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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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Ukraine will announce today whether they are pulling out of the Winter Paralympic Games

Valeriy Suskevich, president of the Ukrainian Paralympic Committee, has said that all of his athletes are "very nervous and very afraid" due to the on-going turmoil in Ukraine

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Prince Harry pictured at the launch of the Invictus Games

Chancellor awards funding so Paralympic-style sporting championship can be held

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Silver medalist David Murdoch of Great Britain celebrates during the medal ceremony for Men's Curling

View from the sofa: Storyville, BBC4

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The closing ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. David Cameron said today it would be 'wrong' for ministers to attend the Paralympics when they begin in Russia on Friday

William Hague has travelled to Kiev today, and the UK’s involvement in Sochi-based G8 summit talks has been suspended

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Maria Komissarova had to undergo immediate surgery

 

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Scotland’s Ross Murdoch reacts in disbelief to his victory in the 200m breaststroke
COMMONWEALTH GAMESThe poster boy of Glasgow 2014 arrived as the fastest man in the world this year only for his form to desert him when he needed it most
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Alistair Brownlee (right) celebrates with his gold medal after winning the men’s triathlon alongside brother Jonny (left), who got silver
England's Jodie Stimpson won the women’s triathlon in the morning
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Olympic champion Nicola Adams gets to grips with the Queen’s baton
There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
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Triathletes Jodie Stimpson and Vicky Holland show off their gold and bronze medals respectively
Team-mate Vicky Holland finishes third to take bronze
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Farah returns to the track with something to prove
Double-Olympic champion pulls out of 5,000m and 10,000m due to his failure to recover from illness
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cyclingTour de France: The Italian enhances his lead to a near-unassailable 7mins 10secs with just three stages to go
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Peter Sagan (right) has an unassailable lead in the sprinters’ points competition
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Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix
FORMULA 1PREVIEWHungarian GP: Mercedes driver looking to gain momentum ahead of summer break at one of his most favoured tracks
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Andy Murray and Amélie Mauresmo are working together in Miami
tennisAnd secure place at Tour Finals
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Terry Newton playing for Great Britain in the Tri-Nations final against Australia in 2004
rugby leagueOver a hundred rugby league players have contacted clinic to deal with mental challenges of game
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
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Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform