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Daniel Sturridge celebrates opening the scoring last night

Stuart Pearce not feeling Olympics pressure as Team GB prepare for quarter-final

Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce believes being part of the Olympics has helped his side to avoid being burdened with the sort of expectations that have hampered England at major tournaments.

Howard Webb leads tributes to former official Jack Taylor

Howard Webb hailed the legacy Jack Taylor left on refereeing in this country as tributes poured in for the former official who has died at the age of 82.

Bradley Wiggins is proudly the champion of the 2012 Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins: A British cyclist winning the Tour de France? How is this possible?

Simon O’Hagan pays tribute to the Kilburn boy whose historic, once unimaginable, exploits on the roads of France have had an extraordinary effect in his homeland

Tim Walker: Olympians do it for the love of sport

Tales From The Water Cooler: How can you get emotionally involved in a story when all you see is the final scene?

England end tour of South Africa on positive note

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England claw draw from Springboks on final tour date

South Africa 14 England 14

Manchester United confirm pre-season tour of South Africa

Manchester United have confirmed they will start their pre-season tour with two matches in South Africa next month.

A rescuer carries a child to safety after the fire in Doha

Fire at one of world's most luxurious malls leaves 13 children dead

Nineteen people were killed by a fire that destroyed an upmarket shopping centre in the Qatari capital, Doha, yesterday, with 13 children among the dead.

Jermain Defoe scored his side's second goal to secure three points at White Hart Lane

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe attributes England call-up to extra training

Jermain Defoe thinks a gruelling pre-season training camp in France helped him break in to England's Euro 2012 squad.

Marko Marin is to join Chelsea

Chelsea signing Marko Marin wants Roberto Di Matteo in charge

Chelsea new boy Marko Marin believes the London club is "the perfect fit" for him and hopes the man who recruited him, Roberto Di Matteo, is still the man in charge when he arrives.

Howard Webb took the decision to abandon Saturday’s game at Spurs

Webb stood down from Wolves game

Howard Webb was stood down from being the fourth official at yesterday's game between Wolves and Manchester United.

The Maracana stadium, which will host the 2014 World Cup final, is currently being re-developed

Brazil needs 'kick up the arse' says Fifa secretary amid warnings over 2014 World Cup preparations

Serious concerns about Brazil's preparations for the 2014 World Cup have been expressed by FIFA raising the prospect of transport and accommodation chaos for fans.

Brazil's Neymar reacts after scoring in the friendly against Bosnia on Tuesday

Menezes sets Brazil quest for old style

Battling 2-1 victory over Bosnia shows signs of coach's plan to reverse 20 years of negative tactics

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Arguably the greatest deadline day of all occurred last winter. What was most shocking was that not only so much money was being thrown around, but the out-of-the-blue nature of them. Rumours surfaced in the morning that Liverpool favourite Fernando Torres was interesting Chelsea. By the end of the day his £50m switch made him the most expensive British buy in history.

Misfiring Fernando Torres dropped by Spain

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque insists the door is still open for Fernando Torres to make the final cut for Euro 2012 despite dropping the out-of-form Chelsea striker from his latest squad.

The legendary Brazilian midfielder, Socrates, died yesterday aged 57

The Socrates philosophy

The legendary Brazilian midfielder, who died yesterday aged 57, believed it was how you played rather than if you won that counted most – as his 1982 side showed

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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

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