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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