News Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and ex-wife Mariam Aziz, pictured in 1999

A former international badminton player who became a bodyguard and close friend to the ex-wife of the Sultan of Brunei abused her position to steal diamonds worth £11.6m from her “extremely wealthy” employer, a court heard yesterday.

Badminton players Issara Bodin (R) and Jongjit Maneepong of Thailand celebrate

Badminton: Bizarre fight breaks out between London 2012 partners at the Canada Open

Bodin Issara of Thailand chased his former partner Maneepong Jongjit across two courts before throwing him to the floor and repeatedly punching and kicking him

Matthew Kelly as Hector in The History Boys

Theatre review: The History Boys, Sheffield Crucible

When The History Boys was first performed at the National Theatre in 2004 the reverential cupping of a sixth former's genitals by an appreciative retirement-age teacher was enough to elicit ceaseless gales of laughter. Today it is more likely to form the basis of an investigation by detectives from the public protection division.

A view of the Olympic Stadium

Golden Games fails to drag youngsters from the couch

Although participation in the key 16-25 age range has seen no growth

Australia's lack of success could be down to their athletes having to travel more than five time zones to compete

Study shows athletes who travel further more likely to fall ill

New research has revealed that athletes who travel more than five time zones for competitions are more likely to get sick compared to when they play at home.

Haifeng Fu of China competes in his Men's Doubles Badminton Semi Final match against Boon Heong Tan and Kien Keat Koo of Malaysia

China victims of 'double standards' at Olympics according to official newspaper

Chinese athletes have been victims of double standards at the Olympics, the country's top official newspaper said today while questioning the expulsion of two of its players from the badminton tournament.

Down, not out: Philip Hindes falls off and prompts a restart in the team sprint on Thursday

Musa Okwonga: If they're Brits, we call it tactics. If not, it's cheating

There's the Corinthian ethos, there's bending the rules and there's plain dishonesty. Have the Olympics become too competitive?

Grace Dent: 'I don't want the Olympics to stop.'

Grace Dent: It's not just the sport – London 2012 is a festival of daftness, too

It's a week since Danny Boyle's warriors gave us the Industrial Revolution and the Queen fell out of the sky, and still nothing has harshed my Olympic mellow. There's a lot of joy in Olympic-land. My notepad overfloweth with tales of daftness: of dangling Boris with his pound shop flags requesting a ladder and the requests on Twitter last night for tickets to see "tomorrow's dangling Boris session".

Badminton: Chinese media blames rulemakers for math-throwing scandal

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Badminton World Federation must shoulder some responsibility for the match-throwing scandal at the 2012 Games, Chinese state media said today.

Badminton players could face further sanctions after IOC probe

Further sanctions may be placed on the Chinese, Indonesian and South Korean badminton teams after the International Olympic Committee confirmed this morning that it had requested a probe of the teams’ coaches and support staff.

Lisa Markwell: When the great outdoors doesn't look so great

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Yu Yang (left) and her partner Wang Xiaoli leave the court after their Women's Doubles Badminton match against South Korea

Badminton pairs disqualified for trying to lose

Eight badminton players were thrown out of London 2012 yesterday after their match-fixing attempts outraged spectators and dragged the sport's Olympic tournament into farce.

Yu Yang (left) and her partner Wang Xiaoli leave the court after their Women's Doubles Badminton match against South Korea

Badminton: Disgraced Chinese player Yu Yang to quit after expulsion from London 2012 Olympics

Chinese badminton player Yu Yang is planning to quit the sport after being disqualified from the Olympics yesterday.

Bradley Wiggins enjoying yesterday's historic victory

Natalie Haynes: No one can steal the thunder from wonderful Bradley 'Wiggo' Wiggins

Record-breaking gold-medal wins are all well and good. But Bradley Wiggins hasn't had things all his own way. The poor man came out of the gym earlier this week to find his kit had been pinched. The Foxhills Hotel in Surrey, where Team GB's cyclists are camped, suggested that "cycling fever" was to blame, and that "an over-zealous fan has scored a fantastic London 2012 souvenir". You'll note the use of the word "scored" to convey "stolen", presumably because they don't want their hotel to be linked in the public mind with thieves. No such worries beset Wiggins, though, who tweeted: "Watch your kit at the Foxhills spa … there is a tea-leaf about." I think this summarises exactly what I like about him: a man who uses a spa and cockney rhyming slang in a single sentence. I call that a win.

Badminton chief Thomas Lund says spectators had ‘good value’ from watching other matches

Badminton: No refunds for spectators of thrown matches despite day of shame

If Sir Kingsley Amis had ever had the slightest interest in sport, he would be looking down from the great saloon bar in the sky today and reprising his grump that "more means worse".

Gail Emms: The WBF should have acted immediately last night and disqualified these players on the spot

It was the boos and screams from the spectators, a sound you don't hear often in badminton, which first alerted me to the fact that something was going badly wrong at Wembley Arena.

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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?

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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
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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
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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
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Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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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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