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Spurs has been linked with Seville striker Alvaro Negredo

Tottenham linked with Seville striker Alvaro Negredo

Andre Villas-Boas, the Tottenham manager, has effectively ruled out signing Leandro Damiao, but the club have been linked with the Seville striker Alvaro Negredo.

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There's already a feature-length documentary called The Aristocrats, in which an array of comedians each deliver their personal rendition of an old and extremely dirty joke about incest, coprophilia and bestiality; the punchline is: "the Aristocrats". A prurient Channel 4 probably had this in mind when it commissioned and named its new series, about the large but mixed fortunes of Britain's remaining aristocratic families. The first episode promised much, but ultimately failed to muster any major family drama, let alone incest.

Atletico Madrid's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao

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Atletico Madrid have quietly crept up the standings to second and suddenly find themselves being talked about as possible challengers to the La Liga hegemony of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Sheffield Wednesday sign striker from Barcelona

Sheffield Wednesday have signed striker Rodri on loan from Barcelona, subject to international clearance.

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New Zealand pair smash Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell's rowing world record

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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Deals of the week: Jamaica, Paris, Seville

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

The Barber of Seville, English Touring Opera, Hackney Empire

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Andalucía sets the standard for high-speed rail journeys

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.

Four special cities: Córdoba, Sevilla, Granada and Cádiz

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Barcelona against sharing TV revenue

Barcelona and Real Madrid are not prepared to cede to demands for an English-style system of sharing income from audiovisual rights as they want to protect their status as dominant powers in Spanish and global soccer, according to Barca vice president Javier Faus.

Marvellous Marvel wins St Leger

If you want a St Leger won, it seems, you must turn to the men whose specialist subject it clearly is. Masked Marvel gave trainer John Gosden his third in five years yesterday, and rider William Buick his second in a row. And, to boot, the colt recorded a course record time as he forged three lengths clear of Brown Panther through the final two furlongs.

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