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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.

Olympics legacy: A long-term legacy takes a long time to grow, says Phil Sherwood

In our world of instant gratification, many expected the feel-good factor of London 2012 to just keep going and going. But real legacy doesn’t work like that. It requires a secure foundation on which to build a sustainable model. That’s very different from the model required to deliver one-off events like the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Manchester City's Etihad stadium as it is currently. The stadium is planned to expand to fit 60,000 spectators

Manchester City plans create potential for 60,000 capacity at the Etihad Stadium

The club's Abu Dhabi owners have always insisted that they will not expand the current capacity until they can be sure that they will fill it

Rhys Williams, left, in action alongside Javier Culson, centre, yesterday

Rhys Williams shows pride of Lions in beating Felix Sanchez

It just so happened that the first person Rhys Williams encountered as he left the track in the Alexander Stadium yesterday was wearing an old-style cotton British & Irish Lions jersey. "Nice shirt," the resurgent 400m hurdler said, fresh from taking the scalps of the reigning world-title holder (his Welsh compatriot Dai Greene) and Olympic champion (Felix Sanchez) as runner-up to London 2012 silver medallist Javier Culson in the Sainsbury's British Grand Prix. The 29-year-old should know. His celebrated father wore one with distinction.

Nicola Adams’ Olympics success has been inspirational

Steve Bunce on Boxing: Nicola Adams’ legacy is a huge hit with the girls

Bout No 11 in ring A at the Haringey Box Cup on Sunday was between a Midlands bouncer and a part-time singer from London’s East End; in the end the blonde girl from Canning Town won the middleweight title.

Feet first: Gillian Cooke competes in the long jump for Scotland at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne

Gillian Cooke aiming to be ultimate all-rounder

The bobsledding long-jumper has a unique record in her sights in 2014

Jenny Meadows

Heartbreak for Jenny Meadows as injury rules 800m runner out of second successive season

The 32-year-old missed last year's Olympic Games

Phillips Idowu feels he let a lot of people down at the Olympics

Phillips Idowu starts long road back

Triple jumper competes in New York today for first time since  injury ended London 2012 bid

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks downfield for James Milner

Manchester City face long haul to win over NYC citizens

There was sky blue everywhere at the official launch of the club in east Harlem

Sir Chris Hoy said he didn’t want to start making up the numbers

Cycling: Sir Chris Hoy set for mentor role

Sir Chris Hoy believes he can help the next generation of British cyclists overcome their anxieties and propel the sport to new levels of popularity.

Sir Chris Hoy said he didn’t want to start making up the numbers

Cycling: 'True champion' Sir Chris Hoy crosses his final finish line

Britain's most successful Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, bade an emotional and tearful farewell to competitive action having exhausted "every last ounce of effort and energy" winning at last year's Olympic Games.

599. Chris Hoy wins his fifth career gold in the team sprint. He says it is his most memorable medal and pays tribute to the crowd: “the whole atmosphere – it gives you goosebumps”

Sir Chris Hoy retirement - the reaction

The six-time Olympic gold medallist has called time on his career

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 16 April 2013

Wilshere wants to spoil United party

Sir Chris won two gold medals at the London 2012 Games, taking his Olympic gold medal total to six

Cycling: Britain’s top Olympian Sir Chris Hoy set to quit saddle

Six-time Olympic gold medallist  calls press conference

Greg Rutherford hits repeat in Melbourne

Britain's Olympic long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford repeated his Games triumph over Australian Mitchell Watt at the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge yesterday.

Budget 2013: At a glance

* Fuel duty rise scrapped.

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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

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The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

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