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David Moyes coy with idea of signing Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara

David Moyes has admitted he is doing everything he can to strengthen his Manchester United squad amid reports the club are close to completing the capture of midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona.

Transfer speculation: Everton and Tottenham set to 'battle it out' over loan signing of Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu

Barcelona wonderkid could move to Premier League for a season after arrival of Neymar in Spain

Under-20s World Cup: Despite Peter Taylor's efforts, there were no positives

As befits the loyal Football Association man, Peter Taylor tried – as the modern football vernacular would have it – “to take the positives” after his England team’s defeat to Egypt in the Under-20s World Cup on Saturday night.

Ethos of Empire: G A Henty (1832-1902)

Invisible Ink: No 179 - G A Henty

You may only be familiar with GA Henty's name if you walk the dog in London's Brompton Cemetery, where he's buried, but in his time he was very well known indeed. A prolific novelist and special correspondent who reported on the appalling conditions of the Crimean War, he wrote 122 novels by my count, and you'll probably find one or two on the shelves of your local Ukip office, assuming anyone there can read.

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Mo Farah has point to prove as proper business begins

Didn’t he do well? That last lap of Mo Farah’s in the 5,000 metres at the European Team Championships at Gateshead last Saturday was some sight to behold: a sizzling 50.89sec, positively Boltesque by distance-running standards.

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Eight Turkish athletes tested positive for banned substances at European Team Championships in Gateshead

Number of Turkish athletes who have tested positive in doping examinations this year has reached 24

Middlesbrough teenager Dwayne Ward recovering after Turkish knife attack 'for kissing local girl'

Two men arrested after 17-year-old suffered at least 17 stab wounds earlier this week in holiday resort of Marmaris, but aunt says he is recovering well

Sebastian Vettel (right) and Mark Webber have fallen out frequently as team-mates at Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel gives his full approval for Kimi Raikkonen to replace Mark Webber as his team-mate at Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel has made it clear that he would accept Kimi Raikkonen as his team-mate at Red Bull next season instead of Mark Webber. Though he made a light-hearted response to the inquiry – "I think nobody could have a problem with Kimi as team-mate, except for [Sergio] Perez" – his humour masked the deteriorating relationship with the Australian driver after five years in the same team.

Court of Protection: Out-of-hours process is one-sided and inherently unfair - and it must change

It only takes 237 words written by a single social worker on form COP3 (a Court of Protection “Assessment of Capacity” application) for a judge to decide to imprison someone in a care home. I know because I counted the words in the assessment relating to case I am involved with.

Police detain a demonstrator in Rio de Janeiro amid protests across Brazil

Tear gas beats television for Brazil's young

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Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel denies making comments about Galatasaray switch

Jose Mourinho is freshening up his midfield

The coffin of Ethem Sarisuluk is carried at his funeral on Sunday

Turkey unrest: Police investigated over demonstrator's death

Ethem Sarisuluk was declared brain dead after being shot in the head with a live bullet during a violent police crackdown in Ankara

Turkey unrest: 'Standing Man' inspires hundreds with silent vigil in Taksim Square

Government denies that it would restrict the use of Twitter or other social media

Voices in Danger: Police in Taksim Square target journalists in violent crackdown

The coverage of Turkey's protests is being hampered by aggressive police action

Gordon Brown with the then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the G20 summit in London in April 2009

G20 summit: Britain plunged into diplomatic row over claims GCHQ spied on foreign politicians

Intelligence services were even said to have set up internet cafés at the summit venues which they used to read emails

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