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Algeria international struggling to make an impact at the San Siro

Football: Giggs' presence galvanises Wales

SERIE A's finest may have succumbed twice to the Premiership's - nay Europe's - best this season, but it would be expecting rather a lot of Wales to replicate the performance here at international level this evening, even if their number does include - just for a change - that scourge of Italian defences, Manchester United's Ryan Giggs.

Television: Same hairstyle, different gown

It was not an altogether good week for BBC Television. Take sport. As, indeed, Sky has. On Wednesday, while anyone remotely interested in football was either watching or listening to the crucial Premiership game between Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United, the Uefa Cup final between Marseille and Parma unfolded on BBC2. It was a worthy attempt to prove the BBC's continuing commitment to sport, yet it struck me as sadly symbolic that the BBC had hacked all the way over to Moscow when the really important business was taking place in Blackburn. In the olden days, the boot was on the other foot. BBC1's Grandstand covered major sporting events, while ITV's World of Sport offered swimming from Porthcawl.

Sport On TV: Parma flannel, blues brothers and the vicar

IT'S A fair assumption that the man in the Beeb camp when the season's football schedules were haggled over has a collection of Betamax videos at home. His dad may well have a Sinclair C5 in the garage and his grandad is a certainty to have backed Craganour in the Derby.

Football: Parma seize Blanc's gift

Marseilles 0 Parma 3

Football: Milan have a score to settle with Parma

ITALIAN FOOTBALL

Football: Parma spoil the party for Antic

THE BANNERS around the Vicente Calderon stadium said "Welcome home Radomir" but something was obviously lost in the translation into Italian - Parma did not get the message. Atletico Madrid's Uefa Cup semi-final first leg proved not to be a glorious return for Raddy Antic as coach.

Football: Bologna and Parma poised for all-Italian party

AN ALL-ITALIAN Uefa Cup final in Moscow on 12 May looks likely after good results away from home for Parma and Bologna in last night's semi-final first-leg games.

Football: Parma's panache banishes Bordeaux

HERNAN CRESPO and Enrico Chiesa scored twice each as Parma thrashed Bordeaux 6-0 yesterday to overturn their narrow first-leg deficit and ease into the Uefa Cup semi-finals.

Football: Italian Preview

FIORENTINA, WHO took Serie A by storm early in the season but have slipped to third place behind Lazio, entertain second-placed Parma live on Channel 4 tomorrow in a game both sides need to win to keep their scudetto hopes alive.

Football: Parma keeper linked with United switch: RUMOURS

MANCHESTER UNITED have found the man they want to succeed Peter Schmeichel in the 21-year-old Italian Gianluigi Buffon, according to the People, who say United have offered pounds 4m for the Parma goalkeeper. But the report suggests that Milan are also in the hunt and Parma may hold out for pounds 5.5m. The same paper reckons former United target Mark Bosnich has put off Roma by asking for pounds 60,000 a week.

Football: Three sent off as Inter lose control

INTERNAZIONALE LOST 2-0 at home to Parma in an Italian Cup semi- final first-leg match last night, ending the tie with eight men after three players were sent off for dissent in the space of two minutes.

Italian Football: Milan ripe for taking

BOLOGNA MAY give visitors Milan a hard time in Channel 4's live Serie A game tomorrow. After Parma's 3-1 home defeat to Scudetto hopes Lazio last Sunday, Bologna have the best defence in Serie A, conceding just 13 goals in 17 games.

Football: Bologna to test terror trio

ITALIAN LEAGUE

European Football: Baggio miss proves costly

ROBERTO BAGGIO missed a second-half penalty yesterday as his Internazionale side stumbled to a 1-0 defeat at Parma which left them eight points adrift at the top of the Italian League.

Football: The Sweeper: Where in the World?

BEST ATTACK in Europe. Manchester United, Roma? Wrong, it's Anorthosis Famagusta of Cyrpus. And the best defence - parsimonious Parma? Sorry, Parmalat boys, it's Hapoel Haifa of Israel.
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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

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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’

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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