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MARTIN SAMUEL AT THE EMIRATES: An interesting talking point, Olivier Giroud. Some will have left here believing he is propelling Arsenal towards the Champions League.
NEIL ASHTON'S INSIDE TRACK: Everywhere you look at the Emirates these days there is uncertainty and apprehension. Nobody seems to know what Arsenal are playing for.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed the 'perfect touch' of striker Olivier Giroud after his sublime finish and a double from Lukas Podolski gave the FA Cup finalists a 3-1 win over West Ham.
It is the 20th anniversary of Duncan Ferguson's infamous headbutt on Raith Rovers' Jock McStay to earn him a 12-match ban - an incident that is burned in the psyche of Scotland.
Members of the Liverpool first team joined the club's Ladies' team and academy youngsters to read the names of the 96 victims who died at Hillsborough. Reds captain Steven Gerrard, manager Brendan Rodgers and the rest of the first-team squad took part in the moving tribute along with Fara Williams and members of the Ladies' side.
Ligue 1 strugglers Rennes' fans were given plenty to celebrate as their 3-2 victory over promotion-chasing Angers in the French Cup semi-final won them a date at the Stade de France.
Roberto Martinez had it all planned. His first day as Everton manager was going to be a low-key affair with little to grab the headlines. Then Everton chairman Bill Kenwright let the world know that Martinez was going to be the man to deliver Champions League football.
DOMINIC KING: You don’t struggle for inspiration when you’re Liverpool manager, working for this great football club, said Brendan Rodgers.
If Manuel Pellegrini wanted to prove the inferior nature of Chelsea’s football, there was a perfect time to do it. February 3, 2014, between 8pm and 9.45pm. Manchester City versus Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.
Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro have said they will not sign sacked West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka because the player took too long to report to the club.
NICK HARRIS: A new report on global pay in sport has found an average first-team Barca player has earned £24,995,540 over the past five years, which is more than the average five-year pay at any team in world sport.
This chestnut colt, trained by Mick Channon at West Ilsley near Newbury, is going to race in the blue and green colours of the Daily Mail and MailOnline throughout the summer and we are going to be following him every step of the way.
David Beckham has hit a major hurdle in his plans to build a 25,000-seat stadium in Miami to home Major League Soccer's next franchise.
PETE JENSON REPORTS FROM MADRID: Gareth Bale will be first in the free-kick queue on Wednesday night since Cristiano Ronaldo is injured on the sidelines as the Welsh wing wizard tries to win his first trophy with Real Madrid.
Luton Town won promotion back to the Football League after an absence of five years without kicking a ball on Tuesday when they were handed the Conference Premier crown.
He might be one of the most wanted managers in Europe but Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp struggled to outwit a celebratory T-shirt after his side reached the final of the German Cup.
Celtic striker Anthony Stokes claims the Scottish Premiership would benefit from the return of arch-rivals Rangers.
Two Lukas Podolski goals and one from Olivier Giroud sank West Ham away at Arsenal. SAMI MOKBEL has the player ratings.
Andreas Christensen, described as a 'gazelle' by pretty much anyone who has ever watched him play at any level, turned 18 on April 10. He earns £20,000 a week and has not made a first team appearance for Chelsea.
Novak Djokovic made a convincing start to the defence of his Monte Carlo Rolex Masters title with a second-round thrashing of Albert Montanes.
Paul Lambert took the astonishing step of ending his six-year association with trusted aide Ian Culverhouse on Tuesday after a complete breakdown in the pair’s relationship.
Liverpool are watching teenager Divock Origi at Lille. The Belgium Under 21 striker interests Premier League rivals Arsenal, too.
West Ham star Joe Cole appeared to mock the Arsenal faithful before the 3-1 defeat at the Emirates, gesturing the lifting of a trophy after being jeered by the home fans.
MARTHA KELNER AT THE VALLEY: Danny Wilson thinks Barnsley can make a ‘great escape,’ from the Championship relegation battle after they beat fellow strugglers Charlton at the Valley.
