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If you can imagine an album about London whose songs included Charlie Chaplin and Noël Coward as well as Gerry Rafferty and Ralph McTell, you'd get the point of singer/guitarist Joyce's solo tribute to her home city, inspired by a concert she performed on Ipanema beach.

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Daniel Sturridge has become the latest Chelsea player to affirm publicly the qualities of Andre Villas-Boas, crediting the Portuguese with being the first manager at Stamford Bridge to have helped his international career.

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Hulk was the target of City chants

Porto consider Uefa complaint over 'You're Not Incredible' chant

Porto are considering a complaint to UEFA against Manchester City fans after they taunted Brazilian striker Hulk with chants of "You're Not Incredible".

Manchester City's David Pizarro beats Porto goalkeeper Helton

City ease into Europa League last 16

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini refuses to discuss meeting with Carlos Tevez

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini today refused to say whether he has met or intends to meet Carlos Tevez.

Mario Balotelli was reportedly targeted last night

Manchester City lodge complaint over alleged racist abuse aimed at Mario Balotelli

UEFA are awaiting their match delegate's report before deciding whether to take action against alleged racial abuse during Manchester City's Europa League win at Porto.

Porto's Alvaro Pereira, pressured by Manchester City's Mario Balotelli, scores an own goal against goalkeeper Helton

Aguero makes it advantage City after fightback

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says attackers now 'stand a leg out'

Former Andre Villas-Boas assistant backs Chelsea manager to succeed

Andre Villas-Boas today received more backing from former club Porto as speculation continued over the Chelsea boss' future.

...With open arms: Joleon Lescott said he was glad of Tevez's return

City team-mates welcome back Tevez

Carlos Tevez was heartened to be welcomed back to Manchester City by at least four first-team players yesterday. The Argentina striker returned to the club for the first time since early November.

'I just sing naturally, from the heart': Evora on stage in Geneva in 2006

Cesaria Evora: Cape Verde's soulful 'barefoot diva'

Cesaria Evora, the "barefoot diva", became the ambassadress par excellence of her country, the small West African island group of Cape Verde, and one of the most famous African singers in the world. Her origins were humble and she represented that dying breed typified by the last of the old rural blues singers – an artist who genuinely lived the hard times her songs spoke of.

Nicolas Gaitan: The Argentine midfielder could be on his way to Old Trafford next summer

£30m Gaitan on way to United

The agent Jorge Mendes has cemented his position as a major driver of Manchester United's transfer business by brokering the deal which is likely to see Benfica's Argentinian midfielder Nicolas Gaitan sign for Sir Alex Ferguson at a price of €35m (£29.3m) next summer.

Chelsea in race to sign Alvaro Pereira

The agent of Alvaro Pereira has claimed Chelsea were still in negotiations to sign the left-back from Porto.

Messi orchestrates Barcelona Cup win

Cesc Fabregas scored for Barcelona last night as they beat Porto 2-0 to lift the European Super Cup.

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