Sport Sir Craig Reedie is more laid-back in his approach than his predecessor at Wada

The new president of the World Anti-Doping Agency had a simple-sounding new year resolution: “I just want to make sport cleaner.” Sir Craig Reedie knows he will never eradicate doping. Just a month into his new role, he says: “People still cheat and that is regrettable.”

Sprinter's Irish journey far more than a lap of honour

They have somehow managed to coax the trainers of four other horses to turn it into something that might vaguely be presented as a race, but nobody is under any illusions. For the appearance of Sprinter Sacre on its opening day essentially serves as a ceremonial seal on what was already being billed, after unprecedented Irish success at Cheltenham last month, as the best Punchestown Festival yet.

Ennis: 'I will never forget the noise'

Jessica Ennis leads golden return to Olympic Stadium for Anniversary Games

Gold medal winners from 'Super Saturday' will all be in action

Oscar Pistorius at the Olympic Stadium during London 2012

London Anniversary Games to snub murder accused Oscar Pistorius amid fears event would become a 'media circus'

Super Saturday gold medal winners Jess Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford will be taking part at the Olympic Stadium

Usain Bolt is expected to appear at the Olympic Stadium this summer

British Athletics predict drop in sponsorship in run up to Rio Olympics

Aviva deal ended after the London 2012 Olympics

British police 'reviewing security plans' for London Marathon in aftermath of Boston Marathon bombing that left three dead

Police are reviewing security arrangements for Sunday’s London Marathon in the wake of twin bomb attacks that left three dead at a race in Boston.

Hannah Cockroft celebrates winning the women's 100m T34 final

Paralympics: Cockroft and Peacock to star in Birmingham

Paralympic champions Jonnie Peacock and Hannah Cockroft are set to join a world-class line-up when Birmingham hosts the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final.

Auroras Encore in his stable with winning jockey Ryan Mania during the winners photocall at Craiglands Farm, Bingley

Grand National winner Ryan Mania 'bit sore' but on mend

After a weekend that catapulted him to fame, and then almost directly into a hospital bed, Ryan Mania spent yesterday patiently awaiting confirmation that he had not used up all his luck in winning the Grand National at the first attempt on Auroras Encore. The young jockey, airlifted to hospital in Newcastle after a hurdles fall at Hexham on Sunday, was expecting to be allowed home last night after a further precautionary scan. Mania's mother, Lesley, described him as "a wee bit sore" but still in high spirits.

Greg Rutherford on his way to winning gold in the long jump in London

Greg Rutherford turns to longer view after Melbourne win

Greg Rutherford’s ascent to Olympic long jump champion on Super Saturday last summer may have taken many by surprise, but the Milton Keynes man with the Midas touch is busy exceeding his own expectations as he prepares to challenge for the World Championship title in Moscow in August.

Sprinter Sacre, ridden by Barry Geraghty, jumps the last on his way to victory

Grand National Meeting: Extra yards no problem for Sprinter Sacre

Horse of moment makes it nine on the trot as he blows away top-class contenders in field

Sprinter Sacre

Aintree: Sprinter Sacre wins the Melling Chase

Tackling two and a half miles for the first time over the larger obstacles, he was a 1-3 favourite to beat a top-class field

Human placenta found in an ice cream tub in London

Police are worried that a vulnerable woman may have given birth and require medical attention

Paula Radcliffe has admitted she may never be able to compete again as she struggles to overcome a foot injury

Athletics: Paula Radcliffe may not race again

Paula Radcliffe has admitted she may never be able to compete again as she struggles to overcome a foot injury.

Kenya admit to doping problem

The head of Kenyan athletics says he hopes the nation's doping problem remains manageable after two more marathon runners were banned for positive tests.

Pietro Mennea pictured in 1978

Former 200-metre world record holder Pietro Mennea dies

The Italian held the record for 17 years

Cheltenham Festival: Diakali can turn tables to triumph over Our Conor

A look ahead to the final day at the Cheltenham Festival

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

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

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

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
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

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
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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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
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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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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