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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.

Judo: Fallon blow erodes golden goal

British judo finds itself on the mat after leading hope Craig Fallon's failure to win a medal for the second successive Olympics. The sport has won only one in the last two Games and faces funding cuts unless one or more of the six remaining in the team can reach the podium.

Judo: Fallon fails in medal bid

Craig Fallon's dreams of an Olympic medal were dashed after he lost to Israel's Gal Yekutiel in the penultimate contest before the play-off for bronze in the 60kgs category.

The Sketch: Gordon proves he's tough with a macho karate chop

Tough! Tough! Tough! That's the message on knife crime. Gordon revealed his three-pronged strategy. I wrote down PEP to help me remember what each prong was.

The Loose Salute, Borderline, London

The Loose Salute are one of the few country-style UK bands who might leave a real Southern honky-tonk dive alive. Where most alt. country fellow-travellers favour songwriting styles of stark desolation, this band communicate pleasure at the sheer good luck of being alive, through danceable, steel guitar-heavy pop.

Mother: 'Justice needs to be done'

By Jonathan Owen

Judo: Cox reaches new high with silver medal

Sophie Cox is known within British judo as a fighter and a scrapper rather than a stylish judoka, but this view may have to be revised after her best international performance yesterday at the European Judo Championships here, when she not only won the lightweight silver medal but also confirmed qualification for the Athens Olympics.

Comment: British sport whiter than white - but that's not a good thing

A lack of black and Asian administrators has again raised the question: why? Alan Hubbard reports
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