Robin Scott-Elliot

Robin Scott-Elliot is a Sports News Correspondent for The Independent.

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First foot: Helena Costa is about to take charge as head coach of Clermont Foot in France’s Ligue 2

Helena Costa: 'Just judge me as a coach not as a woman'

First female to manage a top team gets Jose Mourinho's backing but she wants results to be all that counts
Laura Trott (left) was taken to hospital after falling in a crash

Laura Trott vows to race on after crash but Dan Martin's Giro d'Italia is brutally cut short

Double Olympic champion cleared to continue after bad fall, while Irishman's hopes are ended on opening stage in Belfast
Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard after England’s 2010 World Cup exit at the hands of Germany. Action is needed if the cycle of international failure is to be broken

Greg Dyke proposals: How is the FA aiming to get England back to the top?

Robin Scott-Elliot answers key questions raised by Greg Dyke's 82-page report which proposes visa restrictions, B teams and strategic loans
Marianne Vos, the pre-race favourite, in action

Women's Tour starts on a high as big crowds catch riders by surprise

Hannah Barnes leads next generation of British road racers after noise of spectators deceives Armitstead into attacking too soon

Marianne Vos (left) celebrates after beating Lizzie Armitstead to Olympic gold in London 2012
Wojciech Szczesny would like to play in the FA Cup final

Arsenal season has been a failure, says Wojciech Szczesny

The Gunners should be competing for the Premier League title says keeper

Olivier Giroud celebrates his goal against West Brom

Arsenal 1 West Brom 0 match report: Arsene Wenger consumed by regrets despite Gunners' sunny stroll

French striker Olivier Giroud scored the only goal of the game

Dirty business: Marco Pantani, one of cycling’s most charismatic figures, was widely mourned with many holding others responsible for his death
Matt Prior is expected to don the gloves again next week

Peter Moores confronts early problem of Matt Prior’s fitness

Prior has not kept wicket since being dropped from the Test side in mid-December, and having played in Sussex’s opening Championship game as a batsman only, he has sat out the county’s last two matches to undergo further treatment on his troublesome Achilles.

Graham Gooch working with Alastair Cook during nets at The Oval last year

Graham Gooch dismissed: ‘I used to get his autograph, so to sack him was tough’ says Alastair Cook

Captain explains how difficult it was to part with Gooch, his mentor and a great England servant

Day In a Page

Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?