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

Terminals: the last word

This Thursday, Heathrow's T5 will welcome its first real passengers. But how does the new building measure up? Simon Calder reveals the best travel hubs in world

Fabiano shrugs off armed robbery to lift Seville

Luis Fabiano only scored twice in Seville's 5-0 demolition of Real Zaragoza on Saturday but still took the match ball home as a gift for his family, who had been robbed in their home at gunpoint on Friday afternoon.

Eto'o hat-trick keeps Barcelona in hot pursuit

There was talk of Real Madrid wrapping up the Spanish title in time to be given a guard of honour by Barcelona's players when they visit the Bernabeu three weeks from the end of the season, but that will not be happening if Samuel Eto'o has anything to do with it.

Strachan banks on home record to blunt Barcelona

When beasts as large and multi-talented as Barcelona block your path to the Champions' League quarter-finals, it is natural to be drawn to any chink of light. One ray of hope for Celtic ahead of their last 16 home leg against the Catalans tonight is their peerless form at Parkhead in the current format of this tournament: one defeat, ever, albeit to Barcelona.

Coventry look to Coleman as Pearson heads south

Chris Coleman is likely to be named the new manager of Coventry City today, while yesterday Nigel Pearson, who recently decamped from the Kevin Keegan revolution at Newcastle United, was named as George Burley's successor at Southampton.

Henry and Barça ride luck to close title gap

Thierry Henry will touch down in Glasgow for Wednesday's Champions League tie against Celtic as Barcelona's joint top scorer having helped his side move to within five points of stumbling Real Madrid at the top of La Liga on Saturday.

Milan bide their time on new contract offer for injured Ronaldo

Milan have yet to commit to a new contract for the injured Ronaldo after the Brazil striker was ruled out for at least nine months following knee surgery. The 31-year-old's deal runs out in June and, with question marks hanging over his career, the European champions are not guaranteeing him a fresh contract despite expressing the hope that he plays for them again.

'Sickening' racist abuse of Hamilton turns into a diplomatic incident

Britain said it would protest officially to Spain last night after fans with blacked-up faces hurled insults at the British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton.

Eriksson lines up Joao to add firepower

An insipid display on a cold winter's day in Sheffield had underlined for Sven Goran Eriksson the need to add some substance to the elegance of his overseas purchases to date and it may materialise in the form of the 6ft 2in Brazilian striker Joao.

Spanish Round-Up: Late penalty hands Seville spoils

Luis Fabiano showed why Manchester City were reportedly willing to pay £10m for his services last week with a cool final-minute penalty to earn Seville the three points against Osasuna at home on Saturday.

Koeman banishes Valencia trio to doghouse for rest of season

Ronald Koeman, recently installed as the new coach of Valencia, has taken the extraordinary step of telling three of his senior players that they will not be part of the first-team squad for the rest of the season.

Australian troops on standby as violence erupts in East Timor

Just days after East Timor celebrated its fourth anniversary of independence violence flared, with one killed and seven wounded in gun battles between soldiers and former members of the security forces.

Iraq's 'ragtag' army units start fighting among themselves

A gun battle between two units of the Iraqi army has left one soldier and a civilian dead, underlining how ethnic and sectarian divisions are crippling the US-trained force.

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