Sport Jermaine Pennant has left Stoke with immediate effect, the club have confirmed

The Potters chose not to activate a clause in his contract that would have seen him stay until the end of the season

Marouane Fellaini could have played his last game for Everton
Wigan finish the season with a flourish. A 3-2 defeat of relegated Wolves is their seventh win in nine games, ensuring they finish six points clear of the relegation zone in 15th position, with 43 points

Roberto Martinez to leave Wigan: Factfile

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has given Everton permission to speak to manager Roberto Martinez after the Spaniard asked to leave the club.

Messi celebrates scoring the second of his two goals

Messi takes centre-stage once more as super-sub for Barcelona

Lionel Messi took just three minutes after coming on as a substitute to make an impact for Barcelona, scoring a free kick before finishing from close range in the 4-2 La Liga victory over Real Betis at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi scores against PSG in the Champions League

Barcelona contemplate life without injured Lionel Messi: 'We must prove we can compete without him'

Leading scorer picked up injury against PSG in the Champions League

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi scores against PSG in the Champions League

Lionel Messi adds to Barcelona injury crisis ahead of Champions League second leg against PSG

The Spanish side drew 2-2 in Paris and now the spotlight turns on their misfiring strikers to ensure progress to the semi-finals

Sports Direct aims to be Euro champion

Sports Direct will step up its challenge to Decathlon's European dominance when it opens its first Spanish store in April.

Jose Mourinho

'I have to ask that they stop': Cristiano Ronaldo pleads with Real Madrid fans to give Jose Mourinho a break

Real Madrid came through a tricky Copa del Rey tie last night

Jose Mourinho

Caught in the Net: Gooners sales are not Alexis Taylor's goal

Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip has a new solo EP out and it seems he's not afraid of alienating the Arsenal-supporting element of his fan-base.

David Villa

Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova delighted with the return of 'The Kid' David Villa

There were plenty of reasons for Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova to be satisfied after his side secured a spot in the last 16 of the King's Cup last night but David Villa's double probably comes near the top of the list.

Lionel Messi leaves Cristiano Ronaldo in shade with ninth double of the season

Cristiano Ronaldo may never be the darling of Spain but his great rival Lionel Messi remains ever-popular and demonstrated why again at the weekend.

Jermaine Pennant

Stoke City winger Jermaine Pennant joins Wolves on loan

Jermaine Pennant has joined Wolves from Stoke City on a three-month emergency loan.

Atletico Madrid's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao

Latest victory for Atletico Madrid leads to suggestions they could challenge for La Liga title

Atletico Madrid have quietly crept up the standings to second and suddenly find themselves being talked about as possible challengers to the La Liga hegemony of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

LIONEL MESSI: The Argentine’s double at Real Zaragoza took him to 60 goals for Barcelona

Milan's late shock leaves Italian title in Juve's hands

Unbeaten Juventus leapfrogged Milan to lead Serie A by a point after winning 2-0 at Palermo, Leonardo Bonucci and Fabio Quagliarella scoring in the second half. Champions Milan suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat to struggling Fiorentina at San Siro, where Carvalho Amauri's winner came in the 89th minute. "Now we don't have to rely on anything from anyone else," Juve's head coach, Antonio Conte, said after his team went top for the first time since February.

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho

Real Madrid cancel press conference following loss of composure by Jose Mourinho, Sergio Ramos and Mesut Ozil

Leaders Real Madrid will not give the habitual pre-match news conference ahead of the visit of Real Sociedad on Saturday, after the costly loss of composure at Villarreal during the week.

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