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The Brazil international is ruled out for up to a month

The 'big man' is back: Rooney buzzing over thought of Valencia link

No prizes for guessing who was at the front of the line when the training ground sprints started in the brilliant Carrington sunshine yesterday morning. It was Wayne Rooney, beaming at Nani, looking like a formidable force as he leapt into action over the cones. Rooney has a way of looking more diminutive when the world is weighing on his shoulders and standing taller than his 5ft 8in frame when it's turning in his favour, and it's "the big man" who's suddenly back.

Magath mystery deepens amid Schalke's European celebrations

A breeze of optimism swept through Gelsenkirchen yesterday after Schalke 04 rescued their otherwise mediocre season with a surprise spot in the Champions League quarter-finals following a 3-1 win over Valencia on Wednesday.

Magath needs Champions League progress to save job at Schalke

German club can secure quarter-final place against Valencia tonight to make up for poor Bundesliga season

Xavi returns to Barcelona squad after injury

Midfielder Xavi has returned to the Barcelona squad after injury but coach Pep Guardiola could miss their trip to Valencia due to a back problem, the Spanish league leaders said today.

Silva goes from paradise to Manchester. Every cloud...

Brought up on Gran Canaria, £25 million David Silva is loving life half a world away in the northern rain

Raul marks Spanish return with priceless equaliser

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Or the Bull Kills You, By Jason Webster<br/>The Red Coffin, By Sam Eastland

From the sizzling bullring of Valencia to the frozen steppes of Soviet Russia, two thrillers find that exotic climes make crime more interesting

Or The Bull Kills You, By Jason Webster

Nervous Brits need have no fears: Jason Webster's new Spanish detective, Max Camara of Valencia, hates bullfights. Forced to stand in for one of his superiors, he loathes the whole business and when a promising young matador is found murdered, only his professional concern is awakened.

Artist lends a helping hand to car lovers

Lorenzo Quinn's Vroom Vroom sculpture is installed in its new setting on Park Lane in central London yesterday. The 4m (13ft) sculpture consists of a vintage Fiat 500 – the first car that the sculptor bought – grasped by an oversized aluminium child's hand, which was modelled from Quinn's son.

San Francisco tip for America's Cup

San Francisco will be the site for the 2013 America's Cup, an American newspaper reported last night.

Boy, 17, arrested over man's death

A boy of 17 was arrested today by detectives investigating the death of a middle-aged man at his seaside home.

Valencia coach: Mourinho a 'crybaby' for ref rant

Jose Mourinho was branded a 'crybaby' by Valencia coach Unai Emery on Monday following his criticism of the match referee after Real Madrid's scrappy 1-0 home win over Sevilla on Sunday.

Foster: Rangers do not fear anyone in Europe

Richard Foster claims Rangers need not fear Manchester City or Liverpool if they are drawn against either of the Barclays Premier League giants in Friday's Europa League last-32 draw.

Vidic: United must be ruthless to beat London's leading lights

They will be billed as the games of the season but the Manchester United captain, Nemanja Vidic, said he doubted the next two fixtures, against Arsenal and Chelsea, will be pivotal events when it comes to deciding the Premier League. The season had proved too erratic for Sky Television to be talking of "Decisive December".

Man U finish campaign on top

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