Sport Luiz Gustavo of Brazil tussling with Chile's Alexis Sanchez

Counting down the 100 players to look out for in Brazil this summer

Lucas Leiva

Lucas Leiva injury latest: Liverpool midfielder out for two months with knee ligament damage

The Brazilian midfielder hurt himself in the recent 2-2 draw with Aston Villa

Sebastian Coates in action for Uruguay

Transfer news: Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates to re-join former club Nacional

The Uruguayan will go on loan in a bid to be fit in time for the World Cup

England and Wolves mourn death of goalkeeper Bert Williams

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers and England goalkeeper Bert Williams has died, aged 93.

Manchester United midfielder Anderson has joined Fiorentina on loan until the end of the season

Transfer news: Anderson leaves Manchester United as midfielder completes Fiorentina loan move

Anderson completes his expected move to Italy and will remain with Fiorentina until the end of the season

Police officers could be banned from conferring after fatal shootings

IPCC face conferring ban after fatal police shootings

Police officers could be banned from conferring after fatal shootings in the wake of the death of Mark Duggan.

Manchester United's decade of midfield misery: From the departure of Roy Keane, through the signings of Eric Djemba-Djemba and Anderson, to the the exit of Paul Pogba

Manchester United's midfield is at its weakest for years say some, but the problems in the middle of the park have been festering for a decade

Anderson with Manchester United manager David Moyes

Transfer news: Manchester United midfielder Anderson to undergo Fiorentina medical today

The Brazilian arrived in Florence yesterday ahead of an expected loan switch

Lucas Moura

Transfer news: Manchester United chase Paris Saint-Germain star Lucas Moura

Moyes after Brazilian midfielder

Steven Gerrard in action for England

World Cup 2014: England to play Peru, Ecuador and Honduras in preparation for 'Group of Death'

Roy Hodgson is eager for his side to test themselves against Central and South American opposition

Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic has become Hull’s record signing

Nikica Jelavic writes open letter to Everton fans following switch to Hull City

The striker wants the best chance of going to the World Cup

Neymar predicted Barcelona would draw Manchester City in the Champions League

Barcelona paid £34m to company owned by parents of Brazil star Neymar as part of summer transfer

The Catalan club have revealed that around 70% of the total transfer fee they paid for the 21-year-old was given to his parents' company as a 'signing bonus' after allegations of financial irregularities

Wild Brazil, BBC2 - TV review

For Brazilian animals, monsoon season is a lot like Christmas, as we discovered in the first episode of the three-part nature documentary Wild Brazil (BBC2) last night. It’s a time of feasting, family arguments, and pretty little lights, which come from the luminescent beetle grubs that burrow up to the surface of termite mounds when the rains come, so they can entrap returning termites for food.

Bonnie Wright with Paul Hollywood on The Great Sport Relief Bake Off

What to watch tonight - The Great Sport Relief Bake Off

TV picks, Tuesday 14 January

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo is not yet a legend, says Pele

The Real Madrid forward must continue to work hard says the three-time World Cup winner

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win ahead of Franck Ribery and Lionel Messi, say readers of The Independent

We asked you who deserved to win among the three short-listed players

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness