Sport Everton midfielder Ross Barkley will be offered a new improved contract for his breakthrough into the first team this season

Barkley has broken into the first-team this season and has been tipped for inclusion in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad after making his England debut in September

Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu skips past Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny

Transfer news: Gerard Deulofeu could remain at Everton for second season, reveals Roberto Martinez

Deulofeu scored Everton's equaliser against Arsenal on Sunday, and Martinez has revealed that he can stay at Goodison Park for a second year if Barcelona allow him to

Stefan Kiessling will be the main threat to Manchester United on Tuesday, with the Bayer Leverkusen striker finishing last season as the Bundesliga's top goalscorer

Bayer Leverkusen v Manchester United: David Moyes should be confident of taking at least a point back to Old Trafford but needs to be wary of Stefan Kiessling

Leverkusen are back in the Champions League after a year's absence and Kiessling will lead their attack after topping the Bundesliga goalscorer charts last season

Andre Schurrle

Waiting game over for Andre Schurrle as he prepares to make debut for Mourinho's Chelsea

Acquisition by Chelsea was approved by the one man whose approval he really sought – Jose Mourinho

Andre Schurrle

André Schürrle excited to work with Jose Mourinho

New Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle is excited about the prospect of working with Jose Mourinho after becoming the Portuguese's first signing of his second spell at Stamford Bridge.

Justin Rose

US Open 2013: The skies have it – Justin Rose joins Frank Lampard and Lionel Messi in the trend for a pointed celebration

Pointing to the skies in celebration is becoming ever more popular

Joachim Löw has been accused of a camp obsession with style

The Last Word: A crazy half-hour hardly means new Löw for Germany

It would be churlish to treat a freakish match as imploding a whole philosophy

Jakub Blaszczykowski’s traumas were downplayed by Adrian Chiles

Quotes of the Euros: "Jakub watched his father murder his mother... but he's bounced back"

Adrian Chiles set the tone but others followed suit with plenty more nonsense... plus the odd clever quip

Ballack has been criticised by the CEO

Bayer Leverkusen CEO critical of Michael Ballack

Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Michael Ballack has failed to deliver in his 20 months at the Bundesliga club after joining in 2010 from Chelsea, club CEO Wolfgang Holzhaeuser said today.

Arsène Wenger: The Arsenal manager called the draw with Milan 'difficult but exciting'

'Draw is difficult...but it's also exciting'

Wenger admits Milan tie is 50-50 while Villas-Boas says it could have been easier

Wayne Rooney is sent off for ‘assault’. His appeal over his three game ban will be heard this week by Uefa

Sam Wallace: If Uefa is concerned with fair play it has to reduce Rooney's ban

Talking Football: Rooney's offence was silly but to ban him for 50 per cent of a tournament is disproportionate

Manuel Friedrich's header beats Petr Cech

Heartbreak for Chelsea as Friedrich strikes late on

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Nottingham Forest unveil Steve McClaren

Former England head coach Steve McClaren was unveiled as the new Nottingham Forest manager at a press conference at the City Ground this morning.

Joachim Loew signals end of Michael Ballack's international career

Germany midfielder Michael Ballack's international career was ended by coach Joachim Loew today after he told the 34-year-old he was no longer in his plans because of the impact of the squad's younger players.

Ancelotti sacked in Goodison corridor by ruthless Chelsea

Club keen on Porto manager Villas-Boas after Italian is dismissed for 'falling short of expectations'
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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there