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Seven-metre high inflatable armadillo mascot for the 2014 World Cup attacked by vandals

An inflatable version of Brazil's mascot for the 2014 World Cup, a smiling three-banded armadillo, has been removed after it was attacked with knives by vandals.

Andre Villas-Boas remains confident Tottenham will qualify from Europa League group

Manager Andre Villas-Boas remains confident Tottenham will qualify from their Europa League group despite watching his team throw away two points at Panathinaikos last night.

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Hunt abandoned for 'overboard' cruise Briton

A search operation was called off tonight for a British woman believed to have fallen overboard from a cruise ship in the Mediterranean.

The future of Luka Modric must be decided

Tottenham will not sell Manchester United and Real Madrid target Luka Modric for less than £40m

It will take £40million to prise Luka Modric away from Tottenham, Press Association Sport understands.

Deals of the week: Nice, Red Sea, Portugal

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Andre Villas-Boas has been linked to the managerial vacancy at Roma

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Andre Villas-Boas has been confirmed as the new manager of Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

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Chelsea face competition for Porto full-back Alvaro Pereira

Chelsea’s pursuit of Porto full-back Alvaro Pereira is now believed to be a four horse race.

Hulk was the target of City chants

Porto yet to receive Chelsea bid for striker Hulk

Porto maintain there has been no formal bid from Chelsea for their striker Hulk.

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Chelsea are reportedly considering splashing funds to bring in the exciting Porto forward Hulk. The club however will be unwilling to meet the £84m release clause in the Brazilian's contract. Should the move transpire, Hulk would be reunited with former boss Villas-Boas, but the 25-year-old is contracted to the Portuguese champions until 2016.

Hulk transfer to Chelsea put in doubt by agent

Hulk’s move to Chelsea does not appear to be so certain following the latest announcement by his agent Teodoro Fonseca.

Mourinho joins in the celebrations

Jose Mourinho signs new contract with Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho has signed a new contract with Real Madrid which ties him to the club until 2016, the Primera Division champions have announced.

Manchester City's Micah Richards and Porto's James Rodriguez during the Europa League tie

City fined £24k for lateness, Porto fined £16k for racism

Uefa's priorities exposed in scale of penalties imposed after Europa League incidents

Manchester City fined for late Europa League kick-off

Manchester City have been fined 30,000 euros (£24,740) by Uefa for delaying the start of the second half of their Europa League last 16 first leg with Sporting Lisbon last month, European football's governing body have confirmed.

City goalkeeper Joe Hart looks on as his 95th-minute header grazes the Sporting post

Too little, too late for sloppy City

Manchester City 3 (Aguero 60, 82, Balotelli pen 75) Sporting Lisbon 2 (Fernandez 33, Van Wolfswinkel 40) 3-3 on aggregate; Sporting win on away goals

Portuguese police to review Madeleine case

Portuguese police will review the Madeleine McCann case.

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So much for the coach, now what about the players?

Forget dressing-room intrigue, Chelsea's players are a Financial Fair Play headache

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
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Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
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Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

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Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

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Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
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