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Darren Barker could be forced to retire after his hip problems resurfaced in defeat to Germany’s Felix Sturm on Saturday night.

All is forgiven as Smith turns back to Bougherra

Madjid Bougherra will return to Rangers' starting line-up in the Champions League at Ibrox tonight as they try to put their European campaign back on track against Unirea Urziceni, a team from the smallest town ever to have a club in the group stages. Bougherra provoked the ire of his manager, Walter Smith, by going absent last week on his return from international duty with Algeria. Smith has since accepted the centre-half's explanation that his passport was stolen in Paris while on the way back to Glasgow.

Bougherra on target as edgy Rangers draw some comfort

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Champions League: The key battles for the British teams

Liverpool, Arsenal and Rangers begin their Champions League campaigns, all with high hopes, if some higher than others. But as they face Debrecen, Standard Liege and Stuttgart respectively, what are the key battles in that first hurdle?

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Rangers have opportunity to restore Scots' European pride

Walter Smith has challenged his Rangers players to prove they are an even better side than the one who gave Stuttgart a run for their money in the Champions League two years ago.

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Heinz Edelmann: Illustrator who helped to create the psychedelic landscape of the Beatles film 'Yellow Submarine'

The Beatles' success depended not only on their own exceptional talent but on the very gifted team that they gathered around them. With its startling innovations, the feature-length, animated film Yellow Submarine (1968) took cartoon work to a new level, and its stylistic achievements were largely due to its art director, Heinz Edelmann.

Stuttgart ready to pay 'extraordinary money for Huntelaar

Stuttgart chairman Erwin Staudt has said the club are willing to part with 'extraordinary money' to sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Real Madrid.

Stuttgart reveal Pavlyuchenko interest

Roman Pavlyuchenko is one of the players Stuttgart have considered as a replacement for Mario Gomez, according to their director of sport Horst Heldt.

Babbel retains Stuttgart reins



Markus Babbel has been cleared to continue as VfB Stuttgart coach next season, despite not currently holding the required DFB qualifications.

Sir Roger Norrington 75th-birthday concert, Royal Festival Hall, London

One might have expected a better turn-out for Sir Roger's 75th-birthday bash, especially since the highly eclectic programme – spanning some three centuries of music – contained a little bit of something for everyone. But maybe the Classic FM approach was unwise for an event of this kind, and maybe Norrington himself is still too much of a connoisseur's delight, too much of a maverick, ever to pull in the big crowds. And that's quite an irony, given that there are few more erudite, entertaining, communicative, or influential musicians on the planet. He is, in every sense, a one-off.

Sir Roger Norrington 75th Birthday Concert, Royal Festival Hall, London

One might have expected a better turn out for Sir Roger’s 75th birthday bash – especially since the highly eclectic programme – spanning some three centuries of music – contained a little bit of something for everyone.

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Boka spurns Tottenham to sign new deal

Ivory Coast international Arthur Boka has resisted the lure of Tottenham and the French league to sign a new one-year deal with Bundesliga side Stuttgart.

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