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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.

Trott's formidable time-trialling capacities served her to perfection

Trott stakes claim to be track queen

Even as Vicky Pendleton's reign as the world's top track racer entered its very last phase, Laura Trott, 11 years her junior, both doubled her London gold medal total in the women's omnium yesterday and laid claim to Pendleton's throne.

August 7, 2012: Sir Chris Hoy became Britain's greatest ever Olympian with gold in the keirin final

Hoy wins sixth Olympic title as Team GB reach 22 golds

The knight in navy Lycra pedalled his way past all others last night, becoming Great Britain's most successful Olympian in his final Games appearance.

An exhausted Alistair Brownlee following his victory

Triathlon: Alistair Brownlee may turn to track after incredible run in gold medal performance

Alistair Brownlee could try his luck on the track after producing a phenomenal run to win Olympic gold in the triathlon yesterday.

August 7, 2012: Sir Chris Hoy celebrates his sixth Olympic gold medal

Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott ensure another golden night for Team GB as velodrome action ends

Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott won their second gold medals of the London 2012 Olympics as Great Britain equalled their Beijing track cycle bounty of seven wins from 10 events - but there was no golden goodbye for Victoria Pendleton.

Cameroon boxing team go missing

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London 2012: Cameroon boxing team go missing

Cameroon's entire boxing team have gone missing in Britain while competing at the Olympics.

Team GB's discus thrower Brett Morse changed his eating habits so that he would be in the best shape possible for the Games

Team GB's discus thrower Brett Morse forgoes fizzy drinks in preparation for Olympics

One of Team GB's discus throwers gave up fizzy drinks and overeating so that he would be in the best possible shape for London 2012.

Fran Halsall believes she can win gold in all three of her individual events

Team GB's Fran Halsall confident Olympic gold is within reach

Team GB's Fran Halsall has said that she can win gold medals in all of her individual events at London 2012.

Chris Adcock says he will wants to watch Usain Bolt in the 100m

Badminton: Q&A with Team GB's defeated doubles player Chris Adcock

Although Chris Adcock and his playing partner will be unable to qualify for the quarter-finals in today's match against China, Adcock says he will still be watching the Games.

July 31, 2012: Britain's Ellen Gandy crashed out in the heats of the 200 metres butterfly this morning after coming to the Olympics as one of the medal favourites.

Team GB gold medal hope Ellen Gandy crashes out in 200 metres butterfly

Britain's swimming medal hopes were dealt a major blow this morning when Ellen Gandy went out in the heats of the 200 metres butterfly.

Caitlin McClatchey will be competing in tonight's 200m freestyle

Team GB's 200m freestyle finalist Caitlin McClatchey considered retirement after Delhi Commonwealth Games

Caitlin McClatchey will be taking part in tonight's 200m freestyle but there was a time when she was considering retirement from swimming.

Zoe Smith succeeded in her first snatch attempt of 90kg but - struggling with her bar grip and appearing nervous - failed in her following two at 93kg, with her previous personal best coming in at 92kg

Weightlifting: 'I feel like such a div' says Team GB's Zoe Smith after setting new British record

They do make it a show at the weightlifting, with the countdown, the moody music, the competitors appearing through a dark side door and, in the case of the immeasurably engaging Zoe Smith, the participant’s mother being interviewed at half time.

Zoe Smith's Olympic moment arrives today in the ExCel Arena’s 58kg weightlifting event

Weightlifting: Zoe Smith aims to clear burden of Twitter prejudice

She is another of those Britons in whom we should not let expectations race too far ahead.

Table tennis: Paul Drinkhall continues progress

Paul Drinkhall pulled off one of the finest wins of his table tennis career to move into the third round of the men's singles at the London 2012 Olympics.

Jennifer McIntosh missed out the final after finishing 36th in the qualifier

GB's Jennifer McIntosh resorts to lucky purple socks

Great Britain's Jennifer McIntosh admits she may have to dig out her lucky purple socks next week after she failed to make the final of the 10m air rifle competition today.

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