Sport Juan Mata could go through a Manchester United initiation, but hopefully it won't be anything like David Beckham's

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

Soggy start to the Bank Holiday weekend

There was a soggy start to the Bank Holiday weekend for many today with heavy rain on the eastern side of the country.

Monogamy is outdated, according to controversial BBC investigation

'Polyamorous' relationships, involving multiple partners, could become the new normal

The proposed Doha Port Stadium

Switch 2022 World Cup to winter 'nigh-on impossible' says Premier League chief

Richard Scudamore says logistics are extremely difficult

Pirelli celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Pirelli Calendar, bringing together Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, Alek Wek, Isabeli Fontana, Helena Christensen and Karolina Kurkova shot by Peter Lindbergh / Patrick Demarchelier

Pirelli celebrates 50th anniversary with world's supermodels

The Italian tyre manufacturer gathered six of the world's top models and two renowned fashion photographers for celebration photoshoot

LG's G2 puts buttons on the back for easy access

New high-end handset will be the first in LG's new premium 'G' range of smartphones

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone with driver Sebastian Vettel at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

F1: Indian Grand Prix on the skids, says Bernie Ecclestone

The Indian Grand Prix is likely to be dropped from next year’s Formula One calendar according to the sport’s chief executive officer, Bernie Ecclestone.

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It's yet to happen, but when it does, surely the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take some beating for a strange place to play the most prestigious sporting tournament in the world. Temperatures during the summer reach 50 degrees and the tiny alcohol restricted state will have to find some way to accommodate beer swilling fans from around the world.

Premier League chief Richard Scudamore wary of waging legal battle over winter World Cup

Moving the Qatar tournament would have a huge knock-on effect for domestic leagues

A positive mindset paid off for Usman Khawaja at Lord’s

Adam Gilchrist on the Ashes: It’s all between the ears – Australia's batsmen must copy England’s patient game

The Aussie Angle: Views of the former Australian cricketer and ESPNcricinfo Ashes columnist

Red Bull Ring

Austrian Grand Prix reinstated into F1 calender

Race will be staged at the Red Bull Ring - formerly known as the A1-Ring

The Christmas themed Truro Cathedral Shop opened in Truro today despite record summer temperatures

The most wonderful time of the year? Christmas shop opens in Cornwall despite scorching heatwave temperatures

Rising temperatures haven't stopped the opening of a new Christmas shop

More than 600 people have complained to the BBC after presenter John Inverdale suggested Wimbledon winner Marion Bartoli was “never going to be a looker”

Maria Miller writes to BBC to 'express concern' over John Inverdale's Marion Bartoli comments during Wimbledon

Inverdale remarked that the ladies' champion was 'never going to be a looker'

The Wigan team celebrate with the FA Cup (Ian Kingston/AFP/Getty Images)

BBC and BT Sport win rights to the FA Cup

ITV secure exclusive rights to England games from 2014

Luisa Zissman in the interview room on the Apprentice

The Apprentice Final 2013: 'I'm not always right,' admits Luisa

Cake shop boss says the programme had helped to tame her

Warrington’s Lee Briers goes over for a try against Huddersfield

Cup specialists Warrington cruise into the semi-finals

Warrington 44 Huddersfield 24

Found after 10,000 years: the world’s first calendar

Humans had a sophisticated calendrical system thousands of years earlier than previously thought, according to new research.

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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