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Titus Bramble cleared of sex attacks

Footballer Titus Bramble was cleared today of sexually assaulting two women.

James McClean has impressed at club side Sunderland

James McClean closes Twitter account after death threats following Ireland selection for Euro 2012

James McClean has closed his Twitter account after receiving death threats following his selection for the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 finals squad.

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Trending: What's the buzz about Fleet? Sex toys may provide the answer

Last year Fleet in Hampshire topped a national quality of life survey, now a new study might explain why: its residents spend more money on sex toys than anywhere else.

ASAMOAH GYAN: The striker has scored 22 goals for Al Ain since his loan from Sunderland

Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan poised to sign permanent deal with Al Ain

Asamoah Gyan's permanent departure from Sunderland looks more likely after the Al Ain chief executive, Carlo Nohra, claimed he was "very confident" of signing the striker on a new deal.

SEBASTIAN LARSSON: The Sunderland midfielder has been playing through the pain for weeks

Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson eyes Euro 2012 as hernia surgery is brought forward

Sebastian Larsson is expected to be fit in time to face England with Sweden in the European Championship in June, despite undergoing a hernia operation on Tuesday.

Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey out for six months

Wolves have confirmed goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey will be out of action for around six months after rupturing his anterior cruciate knee ligament.

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Aston Villa fans give a standing ovation during the 19th minute in support of club captain Stiliyan Petrov who was diagnosed with acute leukemia last week.

Stiliyan Petrov pays visit to Aston Villa training ground

Aston Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov has paid his first visit to the club's training ground since being diagnosed with acute leukaemia and is in "good spirits", according to first-team coach Gordon Cowans.

Trio saved after boat capsizes

It was a case of three men out of, rather than in, a boat when a trio had to be rescued by lifeboat crews after their craft capsized during a drinking trip.

Dronke: scrupulous, sparkling translations that brought texts to life

Ursula Dronke: Enlightening scholar of medieval literature

Ursula Dronke was a brilliant, vital, and impressive representative of a world that seems to be fast disappearing from our grasp: a scholarship girl who, from a luminous sense of their intrinsic value, dedicated her life to difficult works of the human imagination; she was still publishing in her 90th year.

Mario Balotelli with Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure denies dressing-room fight with Manchester City team-mate Mario Balotelli

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has insisted claims he had a dressing-room fight with team-mate Mario Balotelli are not true and have upset both players.

Steven Nzonzi leaves Chelsea’s Frank Lampard in his wake when Rovers were edged 1-0 at Ewood Park earlier this season

Blackburn's Nzonzi dreams of becoming the new Vieira

Midfielder tells David Fearnhead about his hero and how Rovers plan to beat the drop

Bilbao's stadium, nicknamed La Catedral, was built in the English style

Welcome to Spain's old English outpost

Athletic Club de Bilbao are famed for their Basque heritage; only players from the region can represent the team, but the visit of Manchester United tonight will be a celebration of Anglophilia for a club founded by English quarrymen and local students who had studied in England.

“Ohuruogu is back. I’ve seen it in training. Now she is inspired and that’s good news,” says Charles van Commenee

Van Commenee lets mask slip as excitement builds

With the Olympics just four months away, Britain's record medal haul in Istanbul even provoked a reaction from the cool coach

Kevin Kyle leaves Hearts

Kevin Kyle has left Hearts after agreeing to an early termination of his contract.

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