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

Goodwin dined at Chequers while RBS was losing £24bn

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Protests at 'cradle of the crunch'

Traffic disruption expected as activists vow to set up 'climate camp' in London

Farah kicks loose to set record straight

While on a training trip to Addis Ababa in November Mo Farah was invited to the home of Haile Gebrselassie and found himself doing a traditional national dance in the company of the great Ethiopian distance runner.

Campaigners lose fight against fire station cuts

Campaigners acting with the backing of celebrities and the tacit support of the Royal family today lost a High Court battle over the partial closure of Windsor Fire Station.

The athlete: Lisa Dobriskey

For Lisa Dobriskey the Beijing Olympics might have been one of those breaking points which so regularly invite a young athlete to step back from the challenge that has consumed so much of their lives. She had had the opportunity to reach out for the kind of achievement that made Kelly Holmes a Dame and Rebecca Adlington the instant darling of the British sports public.

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It’s a new brand day for UK Olympics: The London Olympic logo takes off

The ‘squashed swastika’ of London 2012 is being embraced by Britain’s youth, the organisers tell Ian Burrell. Design experts still aren’t so sure

Star of pool is all-time great

Arise Dame Rebecca Adlington. The cry is sure to come soon, and loud, from the British public, as the bookmakers already make the East Midlands teen-ager favourite for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Cover Stories: Dwain Chambers' autobiography; Itchy Coo; Amazon;

* In a move as inevitable as drugs in sport (apparently), disgraced sprinter Dwain Chambers is to write his autobiography for Libros International. The deal was done by his agent, sports memorabilia merchant Simon Dent, and sources expect Chambers to "name names", with serious ramifications for the world of sport. In a synopsis (with "My Way" as his epigraph), Chambers writes about being "victimised", promises to give "my solution to rid athletics of drugs overnight" and offers tales of his womanising: "I also tell how I slept with the sister of an England footballer and a gold medal-winning athlete from America. And read about that one and only disaster date with Kelly Holmes and what I really think of her." Who said chivalry in sport was dead?

Dame Kelly Holmes: Heart of gold

After her triumphs of Olympics past, Dame Kelly Holmes is helping a new generation of athletes reach the top, she tells Mike Rowbottom

BP aims to win more than plaudits from £50m Olympic sponsorship

Deal with oil major brings 2012 promoters closer to goal of raising £600m from British business

The 5-minute Interview: Dame Kelly Holmes, Athlete

'I'd like the country to feel more united'

Wimbledon Diary: Draper battered in on-air rally with Richardson

The first rule that any Lawn Tennis Association chief executive should know is that for 50 weeks, nobody gives a monkeys what you do. The second rule is that the other two weeks are set aside to give you an annual kicking.

Inside Lines: How come Daley isn't up to scratch?

Why was Daley Thompson not among the six British Olympians nominated to appear on the new National Lottery scratchcard to raise cash for 2012? Overlooking the back-to-back Olympic champion was even described by Seb Coe as "astonishing". Coe is there alongside Kelly Holmes, Steve Redgrave, Jonathan Edwards, Duncan Goodhew and Sally Gunnell, all said to have emerged as the top six in a poll conducted on behalf of Camelot. Yet the omission of Thompson – voted Britain's greatest all-round sportsman of the 20th Century and, in another poll only last week, as the nation's favourite Olympian – seems a snub of Olympian proportions. The choice of Goodhew, who won his gold with no Americans present, is surely controversial. Goodhew has been an ardent supporter of the Lottery whereas Thompson has been critical of the way some of the money is distributed. And we know from personal experience how touchy the Lottery bods can be about this. OK, so it is only a bit of fun and no doubt all quite above board, but if it was one of those dodgy TV phone-ins we'd be demanding an inquiry.

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