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The sport of pankration dates back to the 648 BC Olympic Games. According to Plutarch, it was created by Theseus to defeat the Minotaur.

Paperback review: Shakespeare’s Trollop, by Charlaine Harris

Another Lily Bard mystery from the prolific crime writer Charlaine Harris. In the southern town of Shakespeare, local good-time girl Deedra Dean is found murdered in her car, naked and desecrated.

Maria Miller has pledged to improve representation of women

Lack of women at board level in sport 'a massive missed opportunity'

British Cycling is one of five national sporting governing bodies without a single woman on its board. Of the 46 national governing bodies (NGBs) that receive money from Sport England, British Cycling, England Squash and Racquetball, the British Wrestling Association, Goalball UK and GB Wheelchair Rugby still have all-male boards.

Olympic bronze medallist Karina Bryant

Judo: Karina Bryant retires on anniversary of winning Olympic bronze

Olympic bronze medallist Karina Bryant has announced her retirement due to continued injury problems – a year to the day after standing on the podium at London 2012.

Kelly, right, with John Saxon in ‘Enter The Dragon’; he went on to make 10 films in the next six years

Jim Kelly: Actor best known as Williams in 'Enter The Dragon'

A karate champion with a formidable Afro haircut and a laid-back countenance that suggested barely-channelled aggression, Jim Kelly enjoyed a brief career as a star of B movies, caught in a perfect storm between the twin booms in kung fu and blaxploitation. Kelly made his name alongside fellow martial arts expert Bruce Lee and actor John Saxon in the 1973 cult hit Enter The Dragon. Asked by the Dr No-like villain Han, if he fears his inevitable defeat, he says, "I don't waste my time with it. When it comes I won't even notice... I'll be too busy looking good."

One to watch: Anne-Marie, singer, 22

One to watch: Anne-Marie, singer, 22

She was in the West End’s Whistle Down The Wind aged 12 with Jessie J – now she is joining her in the pop arena. The Essex girl, who lives in East London, was spotted by Elton John’s management company and is  developing her sound. “My music is pop, but it’s fresh. Fresh pop,” she says.

Brad Paisley, Wheelhouse (Arista/Sony)

Album review: Brad Paisley, Wheelhouse (Arista/Sony)

On the excellent Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley tiptoes a fine line between satisfying his core country audience and encouraging them to more adventurous attitudes. Good ol' boys, for instance, are sure to enjoy the likes of “Outstanding in Our Field”, a celebration of the blue-collar budget delights of tapping a keg of beer round a campfire.

Tokyo Crash Mobs – Review

Tokyo Crash Mobs takes us to a place where logic is made to feel unwelcome... in the best Nintendo kind of way of course.
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Joy for Jonathan in pool as Britain win two golds on excellent first day

Fox ignores pool jinx to end long wait for home aquatics gold

He took a couple of deep breaths and then grinned his way through the National Anthem. It has been a long time in coming – 34 days, in fact – but a Briton has finally climbed on to the top of the podium in the Aquatics Centre. Jonathan Fox, a 21-year-old Cornishman with a fondness for heavy metal, rounded off a rousing opening day for the host nation at the London Paralympics with Britain's second gold medal last night.

Jonathan Fox is focus personified before his victory in the 100m backstroke last night

Fox ensures Team GB's aquatics jinx holds no water

Cornishman leads the charge in the pool as British team enjoy memorable opening day

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Michael Phelps' mother could win the prize for Best Olympic Mum

Grace Dent: My ten shortcuts to Olympic fever

1 Not that fussed about getting tickets? Not any more! Get into the Olympic spirit by frantically trying to buy tickets in sports you don't understand for ludicrous amounts of cash, using a shonky internet system currently being run from a Spectrum ZX81 in Seb Coe's back bedroom. Gasp with glee as you place 4 tickets in your basket for £25 to the men's 100m finals, as your ecstatic kids hoot with glee. Wait 28 minutes, get told there are no tickets, drop-kick a guinea pig into next door's garden.

Karina Bryant (top) tussles with Iryna Kindzerska in their bronze medal match

Judo: Bronze is a dream come true for evergreen Bryant

The colour may have been bronze, but it was worth its weight in gold for Karina Bryant and for British judo, which has finally picked itself up off the Olympic mat.

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