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

Falcao, the man they call “The Tiger”, will be a major threat to Real Madrid in his first appearance at the Santiago Bernabeu

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will back Radamel Falcao if he chooses to leave

Monaco, Manchester City and Chelsea have been linked with the striker

The Team Sky rider and Tour de France winner withdrew on medical advice ahead of today's 13th stage from Busseto to Cherasco.

Sir Bradley Wiggins quits the Giro d'Italia ahead of 13th stage due to chest infection

Chest infection ends Sir Bradley’s Giro challenge meaning he will now target victory in France

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One Direction global tour announcement leaves a million Directioners all of a Twitter

Boy band One Direction have announced plans for a world tour.

Wiggins: 'I've had a pretty rough 24 hours'

Giro d'Italia: Bradley Wiggins could pull out of race

Team Sky director Sir Dave Brailsford says the condition of Bradley Wiggins will be assessed overnight after the ailing Briton lost further ground on Vincenzo Nibali in the race for the overall lead in the Giro d'Italia.

Atletico Madrid players congratulate Lionel Messi and Barcelona after the Catalans were proclaimed La Liga champions

Lionel Messi set to miss rest of season for Barcelona

The World Player of the Year has been suffering with a hamstring injury

Pope creates hundreds of new saints, including canonising 800 Otranto martyrs

Pope Francis created hundreds of new saints in a ceremony at the Vatican today.

Sir Bradley Wiggins endured another tough day on the Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia: Bradley Wiggins' struggles continue in rain-soaked ninth stage

Team Sky rider drops to 11th place overall after caution following Friday's crash; Vincenzo Nibali retains lead

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That's some drug habit: Women dressed as nuns attempt to smuggle 4lb of cocaine under religious robes

Three women have been arrested after attempting to smuggle drugs on to a Caribbean island while disguised as nuns.

Escaped Colombian gangster undergoes sex change and dresses as a woman to evade capture

An escaped convict underwent a sex change and started living as a woman in an attempt to avoid recapture by the authorities.

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Bradley Wiggins rides in the pack during yesterday’s fourth stage

Giro d'Italia: Sir Bradley Wiggins slips back on wet Italian roads

Sir Bradley Wiggins slipped down to joint fifth in the general classification after stage four of the Giro d'Italia, won by Italy's Enrico Battaglin.

Nigel Adkins' side haven't got enough points to stay up, despite their win

Fulham 2 Reading 4 match report: Too little too late as relegated Reading grind a victory over Fulham despite Bryan Ruiz brace

Nigel Adkins celebrated his first win as Reading manager, after six games in charge, as his relegated team halted an abysmal run with a fine, free-scoring display.

The economist Jeffrey Sachs launched a stinging attack on the culture of Wall St

Top economist Jeffrey Sachs says Wall Street is full of 'crooks' and hasn't changed since the financial crash

The IMF adviser also blamed 'a docile president, a docile White House and a docile regulatory system'

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