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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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain