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Lancaster believes that stability will provide success with his current contract set to run out after the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil

NBA propose under-23 format for Olympic basketball

The NBA wants to pull basketball's top players out of future Olympic Games and model the competition on the under-23 format used in football.

Deng clear to play for Team GB – but at a cost

British Basketball's performance director, Chris Spice, has opened a war of words with the NBA and the Chicago Bulls over Luol Deng's availability for this summer's Olympic Games.

Basketball: O2 confirmed as Final Four venue

The O2 Arena in London will host the 2013 and 2014 Final Four tournaments – Europe's premier club basketball competition – Euroleague officials said yesterday ahead of this season's final in Istanbul.

A test event at the Olympic Stadium yesterday

900,000 Olympic tickets to go on sale this Friday

Those unlucky enough to have missed out on London 2012 Olympics tickets twice may discover their fortunes have changed after organisers announced they will be given first bite at the remaining 900,000 seats on Friday morning.

Top 'Crats: Hillary, Barack and Joe

US politics: Cool for 'crats

With Barack Obama's star power, Joe Biden's GSOH and Hillary Clinton's love of fun, who'd be a Republican? Tim Walker on America's most happening party

Andrew Luck is one of the names to watch at the NFL draft

American Football: Do believe the hype! NFL draft is the craziest show in town

It is fantasy football come true. Thirty-two teams picking future gridiron superstars live on prime-time television. What's not to like?

Olympic protest declared unlawful

Protesters camping at Leyton Marshes in east London to stop the construction of Olympic training facilities have failed to block a High Court eviction order.

Order gives go ahead for Olympic basketball protest camp eviction

A High Court official today granted a possession order paving the way for the eviction of protesters opposed to the building of an Olympic basketball training facility in parkland.

Stratford sunset: the stadium and the Orbit observation tower

How the internet will solve an Olympian puzzle

Millions of spectators and tourists are expected to flock to London this summer, placing a huge strain on essential services. Rhodri Marsden looks at IT's role in keeping things running

Messi scoring his third goal last night, the 234th of his Barcelona career

Lionel Messi hat-trick sees him become Barcelona's all-time top scorer

Lionel Messi last night surpassed the goal record set by Cesar Rodriguez during the 1940s and 50s to become Barcelona's all-time top scorer.

Going for gold: Hotels are raising prices for the 2012 Olympics

Second World War bomb found at Olympic training venue

As time ticks down to the Olympic Games, workmen were forced to come to a standstill after discovering a Nazi bomb left over from the Blitz.

Obama has learnt to talk British

Diary: The US Visit

Putin may offer his rival candidate Mikhail Prokhorov a position in his government

Was Putin's presidential 'rival' really an undercover ally all along?

Vladimir Putin suggested yesterday that when he returns to the Kremlin in May he may offer the oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov a position in his government.

Gallery: In the face of discrimination

A photography exhibition opposing discrimination across Europe opens in Croatia this weekend. We showcase the inspirational pictures

Chicago Bulls' forward Luol Deng will be the first Briton to play in an All-Stars game tonight

Basketball: Brixton's Deng now joins the All-Stars in Orlando

From Sudan to Chicago, the former Topcat is mixing it with America's big boys

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?