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Video: Think Paolo Di Canio's push on a referee was the ultimate in sporting retaliations? Think again

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.

Ade Adepitan: 'When people see the Paralympics, they'll respect the athletes'

This year's Paralympics will be on a par with the Olympics Look at the T54 wheelchair record for 5,000m and you'll see it's almost three minutes faster than the able-bodied record; or look at the world number-one wheelchair tennis player Stéphane Houdet, who serves at 100mph. When people see performances like those they will start realising that it's a serious spectacle, and they will start respecting these performers as athletes.

America's LeBron James scores against Lithuania in a close game

Basketball: US 'Dream Team' taken to the wire by Lithuania

United States 99 Lithuania 94

British forward Luol Deng

Basketball: Agony as Luol Deng's Team GB men go so close against Spain

Great Britain came closer than ever to claiming their first win at the Basketball Arena but went down by just point to the world's No 2 side Spain.

You don't have to be the biggest, the tallest or the lightest to win an Olympic medal - but it helps

When Britain won the Olympic bid it launched a talent spotting scheme to look for potential gold medal winners. Plenty of other countries – such as China, Russia, Korea and the USA – have long used such schemes to find show-stopping talent.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu says Team GB's success is key to growing basketball's presence in Britain

Basketball: Pops Mensah-Bonsu says Team GB's success will help the sport to grow in Britain

The success of the British Olympic basketball team will enable the sport to gain popularity in the UK, according to Pops Mensah-Bonsu.

1. DIVING: Six confident and precise dives from the Chinese teenage pair Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan won the gold medal in the men’s synchronised 10m platform event yesterday afternoon

China's Town: The athletes making their mark here at London 2012

Chinese athletes are proving dominant across the Olympic venues and day four was certainly no exception. Jack Pitt-Brooke surveys another exceptional set of results

Luol Deng has helped Great Britain reach the quarter-finals of the Olympic basketball tournament despite suffering from a wrist injury

Basketball: Luol Deng plays on despite suffering from a wrist injury

Luol Deng has helped Great Britain reach the quarter-finals of the Olympic basketball tournament despite suffering from a wrist injury.

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James Harden dunks against France

US basketball Dream Team hit town

US begin their quest to emulate the 1992 legends with ominously easy win over France

Empty seats at Wimbledon as Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland took on Julia Goerges during the Women's Singles Tennis match today

Troops, students and teachers fill gaps left by stadiums' empty seats

Sponsors faced growing criticism over unused tickets at Olympic venues after a number of events took place with empty seats.

Lord Coe claims Olympic venues are 'stuffed to the gunwales'

Sebastian Coe responds to row over empty seats in Olympic venues

Olympic weekend watch: What's on TV...

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A view from outside the Olympic Stadium

A walk in the Olympic park

It's the size of Hyde Park, but what's the main venue actually like? Tom Peck sets out on foot to give you a guided tour

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee