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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

Colin Kazim-Richards' goal gave a boost to much-maligned manager Steve Kean

Steve Kean stays on course for his target to survive as Blackburn beat Hull

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Sebastian Coe says it was 'poetic justice' 100 metres final bottle thrower was sitting next to judo star

Sebastian Coe said it was "poetic justice" that the man who threw a bottle at the 100m sprinters happened to be sitting next to a Dutch judo star.

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.

Olympic Shorts: A medal – and a reunion with her mother

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker