Sport Samuel Eto'o scored a hat-trick to beat Manchester United

The Cameroonian scored a hat-trick against Manchester United on Sunday

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 21 January 2014

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Thiago Silva and Neymar celebrates Brazil's Confederations Cup semi-final win over Uruguay

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Luis Aragones pictured after victory at Euro 2008

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Samuel Eto’o

Transfer news: Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o reveals he came 'within hours' of joining Arsenal back in 2000

Eto'o is set to make his debut this afternoon for the Blues but he has admitted he nearly joined their rivals when he left Real Madrid

Arrival of Samuel Eto'o talked up by Chelsea captain John Terry

The striker has joined on a one-year deal

Giovanni Trapattoni looks set for an exit as Republic of Ireland coach unless he can perform a miraculous turnaround

Giovanni Trapattoni accepts Republic of Ireland days are numbered with hope dwindling

Only an unlikely run of results can save the Italian while Wales and Scotland play for pride

Briton Alan Clare dies after falling from hotel balcony in Benidorm

A British tourist has plunged to his death after falling from a hotel balcony in Benidorm.

Michaella McCollum Connolly, second right, and Melissa Reid, far right, after their arrest for drugs smuggling in Peru

Melissa Reid's father presses for police investigation of Peru drugs case

William Reid demands Spanish and British authorities investigate the circumstances of his daughter's journey from the holiday island of Ibiza

82-year-old Ruth Flowers, aka Mamy Rock, has been DJing since 2010

Tea dances to techno: the rise of the older-school DJ

The decks are no longer a place for spring chickens. Superstar DJs are knocking on: Tiesto is 44, Carl Cox is 51 and Pete Tong is 53. These guys should probably be in their shed tinkering with the mower. But in fact, there are even older spinners on the decks.

Michaella McCollum Connolly, second right, and Melissa Reid, far right, after their arrest for drugs smuggling in Peru

Peru drug mules Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid 'forced' to carry cocaine worth £1.5m

20-year-olds face a maximum of 15 years in prison

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The footage emerged shortly after police in the South American country said Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly had already confessed to attempting to traffic around 6kg of cocaine onto a plane bound for Madrid.

British women 'forced' to smuggle £1.5m of cocaine out of Peru face court

The pair claim they were ordered to smuggle the packages containing cocaine at gunpoint

The footage emerged shortly after police in the South American country said Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly had already confessed to attempting to traffic around 6kg of cocaine onto a plane bound for Madrid.

'We were given no option': Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly say they were 'forced' to smuggle £1.5m of cocaine out of Peru

Police say Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly informally confessed to attempting to traffic drugs onto a plane bound for Madrid

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