A view of the World Cup trophy

FA Cup: Leon Osman warns Everton to ignore form and be ready for Stevenage

Everton midfielder Leon Osman knows their trip to Stevenage is being viewed as a potential FA Cup upset but he believes they are professional enough to avoid a giant-killing.

Lacina Traore looks set to complete a move to Everton, subject to a work permit

Transfer news: Everton at last clinch deal for Monaco forward Lacina Traore

The Ivory Coast international joins on loan until the end of the season

Ibrahima Sylla: Visionary producer who put West African acts like Salif Keita and Youssou N'Dour on the world-music map

Ibrahima Sylla was a pivotal and inspirational figure in world music. Over the last 35 years his Syllart production company and label issued over a thousand releases by artists like Salif Keita, Ismaël Lô, Baaba Maal, Oumou Sangaré and Youssou N'Dour – who called him "a noble man, a visionary. Ibrahima devoted his whole life to the development of African music."

Two horrific images showing men tortured by strangulation in Syria

Torture in Syria: Photos may be proof of 'industrial-scale killing' carried out by Assad regime

Images leaked by defector whose job was to 'take pictures of killed detainees'

The conviction follows a new sweeping anti-gay law signed by Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan which bans same-sex marriage, public displays of affection between members of the same sex and gay clubs

Gay Nigerian man whipped 20 times for single homosexual act – but is spared stoning to death

20-year-old was given lashes after being convicted of sodomy in a Shariah court. The verdict follows a new sweeping anti-gay law signed by Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan (pictured)

Salomon Kalou could be heading to Spurs from his current club Lille

Transfer news: Tottenham reportedly eye move for former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou

Spurs reportedly set for talks with Lille

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan take part in round table talks in Nigeria during July 2011

The politics behind Nigeria's anti-gay law must be understood before Cameron reconsiders UK aid

Homophobia is not the only motive behind these unsavoury measures

African lions have suffered a 'catastrophic collapse' in numbers

Lions face extinction threat in West Africa

Report reveals there are just 250 adult lions after 'catastrophic collapse' in numbers in the region puts animals in critical danger

Bolt winning gold in Beijing in 2008 - according to a new study, symmetrical knees could help to explain why Jamaicans are so good at sprinting

Could symmetrical knees be the secret to Usain Bolt's success? A new study seems to think so

Jamaican children have particularly symmetric legs in comparison to Europeans, according to research

Nicolas Anelka appears to make the 'la quenelle' gesture after scoring the first goal for West Brom in the 3-3 draw against West Ham

Nicolas Anelka gesture: With great footballing prowess comes great responsibility

The hearts of many are easily swayed by the actions of just a few talented athletes

Mother of Michael Adebowale said son was ‘lured by evil ones’

Juliet Adebowale said her son had only met Michael Adebolajo just seven weeks before

The Great British Christmas getaway: 4m to head abroad for holidays – while the rest of us face a travel and weather nightmare

An estimated 13 million people set to take to UK's roads from 24-26 December

Wilfried Zaha (left) speaks to David Moyes during Manchester United pre-season training

Transfer news: Manchester United prepared to let Wilfried Zaha go on loan, but deny receiving any offers

Fulham and Newcastle are among the clubs linked with a move for the England international

Boris Bike turns up in Gambia: Photograph appears to show hire bicycle a long way from home

News comes as three friends took a Boris Bike up Mont Ventoux in France and got it back to the capital with 22 seconds to spare

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