Olivier Giroud has revealed he was thinking of the families of the 96 Hillsborough victims when kissing his armband during the win against West Ham.
When Kevin Pietersen takes the field in the Middle Eastern emirate of Sharjah on Thursday, he will be doing little to dispel the notion that he has always been a man apart.
Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan has committed his future to Borussia Dortmund by signing a new contract.
Manchester United are moving closer to making £30million England star Luke Shaw their first signing of the summer.
Every week we’ll name an XI of past and present footballers for you to guess what links them all. But there’s a twist – one player will always be the odd man out in the dressing room.
Newcastle are ready to move for Ajax playmaker Siem de Jong if they finish in the Premier League’s top 10 at the end of the season.
He was a former City trader trying to broker his dream in football but now Mark Warburton is the manager of promotion-bound Brentford in League One.
Newcomer Kyren Wilson set his sights on a clash with Ronnie O’Sullivan in the first round of the Dafabet World Championship after denying former Crucible king Graeme Dott a place at this year’s tournament.
In the wake of recent traumas, Rangers made their supporters suffer just a little longer before finally returning to winning ways.
This weekend sees the return of one of Britain’s finest – WBA super-bantamweight world champion Scott Quigg. If only we could overcome the politics, one of the bouts I would love to watch is Quigg against Carl Frampton.
Arsenal’s starting XI on Tuesday night was their oldest on average in the league since May 4, 2003, when they faced Leeds.
The stage is set for Robert Lewandowski's final attempt at silverware with Borussia Dortmund to be against his future club after his side accounted for Wolfsburg in the German Cup semi-final.
CHARLES SALE: Sir Alex Ferguson, nearly a year on since he announced his retirement as Manchester United manager, is being chased by TV networks for a definitive interview or documentary about his career.
IAN LADYMAN: Manchester City are becoming increasingly nervous that they will be one of the first major European clubs to be found in breach of UEFA’s financial fair play rules.
IAN LADYMAN: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed suggestions that English players are crucial to Liverpool’s emergence as Barclays Premier League title contenders.
England head coach Stuart Lancaster has been handed a boost with highly regarded Saracens flanker Will Fraser expected to return to action against Newcastle this weekend.
The World Cup is just 58 days away and excitement is building. Each week our man in Brazil, Joe Callaghan, brings us the latest news and views from South America and provides a flavour of exactly how the World Cup in Brazil is shaping up.
This is the shocking image of the damage inflicted on Port Vale captain Doug Loft's face following a training ground bust-up with team-mate Daniel Jones.
Amir Khan has boosted his chances of a lucrative showdown with Floyd Mayweather by joining up with the American superstar's advisor Al Haymon. The notoriously mysterious Haymon has guided Mayweather’s career for years and is widely regarded as one of the most influential men in boxing.
Scott Sinclair looks set to leave West Brom this summer after his girlfriend Helen Flanagan revealed the couple were having a house built for them in London.
Red Bull have lost their appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from last month's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is convinced his side are still firmly in the Barclays Premier League title race. Pellegrini insists little has changed as a result of Sunday's defeat to leaders Liverpool.
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has admitted he may be powerless to stop star striker Diego Costa joining Chelsea in the summer.
Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski may be raking it in at the Emirates but there's nothing like a bit a public transport to liven up your day.
Roberto Martinez has revealed his painful memories of Hillsborough, a tragedy he watched unfold from his home in Spain 25 years ago.
British cyclist Mark Cavendish and his wife Peta will join 2,000 riders from across the country as they converge in London to raise money for Help For Heroes.
Lewis Hamilton is revelling in the ‘positive energy’ at Mercedes as he targets a hat-trick of consecutive victories at Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Aviva Premiership club Worcester have announced the signing of South African prop Nick Schonert. The 22-year-old tighthead will move to the Warriors this summer from Bloemfontein-based Super 15 side the Cheetahs.
Compare and contrast Steven Gerrard and John Terry at the weekend and then decide which one you would rather see lift the title in May.
Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira was given a round of applause by his Real Madrid team-mates as he returned to training after five months out.
David Moyes' hard-line stance towards Champions League bad boys Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young has stretched to a further day of extra training today.
Hatem Ben Arfa’s future at Newcastle United is in doubt after a string of heated exchanges with team-mates and management. Sportsmail understands club staff have grown increasingly frustrated with the attitude and application of the French playmaker in recent months.
Arsene Wenger was once thought of as one of the best buyers in the transfer market. But the days of signing unearthing stars such as Nicolas Anelka and Thierry Henry are in the past. Here Sportsmail rates the Arsenal bosses last 10 big money signings.
Jack Wilshere handed Arsenal a major boost after the influential midfielder posted an image of himself back in training.
Manchester United flop Bebe hasn’t ruled out a move back to Old Trafford once his current loan deal with Pacos de Ferreira ends. The Portuguese forward has failed to start a Premier League match for United and has spent most of the last four years on loan deals with clubs across Europe.
Manchester City have been boosted by the news that Yaya Toure's season is not over. The Ivorian was clutching his groin as he limped out of Sunday's 3-2 defeat at Liverpool and initial fears were that he would miss the remainder of the campaign. But City boss Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Toure would return before the end of the season.
Arsenal's summer plans are kicking into overdrive as they look to avoid a repeat of last summer’s transfer blunders.
Floyd Mayweather has shown off his two Bugattis and given his fans the chance to go and see his next fight.
Liverpool's biggest rivals, Manchester United, shared a touching tribute to the 96 Hillsborough victims on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.
Manchester City are the best-paid sports team in the world, with average first-team pay a whopping £5.3m a year, or £102,653 per week according to a new report that compares global earnings in the most popular leagues.
Roberto Martinez has dismissed a potential surprise move from Liverpool for England starlet Ross Barkley. The Everton boss is not willing to entertain any bids for Barkley, and laughed off a potential bid.
Petr Cech believes a lack of title experience among Liverpool’s squad may yet cause Brendan Rodgers’s side to collapse in the home straight.
Mousa Dembele made a welcome return to action for Tottenham in Monday's Under 21 clash against Manchester United but it was wonderkid James Wilson who stole the show by grabbing the winner.
SIMON JONES and SAMI MOKBEL: Raheem Sterling has been nurtured into one of the hottest properties in England by a close-knit Liverpool.
JEFF POWELL: Marcos Maidana, for whom Amir Khan was so unceremoniously dumped by Floyd Mayweather, believes his elevation to next month’s Money fight has spared the boxing public a night of expensive tedium.
Find out which Liverpool star is the Premier League's most in-form player with the latest update on our Power Rankings.
Steven Gerrard has warned his Liverpool team-mates their 10-game winning spree will mean nothing if they do not deliver the title.
NEIL ASHTON: Swansea's preparations for Sunday's home defeat by Chelsea were undermined by an amazing training-ground fight. The extraordinary incident involved six players from the first-team squad and took place during a full-scale practice match last Wednesday.
Andrea Pirlo sparkled in Italy's midfield at Euro 2012 when his cheeky penalty helped knock out England. In a Sportsmail exclusive, the Juventus star, likely to face England once more at Brazil 2014, lifts the lid on his glittering career in extracts from his new book.
Cardiff City have made a formal complaint against Crystal Palace to the Premier League over the ‘spygate’ scandal.
DEREK LAWRENSON: We could argue all day about the merits of some who have won the Masters once, but the men who have won it twice are all great.
Paul Farbrace is an English coach who has led Sri Lanka to two trophies in four months in charge but he will not feature in this week’s interviews to find the man to succeed Andy Flower at the helm of the England team.
Stefano Domenicali has resigned as Ferrari team principal - to be replaced by a Formula One novice. The new man is 42-year-old Marco Mattiacci.
Manchester United fans may have endured a miserable campaign this season but, according to a recent study, Red Devils supporters have had the most to cheer about in English football. However, which club's followers have been named football's longest-suffering fans?
