Thomas Hitzlsperger with the Germany team

Thomas Hitzlsperger reveals he is gay, with the former Aston Villa and Germany international declaring: 'I have never been ashamed'

Hitzlsperger also played for West Ham and Everton during his career

Bouncing Czech: A happy Libor Kozak celebrates his winning goal

Ciaran Clark wishes Aston Villa team-mate Libor Kozak well after breaking striker's leg in training ground tackle

The summer signing from Lazio will miss the rest of the season

Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has hit back at his predecessor Martin O'Neill for his 'charlatan' jibe

Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio plays down talk of Lazio return

The former West Ham midfielder also played for Lazio

Equestrianism: Nick Skelton jumps to the front

Olympic showjumping gold medallist Nick Skelton made an immediate impression at the Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham by claiming an emphatic success in the Grandstand Welcome Stakes.

<b>Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid to Arsenal, £42.5m) </b><br/>
The main story of deadline day and Arsenal's record signing at £42.5m will be under pressure to perform from the outset of his career at the North London side. However, the man many have dubbed known as one of the best in the world should have no problem adapting to life in the Premier League following 16 goals and 35 assists for club and country last term. An away fixture against Sunderland could provide a relatively comfortable start for the German as the North-east side have struggled so far this season managing just one point from their three games.

Mesut Ozil, Samuel Eto'o, Gareth Bale and the best players set to make their debut this weekend

The re-start of the Premier League will see many new faces - while there are a couple of major signings abroad due to make their debut

Libor Kozak

Transfer news: Aston Villa sign Lazio striker Libor Kozak in £7m deal

The Czech Republic international has signed a four-year contract

Lazio fans pictured during the Supercoppa

Lazio to close Stadio Olimpico stand for first match of the season after 'racist abuse' during Supercoppa

Fans punished after allegedly directing abuse at Juventus players

Where to go after a September city break in Rome – seaside or countryside?

Q. We are hoping to go to Rome in September for a long weekend. How easy would it be to extend the stay with a few days by the beach or in the countryside afterwards, to combine some culture with recharging the batteries? Claire Allard, Southampton

Tom Sykes took over at the top of the World Superbike Championship standings after winning both races at Imola

Motorcycling: Tom Sykes moves to top ranking

Tom Sykes took over at the top of the World Superbike Championship standings after winning both races at Imola yesterday. The Briton now sits on 235pts, six clear of Sylvain Guintoli, after his second double win of the season following his success at Donington last month.

Incumbent mayor Gianni Alemanno

Postcard from... Milan

Senad Lulic goal wins Coppa Italia for Lazio

Lazio won the Coppa Italia for the sixth time by beating city rivals Roma 1-0 in a day of high tension at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Sylvain Georges

Giro d'Italia: French rider Sylvain Georges fails drugs test

The Ag2r-La Mondiale rider did not start today's 11th stage

Emmanuel Adebayor was subjected to abuse

Inter Milan fined over conduct during Europa League match against Tottenham

Monkey chants appeared to be aimed at several Tottenham players

Match makers: Liverpool fans 2012

The art of banner banter: Poetry on the terraces

Shouting from the sidelines isn't the only way that sports fans can make their views known. Will Dean looks at a new exhibition that highlights the art of the well-written banner

Paolo Di Canio poses with a club shirt after being unveiled as the new Sunderland manager

Federico Farcomeni: Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio - the working-class hero from Centocelle who revels as the underdog

He was a hero to West Ham fans, the working class of the East End

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?