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The Oprah effect: Winfrey, at a campaign rally in 2007, is said to have won the election for Obama

Forgive us, Oprah, for we have sinned

Out of America: She is the mother confessor of the United States, the woman to whom the nation's miscreants turn and tell all

Barry Bonds has been blackballed from baseball’s Hall of Fame

Welcome, Lance Armstrong, to hall of fame for deluded athletes

The Last Word: In this shrine of shallow glamour he may yet try to absolve himself

Robert Griffin III played on last week with a serious knee injury

American Football: Robert Griffin III falls foul of the macho culture infecting the NFL

Injury to promising Redskins quarterback even raises questions in the White House

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles

Cycling: Andy Schleck not expecting full Lance Armstrong confession

Seven-time Tour de France winner to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey

IoS Books of the Year 2012: Sport

Britain's athletes strike gold all over again

Heroics of Bradley Wiggins and Laura Trott ensure boom in cycling

Overall figures for those taking 'meaningful exercise' once a week on the increase

<b>Greg LeMond wins the Tour by eight seconds in 1989</b>

Cycling: Former Tour de France winner Greg LeMond to contest UCI role on 'clean' ticket

Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond is prepared to run for the presidency of the International Cycling Union in an attempt to clean up the sport's image.

Lance Armstrong competes in the 2004 Tour de France

Grey-Thompson on panel to examine Lance Armstrong drug case and UCI’s role

The commission’s report is critical to restoring confidence in the sport, says UCI president Pat McQuaid

<b>The evil twin...</b><br/>
Even in a tacky crime novel the involvement of an evil twin would seem a bit far-fetched. But this was the excuse used by cyclist Tyler Hamilton after failing a doping test in 2005. The American said the irregularities in his test were due to small amounts of different blood which came from his twin that died in utero. But the excuse didn't work and the Olympic gold medallist was banned for two years.

Disgraced cyclist Tyler Hamilton wins prize for drugs book

Disgraced cyclist Tyler Hamilton said he was "proud of writing it but not proud of what's in it" after his book, The Secret Race, won the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year award yesterday.

Cycling: Team Sky appoint Australian Shaun Stephens as performance coach

Team Sky have appointed Australian Shaun Stephens as performance coach for the 2013 season.

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles

Cycling: UCI plans 'doping hotline' for riders

Cycling's governing body is considering opening a hotline for riders wishing to discuss doping-related issues, the International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid has said.

Bad luck, Bradley Wiggins, and get well soon. On the road, not even champion cyclists like you are safe

The Tour de France winner broke ribs in an accident near his Lancashire home. As one of our resident cycling nuts explains, it could happen to anybody - and often does

Cycling: Vinokourov accused of bribing rival in 2010 race

The UCI has opened an investigation into allegations that the Olympic road-race champion Alexandre Vinokourov bribed a rival in order to win the 2010 Liège-Bastogne-Liège race.

Lance Armstrong: Received a hero's welcome at the Livestrong convention

Sponsor sues UCI over handling of Lance Armstrong scandal

One of the sponsors of the international cycling union (UCI) is suing the organisation for 2million US dollars (£1.25million) claiming they mismanaged the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
Vietnam
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South Africa
Spain
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
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'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

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