Sport Lizzy Yarnold is among the brightest hopes for Team GB in Sochi

A minimum target of three medals has been set - with as many as seven a possibility

Ken Loach: A golden age before talent was stifled by formulas

From a talk by the film-maker on the 1960s, given at Tate Britain

Sammy McKim

Hollywood child star who turned Disney 'Imagineer'

Horak sets pace as Eagles are put to flight

England A 36 United States 10

DEALS OF THE WEEK: MILLENNIUM WINTER SKIING

Keen skiers and snowboarders can find unprecedented bargain basement prices this season as tour operators begin to launch cuts in the face of a serious slump in advance bookings. Some operators are quietly confessing that reservations are as much as 40 per cent below the same period last year.

Obituary: William E. Fredeman

THE EARLIEST memory of Dick Fredeman (characteristically, he kept the Christian name he was given at birth, even though he wrote under that given him by his adoptive parents, William) was waking on his mother's veranda to find the barrel of a gun pointed at his face. It was held by an angry acquaintance of hers. Surviving this, he spent his life in determined independence, pursuing his goals with unrelenting energy to become the foremost scholar of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, expert in all things Victorian, of which he was also an omnivorous collector.

Colleges slash grades in rush to fill places

LEADING universities are slashing entrance requirements as they scramble to recruit students to fill courses.

The bear necessities

So there you are, in the Yukon, grizzly capital of the world, armed only with a bottle of Chardonnay

Right of Reply: Paul Pascoe

The chief executive of the Unique Group, Noel Edmonds's company, responds to Deborah Orr's article about Mr Edmonds leaving the BBC

British hitchhiker shot dead by US border patrolman

AN AMERICAN border patrolman shot and killed an unarmed British hitchhiker who had jumped over the fence from Canada, United States officials said yesterday.

Travel: British Columbia - Is the Pope a Catholic?

Matthew Brace paddles into the woods to discover some less-obvious facts about bears, and escapes with his skin intact
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Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

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