Extreme Sports

The year the grains failed

Families are going hungry in the developing world after calamitous weather conditions decimated harvests. Michael McCarthy reports

BMX: Liam Phillips optimistic of reaching final

Great Britain's Liam Phillips set his sights on a final place and a possible medal after advancing to the BMX semi-finals with a strong quarter-final showing on day two of action at the Olympic Velopark.

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Michael Peterson: Surfer whose glittering career was ended by his

Known as "MP" among the surfing fraternity, Michael Peterson dominated Australian surfing in the early 1970s. But although he was regarded as the best in the world by his peers, his domination never spread beyond his native country. With his aviator sunglasses, leather jacket and brooding aura, Peterson was nothing short of intimidating. Resented by some but adored by the majority, he was supremely talented, but his career hit the buffers before it had had chance to blossom.