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A Facebook game that allows puzzle fans to help tackle the disease threatening the UK’s ash trees has been launched.

Christian Eriksen would be interested in a move to Tottenham if they make an approach

Transfer news: Ajax winger Christian Eriksen interested in Tottenham move as possible Gareth Bale replacement

Christian Eriksen admits he would be interested in a move to Tottenham if they make an approach. The Ajax winger could be a replacement for Gareth Bale should he leave the club this summer.

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Damian Lewis as Sgt Brody in Homeland

Watch: Homeland season three teaser

A teaser for Homeland season three has been released, but fans hoping to know what happens to Sgt Brody after the CIA headquarters bombing won’t be able to glean much from the sparing trailer.

16-year-old Katie Ledecky with her second gold medal of the Championships

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Katie Ledecky took six seconds off the 1500 metres freestyle world record as she claimed her second gold of the World Championships in Barcelona.

Adam Thirlwell: an editor with subversive tendencies

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There's linguistic fun to be had in translating stories backwards and forwards – but will the average reader get the joke?

Chris Froome kisses his girlfriend Michelle Cound at the finish line

Tour de France 2013: ‘I’d give anything to see my mother with me here today’ says Chris Froome

Tour de France winner has one last unfulfilled wish to share his victory with his late mother Jane

Nicklas Helenius

Transfer talk: New Aston Villa signing Nocklas Helenius admits his sadness over Christian Benteke's transfer request

New striker believes Villa need to hold onto the best players possible even if it has an impact on his first-team chances

Michael Laudrup is set to sign striker Wilfried Bony for £12m

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup reveals he rejected PSG to remain at the Liberty Stadium

Michael Laudrup, the Swansea City manager, has reiterated his commitment to the club following a summer bust-up and says he turned down approaches from Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and Fenerbahce to stay.

Nicklas Bendtner

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner in 'final talks' over Frankfurt switch

The Denmark international has spent the past couple of seasons out on loan

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, the co-founder of Pirate bay, is pictured in Stockholm, February 16, 2009. Warg, a 27-year-old Swede and co-owner of the world's biggest free file-sharing websites, arrived in Sweden under escort on September 11, 2012 to begin a one-year jail sentence for breaching copyright laws. Picture taken February 16, 2009. REUTERS/Bertil Ericson/Scanpix

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg sentenced to two years in jail

Warg was not charged for matters related to The Pirate Bay but for fraud and illegal bank transfers

Nicklas Helenius

Aston Villa sign giant striker Nicklas Helenius from Aalborg

The 6ft 5in frontman was the second-highest scorer in the Danish league last season

Actress Sidse Babett Knudsen, the star of ‘Borgen’, talks to fans of the series at an event in London

Danish state television takes on the knotty subject of an obscure war that almost prompted a constitutional crisis in Britain

For all those still foxed by the Schleswig-Holstein question, help is finally at hand from an unlikely source

Okore played for FC Nordsjaelland before agreeing terms with the Midlands club today

Transfer confirmation: Aston Villa sign Denmark international Jores Okore

Former Villa captain Martin Laursen scouted the 20-year-old defender on Tuesday

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup insists he will stay despite breakdown in relationship between his agent and Swansea

There have been disagreements over the club's transfer policy

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