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

Too posh to play: Can fashion and fitness really mix?

Following in the footsteps of Stella McCartney and Yohji Yamamoto, Gucci has just entered the lucrative world of sportswear. But can fashion and fitness really mix?

Presidential candidate says Eriksson will join Real

The Real Madrid presidential candidate Arturo Baldasano claims the England manager Sven Goran Eriksson has agreed to become the club's new head coach, subject to the result of next month's elections.

Book Group: Ciar Byrne reviews 'Clear' by Nicola Barker

Witty snapshot misses the mark

Anatomy of an Olympian

When Darren Campbell takes his mark in Athens this week, he will represent one of our greatest hopes for gold. Has he got what it takes to win? Mike Rowbottom examines a body of evidence

Rusedski bows out but finds succour in 'sympathetic' crowd

British No 2 hopes media storm over failed drugs test will blow over as Auckland Open's top seed withdraws

Clijsters' Open doubt

The Investment Column: John David Sports

SPORTS RETAILERS have enjoyed an energetic recovery this year and John David Sports has been a clear winner. The shares have more than trebled this year as JD has recovered from its self-inflicted problems of 1998, when it stocked too many lines and was forced to cut prices to clear the shelves.

Football: Pennant agents to face charges

TWO FOOTBALL agents have been charge by the Football Association and Premier League for their involvement in the controversial transfer of the outstanding teenage prospect Jermaine Pennant to Arsenal.

Fashion: Urban jungle

Tuxedo-style jackets, chessboard T-shirts, leopard-print vests and fingerless leather gloves - the sharpest men's clothes combine simple cuts and flashy prints. To dress up, add a trilby; to dress down, a pair of plimsolls

Rugby Union: All Blacks wear non-slips

NEW ZEALAND is not generally thought to exist at the cutting edge of fashion; indeed, it is the only country on earth where the sheepskin fleece still qualifies as haute couture. But the All Blacks are no ordinary Kiwis. By time they play Tonga in their opening World Cup match in October, Taine Randell's team will have christened a trendy set of lightweight shirts designed not only to expel sweat while retaining body heat, but to minimise the kind of handling errors that saw the greatest side on earth lose five on the bounce last season.

Second profits warning issued by JJB Sports

JJB SPORTS, the sports retailer, issued its second profits warning in three months yesterday when it said last year's pounds 290m acquisition of rival Sports Division had caused disruptions on deliveries.
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Former helicopter pilot Major Tim Peake will become the first UK astronaut in space for over 20 years
food + drinkNothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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An easy-peel potato; Dave Hax has come up with an ingenious method in food preparation
voicesDave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own