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: Di Matteo brings Chelsea late relief

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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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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