Sport Robin van Persie could miss the Netherlands' semi-final clash with Argentina through illness.

The Manchester United striker trained separately from the rest of the squad and remains a doubt for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Argentina

Transfer news: Chelsea sign Ghana winger Christian Atsu but immediately send him out on loan

Chelsea continue to add to their squad in this transfer window with the purchase of yet another wideman, Ghana winger Christian Atsu.

Telefonica ups German bid as Slim gets onside

Telefonica, the Spanish mobile giant that owns O2, yesterday raised its bid for Germany’s E-Plus and won the backing of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, who could have blocked the deal.

Jeroen Hertzberger scored twice to complete his hat-trick and secure the bronze medal

Hockey: England lose to Holland to miss bronze medal

England men were denied bronze at the EuroHockey championship as they lost 3-2 to Holland in the third-place play-off in Belgium.

Free movement of workers may feed mistrust

So much migration puts Europe's dykes in danger of bursting

The PM plans to renegotiate the basic tenets of the EU. He may find more support in surprising quarters, including the Dutch liberal left

Jonathan de Guzman

Jonathan de Guzman ruled out of Swansea opener following collision with Dirk Kuyt

The midfielder was on international duty when the injury occurred

Kyle Lafferty ruled out of Northern Ireland's match against Russia

Northern Ireland have been dealt a huge blow ahead of tonight's World Cup qualifier against Russia after striker Kyle Lafferty was ruled out of the match with an Achilles injury.

Prince Johan Friso

Prince Johan Friso obituary: Popular royal who ceded his place in line to the Dutch throne

Prince sustained serious brain damage in an avalanche in February last year

Dutch Prince Friso with his wife Princess Mabel

Dutch Prince Johan Friso dies after 18 months in a coma following avalanche skiing accident in Austria

He was moved from hospital in London back to the Netherlands last month, but had since suffered complications

Treasury aims to lure the insurers

Move to bring back Lloyd's firms domiciled abroad to boost the nation's tax coffers
Cowes week got underway today

Cowes week off to a testing start as windy conditions hit the Solent

Sailing festival is gets underway with strong breezes catching many out

Chris Froome will contest the USA Pro Challenge

Chris Froome makes return in USA Pro Challenge

The Tour de France champion, Chris Froome, will return to action in the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado on 19 August.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Ricky van Wolfswinkel will adapt quickly to Premier League expects Norwich manager Chris Hughton

The £8m signing is expected to spearhead the Canaries' front line

Unilever is sceptical on return to growth after its sales slide

Unilever's chief executive, Paul Polman, poured cold water on optimism about a return to economic growth in Europe and the US yesterday, reporting weak sales for the household goods giant across the developed world.

Gerardo Martino

Barcelona manager latest: Lionel Messi backs Gerardo Martino to replace Tito Vilanova

Andre Villas-Boas and Michael Laudrup have been linked with the vacancy

Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie denies Manchester United are vulnerable this season

The club must adapt to a new manager

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