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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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Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable