Sport The Portugal forward picked up a pass from Angel Di Maria on the left, cut inside and unleashed a powerful shot past home goalkeeper Stephan Andersen for his 21st league goal of the campaign

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema took Real Betis apart to give Real Madrid a resounding 5-0 win yesterday that put them level on 50 points with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Take a bow: Adel Taarabt is joined by Taye Taiwo after putting Queens Park Rangers ahead with a first-half free-kick

Tottenham taken down another peg by Taarabt

Queens Park Rangers 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0: Moroccan gives Rangers mighty boost before seeing red for petulance

<b>Rafael van der Vaart - Summer 2010</b><br/>
The shock signing of deadline day in the summer of 2010 was at White Hart Lane, where Harry Redknapp somehow managed to sign Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart for an incredibly cheap £8m. It happened at the last minute in what is arguably one of the best 'bits of business' seen on a deadline day.

Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart hopeful of being fit for Arsenal match

Tottenham forward Rafael van der Vaart is confident he is winning his race to be fit for this weekend's north London derby at Arsenal.

Emmanuel Adebayor – Manchester City (on loan at Spurs)
Currently on loan until the end of the season at Spurs, the Togolese striker has proved that he would be a coup for any of Europe’s top sides with a handful of goals and some superb performances. Although he won’t be going anywhere in January, speculation about his next move will surely begin to emerge in the next few months.

Tottenham have injury concerns ahead of Arsenal meeting

Tottenham could be without several of their stars, including Emmanuel Adebayor, for this weekend's north London derby at Arsenal, manager Harry Redknapp has revealed.

Roberto Martinez saw his team claim a draw against Chelsea

Roberto Martinez furious over 'ridiculous' scheduling

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez last night launched an angry tirade at the Premier League for their decision to host a number of matches just hours before the closure of the transfer window.

Gareth Bale celebrates putting Spurs 1-0 up at White Hart Lane

'Dancing' Redknapp on his feet to applaud as Bale holds court at Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 3 (Bale 29, 64, Modric 34) Wigan Athletic 1 (McArthur 81)

Bale brace as Tottenham show what they're made of

Tottenham 3 Wigan 1

Spurs and Manchester City flick the power switch

Canny spending, sound management and expansive play are changing the pecking order in the north-west and north London

Spurs held to disappointing draw against Wolves

Tottenham 1 Wolves 1

Lennon and Modric celebrate Spurs' opener

Harry's boys at the double to see off Everton

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Everton 0

Steven Pienaar has hardly featured this term

Harry Redknapp offers Steven Pienaar reassurance over Tottenham future

Harry Redknapp has reassured Steven Pienaar and the rest of his fringe players that they can break into the Tottenham first-team in the second half of the season.

Modric changes tack after Spurs stand firm over Chelsea interest

Tottenham cannot compete in transfer market says Harry Redknapp

Tottenham may be performing better than Chelsea in the league this season, but manager Harry Redknapp admits there is no chance of the north London club being able to compete with the Blues in the transfer market.

Late equaliser earns Swans deserved point

Swansea 1 Tottenham 1

Modric changes tack after Spurs stand firm over Chelsea interest

Luke Modric 'almost 100 per cent certain' he will remain at Tottenham

Luka Modric is almost 100 per cent certain he will remain with Tottenham until the end of the season.

Gareth Bale scores the opening goal

Bale masterclass sees off Canaries

Norwich City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2

The 12 most-read 2011 articles in Sport

From ficticious stories of Cristiano Ronaldo being sold to Spain to a corpse being smuggled into a football match, Simon Rice charts the most popular sport articles published in 2011, as well as a few editors' favourites

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee