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

No Arsenal offer for Alex Chamberlain say Southampton

Southampton have not received an offer from Arsenal for youngster Alex Chamberlain, manager Nigel Adkins has reiterated today.

Alexis Sanchez Barcelona switch uncertain say Udinese

Alexis Sanchez's future is still up in the air with several clubs still in the race to sign him, according to Udinese sporting director Fabrizio Larini.

City are the favourites to sign Sanchez, say Udinese

The Italian side Udinese last night claimed Manchester City were leading the race to sign their Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, though insisted that a concrete offer matching their £35m valuation has not yet been forthcoming.

Birthday Honours - full list

Following is the complete breakdown of The Queen's Birthday Honours List 2011.

Poliakoff's big brother is new star of science

The voluminous hair, thick glasses and halting voice of the Nottingham chemist Martyn Poliakoff have made him a YouTube sensation.

Sir Bobby Charlton: 'I'm almost afraid to say that I'm really confident we'll win'

The Brian Viner Interview: Tomorrow's final stokes the United legend's memories of a humid night at Wembley when the entire nation willed the club to succeed

Beckford brilliance sends Ancelotti off on 'holiday'

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Lacklustre Chelsea felled by Beckford stunner

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£53m deal for Waterstone's

Embattled retailer HMV Group today said it had agreed a deal to sell its book shop chain Waterstone's to a Russian billionaire for £53 million.

Ian Holloway: Best chapter of this great story is still to come

We specialise in doing the unexpected and we can poop United's party to stay in the top flight

Phone-hacking scandal threatens press freedom, says Lebedev

The “dark, murky methods” of some tabloid journalists could result in restrictions on freedom of expression in Britain which would not have been out of place in the totalitarian days of Russia, a publisher warned tonight.

Move over, Essex. It's Chelsea's turn: Reality TV spotlight goes west

At first glance, they couldn't be less alike. One is a permatanned nightclub promoter from Essex, the other a polo-playing son of a diamond mining dynasty. But look beyond the orange streaks and signet rings, and Mark Wright and Francis Boulle have something in common: they are the stars of a new breed of reality TV, the mocku-drama.

Alex McLeish unimpressed with Alexander Hleb

Alex McLeish admits Birmingham have not seen the best of Alexander Hleb during his season-long loan from Barcelona.

FA accuses Ferguson of lack of respect for game

Commission says United manager was banned for criticising referee's integrity and then failing to apologise

FA slam Alex Ferguson for lack of apology

Sir Alex Ferguson was accused of undermining the Football Association's Respect campaign by the regulatory commission which ruled on the Manchester United manager's disciplinary case.

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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