Sport David Beckham having his medical at Real Madrid back in 2003

With each prospective signing needing at least a five-hour examination, clubs' physios and local hospitals expect to be busy

Winter Sports: Back-to-back skeleton wins edge Rudman closer to world crown

Shelley Rudman claimed her second consecutive World Cup victory in St Moritz yesterday to boost her chances of being crowned overall women's skeleton world champion in Cesana next week.

War of the words: How H G Wells snubbed Bromley

Newly discovered letter reveals how author bluntly rejected freedom of borough

Leading article: Written off?

News that H G Wells wrote a spiteful letter about his home town of Bromley, which we report today, should cause the inhabitants of that London suburb no discomfort. Many writers scorned the places that nurtured them.

370 Suits You jobs to be axed

Around 370 jobs are to be axed under plans to close troubled menswear chain Suits You after its parent group collapsed in administration, it was announced today.

Police warning to offenders after crime blitz

Police today warned they wanted to "put fear" into offenders as they lay in bed at night following an operation to blitz crime from a city suburb.

Stabbing victim 'named his killer in dying words to wife'

A stabbing victim named his killer with his dying words in a phone call to his wife, a court heard today.

Police name man found strangled in home

Police today named a man who was found strangled in his home.

Man jailed for killing hospital worker

A thug who celebrated carrying out a fatal attack on a hospital worker as if he had just scored a goal was jailed for eight years today.

Property-owning knight 'Sir Barry Brooks' evicted

A self-styled knight has been evicted from his north London council flat after investigators discovered he owned four other properties, including one in Exmouth, a local authority said.

Diving: Aldridge cleared of security guard attack

Olympic diver Blake Aldridge was yesterday cleared of attacking a supermarket security guard and said that he hoped the outcome would help him shed his reputation as the bad boy of British diving.

Olympic diver Blake Aldridge cleared of common assault

Olympic diver Blake Aldridge was today cleared of attacking a supermarket security guard and said he hoped it would help him cast off his image as the bad boy of British diving.

Samuel Johnson: A Life, By David Nokes

After numerous modern biographies and even one about his dictionary, all excellent in their different ways, you might think that everything worth saying about the self-styled "harmless drudge" of lexicography has been said. Yet no other recent portrait has captured this verbally inspired figure with the unvarnished clarity of Nokes.

Farquharson and Broady triumph in all-British final for boys' doubles

Britain did not end this year's Wimbledon completely trophyless after 16-year-old Liam Broady and 18-year-old Tom Farquharson won the junior boys' doubles title.

Detective dies with two sons in house fire

A detective constable died in a house fire along with her two young sons, her force said today.

Former cab driver denies he is 'Night Stalker' rapist

A former minicab driver believed to be the infamous criminal dubbed the "Night Stalker" denied raping and sexually assaulting a string of elderly women yesterday.

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Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

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Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

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Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

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Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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