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There's a hell of a punch-up still going on in the playground since that school bully Michael Gove took the ball away and won't let the other kids play with it. At least that's what many teachers are claiming. They are also suggesting there will be no legacy left for the class of 2012 when the Olympics are over, and that we will end up in the next decade with a generation of Billy Bunters rather than Tom Daleys.

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Boxing: Audley Harrison plans to carry on fighting

Audley Harrison has decided to carry on fighting despite last month's pathetic defeat by David Haye.

Ryder Cup stars in running for BBC sports personality gong

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Inside Lines: Walker shows way to hurdle the boardroom's race barrier

Black bosses in British sport are as uncommon as a smile on Arsène Wenger's face, which makes Nigel Walker one of a rare breed. The former Olympic hurdler who changed lanes from one sport to another has now graduated to senior management as the newly appointed national director of the English Institute of Sport, the organisation which helps ensure elite performers can get to their marks in peak condition by providing the best possible back-up facilities including medical, psychological and coaching expertise. Of those currently in sport's corridors of power there are only two black chairmen – and one is ironically named White: Densign White, hubby of Tessa Sanderson and chair of the British Judo Association. Then there is Geoff Thompson, who runs the Youth Charter, while Zara Hyde Peters is chief executive at British Triathlon. And, er, that's it. So why is it that there are so few black faces in the boardrooms of sport? Cardiff-born Walker, 47, who represented Great Britain in the 1984 Olympics, switched to rugby in 1992, winning 17 caps for Wales as a flying wing before becoming head of sport for BBC Wales, says: "It's disappointing. Black players in all sports have to feel that they are given a chance, that it's going to be an even playing field. It's a slow burner and won't change overnight. Black people have to be persuaded that administration is a worthwhile career and one that is open to them. There are now a number of women in prominent positions, rightly so, and there has to be some way of ensuring that those from the ethnic communities are equally represented in future." He reckons that despite recent funding cuts British sport is in "a pretty good position" as 2012 approaches. A few more Nigel Walkers might make it an even better one.

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Inside Lines: All bets off as Haye's big-fight flutter KO's sponsorship deal

Awful Audley Harrison was not the only sore loser after David Haye's winning gamble on a third-round KO in last week's big fight farce. Rival promoter Frank Warren says Haye's initial public declaration that he had bet on himself – a statement which the WBA heavyweight champion hastily retracted when told this was illegal – has cost him a major sponsorship deal with a leading betting firm. "I'm gutted because we had agreed on what was a massive sponsorship for my future shows," he tells us. "They now say they want nothing to do with boxing at the moment because of this controversy." Warren won't reveal the company involved "because I hope to sit down and talk to them again next year when the dust has settled". But he is angry that the Board of Control won't be investigating Haye's "I put money on the third round" admission, especially as it was not the first time the boxer had claimed on air that he backs himself to win. In a Sky Soccer AM interview some weeks ago he said he bets on all his fights. The rumour was rife at ringside that Haye had £100,000 on the outcome, and several in the Haye camp and some employees of Sky are known to have placed bets on a third-round finish. Bookmakers William Hill confirm they paid out six figures to punters but say these losses were more than compensated by many who had gambled on the long odds offered against Harrison, whose pre-fight bullshine is the butt of ridicule. But why hate him? After all, it's not as if he's ever hurt anyone...

James Lawton: Harrison and Haye take note: Iron Mike had a hundred faults – but he never cheated the public

Tyson's is a lurid story but there was one thing he never did. He never conned the public. He understood fighting, indeed he was a great student of it

Banahan out to pack a punch as England hand him central role

The England coaching team may be developing a taste for freethinking rugby as played by Ben Youngs and Chris Ashton, the two men who did most to bamboozle the Wallabies at Twickenham last Saturday, but there are things they still love more: namely, size and aggression. Hence the selection of Matt Banahan, the Bath wing, at outside centre for this weekend's meeting with Samoa, ahead of Delon Armitage, the London Irish full-back. Any wannabe midfielder who identifies with David Haye and Manny Pacquiao rather than Brian O'Driscoll or Jeremy Guscott must have a touch of the route-one about him.

River Plate turn the tide in El Superclásico

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Boxing: Vitali Klitschko wants David Haye fight

David Haye has been challenged to move on from the grubby aftermath of his facile win over Audley Harrison by signing a deal to fight Vitali Klitschko in a world heavyweight title unification bout.

Boxing: Board accepts Haye's denial over Harrison bet

The British Boxing Board of Control is willing to accept David Haye's "categorical" denial he bet on himself to stop Audley Harrison in the third round of Saturday's WBA heavyweight title fight.

Boxing: David Haye escapes punishment over betting

The British Boxing Board of Control are willing to accept David Haye's "categorical" denial he bet on himself to stop Audley Harrison in the third round of Saturday's WBA heavyweight title fight.

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