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.

Gymnastics: Tweddle misses out

Beth Tweddle narrowly missed out on winning another British gymnastics medal by finishing fourth in the uneven bars final.

'Loopy Lou' on pommel ends British drought

It may seem like a trinket compared to the sackful of golden bullion that has come Britain's way here but the bronze medal won by 19-year-old gymnast Louis Smith yesterday stands out as an invaluable artefact for his sport.

Gymnastics: 'Perfect' day for Yang banishes eight years of Games heartache

Yang Wei wiped away eight years of frustration to become only the second Chinese man to capture the all-around gymnastics title at the Olympics yesterday.

Dom Joly: Dancing mascots, goons and tumblers: welcome to the Beijing circus, Mr Bush

George Bush Snr was at the gymnastics, but the US lost out to a Chinese team powered by oil

Weightlifting: Awaiting the snorting, stamping weightlifters

What's your favourite Olympic sport? For me, it has long been weightlifting. There is one obvious problem with weightlifting of course: It's as dodgy as hell in the drugs' department.

Tweddle forced to pull out of two events

The British gymnast Beth Tweddle, whose career has been punctuated by injuries, has been all but ruled out of two events at this month's Olympic Games.

Hosts' gymnasts may be barred from Olympics

Two female Chinese gymnasts, including a gold-medal favourite, might be too young to participate in the Beijing Olympics. Several online records and reports show He Kexin, the host nation's top competitor on uneven bars, and Jiang Yuyuan might not yet be 16, the minimum age for Olympic eligibility for gymnastics. Both were chosen for China's team last week.

Beijing 2008: The Wright stuff: queen of trampoline is reaching for the stars

Eight years ago she slipped a disc and was told she would never compete again but Claire Wright has bounced back and her soaring ambition brings high hopes of a medal in Beijing. By Alan Hubbard

Scottish independence row rages on both sides of border

Gordon Brown and Wendy Alexander, Labour's leader in Scotland, have been taunted by political opponents over their split on whether Scotland should hold an early referendum on securing independence from the United Kingdom.

Bonachela Dance Company, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London<br />Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Barbican, London

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Peter and the Wolf, Hackney Empire, London

The return of a rare treat

As cool as a scooter can be

It's not the urban revolution Gilera would have you believe, but the Runner has style

Lauryn Hill, Coliseum, London

Terrific songs, awful poetry

All this cynical gymnastics is torture

The system for picking an inquiry panel seems to be the one used by schoolboys for football
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