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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.

Daniel Keating comes a cropper on the pommel horse in Tokyo

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GB's gymnastics team are out to avoid the unthinkable today: failing to qualify for 2012

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Prom 36, Royal Albert Hall, London<br/>Prom 35, Royal Albert Hall, London<br/>Prom 32, Royal Albert Hall, London

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Emma Stone needed a stunt double to film a lift scene with Ryan Gosling after she had a panic attack

Gymnastics: Tweddle plots path to Olympic swansong

Beth Tweddle insists there is no danger of her motivation levels dropping for competitions in the run-up to London 2012. Tweddle, Great Britain's most successful artistic gymnast, hopes to bring down the curtain on her illustrious career in fitting style next summer by claiming an Olympic medal.

Matthew Etherington continues intense training in FA Cup fitness battle

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Tango Fire/Rosas &ndash; Early Works, Peacock Theatre, London/Sadler's Wells, London

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Nikolai Andrianov: Gymnast who became the second most decorated male athlete in Olympic history

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Tannh&#228;user, Royal Opera House, London<br/>The Bach Pilgrimage, Cadogan Hall, London

A difficult opera is sumptuously sung and lavishly staged, but why were there so many chairs?

Olympic sports get funding boost

Six summer Olympic sports have received cash increases ahead of the London 2012 Games but winter sports such as figure skating, skiing and snowboarding have had their funding reduced to zero, UK Sport have announced.

Murder-accused husband had 'gymnastic sex' with other woman

A newlywed who killed his wife after five months of marriage enjoyed "gymnastic" sex sessions with another woman, a court heard today.

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Richard Herring often jumps through hoops for his Edinburgh shows. He'll always ask his audience to jump through hoops, too, and last year, with Hitler Moustache, we did so willingly because we knew we were being rewarded for it.

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