Durham batsmen Will Smith (right) and Mark Stoneman celebrate after winning the County Championship

Paul Collingwood's band of local boys triumph over adversity and bad luck

Year that hit rock bottom with coach Geoff Cook's heart attack ends in stirring Durham title win

Samuel Eto'o in action for Chelsea in the Champions League

Samuel Eto'o analysis: Cameroon striker fails to find the mark again for Chelsea

A closer look at the striker's performance against Basle

Gareth Bale celebrates after providing the assist for one of Cristiano Ronaldo's goals against Galatasaray

Gareth Bale happy to be back in the Champions League after coming off the bench in Real Madrid demolition of Galatasaray

The most expensive player in world football provided two assists after coming on in the second half and has said he is looking forward to featuring more as he returns to fitness

Champions League: Arsenal stretched to the limit ahead of clash with Marseille

Rosicky, Cazorla, Diaby, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Bendtner, Arteta and Sanogo are all nursing ailments

<b>Tomas Rosicky – hamstring strain</b>
<br/> The Czech Republic captain returned from the international break with a hamstring injury that immediately ruled him out of the trip to Sunderland on the weekend. Rosicky had been in good form for the Gunners, and with Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain absent, he had become a regular starter playing on the left-wing or in the middle. It is not yet known when he is expected to return.

Gallery: Santi Cazorla ankle injury adds to lengthy absentee list for Arsenal

The Gunners are without eight first-team squad members ahead of their Champions League opener against Marseille

Olivier Giroud runs towards Mesut Ozil after opening the scoring for Arsenal

Olivier Giroud calms fears he will miss Marseille match as Arsenal injury concerns worsen with news of Santi Cazorla absence

Giroud limped out of the 3-1 victory over Sunderland while Cazorla has been ruled out for a month with an ankle injury

Matt Butler: World Cup hat-trick hero has his cerebral teeth pulled

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Andy Murray eased to a straight-sets win yesterday but may now be rested

Davis Cup: GB fear for Andy Murray after fresh back injury scare

British number one dropped just six games in straight sets win

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted Steven Gerrard has a specific training regime in an attempt to prolong his Anfield career

Brendan Rodgers reveals altered training regime has allowed Steven Gerrard to maintain a constant presence for both Liverpool and England

England and Reds captain has a specific training programme that allows him to recover properly and ensure he is 100% for each fixture

Arrival of Samuel Eto'o talked up by Chelsea captain John Terry

The striker has joined on a one-year deal

Mesut Ozil poses outside Arsenal's training ground

Mesut Ozil arrives at Arsenal to abate increasing injury problems ahead of Premier League debut against Sunderland

Club-record signing could be thrown straight into the starting line-up having only trained with the Gunners for the first time today

Darren Gibson of Everton

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson not ready for Premier League encounter against Chelsea

Gibson is yet to feature this term after suffering a knee injury in pre-season

JACK WILSHERE: Gave the ball away far too often and lost his radar in the final third. Did not shy away but never got going. 5/10

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere not at 'full fitness' admits Roy Hodgson

Below par performance against Ukraine blamed on lack of fitness

LA Fitness and Dave Whelan Sports improve gym contracts after OFT investigation

Two of Britain's biggeset gym chains today agreed to make their contracts clearer and give customers more rights to cancel their membership, after an investigation by the consumer watchdog the Office of Fair Trading.

A police fitness test has been labelled “unfit for purpose” because it discriminates against women and is geared towards overweight officers

‘Like a meat market’ – police fitness test for new recruits attacked for being sexist

Female officers were nine times as likely to fail test as men, and were wolf-whistled at

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
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