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

Didier Drogba has recovered from malaria

Chelsea have been stunned to discover that Didier Drogba has been suffering from malaria for at least a month.

Terence Blacker: A father's fancy footwork

Barnes looked delighted by the news, but then he had looked delighted by Liverpool's lead over the champions

Ian Holloway: I enjoy chess match with Moyes, who must be next United manager

I looked a right wally during our game with Everton yesterday. It was 2-2 going into stoppage time and Marlon Harewood poked the ball past Tim Howard and scored a "winner".

Ivanovic holds patched-up Chelsea together

Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 0

England qualify for under-21s Championship

England kept their discipline to reach the UEFA Under-21 Championship finals as they snuffed out Romania in today's play-off second leg in Botosani.

Terry struggles with persistent bruised ribs

John Terry admits he is still being troubled by a rib injury as England prepare for their Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro next week.

'We had them on the ropes,' says Wenger and claims 'dominance'

The Chelsea fans taunted their rivals with the chant, "That's why we're champions," and it was a sentiment shared by Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, who admitted his team will never win the title unless they become more clinical.

Chelsea claim fourth straight win over Arsenal

Chelsea 2 Arsenal 0

Ameobi delivers the knockout blow in a classic bout at Bridge

Chelsea 3 Newcastle United 4

Ameobi rocks 10-man Chelsea

Chelsea 3 Newcastle United 4

Terry takes the knocks to keep physical Stoke at bay

Chelsea 2 Stoke City 0

Spanish juniors shocked by late France winner

France pulled off a major shock by coming from behind to beat favourites Spain 2-1 in the final of the Under-19 European Championship in Caen last night.

Alex joins Cech in Chelsea treatment room

The Chelsea defender Alex will miss the start of the season after being ruled out for a month having torn a thigh muscle in training. The Brazilian defender went for a scan yesterday which confirmed the tear in his right leg and he joins goalkeeper Petr Cech, who tore a calf muscle earlier this week, on the sidelines.

Chelsea's northern strife puts dent in title prospects

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