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Since his blistering run of 9.91sec in the 100 metres semi-final at the UK Trials, James Dasaolu has become something of an invisible man in sprinting terms. After becoming only the fourth Briton to dip under that dream 10sec barrier, the hope – in fact, expectation – was that Dasaolu would back that up... and soon.

Jepkosgei prepares response to Jelimo's run of the decade

At the age of 19, Kenya's Pamela Jelimo has run the 800 metres more than a second faster than 2004 Olympic champion Kelly Holmes ever managed – her time of one minute 54.99 seconds in Berlin on Sunday put her fifth on the all-time world list – and she could go faster still tonight when the Golden League caravan moves on to Oslo.

Collins stays calm as Ennis adds to injury concerns

British athletics' Olympic prospects suffered two further blows at the weekend as Jessica Ennis pulled out halfway through the international heptathlon here because of an ankle injury and Nicola Sanders, the world 400m silver medallist, was reported to have given up the idea of competing in Sunday's Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, because of a knee injury.

Ennis takes aim at rivals for crown of absent Kluft

Jessica Ennis sat on the lush infield of the Mösle stadium here yesterday in oppressive heat that was about to be dissipated by storm clouds rolling in over the mountains which surround this small but famous Austrian border town. In the relative calm before the coming storm of Beijing, this small but famous native of Sheffield was contemplating a weekend of activity that will offer a clear view of her Olympic ambitions.

Inside Lines: Boris commissions a new look for 2012

Becker he isn't, but the other Boris displayed a mean backhand when he knocked up last week with his freshly installed commissioner for sport, Kate Hoey, the first here of the US-style breed. The new London mayor revealed an innovative sporting hand when he opened refurbished tennis facilities at one of Hoey's "action zone" projects in her Vauxhall constituency. Sport, they both emphasised, should cross all political divides. Johnson then hotfooted it for his first meeting as co-chair of the Olympic board alongwith Tessa Jowell, who had organised the Ken Livingstone campaign. 2012 leader Lord Coe says: "It was quite harmonious. This is a very complex project and Boris will take his time to get to grips with it. But he is very supportive." Hoey will not sit on the Olympic board but will spearhead the drive for a legacy of greater investment in grass-roots sport. She will brief Johnson on this before his initial 15-minute presentation to the IOC evaluation commission this week, when he will stress that 2012 must benefit all London, not just regeneration of the East End.

Chambers set to take on BOA in bid for Beijing Olympic place

Dwain Chambers yesterday signalled his intention to challenge the Olympic ban imposed on him by the British Olympic Association by seeking to contest the trials for the Beijing Games.

Chambers to open dialogue over doping

Dwain Chambers will pursue a twin-track policy today as he seeks to make a third comeback to athletics. He will decide whether to seek an Olympic future in the High Court, and then sit down for a long-awaited meeting with UK Sport's anti-doping chief John Scott to offer a chapter-and-verse account of the drug regime that led to him being banned for two years in 2003, bringing with him a lengthy document from supplier Victor Conte.

Bradford seek sprinkle of Cardiff magic dust

One near certainty about the Millennium Magic Weekend of Super League games in Cardiff is that Bradford and Leeds will not quite be able to replicate the drama and controversy of last year.

Castleford sign crucial deal with Westerma

Castleford have insured against having their most prized young asset poached by a bigger club by agreeing a new, four-year contract with Joe Westerman.

Wakefield 24 Harlequins 20: Obst just the job to steal win from Quins

Harlequins paid the price for failing to kill off the Wildcats as a Wakefield side sparked by their inventive half-backs, Jamie Rooney and Danny Brough, came back to win a thriller.

Chambers steps up for a taste of real action

Surely the most bizarre sideshow of the rugby league season will be open for business today when Dwain Chambers makes his debut for Castleford. The disgraced sprinter's one-month trial with the Tigers will reach its conclusion with a specially arranged reserve-team friendly against the York City Knights.

Widnes courting Kimmorley on road back to big time

Widnes want the Australian Test scrum-half, Brett Kimmorley, to spearhead their bid for Super League status. The 31-year-old is looking to leave Cronulla at the end of this season and Widnes are courting him strongly – subject to them gaining a Super League license when they are allocated in July.

Puletua is next to sign on at Saints

St Helens have followed the appointment of Mick Potter as their new coach by making Tony Puletua the first signing for next season. The 28-year-old New Zealand forward will arrive from the Australian club, Penrith, on a three-year contract.

Deacon extends stay with Bulls

Paul Deacon is set to finish his career with Bradford after agreeing a two year contract extension. The Great Britain scrum-half has rejected overtures from other Super League clubs to stay with the Bulls until 2010, by which time he will be 32 and will have been there for 13 years.

Demetriou to miss rest of season

Wakefield's captain, Jason Demetriou, has been ruled out for the season with a career-threatening neck injury.

St Helens too early for Chambers

Dwain Chambers will not make his rugby league debut this weekend, says the Castleford coach, Terry Matterson.

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