News A police leaflet in a Sochi hotel shows Ruzanna Ibragimova, claiming she is a potential suicide bomber in the city

Olympic committees in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and the UK have received messages threatening their delegations, although officials dismissed them as unfounded

Sophie's choice to be golden shot

Schoolgirl McKinna could be GB's surprise package at inaugural Youth Olympics

Chambers given 2012 boost ahead of his 100m campaign

Dwain Chambers could be going for gold in 2012 after all. Just when he thought he would be waking up today without any reason to count down the two years to the summer of 2012, the co-favourite for the 100m title in the European Championships, which start here in Barcelona this morning, discovered that he will have a major championship target to aim for the year after next.

Handball: Prieto is ready to pick it up and run with it

It is played by 20 million people. Now a Frenchman – not Thierry Henry – is giving Team GB a helping hand for 2012

Defeat will take time to get over says Hodgson

Roy Hodgson has admitted he will need to let the pain subside before he can work out whether there will be any lingering benefits from Fulham's run to the Europa League final.

RFU finally admit to getting it wrong over sacking of Ashton

They took a long time getting there – two years in which they have seen the England team slip to seventh in the world rankings with a lamentable win rate of 38 per cent under Martin Johnson – but the Rugby Football Union hierarchy finally acknowledged yesterday, albeit tacitly, that the decision to sack Brian Ashton as head coach after the 2008 Six Nations Championship might have been flawed.

RFU chairman defends support of Johnson

Rugby Football Union chairman Martyn Thomas has defended Twickenham's decision to back England manager Martin Johnson through to the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

Huckle aims high to take shot at glory

Teenager on target for medal at London 2012 despite pariah status of his chosen sport

Muirhead on target to sweep all before her

Nineteen-year-old looks to repeat gold-winning glory of 2002 as she leads the GB women's curling team in Vancouver

Inside Lines: Canadians' churlishness adds to the hazards on ice wall of death

The death of the Georgian luge athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili on Friday is a sombre reminder that Winter Olympics are not just the deep-frozen frolic that many non-Alpine nations seem to think. It is also worrying that the Canadian hosts acted so inhospitably by limiting training access to the hazardous run, that will also be used for the bob skeleton events in which British hopes Shelley Rudman and Amy Williams begin their medal assault this week, during the build-up to the Games. According to the British team leader, Andy Hunt, the skeleton sliders have had only 10 per cent of the practice time the Canadians have enjoyed. As Britain and other nations have been complaining for some time about Canada's attitude, presumably designed to gain home advantage, should not the International Olympic Committee's watchdogs have intervened? If nothing else, this latest tragedy – the fifth fatality in the history of the Winter Olympics – should quell those sniggers about sliding on ice and jumping around on skis not being worthy of Olympic medals. The British Olympic Association chairman, Colin Moynihan, says Vancouver has to be a turning point for the appreciation of winter sports in this country. Let's hope it does not take the death of a young Georgian to prove him right.

Search Olympic village for drugs, suggests peer

Police would be able to search Olympic athletes' rooms for performance-enhancing drugs under a new law being proposed for the London 2012 Games.

Snow report: 22/11/2009

Skiing across international borders isn't what it used to be. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, when Europe's ski areas started to link together with lifts and runs, about a dozen of these cross-border pistes were created for those of us too lazy to hike across as "ski tourers".

The guts but not the glory for Brownlee

No one glanced up from their skinny lattes or did a double-take in mid-sudoku when Britain's most accomplished world champion walked into his local Starbucks. Even if they had, they wouldn't have recognised him. "No one ever has," shrugs Alistair Brownlee. "And actually, I like it that way."

Brilliant young salt can follow in Ainslie's wake

Thompson loves Laser treatment and should win World Cup this week before single-handedly becoming GB's star of seas

Olympic rings beckoning for the ladies who punch

Girl power is back as the fastest-growing sport in Britain heads for London 2012
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