Sport Spain midfielder Juan Mata

Juan Mata follows in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and Eric Cantona

None better than George Best

A TV drama which looks beyond George Best's celestial skills, and towards his family, throws new light on the star's life, says Gerard Gilbert

Snooker: O'Sullivan aiming to be The Crucible's George Best

Ronnie O'Sullivan wants to be remembered as a showman more than as a prolific winner of trophies. The 33-year-old began his World Championship campaign with a 10-5 victory over Stuart Bingham at the weekend.

George Best and me: My life-changing relationship with the fiery footballer

When Rosalyn Hollidge met George Best, she was living in the aftermath of a violent attack and he was slowly dying. Their unlikely relationship – despite his destructive tendencies – was to give her a new lease of life

Chelsea hope London life will win over Hiddink

Guus Hiddink may be unerring in his insistence that he will return to his job with the Russia national team in May, but the Dutchman's admission that he has been quickly won over by life in London will do nothing to dissuade Roman Abramovich from attempting to transform the manager's temporary stay at Chelsea into a permanent one.

Charlton backs Ronaldo for more glory

Sir Bobby Charlton is confident Cristiano Ronaldo will become the first Manchester United player to lift the Ballon d'Or more than once.

Let's strike gold in Abu Derby, says City great

Summerbee aims to have the last laugh over guffawing Ferguson today and reveals why he thinks Ronaldo will never be the Best

A makeover for the murals that depicted hate, violence and bigotry

An important step in toning down the violent image of the Shankill Road is to be taken this week with the announcement of an agreement on the removal of some of its most ferocious murals. Ten of the district's most militant wall paintings are to be replaced as part of a project to replace portrayals of militarism with more pacific material relating to the area's cultural and industrial heritage.

Ferrovial in talks with JPMorgan to sell Belfast's George Best airport

Ferrovial is in negotiations with JPMorgan Asset Management to sell the George Best Belfast City Airport as part of its efforts to reduce its debt burden of more than €30bn (£24bn). Ferrovial is the owner of the embattled British Airports Authority, which operates the Gatwick, Stansted, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and South-ampton airports, as well as Heathrow.

James Lawton: San Siro provides the perfect stage for inconsistent Fabregas to come of age

You can go only so far with promise. You reach a point where potential slides away

Newcastle offer a helping hand to aid troubled Gascoigne

Kevin Keegan said yesterday that Newcastle United "will do everything we can as a club to help" Paul Gascoigne. The 40-year-old former Newcastle midfielder was sectioned under the Mental Health Act on Thursday following an incident at a Newcastle hotel and appears to have hit rock bottom in his post-playing personal life. But Keegan said the latest development was "a positive".

Pandora: Ring the changes, Gordon

Brrring, brrring! It's for you! Pandora's stilettoed mole found herself in the Prime Minister's House of Commons office. On Gordon Brown's desk is his phone (great insight, this). The third person down on his speed-dial? None other than Tony Blair's curly-maned chief-of-staff Jonathan Powell, now a mega-banker and the only fella at No 10 to last the distance with TB. Tone and Gord's relations have thawed, but surely not to the extent that the new PM would disgorge the beans to his old rival's most trusted lieutenant?

Terence Blacker: Ken's thoughts on alcohol? I'll drink to that ...

It is absolutely pointless being censorious about this national affection for celebrity boozers

The second time around: You can never go back (or can you?)

Kevin Keegan's return to Newcastle United raises intriguing issues about the wisdom of trying to recapture past glories. Do comebacks ever succeed? Mark Hughes considers the evidence

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