The world's most successful Olympian, Michael Phelps, is to come out of retirement and compete at a domestic meeting in the United States next week.
Arsenal fans eagerly awaiting the unveiling of their kit for next season need look no further... Maybe. Twitter user ‏@oitzbrad tweeted this picture below of what he claims is a leaked Arsenal 2014-15 strip.
World No 1 Serena Williams has revealed she learned to be proud of her curves after receiving compliments from fans.
Chelsea have joined the Arsenal in the race for Everton defender John Stones but will face a difficult task prising him away.
Loic Remy is the latest striker to be added to Atletico Madrid's summer wishlist. Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United's Javier Hernandez and Tottenham's Roberto Soldado are all names that have been considered by Diego Simeone and his staff but Remy represents better value for money.
DOMINIC KING: Should he lead Liverpool to the title this season, and crown an extraordinary career with the one gong that has proven so elusive, Steven Gerrard will have to be recognised as the greatest player of the Barclays Premier League era
MARTIN ALLEN: At the end of last season I went over to Madrid with my sons to watch Real Madrid. Sunday afternoon I went to watch the match at Anfield and I have never been in a football stadium with so much emotion, passion and excitement. For me there is no comparison.
CRAIG HOPE: Liverpool are favourites for the Premier League title and everyone, it seems, is rooting for the Reds. Theirs would be a triumph celebrated beyond the borders of Merseyside.
Liverpool's win over Manchester City was one of the best games I’ve seen for a long time. Liverpool were sensational and just blew City away in the first half.
Stefano Domenicali has resigned as team principal of Ferrari. The move has been confirmed by Ferrari and comes in the wake of the team's disappointing display at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
While Hull City are part of the global phenomenon that is English football, as a lone entity they have no significant profile beyond this country.
Ralph Ellis runs you through WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEKEND. This week, Luis Suarez Luis Suarez seems to be feeling the pressure of being Liverpool's focal point as they try to get over the line.
Ricky Burns is plotting a route to a third world title with Omar Figueroa’s WBC lightweight crown his ultimate goal.
JEFF POWELL IN LAS VEGAS: Manny Pacquiao was stitched up again on another steamy night along the Las Vegas Strip but this time the damage was to his left eye, not his career.
GRAHAM HUNTER: The last time that the Copa del Rey Final featured Real Madrid and Barcelona, there was so much ‘white noise’ surrounding the fact that Jose Mourinho was waging war on Pep Guardiola that the individual significance of the match was slightly overlooked.
Max Mosley's conversation topics were as catholic as usual: judges; newspaper editors and proprietors; Bernie Ecclestone. But it was on the subject of Formula One's engine development that he made his most pertinent contribution.
Eden Hazard and Daniel Sturridge are the favourites for this season's Young Player award but these five stars also deserve to be high up in people’s thinking.
James DeGale is one fight away from a potential rematch with bitter rival George Groves after signing with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing.
NEIL ASHTON: The ambitions of Arsenal - to win the Premier League or Champions League - remain. To achieve them, it looks like Arsene Wenger will need to accept some help.
The Formula One circus takes on five continents over eight months of gruelling action in 2014. Click on Sportsmail's ground-breaking interactive guide to find out everything you need to know about the 19 races which make up this year's calendar.

Never mind the Xbox One or PS4: Why the time is right to become a PC gamer
text Never mind the Xbox One or PS4: Why the time is right to become a PC gamer Why choose between Microsoft and Sony’s consoles, when there are loads of good reasons to go the gaming PC route. (itproportal)
Pistorius In Court For Defence Evidence
text Pistorius In Court For Defence Evidence The defence team begins its case in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial - as the athlete prepares to take the stand. (skynews world)
Britain's plans to rejoin European Arrest Warrant could be thwarted by EU states
text Britain's plans to rejoin European Arrest Warrant could be thwarted by EU states Controversial decision by Coalition to rejoin European Arrest Warrant but apply new "proportionality" test to applications could be blocked by France and Spain, leaked documents show (telegraph)