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With Lionel Messi in fine form, we look at how Alejandro Sabella can lead his Argentina side to glory in Brazil

Erik Lamela, who scored the first and made the second, is mobbed

Transfer news: Erik Lamela will not leave Tottenham in January, insists manager Tim Sherwood

Sherwood claims that the misfiring forward is not fully fit and that he needs more time to settle in to the rigours of the Premier League

Mexico says marijuana legalization could change anti-drug strategies

Colorado's 'pot shops' might do more to stop the Mexican cartels than any law enforcement

This the first time to test the argument that legalisation will diminish violence in America’s immediate neighbour

Julian Speroni makes a save during Crystal Palace's FA Cup win over West Brom

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis hopeful of keeping goalkeeper Julian Speroni despite contract renewal due in the summer

The 34-year-old will celebrate a decade with the Eagles later this year although he could leave the club at the end of the season should he fail to sign a new contract

Dwight Gayle scores for Crystal Palace in their 2-0 win over West Brom

West Brom 0 Crystal Palace 2 match report: Dwight Gayle damage leaves Albion heading for exit

Gayle scored his fourth goal in eight matches with fellow striker Marouane Chamakh rounding out the scoring

Héctor Marcos Timerman, Argentina's Foreign Minister, speaks at a press conference March 26, 2013 at United Nations headquarters in New York.

Argentina says the UK 'roars but does not inspire fear any more'

The Foreign Minister took a swipe at Prime Minister David Cameron's Christmas message and the UK's colonial legacy 

A man sits under the sun at the Centenario park in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Seven people die in the worst heat wave ever recorded in Argentina

The mercury rose to 45C in northern provinces of the country

Pope Francis in the Vatican on December 14, 2013, two days after his meeting with the Bishop of Malta.

Pope Francis 'shocked' by gay adoption says Bishop of Malta

The Pope apparently gave his blessing to the Bishop of Malta's anti-gay adoption Christmas sermon

Joe Hart suffered a nasty looking cut which required five stitches in Manchester City's 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart fit to face Swansea despite needing five stitches under his left eye in collision with Cameron Jerome

England goalkeeper suffered a nasty cut when he collided with the Crystal Palace striker but was able to continue in goal throughout the 1-0 victory

Codebreaker Alan Turing

The Big Questions: Do we need an inquiry into the death of Alan Turing? Should Britain boycott Sochi?

This week's big questions are answered by political campaigner Peter Tatchell

Malky Mackay remonstrates on the sidelines during Cardiff's 3-0 loss to Southampton

Cardiff City 0 Southampton 3: Malky Mackay rubbishes claim that uncertainty over his future had impact on heavy defeat

Bluebirds were three-down within 30 minutes but their manager claims that off-field problems had no effect on his team

Transfer news: Chelsea and Liverpool target Luke Shaw 'wants to stay' at Southampton

Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino insists the left-back is not interested in a move away

A referee uses vanishing spray

World Cup 2014: Referees will use 'vanishing spray' in Brazil

The technology helps officials battling to keep players creeping forward at free-kicks

Transfer news: Arsenal and Manchester United delay making moves for Angel Di Maria

No offers yet for Argentine winger according to Real Madrid president

Glenn Hoddle is set for a role with the FA

Tottenham manager: Glenn Hoddle would be a 'wonderful choice' to replace Andre Villas-Boas

The former manager is being touted as a possible replacement for AVB

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