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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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
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Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

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