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Beckham was forced to perform a sexual act on himself while looking at a picture of former United star Clayton Blackmore whereas in comparison Mata is likely to sing a song

Sex app notifies you when you have an STI

Hula helps you find a testing centre, download your results and tell other sexual partners if you have tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease

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The infamously risqué Pirelli calendar reaches 50: Has it moved with the times?

Or does it even need to? Golden anniversary edition of 'the Cal' has just launched, with great pomp, in Milan

Monty Python's Michael Palin will guest present Radio 4's 'Today' programme this winter

Monty Python's Michael Palin to edit Radio 4's Today programme

The comedian will guest host the show and invite John Cleese on-air

The PS4 and Xbox consoles are competing for the Christmas market

PS4 sales top one million in most successful Sony console launch ever

Sony's PS4 gets off to a strong start ahead of the console's European launch on the 29th

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Sir Cliff Richard: One Direction still try to look as cool as me

The crooner told BBC Breakfast he is still the 'cool' pop star to beat, but many thought he was wearing a wig on the show

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The most delicious chocolate treats help make waiting for Christmas so much more enjoyable for children and adults alike

The 10 Best advent calendars

The most delicious chocolate treats to help make waiting for Christmas so much more enjoyable for children and adults alike

Hull City owner Assem Allam has reaffirmed his desire to change the club's name to the Hull City Tigers

Hull City fans' set for battle with club owner Assem Allam over 'Tigers' name change

Allam has already changed th club's holding company name and plans to become the Hull City Tigers could be formally lodged with the FA early next year

Lionel Messi is suffering his worst goalless run in two years

Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona forward to fall 46 goals short of last year's record breaking season

The Argentina international is not expected to play again this year

No pound signs: The John Lewis television ad is cuddly, cosy and ruthlessly efficient

The buzz around the new Christmas John Lewis advert is justified

This is not only the result of brilliant PR, but of a consistently excellent approach to its advertising

Google smartwatch code-named 'Gem' rumoured to be released this month

Smartwatch would be powered by Google Now, offering notifications from users' phones as well as responding to voice-commands and queries

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England v Poland: Roy Hodgson believes FA were 'virtually forced' into increasing away support allocation by 10,000 tickets

Hodgson's side will walk out in their critical World Cup qualifier on Tuesday to around 20,000 Poland fans at Wembley

Invincible Rod Laver admits he would struggle to compete in the modern game

Supremely fit and equipped with powerful shots and an ice-cool temperament, Rod Laver was all but invincible in his prime.

Sir Ben Ainslie was unbeaten on the opening day of the Argo Group Gold Cup regatta, part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, in Bermuda

Sir Ben Ainslie and Ian Williams unbeaten on first day of World Match Racing Tour

Defending world champion Ian Williams is sharing the limelight this week with fellow Briton and race-track rival Sir Ben Ainslie. It at least leaves the other 18 teams competing in the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) event to concentrate on the job in hand. 

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