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

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John Obi Mikel calls on Uefa to overturn Chelsea's Champions League final bans

John Obi Mikel believes UEFA should overturn suspensions on the "devastated" Chelsea quartet that will miss the Champions League final.

Leading article: Patience is a virtue – in football as in so much else

Roman Abramovich may have spent more than half a billion pounds on players for his beloved Chelsea, but the abrupt departure of yet another manager suggests it is patience he needs as much as talent on the pitch.

The Internazionale president, Massimo Moratti, signalled defeat in his club’s bid to sign Tevez

Paris St Germain end pursuit of Carlos Tevez

Paris St Germain sporting director Leonardo has confirmed the French club have ended their interest in Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez after failing to agree a deal.

Gary Cahill is thought to have agreed personal terms and could play in next Saturday's Premier League game at Norwich City

Cahill signs but Alex deal in limbo

The Bolton defender Gary Cahill underwent his medical at Chelsea's Cobham training ground yesterday morning and watched his new team-mates beat Sunderland 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the afternoon prior to being officially unveiled as a Blues player tomorrow. The England centre-half has agreed personal terms and could play in next Saturday's Premier League game at Norwich City.

Chelsea believe Alex is worth more than QPR's £3m valuation

Alex deal on hold as Cahill edges closer

QPR bid £3m for unsettled Brazilian defender but Chelsea hold out for more

Despite Villas-Boas having previously claimed Alex and Nicolas Anelka, who were sidelined after submitting transfer requests, could force their way back into his plans, he declared the former would not be recalled - even if the worst happened

Villas-Boas rules out recall for Alex

Andre Villas-Boas has reiterated he will not bring Alex in from the cold, even if it means Chelsea starting Boxing Day's west London derby with John Terry as their only fit centre-half.

Gary Cahill is out of contract with Bolton at the end of the season

Chelsea open talks to land £7m Cahill

Bolton Wanderers have confirmed they have begun talks with Chelsea about the sale of Gary Cahill.

Cahill's contract with Bolton expires in the summer

Chelsea begin transfer talks for Cahill

Bolton have confirmed they have begun talks with Chelsea about the possible sale of Gary Cahill.

Cahill in Villas-Boas's sights

Andre Villas-Boas, the Chelsea manager, has admitted his interest in Bolton Wanderers centre-back Gary Cahill after revealing the extent of his rift with Alex, the defender who recently requested to leave Stamford Bridge.

Andre Villas-Boas: Returned to the criticism he made of the media after Chelsea's win on Tuesday night

Chelsea deny Andre Villas-Boas had former star removed from in-house TV channel

Chelsea today denied Andre Villas-Boas had former star Tommy Langley removed from the club's in-house television channel for criticising the manager's treatment of Nicolas Anelka and Alex.

First trophy of the season as I collect the BBC London Sports Personality of the Year award from presenter Phil Parry

It's a long way from Tipperary but Shane loves the hurly burly

One of the most astute signings of the summer grew up as a hurling specialist and his physical duels are proving a big hit

Bar&#231;a VP arrives to net Fabregas

Barcelona have sent their vice-president, Josep Bartomeu, to London to work on the deal to sign Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal as well as negotiate a £4.35m transfer fee for Chelsea's 19-year-old defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu.

Barcelona agree £23m deal for Alexis Sanchez

Barcelona have confirmed an agreement has been reached over the signing of Udinese forward Alexis Sanchez on a 26 million euro transfer.

Napoli join race for Alexis Sanchez

Napoli have made an offer for Alexis Sanchez, Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo has revealed.

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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

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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’

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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