Sport Barcelona striker Neymar is helped from the pitch

The Brazil international is ruled out for up to a month

Manchester United can cope with loss of Antonio Valencia insists Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand is confident Manchester United will cope without Antonio Valencia for the next four weeks.

Valencia’s Mehmet Topal (centre) is congratulated by team-mates after his stunning strike

Pulis: 'It didn't break for us, then they scored a wonder goal'

Stoke City 0 Valencia 1

Valencia’s Mehmet Topal (centre) is congratulated by team-mates after his stunning strike

Topal's screamer topples Stoke

Stoke City 0 Valencia 1

Peter Crouch fell out of favour under Fabio Capello

Peter Crouch targets England recall

Peter Crouch is hoping Fabio Capello's resignation will open the door for him to return to the England squad.

Valencia is playing an increasingly important role

Quinton Fortune hails 'unbelievable' Antonio Valencia

Former Manchester United star Quinton Fortune believes Antonio Valencia could turn out to be the Red Devils' secret weapon in this season's Barclays Premier League title battle.

Sanya rejoins Volvo fleet as race heads for Malacca Strait

The full complement of six will be on the start line Sunday in Male in the Maldives, the secret safe haven being used by the Volvo round the world race, for the re-start of the third leg to Sanya on Hainan Island in China.

United keep up pressure on City with win at Arsenal

Arsenal 1 Manchester United 2

Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón at the beginning of a trial against him at the Supreme Court in Madrid

Judge who arrested Pinochet now finds himself in the dock

Supporters say Baltasar Garzón, who wants to rattle the ghosts of Spain's past, is the victim of a witch-hunt

Valencia threat to end grand prix

The future of the European Grand Prix in Valencia is in doubt after the city's council indicated that it wants to renegotiate its race fee.

Grant Hanley heads home Blackburn's third

Blackburn spoil the party with stunning win against United

Manchester United 2 Blackburn 3

Petra Barran is the boss, cook, driver and sales force of the acclaimed mobile chocolatier, Choc Star

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Team Korea during the America's Cup World Series

Doubts remain over Naples staging America’s Cup World Series regatta

Further doubt over the viability of staging the next America’s Cup World Series regatta in Naples next April was cast by the decision to unload all the boats and equipment in Valencia instead of taking it to Naples this weekend.

Dimitar Berbatov backheels United's fifth goal last night past David Stockdale

Evergreen Giggs eases Ferguson's latest injury woe

Fulham 0 Manchester United 5

Juan Mata says the Chelsea squad are united behind their manager

We are a big happy family, insists Mata

Andre Villas-Boas has created a "family" atmosphere at Chelsea, according to Juan Mata, settling one of the Premier League's most fractious dressing rooms and helping every player at a club notoriously riven by factions feel as though they are involved.

Roberto Mancini and Andre Villas-Boas share a joke last night

Villas-Boas can only look on as the old guard close ranks

Here, the crux of the issue facing Andre Villas-Boas, laid bare. As Chelsea drew deep into their well of resilience and determination and grit to staunch Manchester City's tide and then to turn it, ending a game with their title credentials enhanced, the futility of the Portuguese's position crystallised.

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