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Sheffield Wednesday sign striker from Barcelona

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New Zealand pair Hamish Bond and Eric Murray smashed the world's best time, previously held by Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell on the first day of rowing at the London Olympics.

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Less than £200... Enjoy Paris with Cresta, which is offering three nights in the City of Light for £185pp. The price includes Eurostar Standard Premier travel, departing London St Pancras on 16 July and B&B at the Montcalm hotel. Crestaholidays.co.uk

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Europe's greatest advances in high-speed rail in recent years have come from Spain – with startling improvements in journey times to, and around, Andalucía.

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