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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

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