Sport Diego Lopez, Joe Hart and Costel Pantilimon

Real Madrid goalkeeper emerges as a target for Manchester City

Andres Iniesta of Spain and Ivan Rakitic of Croatia compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match

Spain leave it late to ensure top billing

Spain 1 Croatia 0

Mario Balotelli of Italy takes on Spain's Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Arbeloa

Mario Balotelli backed to improve for Italy after disappointing display against Spain

Italy Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete is confident Mario Balotelli will bounce back from his disappointing display against Spain.

Euro 2012 Short Takes: Russian fans spoil the show

Russia's 4-1 trouncing of Czech Republic was marred by dozens of Russian fans who attacked stewards inside the stadium, with four having to go to hospital, and also racism reared its ugly head again. Online footage shows hooligans punching stewards, who had intervened in another scuffle. One was kicked while he was on the ground and there were battles outside the stadium. Anti-racism experts say they identified racist abuse and far-right Russian flags at the game in Wroclaw. The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network says Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie was targeted.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Real Madrid in Moscow

Real pegged back by Wernbloom volley

CSKA Moscow 1 Real Madrid 1

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Real Madrid in Moscow

Wernbloom punishes Real's wastefulness

CSKA Moscow 1 Real Madrid 1

The way Gareth Bale swept through the defences of Chelsea and Norwich City recently underlined the hope that he plays for Great Britain at London 2012

Gareth Bale only Premier League player in team of the year

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale was today named in users' team of the year for 2011 alongside eight Spain-based players.

Is Mourinho still worth the trouble?

Real manager's latest antics have not gone down well in Madrid – and they will take a dim view at Old Trafford

James Lawton: Cheat-ridden, greedy, brassy, mindless and...highly addictive

The monster known as the Premier League is back and it promises to be as intriguing and controversial as ever – especially now the Big Four has swelled to the Super Six

Puyol and Casillas back La Liga strike

In a show of solidarity never displayed by their clubs when negotiating TV deals, players from Real Madrid and Barcelona have thrown their weight behind an official strike that will mean no La Liga or Segunda Division matches in the first two weeks of the season in Spain.

Real Madrid need striker says Jose Mourinho

Real Madrid's squad is almost complete but the club still lacks one forward, according to coach Jose Mourinho.

Portugal hope Ronaldo can fulfil his lust for glory on national stage

A lack of silverware has left La Liga's goal king feeling he has a lot to prove, starting tonight against Norway

Leicester line up Real Madrid warm-up game

Leicester City have arranged a pre-season friendly against Real Madrid. The nine-time European champions will visit the Walkers Stadium on 30 July, one week before the new Championship campaign begins, in what will be their only fixture in the UK this summer.

Barcelona expect 'different' Manchester United in Wembley final

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola expects to face a very different Manchester United side to the one they beat in the 2009 Champions League final as the two teams look set to meet in European football's showpiece at Wembley later this month.

James Lawton: Messi shines brightest to banish memory of Bernabeu's dark night

Lionel Messi did much to grow his ever more vibrant mystique. He ran into space with routine genius and took Ricardo Carvalho repeatedly to the edge of oblivion

Barcelona book return to site of their most famous triumph

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 1 (Barcelona win 3-1 on aggregate)
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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London