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London 2012: Olympics chief hails London as 'beating heart of the world'

Games chief Jacques Rogge has described the capital as the "beating heart of the world" after London 2012 was praised by nations across the globe.

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London 2012: NHS to launch health drive in capital

As part of the "Games effect" the NHS is launching a health drive to improve the fitness of Londoners.

The England manager is expected to rest some senior players

FA seeks to avert row over Italy friendly

The Football Association has told Premier League clubs that England players selected for next Wednesday's friendly in Switzerland will be back at their clubs in time for training the following morning, in anticipation of the inevitable criticism at the game's timing.

London 2012: Sarah Attar becomes Saudi Arabia's first female track Olympian

Sarah Attar became the first female track and field athlete to represent Saudi Arabia at an Olympics when she competed in the 800 metres heats today.

One of the Cameroon boxers, Blaise Yepmou Mendouo, at the ExCel Arena

No action yet over missing Cameroonian Olympic athletes

No action can be taken over seven Cameroonian athletes missing from the Olympic village until their visas expire, officials said today.

Cameroon boxing team go missing


London 2012: Cameroon boxing team go missing

Cameroon's entire boxing team have gone missing in Britain while competing at the Olympics.

90% of UK watching Olympic Games

Almost nine out of 10 people in the UK have watched some coverage of the London 2012 Olympics, officials said today.

IOC head Jacques Rogge slammed by family of Munich victims

Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, was criticised by the family-members of those murdered at the Munich Olympics last night over the refusal to hold a minute’s silence during the London 2012 Games’ Opening Ceremony.

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Team USA judo athlete Nicholas Delpopolo blames food 'baked with marijuana' after disqualification from London 2012 Olympics for failing drugs test

An American athlete has become the first to be kicked out of the London 2012 Olympic Games after failing a drugs test. Judo fighter Nicholas Delpopolo tested positive for a drug linked to cannabis use after his defeat in the repechage stage.

Silver medalist Emily Seebohm of Australia beaten to the gold by Missy Franklin

Lack of government funding blamed for poor Olympics for Australia

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates blames the failure of his country's athletes to achieve the expected gold-medal success from the London Games on a shortage of government funding and a lack of compulsory sport in schools.

Anti-doping research by Bengt Saltin has caught out several athletes

Five Athens drug cheats to be revealed

Improvement in blood testing allows retesting of samples taken from medal winners in 2004

An emotional Jessica Ennis after winning the heptathlon

Athletics: Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah win gold on historic night for Team GB at London 2012

Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah tonight struck gold for Britain in front of a capacity crowd of 80,000 at the Olympic Stadium on a sensational evening for the home nation.

The 24-year-old from Bolton was selected ahead of Sir Chris Hoy, the 2008 Olympic champion in the event

Team GB's Jason Kenny sets Olympic record in men's sprint

Great Britain's Jason Kenny advanced to tomorrow's quarter-finals of the men's sprint in straightforward fashion on day three of competition at the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome.

US swimmer Katie Ledecky (left) reacts after she won gold next to third-placed Britain's Rebecca Adlington after they competed in the women's 800m freestyle final

Stand aside Michael Phelps, the teenagers have made the biggest splash at London 2012

They came, they saw, they conquered and now they go back to school. While Michael Phelps will return to Baltimore having cemented his place in history with another barrow load of Olympic gold, even he has been upstaged in the Olympic pool by a quartet of teenagers.

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