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Paralympians from Russia arrive at Heathrow

Paralympians arrive as the flame is kindled

Seven-feet-tall basketballers are perusing the merchandise store. Kenyan middle-distance runners are having their hair done in the beauty salon. With under a week until the Paralympic Games' opening ceremony, the athletes' village is open for business, again.

Paralympians from Russia arrive at Heathrow

Village people bring Stratford back to life for the Paralympics

It all went quiet for a bit – but now the Paralympic athletes are arriving in force. Tom Peck meets a few medal hopefuls

Sporting aggression more common in opponents of a similar ability than in contests between unequal teams

Football matches are more likely to turn aggressive and dirty when the teams are evenly matched compared to contests between two unequal teams, a study has found.

The Community Shield kicked off the English club season on Sunday – and Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic was sent off

Can Olympic sports retain their appeal in the face of football?

As the Premier League returns to dominate the sporting landscape, Ian Herbert assesses whether the other Olympic sports can retain their appeal

Streets paved with gold Runners pass through the historic Leadenhall Market in the City of London during the marathon yesterday. Stephen Kiprotich won the race to give Uganda their first medal

Olympics round-up: Dream Team hold off Spanish challenge

Four years on, the basketball narrative is much the same. The United States are again Olympic champions and Spain, while threatening that dominance, remain inferior. The US have now won men's gold at five out of the last six Games.

August 12, 2012: LeBron James of the United States dunks during the men's basketball gold medal game against Spain

Basketball: US 'Dream Team' (2012 edition) defend their Olympic title against Spain

United States 107 Spain 100: Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead the Americans while LeBron James had 19 and Kobe Bryant 17

Basketball: Russia snatch bronze from Argentina in chaotic final seconds

Russia snatched bronze away from Argentina in the chaotic final seconds of the third-place play-off in the London Olympics.

Basketball: England and Scotland to formally merge at Great Britain

England and Scotland will tomorrow sign a contract with basketball's world governing body FIBA that will formally merge them as Great Britain from 2016.

Own a 'piece of Olympic history' with new London 2012 memorabilia auction site

Fancy a peasant girl’s outfit worn in the Opening Ceremony or the “work for women” banner carried by a suffragette? Perhaps your sporting collection won’t be complete without the warm-up bibs sweated through before the Men’s Gold medal football final and the Wembley goal netting to boot?

An actor playing Mary Poppins in the opening ceremony

Bottled 'Olympic air', a used tissue or a Mary Poppins costume - the eBay sellers offering unusual London 2012 gifts...

Some people will be going home with a gold medal, some silver, others bronze, others only memories.

Hubbard's Cupboard: Ref knocked unconscious in 1948 game of basketbrawl

The man with incredible tales from past Games

Fans queue for last chance to get Olympic Games tickets

With only days remaining Olympic fans are queuing up to get the last tickets of the Games.

Russia's Andrei Kirilenko (left) leaps during yesterday's tie

Basketball: Kirilenko helps Russia secure last-four place

Russia made the most out of their strength under the basket to beat Lithuania 83-74 and advance to the semi-finals of the Olympic men's basketball tournament yesterday.

August 8, 2012: Asgeir Orn Hallgrimsson (L) #6 and Kari Kristjansson #3 of Iceland are dejected following their teams loss to Hungary

Handball: Hungary beat Iceland in epic quarter-final at the Copper Box

Iceland 33 Hungary 34 (after double extra time)

USA 'Dream Team' spotted on the Tube as giants lower themselves to commuting with the rest of us

If MTV's Cribs is to be believed all top flight American sports stars are chauffeured around in Limousines or at least cruise the streets in their customised top-spec Hummers. During the 2012 Games though, it seems Team USA's basketball squad are living by the old adage of 'when in Rome...' and are slumming it with the best of us on London's public transport system.

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