“Mum said ‘You’re going to get caught soon. You can’t carry on like this’”

Comment: Joints and all-night benders – Ronnie O'Sullivan’s wasted tales reek of teenage desperation

'Mum said "You’re going to get caught soon. You can’t carry on like this"'

'Players need clarity in Marin Cilic drug-test case,' says Andy Murray

Andy Murray has called for more clarity in the conduct of drugs cases, as sources here in Umag revealed that Marin Cilic, Croatia's best player, is attending a hearing in London today after failing a test earlier this summer.

Paula Radcliffe speaks out on doping in Moscow

Paula Radcliffe: Life bans needed for dope cheats

There has been no more strident anti-drug campaigner in sport than Paula Radcliffe. At the track-and-field World Championships in Edmonton back in 2001 the future marathon world-record holder held up a home-made banner proclaiming "EPO Cheats Out", protesting at the presence in the 5,000 metres final of the Russian Olga Yegorova, who had tested positive for the blood-boosting hormone erythropoietin but escaped a ban on a technicality.

Marin Cilic withdrew from Wimbledon citing a knee injury

Marin Cilic pulls out of Montreal Masters after claims of failed drug test

Croat does about-turn on playing to increase speculation that he will soon be banned

Tyson Gay (l) leads Asafa Powell (r) during the 100m event of the Diamond League Athletics meeting in Lausanne

James Lawton on Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay: The life-and-death fight against drugs has always been athletics' phoney war

James Lawton looks at athletics' history with drug scandals in the wake of dark week that yet again tarnishes the sport

American 100-metre record holder Tyson Gay, who had promoted himself as a clean athlete, tested positive for a banned substance and said he will pull out of the world championships in Moscow

Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay both test positive for oxilofrine

High-profile sprinters are among six athletes to have failed drug tests in the space of 24 hours

Tarnished gold: Veronica Campbell-Brown

Usain Bolt’s Jamaica team-mate Veronica Campbell-Brown fails drug test

Campbell-Brown, who has won seven Olympic medals, is one of two female runners facing bans

Frankie Dettori is the one widely known CBB contestant

Frankie Dettori rises above the Celebrity Big Brother butterflies

View From The Sofa: Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 5

A batch of patients were unwittingly subjected to testing for the blood pressure drug Ramipril

Drug firms bought East German patients to use as human guinea pigs

Bruchmüller described how the patient in the bed next to him suddenly died of a  heart attack

Prisons chief Nick Hardwick warns over resources

Prisoners are spending too much time stuck in their cells watching daytime television because of a lack of resources, the Chief Inspector of Prisons has said.

Lance Armstrong celebrates winning the 2001 Tour de France

Lance Armstrong donation to UCI could be 'sinister' says doping expert

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has been criticised for accepting a cash donation from disgraced Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

Lance Armstrong could be stripped of his seven Tour titles

Cycling: Tyler Hamilton urges Lance Armstrong to 'come clean and tell the truth'

Tyler Hamilton hopes Lance Armstrong will “come clean and tell the truth” - for himself and for the sport of cycling.

Christine Ohuruogu comes to terms with silver last night

Christine Ohuruogu has to settle for 400 metres silver despite her late lunge

This stadium had already witnessed more than any expected. Drama is a Union flag. And none who saw Christine Ohuruogu pound down the final 100 metres last night was any less inflamed than the attendees the night before. The golden glow that settled on Saturday was not in Ohuruogu's gift in the 400m final, but how near she came to banking some bullion of her own.

Moldovan hammer thrower thrown out of Olympics after testing positive for doping

Hammer thrower Marina Marghieva of Moldova has been withdrawn from the London Games after she tested positive for doping.

Amir Khan will attempt to take Danny Garcia's WBC light-welterweight belt in Las Vegas tonight

Boxing: Khan has added motivation of silencing Garcia... and his dad

Amir Khan stopped trying to win titles, gain fame and make money the easy way a long time ago and his impressive boxing journey continues tonight at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

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Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The man who hunts giants

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