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After a yes vote in September’s referendum the two countries are brought to the brink of the first Anglo-Scottish war for five centuries by a menacing deadlock over whether the pound will survive north of the border. Scotland has seized control of Trident.

Holly Bleasdale endured a miserable, injury-hit 2013

Revitalised Holly Bleasdale is focused on medals and that five-metre mark

For most, it has proved  unattainable. Only two athletes have ever achieved such lofty feats: one is the current Olympic champion, American Jennifer Suhr, the other the greatest female vaulter of all time, Yelena Isinbayeva.

Ice moves: Shiva Keshavan in Vancouver in 2010

In from the cold: India has been officially excluded from the Sochi Winter Olympic Games but four of its athletes will still compete

When the athletes march into the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics next month, one flag you won't be seeing is the green, white, and saffron of India. Four Indian skiers will be participating in the games as independent athletes, but they won't be able to formally represent their country, since the Indian Olympic Association has been suspended by the International Olympic Committee since 2012.

Tom Daley is already making plans to hit his peak at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Diving: Tom Daley hoping to peak just in time for Rio Olympics as he looks to improve on London 2012 bronze medal

Daley will be 22 at the Rio Games and hopes an injury-free run will see him hit his best form at the right time

Sir Chris Chataway dead: First ever Sports Personality of the Year winner dies aged 82

The former athlete, politician and broadcaster had suffered from cancer for two and a half years

To dine for: the Cips Club restaurant at the Cipriani in Venice

My life in travel: Jonathan Edwards

'The Cipriani in Venice was immaculate'

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill announces pregnancy: Sporting comebacks from motherhood

The heptathlete aims to return in time for the 2016 Olympics

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 8 January 2014

Sunderland ensure Moyes misery continues in cup

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 01 January 2014

Arsenal injury woe as Mourinho ramps up pressure on City

The five new coin designs which will go into circulation on 1st January 2014

Royal Mint unveils new coins commemorating historic British anniversaries in 2014

Lord Kitchener will appear on the new £2 coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War

Aggreko wins Brazil World Cup power contract

Temporary power firm Aggreko — responsible for keeping the lights on and the cameras rolling at the last World Cup in South Africa and at the London 2012 Olympics — has been chosen by FIFA to perform the same duties across 12 different venues in Brazil.

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 26 November 2013

Trott departs tour as England’s Ashes left in turmoil

Helping hands: Commonwealth Games gold medallist Liz McColgan (right) now coaches her 22-year-old daughter Eilish, a promising steeplechaser

Liz McColgan ‘amazed’ by emotional Commonwealth Game snub

Long-distance legend tells Richard Rae she will have no role in Glasgow

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 21 November 2013

Gerrard welcomes negativity as Terry return played down

The News Matrix: Tuesday 19 November 2013

Met’s Hogan-Howe may be investigated

Mark Cavandish's second autobiography 'at speed: My life in the fast lane'

At Speed: My Life in the Fast Lane by Mark Cavendish

Book of the week

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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

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Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

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