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Ukrainian authorities have blocked the release of a film about Soviet footballers who defied Nazi Germany amid fears it could ignite explosive emotions just weeks before the country co-hosts the Euro 2012 tournament.

Balotelli has promised to change his ways, says Mancini as he recalls striker

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has promised to moderate his temperamental behaviour and will return to the squad this weekend after being dropped, his manager, Roberto Mancini, said yesterday.

German FA steals march on England with move for Polish base

Germany have again raced ahead of England in their preparations for a major international tournament, having all but decided on a base in Poland for next summer's European Championship.

Mario Balotelli told to 'mature' before making international return

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has been warned he must "mature" before he can return to the Italy team.

Manchester City investigate Mario Balotelli's 'dart prank'

Manchester City will today demand an explanation from Mario Balotelli as to why he threw at least one dart in the direction of youth-team players at the club's Carrington training academy.

Ukraine: Ex-president charged over editor's murder

Leonid Kuchma, the former Ukrainian president, has been formally charged over the murder of a journalist in 2000 and could be jailed for up to 12 years if convicted.

Mancini losing faith in Balotelli for big matches

Roberto Mancini declared yesterday that he is not sure he can rely on Mario Balotelli for a game as significant as tomorrow's Premier League tie at Stamford Bridge and admitted he is still mystified by the player on whom he has staked his reputation.

Mario Balotelli says sorry for sending off

Mario Balotelli has apologised to his Manchester City team-mates for his red card in last night's Europa League encounter with Dynamo Kiev at Eastlands.

Nigel de Jong warns Mario Balotelli over conduct

Nigel de Jong has warned Mario Balotelli he must learn from his mistakes after the Manchester City striker's red card shame at Eastlands last night.

Mancini fires blast at Balotelli after 'stupid' sending-off

Manager ready to drop Italian striker for Chelsea match after City tumble out of Europa League

City succumb to combination of folly and fatigue

Manchester City 1 Dynamo Kiev 0 (Dynamo Kiev win 2-1 on aggregate)

Balotelli off as brave City fail in Europe

Manchester City 1 Dynamo Kiev 0 (Dynamo Kiev win 2-1 on aggregate)

We underestimated Kiev but we won't do it again, says Kompany

Roberto Mancini said yesterday that Manchester City must not panic in tonight's Europa League last-16 match with Dynamo Kiev. City lost 2-0 in Ukraine last week, leaving them in a vulnerable position this evening. Rather than desperately chasing the deficit, Mancini would rather City played their natural game and avoided the defensive errors that caused their defeat at the Lobanovsky Stadium.

FA braces itself for the Manchester invasion

During liverpool's glory, glory years, Kenny Dalglish used to refer to Wembley as "Anfield South". Next month, as three clubs from within a 20-mile radius of each other head to London for the FA Cup semi-finals, it will become "Greater Manchester South".

Defamation Bill intended to kill off 'libel tourism'

Major changes to Britain's antiquated defamation laws will be outlined by ministers today with the publication of a bill to provide greater protection for free speech and an end to "libel tourism".

Silva enlivens tired City to bring Manchester hordes to Wembley

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James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

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Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

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Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
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Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

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