Sport Britain’s Zoe Gillings was eighth in the snowboard cross at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and has high hopes of doing better than that in Sochi in 2014

British winter sport is no longer a joke. Robin Scott-Elliot meets a genuine medal prospect for Sochi, where no competitor will be better prepared

Mark Cavendish

Cycling: Mark Cavendish hits car in training

Mark Cavendish said he was "relatively OK" after colliding with a car while training in Italy and following Bradley Wiggins and Shane Sutton to become British cycling's third well-known figure to crash in a road accident recently.

The Seagull, Southwark Playhouse, London

Reinventing Chekhov has been all the rage this year – from the existential slapstick approach to Uncle Vanya taken by Moscow's visiting Vakhtangov company to Benedict Andrews's radical makeover of Three Sisters at the Young Vic.

Manchester comes to a standstill for funeral of murdered Pc Fiona Bone

For the second time in 24 hours, the centre of Manchester came to a standstill today for the funeral of one of the policewomen killed last month in a gun and grenade attack.

Doctor admits webcam sex act

A doctor has admitted masturbating in front of a webcam in his consultation room.

Safe House, By Chris Ewan

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Pair rescued as boat runs ashore off Crail in Fife

Two men have been rescued after their boat ran ashore on rocks in poor weather.

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood.

The Saturday Quiz

1. Which duo ran a shop called SEX in London's King's Road?

André Darrigade sprints to victory on stage one of the 1958 Tour de France; Mark Cavendish wins this year's second stage

André Darrigade: 'I accept my fate. Cavendish is certain to overtake me'

If Brit wins today's sprint stage, he equals André Darrigade's record of 22 stage victories. Alasdair Fotheringham tracks down 83-year-old who is happy to hand over his crown

A photo montage of rockets taking off from the Isle of Man

Douglas, we have a problem

The Isle of Man's once-thriving industry in space exploration is heading for a crash landing. Jonathan Brown reports

Studios to run £25m movie development fund

Pinewood Shepperton isn't just playing host to the filmmakers – now it is investing in the movies.

Pinewood to run Manx film fund

Pinewood Shepperton isn't just playing host to the film makers – now it is investing in the movies.

John McGuinness returns to the Isle of Man

Motorcycling: Risking all for a win at speed

Infamous Isle of Man TT circuit poses extraordinary dangers but riders just keep coming

Qualtrough with his son Henry after receiving the George Medal in 1967

Major Henry Qualtrough: Decorated bomb disposal officer

He was one of only two survivors of the 40 sent to clear the Normandy beaches of mines on D-Day

Clarkson loses footpath appeal

Ramblers have claimed a victory against the Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson after he lost an appeal to restrict public access to a path near his lighthouse home on the Isle of Man.

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