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Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez falls down in the penalty area after being challenged by Milan keeper Chistian Abbiati. No penalty was given

Milan survive as sublime Barca lack end product

Milan 0 Barcelona 0

Jonathan Edwards, who is chair of the 2012 athletes' panel, in an apartment bedroom in the Olympic village

London Eye: Where Beckham will meet Bolt - inside London's Olympic village

Athletes will find single beds and shared rooms in neat yet basic apartments in Stratford

Ruby Walsh celebrates winning the 2009 Gold Cup on Kauto Star

James Lawton: Once again, Ruby is set to be brightest star of the Festival firmament

No contemporary sportsman, not Messi, Pacquaio or Djokovic, has done more

They call him The Mad One – but there's method in Bielsa's madness

Athletic Bilbao's Argentinian coach has been to World Cups and won Olympic gold. But, as Tim Rich reports, he does it his way
Gareth Bale: The Spurs winger is frequently ‘kicked from pillar to post’, Harry Redknapp said

Bale not a diver but a victim of crude fouls, claims Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has dismissed suggestions that Gareth Bale is prone to diving, claiming instead that the Tottenham Hotspur winger deserves greater protection from referees.

Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring his - and Barcelona's - second goal

Sanchez puts Barca in driving seat

Bayer Leverkusen 1 Barcelona 3

Pepe appeared to stamp on the hand of Messi

The problem with Pepe is that he is just not very good

As if failing to beat Barcelona in their last seven home games against them and losing the last three "clasicos" were not enough, Real Madrid fans were yesterday recoiling at the thought that while their rivals have the world's most adored player ... they have the world's most abhorred.

Pepe feigns injury after a brush with Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas

Pepe's problem? He's not very good

Row over stamp masks defender's lack of talent as Barça outsmart Jose Mourinho's Real again

Barcelona have set up a final against Santos

Barcelona overpower Al-Sadd to reach Club World Cup final

Al-Sadd 0 Barcelona 4

Guardiola got the better of Mourinho at the weekend

Pep Guardiola in modest mood as Barcelona arrive for Club World Cup

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola resisted the temptation to bask in Saturday's electrifying 3-1 'Clasico' victory over Real Madrid after arriving in Japan for the Club World Cup.

Contrasting emotions for Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and the Barcelona players

James Lawton: Team player Messi shows sulky Ronaldo the way

It is not true that Real Madrid played Barcelona off the Bernabeu park in the first half before suffering their latest subjection in moments of sublime skill and one flash of outrageous misfortune.

Contrasting emotions for Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and the Barcelona players

James Lawton: Maestro Messi eclipses sulky Ronaldo

Although the gap is closing between Spain's big two, Barça's genius puts team ethic first, a trait still lacking in Real man

Phil Jones in action against Sweden

Sebastian Coe disputes Alex Ferguson view of Olympics football team

Sebastian Coe has insisted Sir Alex Ferguson's young stars could benefit from being part of the Great Britain Olympic football team.

Messi is congratulated by his captain Carles Puyol

Lionel Messi in sight of Barcelona record after hat-trick

Lionel Messi is 34 goals short of becoming Barcelona's all-time top scorer after netting a hat-trick in the Champions League last night, and the only real question left is when he will achieve that accolade and not if.

Wayne Rooney is the only English player nominated for the award

Wayne Rooney only Englishman short-listed for Fifa Ballon D'Or

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is the only Englishman on the 23-man shortlist for the prestigious Ballon D'Or, which was released by FIFA this morning.

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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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