Sport Argentina celebrate their World Cup semi-final penalty shootout victory over the Netherlands

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

Alan Pardew hopes the fans will think he acted with 'dignity and respect'

Manchester United v Newcastle: Alan Pardew eyes result at Old Trafford

The Magpies have not won at Old Trafford since 1972

Fabricio Coloccini happy to remain at Newcastle

The defender has angled for a move in the past

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini has claimed he is happy at St James's Park

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini expresses his commitment to the Magpies after latest exit rumours

Coloccini has pushed for a move back to his native Argentina last year but has since admitted he is happy living with life in Newcastle

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup draw: Roy Hodgson has 'no qualms' if England are moved to Pot Two

Such a switch would likely result in a tougher draw for the Three Lions

(L-R) Brazilian Cafu, Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, German Lothar Matthaus, Argentinian Mario Kempes and Englishman Sir Geoff Hurst will assist the real Group Stage draw

World Cup draw 2014: England drawn with holders Spain in official Group Stage rehearsal

South Korea and Ivory Coast complete Group E with Brazil, France, Italy and Australia making up the 'Group of Death'

From the Tango to the Brazuca via the Jabulani: A brief history of the World Cup ball

With the release of the ball that will be used in Brazil next summer, we take a look through the evolution and varied responses its predecessors were met with

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup 2014 draw: Possible scenarios for England

The draw takes place on Friday

Lionel Messi with the Brazuca, which has been tried by 600 players in 10 countries

Brazuca: Lionel Messi helps Adidas unveil the official ball for World Cup 2014

Adidas consults with top players over 2014 football to avoid repeat of South Africa issues

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 4 December 2013

England ready to name two spinners for second Test

England manager Roy Hodgson admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup 2014: England confirmed to be in unseeded pot for Friday's draw

England will be among an unseeded pot of European countries for Friday's draw for the 2014 World Cup finals, organisers have confirmed.

Christian Wade leaves the pitch after his injury for Wasps

Christian Wade injury is kick in the guts for England

This is getting silly. England's chances of piecing together something resembling a first-choice back division for the Six Nations opener against France in Paris at the beginning of February took another heavy blow when the Wasps wing Christian Wade was ruled off-limits for six months. The most elusive attacking runner in the country will miss the forthcoming tournament in its entirety and must be rated extremely doubtful for the three-Test tour of New Zealand in June.

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup Draw: England manager Roy Hodgson more concerned with location of group matches rather than opposition

England will find out who they will face in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup in Friday's draw

Bath's Ross Batty charges past Exeter's Dean Mumm

Bath 21 Exeter 16: Hosts rely on George Ford for win over west-country rivals as his 100% kicking record boots Bath to victory

Six penalties and a drop goal maintains Bath's winning record against the Chiefs since their 2010 promotion

Gary Neville and Paul Scholes have admitted that the failures with England still haunts them

Class of 92: Manchester United duo Paul Scholes and Gary Neville admit England failure still haunts them beyond retirement

Scholes also gives the current national squad 'no chance' of success at Brazil 2014 despite sitting alongside the current assistant coach Neville

Market Report: Speedy Hire shares take a dive

Speedy Hire shares collapsed on Friday following Thursday night’s revelation that chief executive Steve Corcoran was out the door after accounting irregularities were revealed.

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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London