A snowboarder flies through the center ring of the Olympic Rings, triggering an explosion of snow and ice off the rings during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

Stockholm and Beijing among six bidders to host 2022 winter Olympics

Almaty, Krakow, Lviv and Oslo are the others hoping to stage the games

Riot police and protesters face-off near the Maracana Stadium during the Confederations Cup

2014 World Cup: Security issues in Brazil has England 'very concerned'

Recent protests have on occasion turned violent and Hodgson admits it will be a main concern of the Three Lions's security team

Rare Oskar Schindler documents sold for $122,000 at US auction

Documents linked to Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who rescued Jews from World War II concentration camps, have been sold by a New Hampshire auction house for $122,000 (£78,000).

Man arrested over Polish parliament bomb plot

A university researcher has been arrested over an alleged plot to detonate a four-tonne bomb in front of the parliament building in Warsaw when the President, Prime Minister, government ministers and MPs were present.

Rio Grande: Captain Steven Gerrard defends England's World Cup hopes

Gerrard: we can still be the boys in Brazil despite what Carragher says (and do not blame Wayne)

The England captain Steven Gerrard has emphatically rejected his Liverpool team-mate Jamie Carragher's criticism that the national team is so far behind the elite sides that they have no hope at the next World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014.

Roy Hodgson and Steven Gerrard face the press

Roy Hodgson set to start with Theo Walcott but Andy Carroll left out

Winger's sparkling display against Swedes wins call-up as Rooney returns for Ukraine

Polish and Russian fans clash outside the stadium in Warsaw before the match

Uefa condemn violence between Russia and Poland fans at Euro 2012

UEFA today condemned the violence that marred Poland's European Championship match with Russia, but it was unclear whether either team would face any sanctions.

The Netherlands pictured training in Krakow

Uefa acknowledge 'isolated incidents' of racist chanting aimed at Netherlands players

UEFA today vowed to crack down on racism at the European Championship after they and the Dutch Football Association acknowledged Holland's black players were abused during a training session in Krakow.

'It's a disgrace, especially after getting back from Auschwitz, that we are confronted with this', says Dutch captain Mark van Bommel

Dutch football team subjected to racist abuse from fans in Krakow ahead of Euro 2012

Netherlands complain to Uefa over monkey chants while training near England's Euro 2012 camp

The Donbass Arena in Donetsk is in great shape for the Euros

Ukraine grounds fit for purpose – unlike Hodgson's logistics

At night the Donbass Arena is lit up, casting a blue glow across the parkland that surrounds it. Despite controversy over racism, pricing, inadequate infrastructure and a lack of accommodation, there is one area where it is possible to cast Euro 2012 in a positive light; its stadiums are happily fit for purpose.

The Donbass Arena in Donetsk is in great shape for the Euros

Ukraine grounds fit for purpose – unlike England's logistical efforts

Venues in Donetsk and Kiev pass muster – even if they are hundreds of miles from team hotel

Roy Hodgson offers Parker some direction

Euro 2012 'means everything' to England midfielder Scott Parker

England midfielder Scott Parker has admitted it "means everything" to get the chance to appear at Euro 2012.

John Terry

John Terry provides fitness boost for England

The Football Association have confirmed their entire 23-man squad, including John Terry, will be on the plane that leaves Luton Airport for their Euro 2012 mission this afternoon.

Southgate: 'We've got to think logically about how we set up and the best way to get results'

We cannot outplay elite teams, Southgate warns

As England fly to Euro 2012 today, FA technical director says being hard to beat is the best the team can hope for

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