Sport Juan Mata could go through a Manchester United initiation, but hopefully it won't be anything like David Beckham's

Beckham was forced to perform a sexual act on himself while looking at a picture of former United star Clayton Blackmore whereas in comparison Mata is likely to sing a song

Page 3 Profile: John Key, New Zealand PM

New policy?

New Zealand Prime Minister denies calling David Beckham 'thick'

New Zealand's prime minister has denied allegations that he called David Beckham “thick”.

David Beckham of LA Galaxy

David Beckham substituted in shock play-off defeat for LA Galaxy

David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by the San Jose Earthquakes in the first leg of Major League Soccer's Western Conference playoff yesterday.

Ronaldo soaks up the glory after scoring Madrid's late winner

Cristiano Ronaldo tops 50 million 'Likes' on Facebook

As well as celebrating his 100th cap for Portugal tomorrow night, Cristiano Ronaldo can revel in becoming the first sportsman to receive over 50 million 'Likes' on Facebook.

Martin Dougan: A day of action to match thrills of the opening ceremony

You've got Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis. Now people are even starting to realise it's OK to fancy disabled people

Katherine Jenkins denies rumours of affair with David Beckham

Welsh opera star Katherine Jenkins has taken to social media to shoot down claims that she had an affair with David Beckham.

Shanaze Reade riding for Great Britain

Double heartbreak as BMX turns out to be the cruellest sport for Team GB

It has the thrills and painful spills – but for Britain BMXing is turning out to be a cruel sport. There was double heartbreak for Team GB last night as both its BMX riders failed to make the podium in the finals of what is a dangerous and compellingly fickle sport.

Spotted: Laura Trott and Jason Kenny share a kiss

Team GB cycling gold medallists in tandem: Laura Trott and Jason Kenny confirm relationship

Double Olympic champion cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny are an item, she confirmed today.

Luis Suarez was booed throughout the match against Team GB

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says perception of Luis Suarez can change

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has offered words of comfort to striker Luis Suarez, citing the example of David Beckham as proof of how quickly perceptions in football can change.

Olympian efforts all round

Many would presume the likes of Coca-Cola and Adidas hand over hundreds of millions of pounds for sponsorship of the Olympics then relax in the knowledge that the benefits will roll in. The reality is more stressful, particularly for those employed in marketing and communications roles within these firms.

Victoria Beckham's 'mummy porn' blushes after buying her mother Fifty Shades

Victoria Beckham has revealed she has been left red-faced after buying her mother a copy of the steamy bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Bradley Wiggins enjoying yesterday's historic victory

Our greatest-ever Olympian? Bradley Wiggins is even bigger than that

His achievements are staggering – and he has transformed our sporting landscape

Tim Cahill is unveiled by New York Red Bulls

Tim Cahill refuses to rule out loan return to Everton

Tim Cahill has not ruled out the possibility of returning to Everton on loan during the Major League Soccer close season - if his new club the New York Red Bulls give their consent.

Sir Steve Redgrave: Squeaky-clean persona and fistful of gold medals makes the renowned rower a clear bookies' favourite, though he thinks it unlikely as he has been asked to run a leg on 10 July - 17 days before the Games begin

Sir Steve Redgrave not approached to light Olympic flame at London 2012 opening ceremony

Sir Steve Redgrave today revealed he had not been approached to light the Olympic flame at London 2012.

Jamie Oliver criticised David Beckham for his promotional role with Pepsi

Jamie Oliver picks a fight with David Beckham over his junk food adverts

Gary Lineker also targeted by chef in campaign for children to eat healthily

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

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I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
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Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable