Sport Deco during his Chelsea days

The former Portugal international has retired since the positive test

Fluminense full-back Wallace

Fluminense full-back Wallace to join Chelsea say club

Brazilian full-back Wallace was today on the brink of signing for Chelsea, according to current club Fluminense.

Payback Season (12A)

Starring: Adam Deacon, David Ajala, Nichola Burley

Mata: Torres turned down chance to take penalty

Juan Mata yesterday revealed that Fernando Torres had turned down a chance to end his long search for a Chelsea goal against Birmingham City on Tuesday because he wasn't "first on the list" to take penalties.

Negotiations with Robbie Fowler have stalled, says Blackpool boss Ian Holloway

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway admits talks to bring former England striker Robbie Fowler to Bloomfield Road have hit a stumbling block.

Brazil's economic boom attracts big names back

Proposed Tevez deal shows how their leading clubs now have the cash and sponsors to compete with Europe

Felipe Scolari tried to sell Didier Drogba during time at Chelsea

Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed he tried to offload Didier Drogba while Chelsea manager and confirmed the pair had "conflicts" during his short reign at Stamford Bridge.

Story of the Song: Man in the Mirror, Michael Jackson 1987

It was an indication of how commercially viable Michael Jackson had become by the late Eighties that out of the 11 tracks on his album Bad, ten were issued as singles in various territories.

Drogba treble gets Chelsea in the groove

Chelsea 6 West Bromwich Albion 0: Ivory Coast striker gives champions a flying start as Albion fluff their lines on return to the top flight

Club guide: Chelsea

Title: 7-4 Relegation: 2,000-1 Sack Race: 33-1

Deco wants return to Brazil

Chelsea midfielder Deco is keen to return to Brazil to be with his ill son, and expects to have his future sorted by Monday.

Cech a doubt for Chelsea opener after injuring calf in training

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech suffered a calf injury in training yesterday and could be ruled out for the champions' first Premier League game of the season against West Bromwich Albion.

On this day in World Cup history: Portugal 1 Holland 0, 25 June 2006

The Russian referee Valentin Ivanov grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons in this second round match between Portugal and Holland in Nurnberg, showing 16 yellow cards and four red to break the record for the number of cards issued in a World Cup game.

Chelsea put Carvalho and Deco on market as reshuffle begins

Ricardo Carvalho and Deco are to be put up for sale by Chelsea as the Premier League champions make way for new arrivals in the summer.

Fate deals angry O'Neill yet another rough hand

Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 3

Terry's 'horror' tackle leaves O'Neill enraged

Martin O'Neill last night said James Milner was "exceptionally lucky to have his career intact" after suffering what he described as a "horrendous" foul by John Terry. Milner was fouled late in the game with Villa trailing 1-0 as he attempted to launch a counter-attack.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness