Rebecca Adlington has described the state of swimming as 'a mess'

Swimming: British swimmers urged to find hunger for success that was not on London menu

World short course championships to begin in Istanbul

Twitter has announced it is to extend its ‘trending by city’ feature to an additional 100 locations.

Twitter adds 100 more cities to its local trends function

The tool allows users to view the most talked about subjects in their local area

The night all hell broke loose on United's European adventure

In 1993 their first Champions League campaign saw a notorious trip to Galatasaray. Tonight, writes Tim Rich, the club return...
More than 250,000 fans visited Circuit of the Americas for the US Grand Prix

Big and bold Austin delivers as America's new home of F1

Drivers love new track that puts together sections from Silverstone, Hockenheim and others

Hopes for halt to conflict as militants end hunger strike

Hundreds of Kurdish militants ended a hunger strike in jails across Turkey yesterday in response to an appeal from their leader, fuelling hopes a deal had been struck that could revive talks to end a decades-old conflict.

Brad Friedel

North London derby: Tottenham's rival match veteran Brad Friedel can remind Andre Villas-Boas of the importance of Arsenal clash

If Andre Villas-Boas is feeling the pressure before his first north London derby, he can gain immediate perspective by asking the Tottenham goalkeeper about his knowledge of local disputes.

My life in travel: Mark Watson

‘When people say they’re not into sightseeing, I lose respect for them’

My life in travel: Anouska Hempel

‘India seduces me every time’

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Am I OK with this flight to Turkey?

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High life: Hot-air balloons float above snow-covered Cappadocia

Where to go in 2013: Turkey

Why go in 2013? Some fresh perspectives

Adam Gemili

Paula Radcliffe's axed funding 'not due to her age'

Neil Black, the new performance director of UK Athletics, stressed last night that Paula Radcliffe's omission from the governing body's Lottery funding list – the World Class Performance Programme roster for 2012-13 – had nothing to do with her age, and pointed out that two elder stateswomen of the sport have been named on the list for the first annual phase of the build-up towards the Rio Games in 2016.

Walk the line: The Hay on Wye walking festival strides forth from this Thursday (until 15 October), with more than 50 guided walks snaking through spectacular scenery, from the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains (pictured) to Offa’s Dyke and the Wye Valley. There are also evening events that include a ceilidh with folk music and dancing at the Swan at Hay Hotel and there’s a pub quiz at Kilvert’s. Walks and events range from £5 to £12 (haywalking.org).

Lotus boss: I was sacked to pave way for sell-off

The sacked boss of Lotus has argued that he lost his job as the car maker's new Malaysian owners sought to sell the business.

The bling's the thing

If you like your statement jewellery to have subtance as well as sparkle, check out new site Grand Bazaar London

Orhan Pamuk

Peace at last for Turkey's enemy within

His books highlight the contradictions at the heart of Turkey. Orhan Pamuk, who has turned 60, talks to Shaun Walker

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