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Marathon man Mo Farah should halt British decline, says Radcliffe

Paula Radcliffe might be baffled by Mo Farah's "half measure" approach to this year's London Marathon – he plans to drop out at the midpoint – but the fastest female marathon runner of all-time believes the double Olympic champion will take British men's marathon running back to the future when he tackles the full 26.2 mile distance for the first time next year. The British men's record has been stuck at 2 hours 07 minutes 13 seconds, the time achieved by Welshman Steve Jones, since October 1985. In Radcliffe's estimation, Farah is "well capable of running a 2hr 04min marathon".

Cultural Life: Karla Black, artist

These figures were mannequins that had become sculptures. They were blackened and clothed and wore wigs. One of the women, standing on kind of bandy legs and upturned, precarious feet was straining her twisted neck and mouth around towards the tap as if she was trying to get a drink.

Swansea get Graham for club-record £3.5m

Swansea City are signing Watford striker Danny Graham for a club record £3.5m fee. The 25-year-old Graham was the top scorer in the Championship last year with 24 goals and has agreed a four-year contract at the Liberty Stadium.

Gateshead to host 2013 European Team Championships

The north-east town saw off Braunschweig, Bydgoszcz and Ostrava to host European athletics' flagship team event for the first time after staging its predecessor, the SPAR European Cup, in 1989 and 2000.

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Andy Carroll England debut in doubt

Andy Carroll's dream England debut has been cast into doubt after Newcastle sent an e-mail to the Football Association expressing their concern about the player's fitness.

Independent music podcast: John Wilson

John Wilson and the orchestra which bears his name created a absolute sensation at the 2009 Proms with their celebration of 75 years of MGM musicals.