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Geoffrey MacNab picks this year’s must-see films

Matt Butler: Unruly Children's Institute shows off new batch of EPO

View From The Sofa: UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Channel 4

Editorial: Are Australia's athletes uniquely corruptible?

The revelation of widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs by Australian athletes is being described by many as a black day for the country's sport. It certainly looks that way. What the Australian Crime Commission has found is not restricted to a single arena, nor even just to individuals. In some cases, it seems, whole teams might have been involved, and the drugs supplied by organised crime syndicates. As Jason Clare, the country's Home Affairs Minister, says, the findings "will disgust Australian sports fans".

Widespread use of performance enhancing drugs has been uncovered in Australian sport

Australian sport is rocked to its core by revelations of performance enhancing drugs, match fixing and organised crime

Findings of 12-month investigation into the link between drugs and professional sport revealed

Out of the pool at 23, Rebecca Adlington faces the same questions we all will - just a whole lot sooner

Careers are more exciting for Olympians, retirement more painful

Eufemiano Fuentes, the Spanish doctor on trial for doping Credit

The Last Word: Truth and reconciliation over drugs in sport? I will take the truth part...

The decision not to demand Fuentes lists dopers is catastrophic

Between the Covers 27/01/2013

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

The Sports Matrix: Friday 25 January 2013

Lance deserves everything he gets, says angry Wiggins

If only Lance Armstrong had given Alastair Campbell warning about his drug-taking past

Our diarist notes that Tony Blair's former spin doctor was a particularly devoted worshipper of the disgraced former Tour de France winner. Funny, that

David Millar:

Cycling: 'It's now one of the world's cleanest sports,' says David Millar

The reformed drug-user David Millar said this weekend he believes it will take another

Lance Armstrong is 'a disgusting human being' says British Olympic champion Nicole Cooke

Interview with Oprah Winfrey described as 'pantomine'

Manti Te'o broke American hearts with the sad story of how his girlfriend died - but it turns out she never existed

American Football: The linebacker and the fantasy girl

One of the brightest young talents in American sport, Manti Te'o broke fans' hearts with the sad tale of his girlfriend's death. There's one problem: she never really existed

Exclusive*: Lance Armstrong PR strategy after Oprah Winfrey interview revealed in leaked email from senior industry figure

*Not really. But the below is free and eminently usable if any of you want it

Page 3 Profile: Mark Fabiani, PR guru

America's very own Max Clifford?

By threatening to confess all to Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong shows us what we sorely miss in Britain

The disgraced former cycling champion is on a long and winding road - but to what exactly we cannot know. Oprah might help us find out, through a very American ritual

Lance Armstrong is preparing to give his first interview since he was stripped of his Tour de France titles for doping offences

Armstrong apologises to Livestrong charity staff ahead of Oprah Winfrey interview

Disgraced cyclist chokes back tears before his expected confession of doping

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there