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

Meadows sets her sights on new British record

British runner targets Kelly Holmes' 800m indoor marker in Birmingham today

'I had a look and it was just crash after crash'

From death-defying falls to the majesty of Torvill and Dean, British Olympians remember their winter highlights.

Inside Lines: What's the big idea? Political heavies square up over sport

Never mind that spiteful spat across the pond between the Pacman and Pretty Boy (which the cynics among us believe isn't a bad ploy to sell ever more pay-per-view when they do eventually meet), the tastiest big fight here over the coming months is likely to be a political punch-up between Labour and Conservative with sport as a pre-election battleground.

Sport Vote: Tear-Jerker of the Decade

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Brown hails first high-speed rail service

Gordon Brown today hailed the start of the UK's first full domestic high-speed rail services and promised to invest £20 billion in railway infrastructure in the next few years.

140mph Javelin trains start on South Coast run

Full services of the 140mph Javelin trains has started on the London to Kent lines operated by the Southeastern train company. But passengers have to pay more to use the Japanese-built class 395 trains. A peak-time Ashford-London return will be £48.70 (normal fare £40.60), and London-Folkestone will be £52.50, up from £44.40. Even those Southeastern customers not using Javelins will find their fares going up by more than the national average in January.

Inside Lines: Will Brown do the bidding and make it Sir Becks?

It may be a wild rumour but, if not, you read it here first. While England are doing their 2018 bidding in South Africa there is intriguing speculation buzzing around sport's political circles that the show-stealing David Beckham is to be given a knighthood in the New Year's Honours.

Sport on TV: We should be more clinical in the way we look at depression

The word "jocks" either conjures up images of Scots or American high school quarterbacks. While the former may be envisaged as dour, stony-faced and apparently under a permanent black cloud, we would not expect the latter to be affected by any kind of mental anguish. The whole point of the expression is that sporting achievement among the young goes hand in hand with immunity to any kind of introspection. After all, they get the prettiest girls, the open-top cars, the adulation of the crowd. The quarterbacks, that is, not the Scots. Who needs a convertible under all those black clouds?

Judo: Howell is at pains to throw down challenge

Britain unearths a gem who can pick its Olympic challenge off the floor but first she must recover from serious injury

Labour conference diary: 30/09/2009

*Gordon Brown "is like a beetle on its back waving its feet in the air. The best thing to do is to put him out of his misery and stamp on him." So said Peter Carpenter, chairman of the Putney Labour Party and donor of £33,000 to the party, in a BBC interview yesterday. In that atmosphere, whose brilliant idea was it to entertain delegates as they waited for Brown to speak by playing "Sit Down" over the loudspeakers?

British men just cannot go the distance, says Spedding

Awful record will be shown up in today's Great North Run.

Dobriskey breaks new ground

Last Sunday in Berlin it was a silver medal lining for Lisa Dobriskey. Last night in Zurich it was the race of the Kentish woman's life. Well, the fastest 1,500m of her life. Just as in the World Championship final in the Olympiastadion five days previously, Dobriskey crossed the line third at the end of the metric mile in the Weltklasse meeting at the Letzigrund Stadion.

Glad to have been a Girl Guide

It is 100 years since girls stormed a Boy Scout jamboree, demanding to join in. The Guides have come a long way since then, reports Rachel Shields

Dame Kelly Holmes: Inspirational tale of a long dark journey

The queen of British distance running had to fight a succession of personal battles but now the former army instructor helps others to fulfil their potential. Alan Hubbard speaks to Dame Kelly Holmes

2012 organisers bank on dry weather

London 2012 leaders claim it does not matter that the majority of visitors to the Olympic Stadium will not be seated under a roof - because it hardly ever rains in the capital.

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