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

London 2012: Stuck on the blocks?

Progress on construction is good, but there are doubts over the Olympics' legacy and worries over security. Jane Merrick reports

Bostock keeps praying for his Olympic dream

As the debate drags on about selecting a British football team at London 2012, one young Spur is happy to keep the faith

Centurion Rampling passes baton to London generation

Britain's oldest Olympian recalls 'Hitler and all that' as he reaches his century

Inside Lines: Ivor's Bath pull the plug after failing to get a Square deal

The future of trailblazers Team Bath, the first university side to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup for 122 years, is uncertain following their decision to resign from the Blue Square Conference at the end of the season.

Smith warns Holyrood members over 2012 Team GB

The Scottish Football Association have warned MSPs to stay out of the debate over a British Olympic team. Members of a Scottish Parliament committee agreed on Tuesday to write to Fifa and other governing bodies to ask for clarification on their position over the prospect of a unified United Kingdom team taking part in 2012. Fifa claim the independence of the four home nations would not be jeopardised by participation in the London games.

New Olympic funding drive announced

A new effort to plug a £50m funding gap for Olympic athletes has been announced today.

Inside Lines: Sports chiefs may oppose key Olympics role for Woodward

The departure of the former chief executive, Simon Clegg, from the revamped British Olympic Association after almost 20 years is likely to be cushioned by a knighthood in the New Year Honours. It also leaves the way clear for Sir Clive Woodward to be handed Clegg's role as Olympics chef de mission, handily so, as England's ex-rugby coach is having difficulty raising the sponsorship required to underwrite his academy programme as the BOA's director of elite performance. But a number of national governing bodies, unhappy at what Clegg admits "was not the exit strategy I had planned", may oppose any move to install Woodward, preferring an Olympian such as Sir Steve Redgrave to lead Team GB.

Zoe eager to shoulder burden of expectation

She's only 14 but tiny talent can lift three times her body weight and hopes to raise the barbell by ending long wait for Olympic medal

Government lessen impact of Olympic funding shortfall

The Government today moved to limit the damage of a funding gap for Olympic sports by coming up with an extra £29m.

Funding cuts 'could affect Olympic medal tally'

Funding cuts expected to be announced this week could hit Britain's medal hopes at the London 2012 Olympics, it was claimed.

After the Goldrush: British athletes after the Olympics

For Britain's Olympic heroes life is settling back to normality – training, work and the odd red-carpet appearance. Interviews by Nick Harris

Van Commenee plays risky game

New head coach of UK Athletics risks employers' wrath with Chambers call

Inside Lines: Carr in the driving seat to follow Mapp

Although he seems certain to resist overtures to challenge Lord Moynihan as chairman of the British Olympic Association next month, sailing supremo Rod Carr is in line for another top job, as chairman of Sport England. As we reveal in these pages, factions close to the Government have been pushing for Carr to stand against Tory peer Moynihan for political reasons. But Carr, chief executive of the Royal Yachting Association and the man regarded as architect of sailing's Olympic successes, seems ideally placed to take the helm at Sport England, where the chair has been vacant for nine months since the Labour-supporting millionaire Derek Mapp quit after a policy disagreement. Linford Christie, meanwhile, has put his name forward for the new post of UK Athletics coach after the departure of Dave Collins from the now- defunct job of performance director. Christie reckons the job should be filled by someone with experience of the sport, which Collins lacked. But Seb Coe would have apoplexy if someone tainted by drugs controversy was in charge of the sport he is desperate to clean up.

Pandora: Where is Tito? Mystery grows over future of the Jackson One in Devon

When an exciting new project involving Michael Jackson and his family is announced, the form book usually requires us to take it with a large pinch of sodium chloride.

Brailsford urges sustained funding for 2012

Dave Brailsford, the head of British cycling, has backed calls for the introduction of a long-term funding package, as Team GB aim to improve on their most successful Olympics performance in a century.

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