Sport Former Germany international footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has come out as gay

Hitzlsperger revealed on Wednesday that he is gay and hopes that the widespread acceptance will help to progress the discussion of homosexual sportspeople forward

Football: That Was The Weekend That Was: Rumours - Lampard is lined up for pounds 7m Villa move

HOTTEST WEEKEND gossip - as reported by the News of the World, People and Sunday Mirror - is that Frank Lampard, West Ham's England Under- 21 captain, will be the subject of a bid of up to pounds 7m from Aston Villa as John Gregory seeks to revitalise the Midland club's Premiership challenge.

Football: Vialli sets the right example

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Football: No happy end to week of misery for Redknapp

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Football: Anelka inspires amazing Arsenal triumph

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Football: Careless United too big for their roots

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The Sweeper: Liverpool suffer trip from hell

THE UEFA Cup favourites, Parma, may have envied Liverpool their journey to Kosice last week while they had to travel to the inhospitable likes of Istanbul - where they lost 1-0 to Fenerbahce - but the journey home for the Merseysiders, after their comfortable first-leg victory, was more like the trip from hell.

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Football: Venables launches new era at Palace

IF THINGS had turned out differently Terry Venables would have been heading off to France with England yesterday and not taking a slightly less illustrious flight with the Eagles into the First Division. The man of many clubs and many more headlines was back at Crystal Palace, his managerial career turning full circle.

Interview: Jane Asher: The icing on the cake

Actress, house goddess, now serious novelist. Jane Asher has it all, says John Walsh

Football: Day when courage was not enough

Tomorrow Wembley stages a repeat of the 1952 Cup final. Ken Jones talks to one of the losing side from 46 years ago

Cricket: Beware the safety catch

`Stewart is a pupil of the Gatting and Gooch school of cricket: straight down the line, nothing too fancy'

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Football: Full Speed ahead for Newcastle

As Everton languish at the foot of the Premiership, their captain, Gary Speed may be about to move to Newcastle United. Alan Nixon reports.
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Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

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BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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