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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.

Andreas Whittam-Smith: We won the Games – but we lost our dignity

I hope the London Olympic Games will be a big success. I am pretty sure they will be. On the other hand… On the other hand I strongly object to the way the International Olympic Committee (IOC) insists that countries bidding for the Games give the rules and regulations of the Olympic Movement precedence over national laws. That is why the first task facing the Government seven years ago, following London's selection, was to go to Parliament with proposals for legislation that would give the IOC what it wanted. And the result – the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 – is the origin of most of the arrangements that we most dislike, such as the complete reorganisation of London traffic together with special lanes for the benefit of IOC members, sponsors and assorted hangers-on.

London 2012: Indian athletes bemoan living conditions in Olympics athletes’ village

British athletes weren’t short of complaints about the living conditions in the athletes’ village at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and now managers of this year’s Indian delegation in London have taken their sweet revenge.

Team Sky: A meteoric rise to success in just two years

Team Sky launched in 2010 with the ambition of winning the Tour de France with a British rider within five years. Bradley Wiggins has achieved it in three.

Olympic ban for British wrestling hopeful

The British wrestler Myroslav Dykun has been banned for two years after testing positive for methamphetamine, UK Anti-Doping said yesterday.

Beth Tweddle pictured carrying the Olympic torch

Louis Smith and Beth Tweddle lead Team GB gymnastics squad

Louis Smith and Beth Tweddle will lead the men's and women's artistic gymnastics teams at London 2012, but Daniel Keatings misses out.

Didier Drogba refused to accept his career was on the wane

Olympic torch takes a wrong turn in Bristol

The Olympic torch took a wrong turn today shortly before it crossed the Clifton Suspension Bridge in a spectacular display of fireworks.

Myroslav Dykun (top) has tested positive

Team GB wrestler and Olympic hope Myroslav Dykun tests positive for drugs

British Wrestling have vowed to "come down hard" on Myroslav Dykun if his B test is positive for amphetamines.

3DS games get update data distributions in latest system firmware

Mario Kart 7 update data scheduled across Europe in mid-May.

From left, Ellena Tavioni, Alistair Macquarie and Tere Carr are have travelled 10,000 miles to state their case in London

Century-old battle over tiny plot of land in the Cook Islands comes to Britain

Colonel Walter Gudgeon, like most colonials of his time, was a firm believer that prosperity lay in the transfer of land from the “lazy” Maoris to industrious British settlers.

Playtech buying assets from founder

The founder and largest shareholder of the online gaming technology company Playtech is selling a series of businesses and a property to the group in deals totalling almost £90m.

Ed Harris as John McCain and Julianne Moore as Palin in a portrait missing her hokey charisma

Game Change, Sky Atlantic, Saturday
Derek, Channel 4, Thursday

You run for US vice-president, and end up as the subject of a remarkably sympathetic docu-drama

Charnley, right, with Joe Brown before their Earl's Court fight in 1961

Dave Charnley: Boxer considered one of the best without a world title

When Dave Charnley was asked to pick the best fighter he ever met he was invariably stuck for an answer and would mumble something polite about there being "so many". Charnley held the crown no fighter ever wanted when the great Mickey Duff declared him the best British fighter never to win a world title. "It was certainly not through a lack of trying," gentleman Dave would reply. Charnley also held the British, European and Commonwealth lightweight titles.

O'Neill reopens war of words with Newcastle

Martin O'Neill has reignited his row with Alan Pardew, questioning the Newcastle manager's accusation that Sunderland had been overly physical in a tempestuous Tyne-Wear derby last Sunday.

Rebecca Adlington after winning with ease at the Aquatics Centre

Swimming: Adlington embarks on Olympic mission with statement of intent

Two days down and a dozen in the bag. It is as stark as that; finish in the top two and inside the required time and a place at the home Games is the reward. There is no more crushing championships in which to win a bronze – then endure the medal ceremony – than these Olympics trials and the unifying emotion of all the qualifiers, be it Rebecca Adlington, with her two Olympic golds, or 17-year-old Craig Benson, who grabbed his place in the 100m breaststroke by three-hundredths of a second, was simple: relief.

Robin van Persie, whose two goals settled the game, gets ahead for Arsenal at Liverpool

Van Persie a winner on points and stats

Liverpool 1 Arsenal 2

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