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A car bomb has exploded in the Malian town of Kidal, killing at least two UN peacekeepers.

El-Hadji Diouf and Steven Gerrard clash in 2010

El-Hadji Diouf: 'Nobody can stand Steven Gerrard at Liverpool'

El-Hadji Diouf has launched a stinging attack on Steven Gerrard, a player he failed to see eye-to-eye with when the pair played together at Liverpool.

Yaya Toure is among the player to be escorted from the field

Senegal eliminated from the African Cup of Nations following riots sparked by Didier Drogba double

Senegal have been eliminated from the African Cup of Nations following a riot which broke out during Saturday's match against Ivory Coast.

Yaya Toure is among the player to be escorted from the field

Senegal will accept punishment after seven Premier League players are caught amid riots in match against Ivory Coast

Seven Premier League players were involved when a riot broke out during the African Cup of Nations qualifying game between Senegal and Ivory Coast on Saturday.

Evra struggled once again in Tuesday’s match away to Cluj

Alex Ferguson's obsession with goals ruled out replacing fading Patrice Evra at Manchester United

He's a pale imitation of the left-back who once stood among the world's best

Clinton's contraception deal will help millions

A new buy-in-bulk deal to provide cheaper contraception for developing countries is set to be finalised by a coalition of governments and private donors headed by Bill Clinton and a leading drug company, potentially helping up to 27 million women.

Mexican wave: Giovani Dos Santos celebrates his extra-time goal

Japan and Mexico set up Wembley showdown

Japan advanced to their first Olympic semi-final in 44 years by beating Egypt 3-0 in the quarter-finals, giving them a chance to improve on the bronze they won in 1968. "We are now in the position to challenge the world," Japan's coach, Takashi Sekizuka, said. "The team is getting stronger and stronger game by game."

Stuart Pearce: The GB coach leads his team out against South Korea tonight

Pearce backs GB men to slip through under the radar

The more medals Great Britain have hauled in during the last few days, the more Stuart Pearce has enjoyed it; and not just because the coach of the men's football team is a noted patriot. He believes that all the attention elsewhere, together with a certain scepticism about the Olympic football tournament in British circles, has helped his squad remain "under the radar".

Giggs was taken off after 72 minutes last night

Giggs urges Welsh fans not to boo national anthem before Team GB face Uruguay

Ryan Giggs has called on Welsh fans not to boo God Save the Queen before Great Britain's match against Uruguay on Wednesday.

Ryan Giggs heads in Craig Bellamy’s cross at Wembley last night

Giggs and Bellamy find rhythm

There was palpable scepticism in the build-up to these Games as to the extent a hastily assembled side could compete in a major finals yet Great Britain today went within touching distance of the quarter-finals after an encouraging display at Wembley.

Ryan Giggs heads in Craig Bellamy’s cross at Wembley last night

Giggs pulls the strings as Pearce's side find their feet

Great Britain 3 United Arab Emirates 1

Round-up: They won the Euros but Spain crash out of the Olympics

Spain's men's were eliminated from the Olympics last night after losing their second group game, 1-0 to Honduras in Newcastle. Despite fielding three members of their victorious Euro 2012 squad they can no longer qualify from Group D.

'We're just going to take the positives,' said captain Ryan Giggs (pictured), who called some of Senegal’s tackling 'naughty'

Giggs out to avoid another bruising encounter

Great Britain's men's team will be hoping for a less rough ride than in their opening match when they meet the United Arab Emirates at Wembley today.

Giggs: 'This is different but any medal will rank highly. This would be up there'

Ryan Giggs and Team GB hoping for smoother ride against UAE in next match

Great Britain's men's team will be hoping for a less rough ride than in their opening match when they meet the United Arab Emirates at Wembley tomorrow.

Craig Bellamy scores the opening goal for team GB

GB forced to settle for a draw after Konaté's late strike

There are consolations, such as the fact that no member of Stuart Pearce's Great Britain side have been done lasting harm by their collision course with a side who ranged from uncompromising to dangerous. But the size of the challenge facing the new team of British nations was clear last night, when Senegal punctured the prospect of an opening win, with a mere eight minutes to play.

Craig Bellamy scores the opening goal for team GB

Giggs anger at Senegal tactics as late goal douses home spirits

Great Britain 1 Senegal 1

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