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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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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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