Sport Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva says she was misunderstood in her previous comments condemning homosexuality

Pole vault champion's anti-homosexual quotes have put the country into the spotlight further that she will have thought

World champion Yelena Isinbayeva has defended her country’s anti-gay law

‘We are normal Russians’: Pole vaulter, Yelena Isinbayeva, defends anti-gay laws

Athlete criticises shows of support of gay rights at World Championships

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Sebastian Coe unsurprised by injury woes suffered by Olympic stars including Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford

Athletes are fragile after an Olympic year says the former gold medallist

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Heartbreak for Jenny Meadows as injury rules 800m runner out of second successive season

The 32-year-old missed last year's Olympic Games

Phillips Idowu targets Rome return

Phillips Idowu is expected to make his comeback from injury in Rome on 6 June after withdrawing from Saturday night's Diamond League meeting in New York.

John Fahey, Wada president, on possible doping in Kenya: 'For some time we have been very concerned about accusations there'

Drug cheats are pushing the boundaries in athletics

New season starts amid flurry of failed tests – notably in Russia, who will host World Championships

Doper, Pishchalnikova, is banned and loses London 2012 medal

The Olympic discus silver medallist Darya Pishchalnikova has been banned for 10 years for doping and will be stripped of her medal from London.

Mo Farah wins in Newcastle in September – his last competitive race

Golden memories put pressure on Mo Farah to start season with win

Kenya training and weak field should help GB's Olympic star serve up victory to sell-out crowd

True Brit: Dai Greene leads Andrew Osagie on his way to securing the British record in the 600 metres

Record puts spring back in Greene's step

The Welshman goes indoors to recover from Olympic disappointment

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Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis to return to Olympic Stadium as it hosts the British Athletics London Grand Prix

Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis will be back in the Olympic Stadium, on the anniversary of the Olympics Opening Ceremony, which is to host a Diamond League Athletics Grand Prix.

Team GB's athletics captain Dai Greene says the pressure is on

Athletics: Greene goes up to 600m

Two of Britain's Olympic finalists will go head-to-head in a rare 600 metres contest at the British Athletics Glasgow International Match on Saturday.

Paralympians 'should have received more honours', says former sports minister as row over 'double standards' escalates

Comments follow the revelations in the Independent on Sunday that leading Paralympians were disappointed at what they called the double standards

Mo Farah plans to become a marathon runner by 2014

Mo Farah snubbed for IAAF Athlete of the Year award

Usain Bolt headlines the shortlist for the 2012 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year – but there is no place for Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah.

Johnny Murtagh is behind a growing training yard

Usain Bolt plays in rain, but David Rudisha's world record bid is a washout

Jamaican wins again and Grabarz grabs high jump prize, but no glory for Kenyan 800m star

1. Head in hands: Britain’s young sprinting hope Adam Gemili shows his miseryafter messing up the baton exchange in the 4x100m semifinal, thus depriving Team GB of a place in the final. British teams have now been cursed by botched baton handoffs in five of the last six major championships

London Olympics 2012: The agony

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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

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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

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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

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
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Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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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?

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