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Parliament - Standards: Hague told he should have declared use of Archer's gym for judo lessons

WILLIAM HAGUE was rebuked by the Commons' standards watchdog yesterday after taking undeclared judo lessons in Jeffrey Archer's private gym.

Judo: Johnson surprise for Somerville

IF UDO QUELLMALZ, the British team director, hoped that the British Closed Championships at Sheffield on Saturday would start sorting out some Olympic selection questions, he was sorely disappointed. In the men's division, at least, it raised more problems than it solved.


For millions, he was bigger than Muhammad Ali, bigger than the Beatles. For Davis Miller, though, Bruce Lee was more than just an icon. In this excerpt from his new biography, Miller explains Lee's impact on his life and asks two crucial questions: what killed the king of martial arts and was he really the greatest fighter ever?

Judo: Somerville faces test of character

THE FEATHERWEIGHT David Somerville, club-mate and training partner of the new world champion, Graeme Randall, faces a test of character at the British Closed Championships at Ponds Forge Sports Centre in Sheffield today. With Olympic year looming, he must confirm his No 1 spot despite the handicap of a broken little finger on his left hand.

JUDO: Speed powers Howey to gold

THE CAREERS of Kate Howey and David Somerville, who won gold and silver medals respectively at the German Open in Bonn yesterday, are at very different stages. Howey, the current world middleweight champion, will defend her title next month when the world championship comes to Birmingham from 7 to 10 October. For her, Germany was fine tuning, and by winning comprehensively she showed she could win the title for a second time.

Judo: Allan sets sights on world title

IN A team studded with current and former world champions, the European featherweight champion Deborah Allan can almost be overlooked, writes Philip Nicksan. But she travels to the German Open this weekend as the fighter widely tipped to have the best chance to take a top title at next month's World Championships in Birmingham.

Sport on TV: Karate killers chop up Alliss in Blunderland

LET ME see - there was Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin of course, and Mr Waverley cutting a Matt Busby dash, plus Telly Savalas, Terry-Thomas, Joan Crawford in her last MGM movie and that boyish woman who was in True Grit with John Wayne. Herbert Lom played the villain hunting for a formula to convert seawater into gold (the screenplay was presumably based on an arcane medieval text).

JUDO; Golden moment arrives for Allan

EVER SINCE she won a senior European bronze four years ago when she was just a teenager, the featherweight Debbie Allan has clearly been heading for the gold. And yesterday, at the European Championships in Bratislava, she achieved it in fine style, beating the 1998 champion, Rafaella Imbriani of Germany, with a decisive throw in the semi-final before taking a decision from the Portuguese Paula Saldanha to scoop the title.

Judo: Allan sees the light

THOUGH STILL only 23, Debbie Allan has enjoyed a varied judo career having already won two European medals in different weight divisions. Despite winning silver last year at lightweight, she looked more comfortable having slimmed down to featherweight as she charged through her draw yesterday at the European Championships in Bratislava.

Judo: Cowan makes light of rivals

CHLOE COWAN, the lightest fighter in her category, seemed to have an uphill battle at the European Championships here but she was the only member of the British team to reach tomorrow's semi-finals.
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