Sport 5. Sports Personality? Cavendish should walk it Talking of British cycling… how can Mark Cavendish not win Sports Personality of the
Year now? He shouldn't need his bike either - he should walk it. What
he's done this year, in the Tour de France and now at the worlds, is
awesome. But that whole team performance in Copenhagen last
Sunday was brilliant, particularly the last 10km by Bradley Wiggins.
It's a brutal sport and these guys are some athletes. How could anyone
possibly vote for Rory McIlroy now?

Sprinter Mark Cavendish will have four support riders, the maximum possible, in his bid to become Britain's first Olympic gold medallist next July.

Mugged student leaves hospital

The Malaysian student mugged by yobs posing as Good Samaritans during the London riots has been discharged from the Royal London hospital, the trust said today.

Chiefs cancel all police leave

Force chiefs across the country have been ordered to cancel "all police leave" to deal with England's rioting crisis, the Home Secretary said today.

Colombia head coach Hernán Darío Gómez resigns after punching woman

Hernán Darío Gómez has stepped down from his role as boss of Colombian national team in the face of huge public pressure.

Threat of cuts brings added pressure to overstretched police forces

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Atalanta docked points and Cristiano Doni banned over match fixing

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Colombia head coach Hernán Darío Gómez punches woman during night out

Hernán Darío Gómez is facing calls to resign as Colombia’s head coach after punching a woman outside a bar in downtown Bogota.

England game cancelled amid London riots

The Football Association have confirmed that England's friendly against Holland at Wembley has been called off following a third night of violence in London.

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British soldier 'collected fingers of Taliban dead'

An allegation that a British soldier collected the fingers of Taliban dead as war trophies is under investigation by the Ministry of Defence.

One in three law centres will fall victim to public spending cuts

One in three of Britain's law centres, where solicitors provide legal advice to poorer communities, face closure because of the squeeze on public spending.

Letters: This Bill will turn our green land into an urban dystopia

What a good idea the Localism Bill sounded (Letters, 28 July). An end to centrally imposed housing quotas; the empowering of communities to plan for their own futures. But the more detail has emerged, the more the underlying agenda has become plain for all to see: a cynical and sleazy betrayal of our countryside, which must be sacrificed on the altar of short-term economic growth, irrespective of the environmental and social consequences.

Call for action as cycling road deaths rise again

The number of cyclists killed or injured on Britain's roads has risen to a six-year high, prompting calls from safety campaigners for more Government action to protect them.

Picture of the day: A swim in the park

Competitors dive into the The Serpentine lake in Hyde Park yesterday as the World Championship Series Triathlon came to London.

Victim's family condemn riot

The family of a man shot dead by police say they "are not condoning" the riots and looting that rocked their local area last night.

Farah surges on as Ottey rolls back the years

They had already been rolling back the years here before Mo Farah took to the track for the final race on the opening night of the Aviva London Grand Prix.

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