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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo rejects claims he has vile nickname for Lionel Messi

A new book suggested the Real Madrid player referred to his great rival with an offensive term

Must watch: Hilarious own goal scored by hapless amateur in Greece

They don't get much more embarrassing than this

The 28-year-old marksman signed on a season-long loan from Monaco

Radamel Falcao denies reports he is using ice pack on knee after every Manchester United match and training session

The Colombian is yet to make an impact at Old Trafford

David De Gea

David de Gea to Real Madrid: Manchester United see Victor Valdes as replacement - not back-up

De Gea has been hugely impressive this term

Mario Balotelli behaviour down to 'bad education', claims former Barcelona manager Johan Cruyff

The Liverpool striker has struggled since his £16m move from AC Milan

Arsene Wenger reacts during Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Swansea

'Arsenal coaches have reservations' about Arsene Wenger's defensive tactics, whilst Steve Bould has been 'ignored'

The Gunners let a lead slip for a second game in a row at the weekend

Radamel Falcao prepares to face Queens Park Rangers in his Manchester United debut

Radamel Falcao using ice pack on knee after every Manchester United match and training session

The Colombian is yet to make an impact at Old Trafford

Danny Welbeck pictured during Arsenal's defeat to Swansea

Analysis: Is it fair Arsenal are being labelled as bottlers?

The Gunners threw away a lead for the second game in a row against Swansea

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez trolled on Twitter by Swansea duo Wayne Routledge and Angel Rangel for over-confident tweet

The Chilean was hopeful of seeing all three points return with Arsenal to London

Jon Walters scores Stoke's second

Seven things we learnt this weekend: Juan Mata won't disappear, Chelsea are better than everyone, Europa League not helping Tottenham

The lessons learnt from the latest round of fixtures in the Premier League, including options at Southampton and the return of Andy Carroll

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum