The former Arsenal player lashed out during Euro 2012
Second seed wins 6-0 6-0 in opening round
Outstanding candidates do not meet the preferred criteria
It all looks so familiar: just like in 2012, a Team Sky leader has taken the yellow jersey on the first summit finish of the Tour and then swept his rivals from the board with a dramatic time-trial performance. From hereon, we thought, pressing the replay button in our memories, all Sky have to do is keep the race under control as they did so brilliantly last year for two long weeks to Paris and it's game over.
Wales wing inspired by the record-breaking exploits of his girlfriend at world championships
On the face of it an air drop of hundreds of teddy bears does not seem like the most serious breach of national security, but that has not stopped a Belarusian border guard being sentenced to two years in prison in a maximum security prison for failing to report the 'invasion'.
Wife of exiled presidential candidate hopes to visit UK next month
The historic document that heralded the collapse of the Soviet Union has gone missing from an archive in Belarus, according to one of its signatories.
It is a strange sort of activism – falling, as it does, like the rain from heaven. But a Southern Korean activist's balloon drop into the North last week was no less effective for that. Social groups and Christian activists buddied up to try to get some hard-to-come-by essentials over the border, and into the hermetically sealed north. The only way to do it? Attach sanitary towels, toothpaste, socks and condoms to helium balloons – and wait for a fair wind. They seem to have been fairly successful, too, and Pyongyang hasn't issued its threat of last month, after a leaflet drop, to respond "mercilessly".
It was announced yesterday that Liverpool striker Fabio Borini would be out of action for around three-months after an operation on a fractured bone in his foot.
Meir Dagan, the former head of Israel’s spy agency Mossad, has been forced to seek a liver transplant in Belarus, Europe’s most autocratic state, after European and American surgeons reportedly refused to treat him. He is said to be in critical condition.
Ukraine managed to produce just three shots on target as they drew 0-0 away to Moldova in the other game in England's Group H.
Valerie Adams will be not just one of 11 London Olympic champions in action in the Stockholm Diamond League meeting tonight; the New Zealand shot putter will be the only one without the 2012 gold medal.
The Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk was yesterday stripped of her gold medal after becoming the first athlete to test positive for a performance-enhancing substance during the London Olympics.
Olympic shot put gold medal winner Nadzeya Ostapchuk has been stripped of her title after failing a doping test, the International Olympic Committee has confirmed.
Liverpool have been drawn to face Hearts in an all-British affair in the Europa League play-offs.