Sport Colombia's James Rodriguez is being courted by Real Madrid after a storming World Cup

Rodriguez has been linked with a move to the La Liga giants after a series of impressive performances at the World Cup

Fernandinho says Brazil must be wary of the threat posed by Colombia's James Rodriguez

Brazil vs Colombia World Cup 2014 preview: Fernandinho fears the threat of Colombia maestro James Rodriguez

The Manchester City midfielder says the 22-year-old must not be allowed any space when the two teams meet on Wednesday

A view of the World Cup trophy

World Cup 2014 fixtures: Including England group games against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica

The tournament in Brazil kicks off on June 12

A view of the World Cup trophy
Javier Hernandez

Transfer news: Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez linked with Monaco move

French club also looking at Dani Osvaldo

Hugo Rodallega celebrates his equaliser for Fulham

Sheffield United 1 Fulham 1 match report: Hugo Rodallega rescues Fulham but Darren Bent miss adds to the workload

League One side had captain Doyle sent off in the FA Cup tie

Luis Suarez of Liverpool comes close during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool

Transfer news: Steve McManaman understands why Luis Suarez would be lured to Real Madrid, but insists Champions League return could keep him at Liverpool

McManaman expects Suarez to feature in the Reds' FA Cup fourth round tie with Bournemouth but accepts it's the Champions League that will keep him at Anfield

Falcao set to miss World Cup finals in Brazil after damaging his knee in a French Cup match

World Cup 2014: Radamel Falcao could join growing list of major absentees at Brazil

Colombia striker set to miss finals in Brazil after damaging his knee in a French Cup match

Chelsea have outbid Liverpool for the Basel winger Mohamed Salah

Transfer news: Mohamed Salah in play as Chelsea gazump Liverpool with rapid move for Basel's £15m winger

Liverpool had been close to agreeing a deal before Chelsea stole in

Arsenal make enquiry for 'in limbo' Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic

Transfer news: Arsenal monitoring situation as Mirko Vucinic's move to Inter Milan stalls

Arsene Wenger asks the Italian club to keep him up-to-date over the elongated transfer saga

To travel was to live for Michael Jacobs

Meeting him was to connect to the golden line of British scholar-traveller-adventurers from Patrick Leigh Fermor to Gavin Young

Transfer news: Nani set for Valencia as Manchester United exit nears - reports

Portuguese winger to join following proposed takeover of Spanish club

Stefan Edberg was the centre of attention on Monday at the Australian Open as he returned to court in a coaching role with Roger Federer

Australian Open 2014: Trio progress with wins for David Ferrer, Stanislas Wawrinka and Tomas Berdych as Stefan Edberg steals the show

Edberg has agreed to work with former Number One Roger Federer as he made a high-profile return to court in Melbourne

Australian Open 2014: Novak Djokovic admits Boris Becker link-up is a 'risk'

The German has been drafted in as coach

Jose Mourinho has stressed that Chelsea expect to do very little in the transfer window despite rumours linking them with a new signing

Transfer news: Chelsea rumours refuse to go away despite the insistence of Jose Mourinho that club will not bring in new faces

Mourinho has claimed that he does not expect to be active in January but that could quickly change should either Kevin De Bruyne or Juan Mata be sold

A German police officer poses next to a table laden with the confiscated cocaine

Aldi workers discover cocaine worth £10m stuffed into crates of bananas in Berlin

'Pure chance' discovery of 140kg of smuggled drugs from Colombia delivered to branches of supermarket chain

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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
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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