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

Andre Villas-Boas expects his side to be boosted by the return of Younes Kaboul

Andre Villas-Boas hopes Younes Kaboul return will boost Spurs to finish fourth

Andre Villas-Boas believes Tottenham need 16 points from their remaining eight Premier League games to ensure they retain fourth place and qualify for the Champions League – a run-in during which he expects his side to be boosted by Younes Kaboul's return.

Tito Vilanova

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova to return from New York

Vilanova has been receiving treatment for throat cancer

Brazilian national football team forward Hulk (up) plays with Brazilian forward Neymar

Italy v Brazil match preview: Two teams in transition meet for glamour fixture in Geneva

The two sides meet amid uncertainty over their respective credentials

Is being ordered to play behind closed doors really a punishment?

Hungary will play Romania this week in front of a sparse stadium

Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng (left) and Kevin Constant wear anti-racism shirts before their game against Siena yesterday

Kevin-Prince Boateng says he was 'treated like an animal' by racist fans

The AC Milan forward has criticised Fifa for their lack of action

Spurs celebrate Emmanuel Adebayor’s goal scores

Europa League: William Gallas calls for ruling bodies to act on racism

Tottenham defender William Gallas believes his team-mates would be within their rights to walk off the pitch, if they find themselves on the end of racial abuse again.

Wenger said he was ‘proud’ of his team’s performance

Champions League: Failure 'a massive wake-up call' for the Premier League says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager laments absence of English clubs in quarter-finals after 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich is still not enough to see his side progress

Gerard Pique of Barcelona celebrates at the end of his side's victory over AC Milan

Champions League: Massimiliano Allegri rues missed chances after AC Milan crash out against Barcelona

The Italian side lost a two goal advantage at the Nou Camp

Xavi in action against AC Milan

Champions League: Xavi completes CV with historic comeback for Barcelona against AC Milan

The Spanish team overturned a 2-0 deficit at the Nou Camp

Messi made up for a disappointing showing at the San Siro by lighting up the Nou Camp
Barcelona duo Xavi and Lionel Messi pictured in the first leg against AC Milan

Barcelona v AC Milan: Barca must make Champions League history if they are to progress

No team has ever bounced back from a two-goal loss in the first-leg without having scored an away goal

Boateng and Muntari were the heroes for Milan

Champions League: Barcelona v AC Milan match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Champions League clash at the Nou Camp

The Bayern Munich team acknowledge their fans after the victory over Arsenal

Champions League: Bayern Munich warned over complacency against Arsenal by Jupp Heynckes

The German side lead 3-1 from the first leg

Lionel Messi trains with his Barcelona team-mates

Barcelona v AC Milan: 'Monster' Lionel Messi means no easy ride for Milan in the Champions League

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani hopes Ballon d'Or winner has a night off

Rafael Benitez v Alex Ferguson: The facts about their relationship

A look at the falling out between the Manchester United manager and his Spanish adversary

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee