Sport Schalke's midfielder Julian Draxler celebrates after scoring

German youngster seemingly very unlikely to join the north London club this January

Top-flight clubs issued warning as wage bills hit all-time high

Report puts spotlight on Premier League excess amid fresh revelations about United owners' debts

Benzema: The hotshot left out in the cold

Karim Benzema's shock omission from the France squad has upset fans – but may please Manchester United

Sport on TV: Shot in the dark leaves Athers and friends at sixes and sevens

Not wishing to rain on the parade of all those fine, upstanding politicians in the General Election but as the hours dragged on and a "No result" verdict became more and more likely, could we not have called on the Duckworth-Lewis method to decide who would rule the country? It's a controversial system involving algorithms that no one understands, so surely it's the perfect accompaniment to an obscure and hugely unfair system like First Past The Post.

James Lawton: Rooney is a worthy winner but Drogba's capacity to devastate should not be ignored

It is more than a push to proclaim Drogba a reformed character. His regression against Internazionale was sufficient deterrent to make such a claim

Cheating on school playing fields witnessed by more than half of children

School playing fields are a hotbed of rule-breaking where more than half of children witness unfair play in every game they play. The most common forms of cheating are faking injuries, elbowing opponents, arguing with the umpire and head butting.

Prostitution investigation hits France squad

France's World Cup preparations were overshadowed today by news that players, including the talismanic Franck Ribery, had been heard as witnesses by police investigating a prostitution network.

Uefa must get tough on racism with £1m fines, says Anderson

England's first black international has condemned world football's attempts to rid the game of racism.

Domenech tells his stars to forget egos

French coach Raymond Domenech has called on his players to set their egos to one side and work for the greater good when the World Cup comes around this summer.

Henry not assured of World Cup place

Raymond Domenech has refused to give assurances over Thierry Henry's place in France's 23-man squad for this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa.

Bojan Krkic: Catalan kid

The local boy is the fans' favourite and Barça's youngest ever scorer. With Ibrahimovic injured and Henry out of form, the 19-year-old could be the one to shatter Arsenal dreams

Henry out of favour at Nou Camp

Euro Zone

Henry expected Arsenal comeback

Former Arsenal captain Thierry Henry knew full well not to write off his old team-mates as Barcelona looked to secure a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Champions League: Henry - the homecoming

Arsenal's 'greatest' returns tonight – but this season at Barça, the problems he suffered at the Emirates have returned

Thierry Henry's greatest Arsenal moments

Thierry Henry returns to Arsenal this week to face his former club for the first time since leaving for Barcelona.

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