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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

Wigan Athletic 1 Chelsea 2: Alex's efficiency keeps Chelsea up to strength

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Geronimo's family call on Bush to help return his skeleton

The great grandson of the Apache leader Geronimo has appealed to the big chief in the White House to help recover the remains of his famous relative - purportedly stolen more than 90 years ago by a group of students - including the President's grandfather.

Tiago's touch of luck gives Chelsea look of champions

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Drogba ends Chelsea's five-hour goal wait

Middlesbrough 0 - Chelsea 1

Football: Houllier fights to bear burden of history

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Football: `Board blocked' Naybet transfer

MANCHESTER UNITED'S plc board have been accused of wrecking Noureddine Naybet's pounds 6m move to Old Trafford by the player's agent.

Football: Chelsea earn chance in the big time

Skonto Riga 0 Chelsea 0 Chelsea win 3-0 on aggregate

Football: Keane set on Bosman move

ROY KEANE is determined to stay at Manchester United until the end of the season and then leave the club for nothing on a Bosman transfer.

Sport on TV: The pathetic parody of a professional football fan

IF CHARLIE WHELAN is attempting to leave spin-doctoring behind and forge a new career as a media front man, his appearance on Leviathan (BBC2, Thursday) was the equivalent of phoning work from an Amsterdam brothel.

Football: Red-carpet salute to a working-class hero

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Football: European Cup quarter-final - Real rescued by classy Mijatovic strike

A STUNNING free-kick from the Yugoslav striker, Predrag Mijatovic, salvaged a 1-1 draw for the holders, Real Madrid, in a hard-fought European Cup quarter-final first leg against Dynamo Kiev in the Spanish capital last night.
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