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Sepp Blatter will have to stand down as football’s representative on the IOC when he reaches 80 in 2016

The Fifa president will be forced to step down when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 80 after the Rio Olympics in 2016

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Jade Etherington and guide Caroline Powell celebrates winning bronze in the Women's Super-G - Visually Impaired

Etherington won three silvers and a bronze at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics but the skier with five per cent vision in both eyes has announced her retirement

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Vanessa-Mae finished last in the giant slalom at the Sochi Games after her qualifying results were manipulated to get her into the Thai team

The virtuoso violinist has been banned by the International Ski Federation for race-rigging

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This year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi were estimated to cost over $50bn

The IOC issued a statement calling the decision 'a missed opportunity' but many in Norway do not feel the same way

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Krakow, Lviv and Stockholm had already pulled out the running

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Guanabara Bay is seen in a section littered with debris on June 19, 2012

The regatta will be starting on Saturday but there are still concerns over the water quality

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Four ski officials in Slovenia have been suspended following allegations of results rigging

The Slovenian Ski Association says that the musician's pre-Olympics results were "fixed" at the behest of Thai ski officials

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Amy Van Dyken smiles for all to see after the Women's 50 meter Freestyle Finals during the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials at the Indianapolis University Natatorium in Indianapolis

Her family and that of husband Tom Rouen issued a letter that says she awoke from surgery 'acting like her typical spunky, boisterous, ebullient self'

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The city has failed to meet promises on cleaning Guanabara Bay, despite sailors' reports of animal and human carcasses floating in the water

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Boats float along the shoreline of the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay

Five years after Brazil won its Olympic bid, athletes have condemned the site of the Olympic sailing and windsurfing events as a 'dump'

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Incomparable: Mo Farah winning the men's 5,000m final at the London 2012 Olympics

Olympic officials have reportedly secretly asked if London would be in a position to take over games after progress in Rio was branded ‘critical’

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John Coates has blasted preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as 'the worst I have ever seen'

The International Olympic Committee have stepped in to try and speed up preparations in Brazil

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John Coates has blasted preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as 'the worst I have ever seen'

John Coates slams Rio's preparations for the Summer Games and reveals the International Olympic Committee have already been forced into unprecedented action

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Michael Phelps will return to competitive swimming next week

Phelps will come out of retirement to swim the Arena Grand Prix in Arizona next week having not competed since the London 2012 Olympic Games

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Great Britain Athletes, back row (L-R) Dom Harrington, Ben Kilner, Billy Morgan, back row (L-R) Rebekah Wilson and Paula Walker pose for a photograph in the Olympic Rings in the Athletes Village in Sochi

The bid team is to meet with the IOC

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Ian Thorpe had Rio 2016 in his sights

Five-time Olympic champion ‘will not swim again’

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The new adventure play area, just outside the main stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, should prove popular, but the main attractions will be sports events, concerts and festivals

After a rapid £300m facelift, the London 2012 site reopens. Ashling O’Connor took a tour of the facilities

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Olympic gold medallist Anna Watkins at Cambridge University Boat Club on the river Ouse at Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Olympic hero teaches Ashling O'Connor some tricks of the trade and reveals she'll miss Rio while she focuses on family life and explores her many other interests

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Chemmy Alcott in action in the women's super-g, where she finished 23rd

31-year-old has represented Great Britain in four Winter Olympics with her latest appearance coming at at the Sochi Games last month

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Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell in action in Sochi

Another historic day for Team GB in Russia

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Great Britain’s Jade Etherington and guide Caroline Powell on their way to slalom silver

 

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Gregor Ewan of Great Britain competes in the Round Robin Session 7 during day four of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Ice Cube Curling Center

Skip Aileen Neilson was replaced in the fourth end when her rink were already 8-1 down

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Fast and fearless: Kelly Gallagher on her way to winning gold

Simon Usborne speaks to Kelly Gallagher, the first Briton to win a Winter Paralympics gold, and charts the remarkable story of the visually-impaired skier

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Kelly Gallagher (L) and Charlotte Evans (R) on their way to gold in the Winter Paralympics super-G

Visually-impaired skier Gallagher and guide Evans bounced back from downhill disappointment to win gold in the super-G

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Performers simulate the Russian flag moving in the wind during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games

Susie Mesure introduces the madcap world of Winter Paralympics

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Chisora (left) and Fury clash at the weigh in today
BOXINGSteve Bunce: Fight has enough intrigue to be placed in any of British boxing’s glorious decade
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Dereck Chisora of Great Britain in action during his Media Work Out at Punch London
COLUMNFrank Warren: He's a changed character and is now in fantastic condition
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In memory of Phil Hughes, cricket bats are placed at playing fields in Macksville, Australia, the batsman’s home town
CRICKET'I don't think we should change the way we play cricket,' said Cook
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Susie Wolff has been promoted to become the official test driver for Williams
F1She wouldn’t be there if she were not quick, writes Kevin Garside
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Brazilian football legend Pele pictured in 2011
footballFans had feared the worst when it was announced the Brazil legand was in a 'special care' unit
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Billy Twelvetrees will start for England against Australia tomorrow with Owen Farrell dropping to the bench
rugby unionEngland v Australia: The former rugby league man is ready to make his debut for Bath in 15-man code
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World Cup winner Ben Kay is an ambassador for BT Sport's The Supporters' Club
INTERVIEW England v Australia: World Cup winner believes victory at Twickenham will give England a boost ahead of next year's showdown in the World Cup Pool Stage
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Ben Morgan has made huge strides for England at No 8
LEWIS MOODY COLUMNSo what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take points on offer 
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Wales coach Warren Gatland insists he has ‘never minded people asking hard questions’
Wales vs South Africa: The Welsh have capitulated late on in their previous two autumn internationals against Australia and New Zealand
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game