Detail from ‘Benefits Supervisor Resting’ by Lucien Freud, which goes under the hammer at Christie’s, New York, in May

The nude is one of the most ubiquitous subjects in western art – and the most challenging and difficult to get right. The greatest examples were creat(...)

Cesc Fabregas, wearing a protective mask, scored a late winner for Chelsea at Loftus Road. Photograph: Inpho

Queens Park Rangers 0 Chelsea 1 Managers and players will point to the fixtures still to be played, arguing there are potential slip-ups as well as op(...)

Crystal Palace protest against ticket prices during their FA Cup match with Liverpool. The Anfield club will follow suit on Sunday with a banner saying “£NOUGH IS £NOUGH”. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

The match will be hyped as a colossal contest with decisive implications for the league title and Champions League places and as such the atmosphere s(...)

Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic is shown a red card by referee Martin Atkinson after the controversial incident at Stafmord Bridge. Photo: Tony O’Brien/Reuters

Nemanja Matic is resigned to missing Sunday’s League One Cup final despite Chelsea’s decision to lodge an appeal with the English FA against his send(...)

Undated handout CCTV image of Richard Barklie. PA

A former Northern Ireland police officer who is one of three men sought in connection with an alleged racist incident involving Chelsea football fans (...)

Two of Chelsea’s playing icons of last decade, John Terry and Didier Drogba, would have interesting viewpoints on Wednesday’s racist chanting by their fans at a Paris Metro station.Photograph: Phil Cole/Getty.

As the ball dropped squarely on the broad chest of Diego Costa in Paris on Tuesday night, the thought crossed the mind that somewhere in South Kore(...)

Manchester city owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan: has invested €1.46 billion in the club in  six years.  Photo: Andrew Yates/AFP

Manchester City believe they will comply with Uefa’s financial fair play break-even rules this season after announcing they reduced their annual loss (...)

A lab worker disconnects from a charger a mobile phone, displaying a timer indicating that the battery was fully charged under 30 seconds, at the headquarters of StoreDot in Tel Aviv. The Israeli company says it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world’s most dynamic consumer industries. (Photograph: Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

An Israeli company says it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that cou(...)

Jose Mourinho: Chelsea are not at the top because of an easy run, they are there because their rounded squad has been improved due to  astute buys by a  superb manager.

On August 16th Alexis Sanchez, all €40 million of him, made his Arsenal debut in a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace. Twelve weeks later, the man who bo(...)

Fans outside Stamford Bridge prior to the game against   Aston Villa on Saturday. Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Chelsea have had talks with England’s rugby chiefs about moving to Twickenham for a season while Stamford Bridge is redeveloped.The Rugby Football Uni(...)