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

Chelsea warn star players over behaviour

Chief executive Ron Gourlay has read the riot act to Chelsea's misbehaving stars in a tough-talking showdown with the squad at the club's training ground this week.

Terry thrives at heart of the storm

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No first-team guarantees for Chelsea's Joe Cole

Coach Carlo Ancelotti insists Joe Cole will be a Chelsea player next season even though he cannot guarantee him regular first-team football.

Mancini keeps cool head but still promises United a special welcome

City's new manager set for derby without tension after his predecessor's departure

World Cup round-up: Nine-man Russia go crashing out

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Referees' union attacks FA over Ferguson

Two-match touchline ban not enough to make example of United’s repeat offender

Alex signs new deal at Chelsea with World Cup dream in mind

The Brazilian defender Alex has set his sights on realising his World Cup dreams after becoming the second player in as many days to commit his long-term future to Chelsea.

Alex extends Chelsea contract

Brazilian defender Alex has set his sights on realising his World Cup dreams after becoming the second player in as many days to commit his long-term future to Chelsea.

Kenyon quits leaving Arnesen to rule at Chelsea

Club denies chief executive's departure is linked to Kakuta as rival wins power struggle

Clarets deserve to be on top table, says Alexander

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No substitute for class as Kalou and Alex rescue Chelsea

Pre-season friendly matches may be about building fitness, bedding in new players and trying out some new systems, but it never looks good to fans for any team to lose to supposedly inferior opposition.

Al-Fahim becomes Portsmouth chairman

Sulaiman Al Fahim has been appointed chairman of Portsmouth with immediate effect after the Premier League today gave his takeover bid the green light.

'NoW' hacker had beans to spill and a crust to earn

Peter Burden defends Glenn Mulcaire, the recluse at the centre of a media spat

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Two films about the art world will be among the highlights of the Edinburgh Film Festival. The directors tell James Mottram why the time is right for their insider portraits of creative hotbeds
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