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

The home stretch: Our pick of the home gym kit

From a new spin on the Hula Hoop to cellulite-busting leggings...

Adidas hopes to score big profits at World Cup

Adidas raised its sales forecasts for the year yesterday, as it gave a more optimistic outlook for the World Cup on the back of strong first-quarter results.

Dress code: Amy Molyneaux, Designer

What are you wearing right now?

A rose-print velour stretch dress from the new diffusion line, Peaches Loves PPQ at very.co.uk.

Murray ends Fred Perry sponsorship deal

Britain's Andy Murray has signed a "long-term" sportswear deal with German firm Adidas from 2010, ending his long-standing partnership with Fred Perry.

Adidas rule out Newcastle naming rights

Adidas have distanced themselves from speculation linking them with the naming rights for St James' Park.

After 60 years, family feud that made Puma and Adidas is over

Thet are two of the world's most instantly recognisable sports brands and they hail from the same medieval German town. Indeed Puma and Adidas, which have shod millions of runners and footballers over the years and graced the feet of some of the greatest ever athletes, trace their origins to the same family of cobblers.

Costume change: They were professional swimmers' secret weapon so why have 'supersuits' been banned?

When Mark Spitz won seven golds at the 1972 Olympics, his star-spangled nylon briefs were required only to preserve his modesty. Today, space-age swimsuits have made such a splash an entire sport is struggling to preserve its integrity.

Robert Louis-Dreyfus: Businessman who helped resurrect Olympique Marseille football club

As befits a scion of the wealthy and secretive Louis-Dreyfus family, the Franco-Swiss billionaire businessman Robert Louis-Dreyfus had a wide range of interests and a deserved reputation as a troubleshooter with an uncanny ability to turn companies around. From 1989 to 1993, he served as chief executive officer at Saatchi & Saatchi and restored the fortunes of the advert-ising agency before rescuing the German sporting goods maker Adidas. For the last 13 years of his life he was the majority shareholder at Olym-pique Marseille football club, the team with the biggest fan-base in the French league, and helped steady the ship after the departure in 1993 of the controversial Bernard Tapie, who coincidentally had controlled the Adidas company before him.

SW19 Diary: A cautionary tale about playing doubles with Plod

Daylight robbery is often used to describe food prices at the All England Club. Now an actual robbery on an audacious scale, related to the tennis here, is being investigated by the police. The SW19 Diary can exclusively reveal that a lorry-load of tennis kit, made by Adidas for its many sponsored players to wear here during the championships, was nicked last Thursday.

Adidas and Michelin in tax-haven fraud inquiry

In a move that appeared to be timed to coincide with pressure by President Nicolas Sarkozy for a G20 agreement on curbs for offshore tax havens, the French government has demanded tax fraud investigations into bank accounts allegedly held in Liechtenstein by Michelin, Total and Adidas.

Tanya Gold: Spare me the lectures from celebs

When you want to find a solution to a political problem, do you turn to experts, or actors? I ask because Stella McCartney is angry with Gwyneth Paltrow – about a subject neither of them understands. They are arguing about cruelty to animals this time: Gwyneth has been pictured wearing fur. But it could just as easily be global warming, or Darfur, or penguins, or handbags.

Sweats appeal: A new show celebrates the union of fashion and sport

Love it or loathe it, there's no avoiding sport this summer. From Wimbledon's down-to-the-wire finale, to the vicarious pleasure of Spain's rise to Euro glory, television schedules and water-cooler debates have been dominated by matters sporting. And with the Olympics set to kick off in Beijing in less than a fortnight, there's little chance of any respite.

BP aims to win more than plaudits from £50m Olympic sponsorship

Deal with oil major brings 2012 promoters closer to goal of raising £600m from British business

Swimming: 'Does my bum look fast in this?' ask British team

As the British Championships began here last night with Olympic places up for grabs and 17-year-old Fran Halsall in the spotlight, swimsuits as much as the athletes inside them remained the sport's hottest talking point.

Claire Beale's Best in Show: Adi Dassler

You might not have heard of Adi Dassler. But I bet you've worn his work. He was the founder of adidas and made his first sports shoe by hand in 1925.

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Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

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