the wait for a trophy at Arsenal, says Mathieu Flamini

The record signing has made an immediate impact for the Gunners

Celtic 2 St Johnstone 1 match report: Teemu Pukki strikes it lucky for Neil Lennon

Celtic recovered from their European setback with a Scottish Premiership victory over St Johnstone here that should have been more comprehensive.

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 19 September 2013

Chelsea rolled over by Swiss as Arsenal triumph in France

Milan's Colombian defender Cristian Zapata celebrates his goal

AC Milan 2 Celtic 0 match report: Sickening for Celtic as Emilio Izaguirre's late deflection sparks misfiring Milan

Milan struck twice late on to beat luckless Celtic in their Champions League Group H opener at San Siro tonight.

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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

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Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
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Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
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The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

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Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

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Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

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The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

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The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
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