Sport Sir Alex Ferguson’s presence at most United games has cast a shadow over David Moyes

It has been suggested that the former manager's presence is making is difficult for David Moyes

Spain are improving says Xavi

Spain playmaker Xavi believes the European champions are hitting form at just the right time as they bid to finally land the World Cup trophy.

Villa goal sends Spain through in battle of Iberia

Spain 1 Portugal 0

Swiss defeat has 'motivated' Spain

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque believes his side's shock opening defeat by Switzerland has been "highly motivating" as they seek to add the World Cup to their Euro 2008 triumph.

Spain desperate for Torres to fire in battle against oldest rivals

Spain v Portugal: Today, Cape Town, 7.30pm, BBC 1

Brazil and Portugal advance in World Cup after draw

Brazil 0 Portugal 0

Brazil boss Dunga sorry for 'donkey' slur

Brazil coach Dunga apologised to his country's fans ahead of today's World Cup match against Portugal in Durban.

Group G: Dunga feels the pressure despite Brazil's progress

Portugal v Brazil; Today, 3pm, BBC1. North Korea v Ivory Coast; Today, 3pm, BBCi

Easy-going Eriksson lets Ivory Coast spirit shine

When Sven Goran Eriksson was manager of the England team his laissez-faire attitude to player behaviour was increasingly regarded as a weakness. His toleration of the WAGs and the "Beckham circus" appeared to undermine the team's discipline and unity.

Eriksson seeks permission for Drogba to play with arm in a cast

Preview: Ivory Coast v Portugal, Today, 3.00pm, ITV1

Nani ruled out after bad break on training ground

Nani yesterday became the second Manchester United player to exit the World Cup before a ball has been kicked when he withdrew from the Portugal squad with a shoulder injury.

England move above France in Fifa world rankings

Portugal have moved up two places to fourth in the latest FIFA world rankings.

World Cup coaches all agree, Rooney is very, very dangerous

The England striker has the potential to be the main man at the World Cup

Sam Wallace: Nani seizes centre stage after flailing in the wings

The winger's display at Arsenal suggests that the shy boy from the wrong side of Lisbon's tracks is emerging from Ronaldo's shadow

Nani heads for exit from Old Trafford

Manchester United's Portuguese winger Nani is resigned to leaving Old Trafford, with his representatives seeking clubs in Italy and Spain to rebuild his career from next month.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game