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

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There were no fanfares when Jo Mersh packed her bags and left her Birmingham home on Wednesday to spend three weeks in Switzerland preparing for her summer challenge for Olympic selection. "People have sort of written me off," she said. "I'm sort of forgotten."

Olympic spirit comes to Britain

If you were on the snowy streets of London yesterday and were fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of an Olympic torchbearer carrying the sacred flame of Olympia, then count yourself lucky. Most spectators saw little more than a blur of fluorescent-yellow police jackets.

Activists urge torch-bearers to speak out on Tibet oppression

Tibetan activists vowed to keep up their protests during the Olympic torch relay, calling on British athletes participating in the event to speak out against human rights abuses by the Chinese government when the political and sporting jamboree visits London next month.

Maik Taylor: 'For some players there is always an excuse. They don't appreciate their job. It amazes me'

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The last act of dispossession was performed by the monumental Sébastien Chabal, who, joyously alert to the fact that there were precisely no seconds left on the official game clock, crawled over the near touchline with the ball wholly concealed in the deepest recesses of his armpit and Simon Shaw - no midget himself at the best part of 20st - clinging for dear life to his back. It was a fitting finale, not least because the French No 8 had carried the world on his shoulders for 90-plus minutes of brutal rugby. He is, to be sure, an Atlas for the union game.

Squash: British Open steps back from the brink as new format focuses on game's revival

Threatened by dwindling numbers of players and spectators, the biggest tournament in squash has taken a turn for the better, says Mike Rowbottom

Athletics: Britain fear for now - and plan for then

Lewis-Francis in danger of being left behind but young sprinters in the wings suggest a brighter future

Athletics: Selectors aim to lure Holmes with choice of race

Kelly Holmes was yesterday offered the option of running either the 800 or the 1500 metres in next month's European Indoor Championships, although the double Olympic champion may still miss the event entirely if she is not satisfied with her form.

Athletics: Heartbroken Bekele laments a greater loss than another race

Offstage in the National Indoor Arena, where the athletes collect their kit after racing in the Friday-night Norwich Union Indoor Grand Prix, it is difficult to hear yourself think.

Athletics: Olympic teamwork fires Lewis-Francis in quest to achieve individual glory

Britain's speedster talks to Mike Rowbottom about his renewed ambition after beating the Americans in Athens

FOOTBALL: Why I will never call into question the exploits of our world-conquering dames

IT IS desperately pitiful, I always think, when those who merely write about sport attempt to garner some reflected glory from those who actually participate. One sees it a lot, the paunchy hack either figuratively or literally bellowing "I was there" about some marvellous achievement, as if it could not have happened without him. Or, far less frequently, and always less paunchily, without her.

Athletics: Holmes pays heavy price for pulling out of trials

It is a measure of Kelly Holmes's transformed status that she can equably contemplate a fine of £25,000 for missing this weekend's Norwich Union AAA Championships and European trials in Sheffield, which lost another Olympic gold medallist when Mark Lewis-Francis pulled out of the 60 metres as a precaution after his recent hamstring injury.

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