Laughing matter: Sir Alex Ferguson (left) raised concerns over Rio Ferdinand’s fitness after his England recall

Testimonial announcement hints at Manchester United stay for Rio Ferdinand

Defender is out of contract in the summer

Seeing double? Brazilian club try to outwit opponents by wearing same numbered shirts

Midfielder Britto and Rafael Silva of Uniao Barbarense both wore the number five

England's Rio friendly match against Brazil in doubt amid fears over stadium roof

World Cup warm-up game for Hodgson’s team in Brazil at risk due to problems with only two viable venues

A view of the Maracana in Rio

Rio 2016: City's crime rate cut, but work still to be done ahead of World Cup and Olympics

A senior figure in the organising committee of the Rio 2016 Olympics believes the city has to do more to convince potential visitors it is a safe destination for tourists.

England are due to play in the rebuilt Maracana in Rio on 2 June

Maracana Stadium may not be ready for England friendly in Brazil

Stadium is being revamped ahead of World Cup

Floating footballs: Is this a glimpse of what to expect at the 2014 World Cup?

The Maracana, the flagship stadium for next year's tournament in Brazil, has been flooded

A view of the Maracana in Rio

Maracana inspection ruled out by flooding at primary World Cup venue

The Confederations Cup are due to be held in Brazil this summer

Page looks abroad to halt profits dip

The recruitment specialist Michael Page is pinning its hopes on emerging markets growth after a fall in profits.

Jason Kenny wins the keirin

Cycling: Jason Kenny rides his luck to seal gold after Frenchman cuts a corner

Briton had originally missed out on final before reprieve while Yates wins points race

Wrestling president quits after omission of sport from Olympics

The president of the international wrestling federation has quit in the wake of the IOC's decision to remove the sport from the 2020 Olympics.

Michael Misick is led away by police in Rio de Janeiro

Michael Misick: Turks and Caicos premier 'who left office with $180m fortune' arrested

A former premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) whose rule was characterised by adultery, private jets and designer suits, has been arrested on an international warrant.

Influential modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer dies aged 104

He was a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of contemporary Brazil

In sailing, Ben Ainslie had a glorious fourth gold medal

Ben Ainslie looks to America's Cup

Ben Ainslie may have called time on his Olympic career yesterday but he is already looking forward to the next chapter, which he hopes will bring success in the America's Cup.

The perks of being a politician with a passport

Whale-watching. Rocket launches. Caribbean islands. Being an MP can come with a round-the-world ticket

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Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

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Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
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Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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The West needs more than a White Knight

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