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The top two teams both missed a chance to break clear

Boyd unaware of talks with Rangers over a new contract

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Rangers 1 Unirea Urziceni 4

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Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini has refused to blame Cristiano Ronaldo's absence for yesterday's defeat at Sevilla.

Threadbare Rangers torn apart by Seville

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Rangers manager Walter Smith says he wants to assess the future direction of the club before committing himself to a new deal.

Smith starts to fret over rusty Rangers

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Small-town Romanians face challenging debut

The Romanian club Unirea Urziceni face a daunting welcome to the Champions League tonight with a first group match at Seville.

Barcelona dismiss Puyol Manchester City link

Barcelona head coach Josep Guardiola has dismissed speculation that club captain Carles Puyol could leave the Camp Nou this summer.

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Prison assault victim David Byrne was laid to rest yesterday, a day after vandals desecrated his body in a funeral home just hours before his removal.

Tottenham agree Zokora fee with Sevilla

Tottenham have agreed a fee with Sevilla for the sale of Didier Zokora to the Primera Division club.

Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Royal Opera House, London

Rossini’s Barber of Seville is packed with showstoppers; but when did we last see it cast at such strength, sung with such tongue and vocal chord twisting relish, and conducted with such panache that every number did just that – stopped the show? Answer: the current revival of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s wild and wacky staging at the Royal Opera House.

Soriano shuns Real rumours

Valencia president Vicente Soriano has dismissed reports suggesting that Real Madrid are lining up a mega-bid for David Villa, David Silva, Juan Mata and Raul Albiol.

Reward for Sbragia's merry men

Ricky Sbragia feels Sunderland is a happier place to manage after ridding the club of the dressing room dissenters and whisperers. During the transfer window Sbragia stamped his mark on the squad, trimming it to what he now describes as a "workable" level.

Van der Vaart shuns Real exit talk

Real Madrid’s Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has distanced himself from rumours linking him with a move away from the Bernabeu in the January transfer window.

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