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

Scott Parker

Transfer news: Harry Redknapp hopeful that QPR will complete signing of Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker by the end of this week

Former Spurs boss wants to link up with the 32-year-old once again as he attempts to lead the west London club back to the Premier League at the first time of asking

Azelle Rodney

Met Police back officer over 2005 shooting of suspected gangster Azelle Rodney

Marksman faces possible criminal charges over killing of 24-year-old

Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao (R) and teammates celebrate after a goal during a French L1 football match against Bordeaux

Monaco see two-point penalty dropped after appeal

The Ligue 1 side had been punished for crowd disturbances

Editorial: Qatar - too hot to handle the 2022 World Cup

Awarding the tournamnet to the oil-rich Middle Eastern country was not about football but politics and money

Special delivery: British mother sets record with big baby in Spain

Maxime Marin's daughter Maria weighed 13lb 7oz making her the biggest ever baby born naturally in the country

Diego Costa celebrates scoring for Atletico Madrid

Transfer news: Atletico Madrid refuse to sell Diego Costa despite £21m Liverpool bid

The Reds thought their offer would trigger a release clause in the striker's contract

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 1 August 2013

Cook refuses to consider series win before third Test

Diving: Gary Hunt wins silver for Great Britain

Gary Hunt claimed Great Britain's first medal of the World Championships after coming second in the high diving in Barcelona.

Margot Robbie: A new Neighbour for Will Smith

Screen Talk: A new Neighbour for Mr Smith

Tinseltown Insider

Refugee Sifa in Why Don't You Speak English?

TV review: Why Don't You Speak English? Channel 4

Imagine – Woody Allen: a Documentary, BBC1

Falcao in action for his new club AS Monaco

Radamel Falcao doesn't make the impression he will have hoped in his first outing for Monaco

£53m striker is booked for a series of rash challenges and hauled off by manager Claudio Ranieri at half-time after he kicks the ball into the crowd

Chris Froome, right, crosses the line in Paris with Sky team-mate David Lopez Garcia yesterday

Tour de France 2013: Chris Froome on top of the world

His victory is not just for Britain, but for the globalisation of cycling, writes Alasdair Fotheringham

The sporting week ahead (21/07/13)

Today

Andy Carroll: Liverpool are keen for a quick resolution on striker's move to Upton Park

Sam Allardyce will not rush £15m signing Andy Carroll back to action for West Ham

The striker has been dogged by injury problems

Boxing clever: Chris Froome and Sky protect the yellow jersey on Stage 14

Chris Froome increases Tour de France lead

Chris Froome put his name in Tour de France history today with victory on the famed Mont Ventoux.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links