Gareth Bale leaving Tottenham's training ground earlier this week

Gareth Bale to miss Wales match, but continues to train with national team amid Real Madrid speculation

The Tottenham winger is suffering from a foot injury ahead of the new season

The Manchester College

History: The college was formed following the merger of City College Manchester and Manchester College of Arts and Technology (MANCAT) in 2008.The predecessor colleges' histories can be traced back as far as the 1920s.

Gareth Bale puts Wales in front from the penalty spot against Croatia

Gareth Bale ruled out of Wales friendly against the Republic of Ireland

Tottenham winger will remain with the squad to train but will not feature at the Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday night

Roy Hodgson watches on as Wayne Rooney trains with the England squad

Roy Hodgson claims Wayne Rooney has no 'physical injury' after striker trained with England earlier today

Hodgson also confirms he would prefer Rooney's future to be made clearer sooner rather than later

My Edinburgh: Max Olesker on wrestling comedians at The Fringe (and not plugging his new show at all)

If I were a truly canny businessman I might be tempted to use these precious column inches to plug the show I am performing in all month (Max and Ivan: The Reunion, 8.20pm, Queen Dome – a heart-warming, hilarious and poignant tale of the class of 2003’s 10 year school reunion, directed by sketch maestro Tom Parry of Pappy’s) but instead, I am here to talk about The Wrestling. Or rather, The Wrestling II.

Arsene Wenger remains interested in signing Luis Suarez

Transfer news: Arsene Wenger will continue attempts to sign Luis Suarez despite Liverpool plans to keep him

Reds' owner John W Henry's comments regarding the move as 'ludicrous' have not deterred the Gunners in their pursuit of the Uruguyan

Patients attend a weight-loss clinic in the city of Tianjin.

China joins the fat-fighters' club

People’s waistlines are expanding as fast as the economy as fast food and lack of exercise hit nation’s health

Paolo Di Canio motivates his Sunderland players in Hong Kong

Transfer news: Di Canio set to continue spending despite bringing in nine new faces already

The Italian wants to add an English midfielder of very good quality

Birmingham Metropolitan College

History: Birmingham Metropolitan College was formed on 1 September 2009 from two colleges (Matthew Boulton College, opened in 1895, and Sutton Coldfield College, whose origins go back to 1896). On the 1 June 2013, it also merged with Stourbridge College to increase its provision further.

Only 4 per cent of women deliver on their due date

Length of pregnancy can vary by up to five weeks, scientists discover

The length of a pregnancy naturally varies between different women by as much as five weeks, scientists have discovered for the first time.

Gym bosses warm up for battle over VAT burden

Industry says cutting tax on memberships would improve nation's health, reports James Ashton
Maria Miller has pledged to improve representation of women

Lack of women at board level in sport 'a massive missed opportunity'

British Cycling is one of five national sporting governing bodies without a single woman on its board. Of the 46 national governing bodies (NGBs) that receive money from Sport England, British Cycling, England Squash and Racquetball, the British Wrestling Association, Goalball UK and GB Wheelchair Rugby still have all-male boards.

80% of adults in England don't exercise enough

80% of adults in England 'don't exercise enough'

New study of 1 million adults in England also found that poorer individuals were more likely to be unhealthy

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup looks confidently towards Europa League campaign as Swansea prepare to take on Malmo

Swedish club visit the Liberty Stadium on Thursday in first leg of the third knockout round in a tournament that Laudrup has hailed as 'special'

China issues nationwide warning as Shanghai suffers hottest July for 140 years

More than 10 people have died from heatstroke as temperatures soar to nearly 41C

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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
11 best winter skin treats

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