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When Maria Miller travels to Sochi next week, she must seize the opportunity to raise the issue of LGBT rights with Russian officials

Gold-winning medallist Tim Baillie tried to sing the national anthem when he was presented with his medal but did not learn the words for fear of jinxing the result

Slalom Canoeing: Team GB's gold medal winner Tim Baillie did not learn national anthem in case of jinxing win

Gold-winning medallist Tim Baillie says he did not learn the words to the British national anthem because he thought it might jinx his performance.

Badminton: Chinese media blames rulemakers for math-throwing scandal

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Badminton World Federation must shoulder some responsibility for the match-throwing scandal at the 2012 Games, Chinese state media said today.

An official threatens Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia and Jung Eun Ha and Min Jung Kim of Korea with a 'black card' disqualification

Badminton: South Korea head coach due for tough reception on return home after Olympics

South Korea's head badminton coach Sung Han-kook faces a dressing down on his return from the Olympics after four of his players were sent home in disgrace for throwing matches, local media reported today.

Yu Yang (left) and her partner Wang Xiaoli leave the court after their Women's Doubles Badminton match against South Korea

Badminton: Disqualified teams face more sanctions

Further sanctions may be placed on the Chinese, Indonesian and South Korean badminton teams after the International Olympic Committee confirmed this morning that it had requested an inquiry of the teams' coaches and support staff.

One of many images of the empty seats at Olympic events

London 2012: Olympic chief says empty seats issue needs to be addressed

British Olympic Association chairman Lord Moynihan says that the problem of empty seats "has to be sorted".

RS-X class launches bid for judicial review of decision to throw windsurfing out of the Olympic Games

In a bid to reverse the decision to throw windsurfing out of the Olympic Games, the RS-X class has lodged a request in the High Court in London for a judicial review of the vote by members of the International Sailing Federation.

Badminton players could face further sanctions after IOC probe

Further sanctions may be placed on the Chinese, Indonesian and South Korean badminton teams after the International Olympic Committee confirmed this morning that it had requested a probe of the teams’ coaches and support staff.

Jessica Ennis will be taking part in the Olympic heptathlon tomorrow

Jessica Ennis sets sights on gold at Olympic heptathlon

Jessica Ennis will be happy to chase gold rather than lucre when she begins her quest for the Olympic heptathlon title tomorrow.

Philips Idowu with his coach Aston Moore

Team GB's Phillips Idowu cuts himself off from coach Aston Moore

Another day; another twist in the tortuous Phillips Idowu soap opera. As well as cutting himself off from the British athletics team, the troubled triple jumper has now cut all contact with his coach, Aston Moore.

Thousands left without Olympic entry as police smash agency selling black market tickets

Thousands of people across the world including in Britain may have been left without entry to the Olympics after police smashed an unauthorized agency sourcing black market tickets.

China's Sun Yang sporting a set of Dr Dre Beats headphones

Headphones: Inside Dre Beats' guerilla marketing headquarters

It was a strange invitation. Dr Dre Beats requested my presence at members club Shoreditch House during the Olympics, where I would be able to "experience the Beats brand in a new way". Intriguing.

Empty seat saga continues as IOC refuses to take responsibility for ticket sales

The International Olympic Committee today rejected British Olympic Association notion for them to take responsibility for selling tickets at Olympic games in the future.

Somalian athletes Zamzam Mohamed Farah and Mohamed Mohamed. Mohamed Mohamed said, “As an athlete it can get difficult, but I am ready to fast and train and to get through this difficult month.”

London 2012: Islamic Olympians embrace Ramadan fasting despite UK's long summer days making it a gruelling ordeal

More than 3,000 Muslim sporting stars are expected to fast from sunrise until sunset.

Swimming heats, Aquatics Centre

BOA calls on IOC to completely rethink ticketing policy for future Olympics

The British Olympic Association today called on the International Olympic Committee to completely revamp their ticketing policy for future Games.

Flying the flag - Paula Radcliffe (athletics): A marathon runner would seem ideal for the long evening in the stadium and the long march around the track. The Olympics have not been kind to Radcliffe, 38. She is a world, Commonwealth and European champion as well as a world record holder but has yet to make a Games podium – London will be her fifth attempt. She may have to weigh any invitation with her fitness concerns

Marathon call has Freya Murray in dash to London Olympics

Freya Murray spent yesterday morning putting the finishing touches to a housing project, sitting in the Newcastle office of the firm for whom she works as a structural engineer.

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