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Mark Cavendish won the second stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico today to claim his fourth victory of what he hopes will be a momentous 2012 season.

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Mark Cavendish fought off the aftermath of a fever to claim his first victory in the world champion's rainbow jersey for Team Sky here yesterday, fulfilling his promise to "hit the ground running" in a year where a crack at Britain's first Olympic gold of 2012 is beckoning.

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Mark Cavendish tonight became only the third cyclist to win the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award when he pipped golfer Darren Clarke and athlete Mo Farah to the main prize in Salford.

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Our oceans are complex systems, about as well (mis)understood as the human brain. A census of marine life was published last year, and, although extremely insightful, only covered a small percentage of the ocean’s biosphere. In many ways, this led us to realize just how much we don’t know.

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One way to attract attention to your listing is by settling on an unusual name, and few are as unusual as 3Legs Resources. Seeking to work out its roots, we asked the chief executive, Peter Clutterbuck, who pointed us to the Isle of Man and its flag, with its three legs against a red background.

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