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The Argentina striker came off injured in the 5-1 win over Tottenham

Sub par: Sergio Ramos has been left on the bench by Mourinho this season

Real rally to Mourinho's call after ragged start

Real Madrid's players are over their early-season malaise and have regained their focus, their coach, Jose Mourinho, said yesterday ahead of the team's trip to play La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are set to light up Medinah over the coming days

James Lawton: Tiger v Rory could be the biggest duel the Ryder Cup has ever witnessed

This is not one of the world's greatest golf courses – certainly not Augusta National or Pebble Beach or St Andrews – but it is long, has been set up for a blaze of birdies to excite the American crowd to a high level of patriotism and here in the Fall it is hard to imagine a more beautiful piece of sporting landscape.

Chelsea defender John Terry

John Terry: The highs and lows of the Chelsea captain

John Terry was today banned for four matches and fined £220,000 after being found guilty of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand by a Football Association independent regulatory commission.

Victor Valdes

Error by Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes keeps Real Madrid in the hunt for Spanish Super Cup

An error from Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes allowed Real Madrid to grab a late second goal which kept them alive in the Spanish Super Cup, after Barcelona ran out 3-2 winners in Thursday's first leg.

Alex Song with Cesc Fabregas at Barcelona

Alex Song expects former Arsenal team-mate Cesc Fabregas to help him settle at Barcelona

Alex Song fulfilled a childhood dream by clinching a move to Barcelona and now the former Arsenal midfielder wants to build up a trophy collection.

Arsenal midfielder Alex Song

Alex Song urged to join Barcelona by former Arsenal star Fran Merida

Former Arsenal star Fran Merida has urged Alex Song to consider joining Barcelona.

Arsenal midfielder Alex Song reveals 'interest' from Barcelona

Arsenal midfielder Alex Song has admitted that there is interest from Barcelona for his services.

Robin Scott-Elliot: The toughest challenge in sport leaves Ireland all black and blue

View From The Sofa: New Zealand v Ireland, Sky Sports
Colourful: Preciado last year

Manolo Preciado: Football coach much loved in Spain

The death of Manuel "Manolo" Preciado, one of the most popular and colourful characters in Spanish football, has cast a pall of sorrow over the national side's participation in the European Championships.

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova

Tito Vilanova signs two-year deal as Barcelona manager

New Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova this morning put pen to paper on his two-year contract with the Primera Division club.

Pep Guardiola exits for the final time

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola reveals he could be 'seduced' back into management

Departing Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has hinted he could be seduced into making an earlier than expected return from his sabbatical.

Whatdoes the fact that Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal finished third say about the quality of the Premier League?

James Lawton: Exciting? No doubt. But the best ever? No chance

There are two things to say about the Premier League season which is being so widely hailed as the best ever, if only to placate some of the more overwrought Manchester City fans who now seem to believe that what happened at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon was right up there with the relief of Mafeking and the storming of the Winter Palace.

Yaya Touré: Supreme competitor

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure wants return to Barcelona

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has reiterated his desire to finish his career back at former club Barcelona.

John Terry reacts to his red card

Uefa say Chelsea captain John Terry can lift Champions League trophy

Chelsea captain John Terry will be able to lift the Champions League trophy and collect his medal should the Blues beat Bayern Munich, UEFA today confirmed.

Messi was stymied on Tuesday in a way that Cruyff seldom was

James Lawton: Cruyff at 65 still has a thing or two to teach the magical Messi

One of the best things about history is that it so regularly submits itself for revision – and never more arrestingly than in Barcelona this week, when the damage to one ultimate superstar's reputation (yes, Lionel Messi's) was maybe balanced by the recall of the great strength of another whose playing career ended 28 years ago.

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