Arts and Entertainment Sue Barker is overseeing a post-watershed series of Question of Sport

Sue Barker has stepped down as host of the BBC's Sports Personality Of The Year ceremony after 19 years.

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Heartbreak for Jenny Meadows as injury rules 800m runner out of second successive season

The 32-year-old missed last year's Olympic Games

The Blagger's Guide To: Literature in East Anglia

It's flat and watery, ... unlike the books that it inspires

Paralympians 'should have received more honours', says former sports minister as row over 'double standards' escalates

Comments follow the revelations in the Independent on Sunday that leading Paralympians were disappointed at what they called the double standards

Rising track princess Laura Trott looks set to succeed Queen Victoria Pendleton

Victoria Pendleton stepped down from her velodrome throne last night and prepared to hand over her crown to track cycling's fresh-faced new star Laura Trott.

Victoria Pendleton stays on course for third gold

Nobody can properly predict how the last day of Victoria Pendleton's storied career will unfold tomorrow - she just isn't that kind of athlete - but it is a fair bet that drama, tears and Anna Meares will be involved.

Pendleton delivered a powerful early warning to her rivals that she plans to quit the sport on the highest note possible as she beat her own Olympic record in the 200 metre qualifying round by two tenths of a second.

Team GB's sprinters Jason Kenny and Victoria Pendleton close in on their medal targets

British sprinters Jason Kenny and Victoria Pendleton continued slowly but steadily to close in on their respective medal targets today, with Kenny now into tomorrow’s final rounds and Pendleton progressing to the quarter-finals.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain celebrate in their boat after winning gold in the Women's Pair Final

Fast-tracked to Olympian: Helen Glover on her rise to Olympic gold

Their superiority was evident in moments, measured by clear water to their pursuers within the first 500 metres. But that margin, in turn, traced back four years to one of barely half an inch.

Sir Steve Redgrave: Squeaky-clean persona and fistful of gold medals makes the renowned rower a clear bookies' favourite, though he thinks it unlikely as he has been asked to run a leg on 10 July - 17 days before the Games begin

Sir Steve Redgrave not approached to light Olympic flame at London 2012 opening ceremony

Sir Steve Redgrave today revealed he had not been approached to light the Olympic flame at London 2012.

Torchbearer Phillips Idowu 'full of emotion'

British medal hopeful Phillips Idowu was "full of emotion" today as he carried the Olympic Torch in Stratford - just a stone's throw from the Olympic Park in east London.

For many Sir Steve Redgrave is Britain's greatest Olympian

Speculation grows over flame duty

Speculation about who will light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the London Games is growing as the day approaches.

England credits Holmes' inspiration for silver

When Hannah England crossed the line in the 1500m semi-finals in Daegu Stadium on Tuesday she wore an anxious expression. Only the first five were guaranteed a place in the World Championship final and the Oxford woman had finished sixth. She turned to the front row of the stands to enquire about her fate, smiling with relief when the news came back that she had scraped through as one of the fastest losers.

Will Dorothy light Olympic flame in London?

Britain's oldest surviving double medallist may be 91 but could still illuminate opening ceremony

Simon Turnbull: Tiggerish Thomas hoping to follow in Holmes' footsteps

Olympics Diary: The ultimate dream is to be an Olympian. I feel so proud when I put that GB vest on

Thomas's gutsy win proves a welcome distraction

Charlene Thomas did not quite kiss the Union Flag crest but it was clear how much it meant to the Wakefield Harrier not just to wear a Great Britain vest on the second and concluding day of the European Team Championships in Stockholm yesterday, but also to surge to victory in it. "Ooooooh, I'm so excited," she said in the wake of her 1500m win, bouncing up and down on the steps of the 1912 Olympic Stadium like a West Yorkshire version of Tigger.

Out In Front: Dame Kelly joins board of TUI Education

Olympic double gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes is joining the board of TUI Education, a division of the FTSE 100 travel giant, TUI Travel, as a non-executive director.

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