Sport Vince McMahon has been reported to be considering a takeover bid for Premier League club Newcastle United

The billionaire owner has been linked with becoming the latest American owner to invest in the Premier League, with a partnership between the Magpies and WWE getting fans excited across the globe

Wrestling: Team GB's Olga Butkevych relying on home support for inspiration

Britain's Ukraine-born wrestler Olga Butkevych hopes the home crowd get behind her when she takes to the mat at the Olympics next week.

Britain's Euan Burton was inconsolable after his defeat in the judo

Chris Hewett: Gone for a Burton but Euan deserves a medal for honesty after defeat

The critic without a ticket: He listed all those he felt he had let down – only the dog, cat and goldfish were spared a mention

Dara Singh: Wrestler and Bollywood star

Dara Singh succeeded in two careers at a time when India was in search of heroes. First, he made his name as a traditional wrestler, taking on all challengers and delighting crowds across India with his strongman antics. Subsequently, he took his rippling muscles and clean, masculine charms to the silver screen, similarly thrilling audiences as perhaps the nation's first all-action star. For a number of years he excelled in both roles simultaneously.

The Hollow Crown: Henry V, BBC2, Saturday / The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family, Wednesday, Channel 4

The last of the BBC's Shakespeare history plays takes a more intimate, low-key look at Henry V

Amir Khan is counted out during his shock loss to Danny Garcia

Kevin Garside: The fact Khan will never be great is the most painful blow

He will fight on. They all do. But the future is a far less certain place now

At a stroke: Windermere's Great North Swim

Countyfile; Cumbria - Race to the Lakes for outdoor fun and games

The skies above Windermere will light up this Thursday when Cumbria hosts one of the four opening events of the London 2012 Festival (0845 267 2012; festival.london2012.com), the cultural celebration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games that runs till 9 September. A French group, Les Commandos Percu, will take to the shores of Windermere for On the Night Shift, a free open-air production mixing music and pyrotechnics, which will also mark the arrival of the Olympic torch in the county.

Because We Care, The Place, London

Dancers Colin Poole and Simon Ellis, who make up the company Colin, Simon & I, spend Because We Care testing each other. They shuffle into each other’s personal space, pushing through rivalries and power struggles. Poole and Ellis focus on the clashes, but don’t develop them.

June 7, 2012: France's national soccer team midfielder Franck Ribery is seen in a sauna at the team's training center in Kircha, on the eve of the Euro 2012 football championships opening match on.

James Lawton: Hard graft is key if England are to bloom in the City of Roses

Though it hangs on to the grit-smeared old title of city of a million roses, a bit like the Rhondda Valley claiming to be Tuscany West, this is a place which like few others on earth has always insisted on the hardest work – whether you were part of a slave labour force or just someone battling to survive in the mines or the steel plant.

Arktos and Walker, meeting for the first time in their enclosure at the Highland Wildlife Park

Polar bears' 'bromance' blossoming at Scottish animal park

Polar bears Walker and Arktos have been spotted sleeping "nose to nose" since they officially moved in together at a wildlife park.

Myroslav Dykun (top) has tested positive

Team GB wrestler and Olympic hope Myroslav Dykun tests positive for drugs

British Wrestling have vowed to "come down hard" on Myroslav Dykun if his B test is positive for amphetamines.

Forensic detectives look for clues at the flats in Grigny where a woman aged 47 was shot on Thursday

French in fear as new killer on a motorcycle stalks Paris suburbs

Four people are shot dead with the same weapon, but detectives think two gunmen may be involved

Yang Guang, a male giant panda, chews on bamboo inside his enclosure at Edinburgh zoo

Zoo pandas fail to mate

Britain's only pandas have run out of time to mate as their limited breeding season drew to a close.

Mossadeq embodied Iran's 'martyrdom complex': A protest outside the British Embassy in Tehran, 2011

Patriot of Persia, By Christopher de Bellaigue

As international tension over Tehran's nuclear ambitions continues to grow, it is more important than ever to examine Iran's national history and find clues to this complex and perplexing country. Christopher de Bellaigue's superbly timed biography of Iran's former prime minister, Mohammed Mossadeq, helps us to do so. A Persian scholar who has lived in Iran for more than a decade, he has combed through archive material to add to the existing literature about Mossadeq and his defining act - the nationalisation of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in 1951.

The Moment, By Douglas Kennedy

The past is a foreign country in more ways than one for the protagonists of Douglas Kennedy's novel. Largely set in Cold War Berlin, this hard-hitting love story tears down the dividing walls between past and present, showing how the course of history can turn in an instant. An author of consistently engaging and clever bestsellers, Kennedy has ranged from Stateside dramas to noirish thrillers. The Moment pulls together both strains in his fiction, marrying romantic tragedy with Le Carré-style espionage.

DVD: Win Win (15)

After the outstanding The Station Agent and The Visitor, there were very high expectations for Thomas McCarthy's latest slice of human frailty.

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