Tropical Storm Isaac threatens Republican Party convention

Emergency personnel in Florida rushed yesterday to finalise contingency plans to postpone or relocate next week's Republican Party convention in Tampa, should the area be lashed by Tropical Storm Isaac.

American grandma quits Cuba swim bid

Veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad was plucked from the Florida Straits yesterday after giving up on her fourth and likely final attempt to make the 103-mile swim from Cuba to the United States.

The pregnant python was the largest ever found in the Everglades

So long… 17ft Burmese python found in Florida

A Burmese python measuring 17ft 7in and weighing 164½lb has been caught and killed in Florida's Everglades National Park.

Paul Ryan went solo for the first time yesterday as vice presidential candidate to-be

Paul Ryan flies solo for the first time as he takes on Barack Obama in a key swing state

Having fulfilled his initial task of providing a sorely needed jolt of excitement to the Republican faithful, Paul Ryan today went solo for the first time as vice presidential candidate-to-be, taking on Barack Obama directly in one of the key swing states in November’s election.

August 7, 2012: Shara Proctor of Team GB leaps into the final of the long jump

Team GB's Shara Proctor qualifies for long jump final

Great Britain's Shara Proctor made swift work of qualifying for the final of the long jump at the Olympic Stadium tonight.

This is how you see sailing

Why sailing is not a spectator sport

The action is out there but, asks Chris McGrath, does anyone actually know what's happening?

Teenage kicks for Kirani James as he sweeps to Grenada's first gold

On the first day of next month Kirani James celebrates his 20th birthday and will do so as a world and now Olympic champion. The teenager from Grenada last night comfortably won the 400m to complete a scintillating double.

The convention venue’s location next to the harbour is a top concern

Tampa in lockdown – because the Republican convention is coming

Protesters and terror attacks among the potential threats

Michael Phelps has yet to win a gold medal at this year's Olympics

Michael Phelps sets his sights on gold despite poor medal haul for USA

Michael Phelps is aiming for gold in tonight's 200m butterfly final even though he has not yet won a medal during the London 2012 Olympics.

Boatman who lost hand to alligator faces court action

A boat captain whose hand was bitten off by a 9ft alligator has been charged with unlawfully feeding the reptile.

Roger Black: Village life is a social swirl with little sleep

Inside an athlete's mind...
Lee Westwood plays out of a bunker during practice at Royal Lytham

Lee Westwood hoping life begins at 40 in the majors

Briton's move to the States is final push to emulate the likes of Els and Clarke

Trayvon Martin in a family photo

George Zimmerman says Trayvon Martin's death was all part of 'God's Plan'

The death of Trayvon Martin was all part of “God’s Plan,” according to the man charged with his murder, who still has “no regrets” over his actions on the night he shot and killed the unarmed teenager.

Murdoch offered Liverpool sports centre if families accepted apology

News International offered to build a sports centre in Liverpool if families of those killed in the Hillsborough football stadium in 1989 gave public support to an apology by The Sun over their notorious coverage of the disaster.

Alligator bites off swimming teen's arm in Florida

An alligator at least 10 feet (3 meters) long lunged at a teenager swimming in a river and bit off the boy's right arm below the elbow, state wildlife officials said yesterday.

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Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
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Russia's gulag museum

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The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
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From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
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Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable