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Tom Peck

Tom Peck is a reporter on The Independent's news desk with an interest in just about everything. In January 2012 he became the paper's Olympics Correspondent.

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Scraping past Trinidad and Tobago in 2006 proves that mediocrity is not a recent phenomenon as far as England are concerned

Comment: Greg Dyke’s idea that England glory can be forged by B teams on the playing fields of Kidderminster and Barnet is fanciful and illogical

No other country has lower league football like England. It is worth preserving

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere with Delilah and Archie

There are some kids on the pitch... Footballers and their offspring

Footballers parading the fruits of their loins at the end of a season is now de rigueur. Tom Peck analyses this weird trend

Could Everton fans bear to know they had helped Liverpool win the title?

Can Everton bear to win the title for Liverpool?

Everton fans face a terrible choice: halting City could gift title to Liverpool but their team can still reach Europe. Tom Peck assesses the mood on Merseyside

Argentina’s Arsenal team pose holding bananas in Santiago this week as a humorous expression of outrage at the racism aimed at Barcelona’s Dani Alves
A man walks past a wall, reading ‘Don’t Vote’ in Khayelitsha Township on the outskirts of the city of Cape Town, South Africa

The one-party rainbow nation: How South Africa lost hope after Mandela

South Africans disillusioned with corruption and the excesses of President Zuma will still be saddled with ANC rule after next week’s election

Roland Ratzenberger, two months before his death

Senna anniversary: The death of Roland Ratzenberger – Imola's forgotten tragedy

His fatal accident, 20 years ago today, was overshadowed by that of Ayrton Senna the following day. But he did not die in vain
A view of the action at the Crucible this week
In the good old days Chas and Dave went Snooker Loopy with (front from left) Steve Davis, Dennis Taylor, Terry Griffiths, Willie Thorne and Tony Meo

The ‘Snooker Loopy’ era may have gone for a sport that now seems staid but the skills on view at the Crucible are sharper than ever

Snooker lacks much that has revitalised darts: the lager, the ritualised dancing

The Atletico Madrid coach German Burgos offers a glimpse into the future by donning a pair of Google Glasses

Tom Peck: As technology powers on, will a Google-Glassed future see players tweeting while fouling and fans creating their own virtual reality?

Has Atletico Madrid coach German Burgos seen the future? Certainly, his appearance in the dugout at Getafe earlier this week sporting a pair of Google Glass “wearable computer” spectacles has caught much attention.

South African paralympic and Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R) posing with his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius trial: The case against Oscar – why the prosecution claims his story doesn't add up

As the Oscar Pistorius murder trial begins an adjournment until 5 May, we look at the key evidence presented by Pistorius and the prosecution so far  – and how the different versions of events don't add up.

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