Sport Louis Smith shows off his Olympic silver medal

British gymnast Louis Smith has put his retirement plans on hold and declared he wants to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year.

Nicola Adams with her gold medal

Cycling and Boxing benefit from investment increases aimed at delivering more medals at Rio Olympics than London 2012

Basketball, handball, wrestling and table tennis miss out on funding altogether

A view of the Olympic Stadium

Golden Games fails to drag youngsters from the couch

Although participation in the key 16-25 age range has seen no growth

‘It was like watching a lizard on a rock’: Edlinger’s exploits were recorded in the film La vie aux bouts des doigts

Patrick Edlinger: The highs and lows of France’s pioneering rock god

The rock-climber, who gave the sport mass appeal but was beset by inner demons, has died at 52

Find the natural beauty in Australia’s harsh ‘Red Centre’

The Lonely Planet Adventures: The Larapinta Trail

In 1908, it was called the finest walk in the world. It's still the country's most popular hike

Half of London 2012 tickets were kept from home fans

Only half of the seats for some of the prime events at the London Olympics were sold to the British public, leaked figures reveal.

Northern Ireland police sued over 'collusion' in shooting

Relatives of six men killed in an attack by loyalists on a Catholic bar in Northern Ireland eighteen years ago are pursuing legal action alleging state collusion in the incident.

Believing that Beyoncé had a superior video, Kanye West broke into Taylor Swift's acceptance speech

Taylor Swift to perform at MTV awards next month

Six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift will perform at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards next month. But she won't be the only gold winner in the room.

Match of the day: the London Legacy channel will air sports that gained popularity during London 2012 such as handball

Television: Twenty-four hour handball people?

For many, the closing notes of "My Generation" marked the end of a quadrennial fascination with a range of sports that often fail to capture our imagination in those long, football-dominated non-Olympic years... which makes things difficult for those running and promoting pretty much every Olympic event besides tennis, football and boxing.

The BMX gang take to the air, but is it any better than Monkey Tennis?

Chris Hewett: BMX has a whiff of school truancy and a misspent youth

The critic without a ticket: Leaving aside the Darth Vader fighting gear taekwondo has too many video referrals

Julian Hall: 'It's breathtaking at times, if not for Kitson's structural shenanigans then for wordplay and lyricism'

First Night: Daniel Kitson - 'As of 1.52 GMT on Friday 27th April 2012, this show has no title', Traverse Theatre Edinburgh

An exercise in mental gymnastics from comedy's best worst-kept secret

Cycling teams across the capital have had a huge spike in interest as Team GB's medal tally has soared over the last week

London 2012: Sports membership enquiries soar amid Team GB medal success

Team GB's medal success has sparked interest in sports among Londoners, with a rapid rise in enquiries about club membership.

Sara Pascoe: The Musical, Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

“It’s actually about adolescence and images of women in the media – you’ve been punked.” It’s not a spoiler to give away the ending of Sara Pascoe’s third Edinburgh show, as it quickly becomes evident that the musical notion is slight at best.

Be prepared to lose your marbles every time Team GB has a shouting chance at anything

Germans deposed as Team GB end 100-year wait for gold

Attempting to topple Germany in team dressage is an even bigger task than beating their footballers on penalties, but Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer defied the odds to give Britain the gold medal in front of 23,000 flag-waving supporters at Greenwich Park yesterday.

Beth Tweddle’s routine was marred by a poor landing but she still ended up with bronze

Gymnastics: Golden finish eludes Beth Tweddle
after her dodgy dismount

After years of graft, Tweddle earns brilliant bronze to make history. Now for retirement?

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