Sport Clement Grenier could move to Newcastle to replace Yohan Cabaye after Newcastle made a reported £20m offer for the Lyon Frenchman

Magpies allowed Yohan Cabaye to join Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday and are looking to reinvest the £20m received in the highly-rated Frenchman

Barcelona predict footballing spectacle

Holders Barcelona will face Arsenal in the Champions League quarter-finals in a re-run of the 2006 final - and sporting director Txiki Beguiristain does not expect either side to curb their attacking instincts.

Arsenal draw Barcelona in the Champions League

Manchester United and Arsenal both face repeats of previous Champions League finals in this season's quarter-finals - but United will be much happier with the task at hand.

The Andy Cole Column: Mourinho at United? A perfect match

Fired Up! Mourinho, in my view, is United's kind of man, and we like to spar with the best

Champions League previews: Stuttgart aiming for 'game of our lives'

Barcelona v Stuttgart

Kenneth O Morgan: A uniquely lovable figure in public life, he symbolises a lost world

He was the supreme icon of the British left, the last heir of the Edwardian Liberal man of letters – and politics may not see his like again, writes his biographer

Bordeaux find vintage European form

Laurent Blanc was a relieved man after seeing his Bordeaux side finally deliver a performance befitting their championship-winning status on Tuesday night.

Rogne happy to develop by training with Keane

The new Celtic defender Thomas Rogne reckons marking Robbie Keane in training will help take his own game to the next level.

Barca deny deal with Fabregas

Catalan giants dismiss reports Arsenal captain has agreed five-year contract

Arsenal deal not agreed yet says Chamakh

Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh insists he has not agreed a deal to move to Arsenal but admits he is unlikely to remain at the Stade Chaban Delmas once his contract expires at the end of the season.

Jovanovic agrees to join Liverpool

Standard Liege forward Milan Jovanovic claims he has agreed terms with Liverpool to join them in the summer.

Liverpool concede defeat in Chamakh race

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has conceded defeat in his attempts to sign Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh in the summer.

Arsenal deny Chamakh deal is done

Arsene Wenger maintains no deal has yet been done to sign Marouane Chamakh.

France dismiss Blanc reports

Federation chief Jean-Pierre Escalettes has rubbished reports that Laurent Blanc has agreed in principle to take over as France coach.

Blanc plays down Manchester United link

Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc has rubbished speculation linking him to either the France job or Manchester United.

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Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there