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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

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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

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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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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

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Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
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Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
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How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'
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Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

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The Inside Word: Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past

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