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Sneakerheads rejoice - Adidas Originals’ much-loved Stan Smith trainers have been reissued, says Rebecca Gonsalves

The 10 Best women's trainers

The myriad uses for the modern trainer are matched by the number of styles available, from sports shops to high-street stores

Louis Smith’s pommel routine got Britain off to a strong start

Gymnastics: Louis Smith says Britain's gymnasts are seeking further success

Louis Smith believes that Britain’s gymnasts can capitalise on their team success to win medals in the individual finals which start tomorrow.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Edition details and release date confirmed

Premium package set to supply fans with ultimate team of football superstars.

The media can't get enough of Jessica Ennis

Athletes are the perfect fit for a sex-mad media

Hot bodies will be as sought-after as gold medals this summer, as Tim Walker reports

Barack Obama teases David Beckham over his underwear ads

US President Barack Obama poked fun at one of sport's biggest stars at the White House on Tuesday, remarking that British soccer player David Beckham had a knack for combining athletic prowess with commercial appeal.

Roberto Mancini described the 6-1 defeat of United as 'easy'

Mancini: Cup defeat gave us the edge over United

Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, declared yesterday that his side are now “the best team in Manchester” but, in another wounding statement for the club they share a city with, reflected that: “It's not important to beat United twice or beat Chelsea, it's only important to win a championship in the end.”

Leading article: The battle for the soul of the Olympic Games

The working conditions reported at factories making Team GB Olympics kit are truly appalling

Factory workers are 'forced to lie' during Adidas safety inspections

It's no secret why Adidas and other sportswear brands such as Nike, Gap, H&M and others get most of their products manufactured in developing countries. Wages are cheap, labour law is lax, and people are desperate for jobs. Over the past decade, such companies – in response to public pressure – have taken steps to monitor their supply chains, enforcing minimum pay and conditions and outlawing child labour.

TeamGB Olympic kits, designed by Stella McCartney, revealed

At a grand ceremony at the Tower of London this morning, amid much fanfare and lycra, the official TeamGB kit for the Olympic and Paralympic Games were unveiled.

The Albert

Unveiling The Albert, the official Olympic football

The official football for the London 2012 Olympic Games has been launched.

Sport and state: Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

The Spirit of the Game: How Sport Made the Modern World, By Mihir Bose

One day, during the 1971 World Table Tennis Championships in Japan, the American player Glenn Cowan missed his team bus back to the hotel. A Chinese player invited him to theirs. They gave him as a gift a silk-screen print of the Huangshan mountains; the next day he gave them a T-shirt with the words to "Let It Be". Within months Henry Kissinger was in Beijing, and inside a year Richard Nixon was meeting Mao Zedong.

Andy Murray listens to new coach Ivan Lendl during a practice session in Melbourne yesterday

Cahill: Lendl and Murray are match made in heaven

Commitment the 1980s great puts into ventures will rub off on British No 1 predicts leading coach

Deborah Ross: Here's how to make the streets safer

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Hip-hop moments that shook the world

From Kool Herc spinning in the Bronx to Jay-Z blinging in the mud, Matilda Egere-Cooper counts down the flash points that turned hip-hop from a marginalised inner-city culture into a global phenomenon

Probe into Lagarde's €400m 'sweetheart' deal for businessman

The stainless reputation of the new International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief, Christine Lagarde, is to be tested by a French court investigation.

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General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

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Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

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Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

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Rainbow shades

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