Sport Juan Mata (right) and David Moyes arrive at Carrington training complex on Monday

United have already made the biggest splash in the transfer market with the signing of Juan Mata for £37.1m

Feet first: Gillian Cooke competes in the long jump for Scotland at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne

Gillian Cooke aiming to be ultimate all-rounder

The bobsledding long-jumper has a unique record in her sights in 2014

Paperback review: The Last Highlander, By Sarah Fraser

Sarah Fraser's rich and readable book tells the story of Lord Lovat, the clan chief who supported Bonnie Prince Charlie's rebellion against the crown in 1745.

Money spent on housing benefit could build tens of thousands of new homes, says union

"Ending corporate welfare will save taxpayers' money"

'Amazingly rare' letter written by Robert the Bruce to Edward II found

Fearsome warrior appeals to the English King Edward II to cease Scots persecution

Last of the snow? A car travels through the snow near Allenheads in Northumberland today, 9 April 2013

UK weather: The coldest spring for 50 years with average temperature of just 6C

The UK is on track for its coldest spring for more than 50 years following another fortnight of below average temperatures, according to provisional figures from the Met Office.

Elderly woman dies after gas leak in Hawick

An elderly woman has died and houses evacuated following a gas leak.

Scotland flanker John Barclay ruled out of tour to South Africa

Scotland flanker John Barclay has been ruled out of the Dark Blues' tour to South Africa next month, the Scottish Rugby Union has confirmed.

Psy

That Psy never thought of Watermelon Style

It was off to Scotland last week for some filming in one of my favourite UK cities – Glasgow. I used to be quite scared of Glasgow, as I was once beaten up there back in my Goth days. Nowadays there are new laws protecting Goths from harassment, and I could take my persecutors to court and win damages that I could use to buy loads of cider, black paint, and books by Rimbaud. I assume that Goths could always have taken people to court for beating them up, but it would just be that the Goth element would not be an issue whereas now … it is. God bless Dave Cameron and all who sail in him.

Album: Berlioz, Les Nuits d'été etc – SCO/Karen Cargill/Robin Ticciati (Linn)

Cargill wraps her sumptuous voice around the curves of Berlioz's song cycle in a performance of extraordinary musical delicacy, poetic sensitivity and emotional range.

Injury forces Glasgow Warriors centre Graeme Morrison to retire

Glasgow Warriors centre Graeme Morrison has announced his immediate retirement from professional rugby on medical grounds, the club has confirmed.

Scotland could become 'another Cyprus' if it becomes independent

Scotland risks becoming "another Cyprus" if it becomes independent, the Treasury claims.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien

Shamed Catholic Cardinal Keith O'Brien leaving Scotland 'for penance time' following inappropriate sexual conduct revelations

Cardinal Keith O’Brien is to leave Scotland for several months after admitting improper sexual conduct, the Vatican has confirmed.

Joe Ansbro pictured at the 2011 World Cup

Scotland international Joe Ansbro announces retirement following neck break

The London Irish centre broke his neck during a pre-season friendly against Munster last August

Scott Borthwick, left, celebrates taking another Surrey wicket

Round-Up: Borthwick’s magical spell sends Surrey into tailspin

Scott Borthwick’s three wickets put Durham in control against Surrey in the County Championship on a damp day three yesterday at The Oval.

The Everton manager David Moyes (right) celebrates their FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester United with his captain Phil Neville

Moyes wants fond memories to remain at Goodison Park

Manchester United-bound David Moyes hopes to be remembered fondly for the progress made while managing Everton

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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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'
He's behind you, dude!

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Panto dames: before and after

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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

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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