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When Barack Obama came to power in 2008 it was on the back of what had already been dubbed the first digital election campaign. Four years on, the race for the White House has taken the use of technology to a whole new level. As the US electorate prepare to cast their vote this week, it is being bombarded by the most sophisticated multi-media campaigning ever.

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Wiggins withdraws cash from tax-avoidance scheme

Olympic and Tour de France cycling hero Bradley Wiggins has withdrawn from a controversial tax-avoidance scheme, he said today.

Dave Brailsford says London has presented new challenges

Cycling: Sporting director Steven de Jongh joins Team Sky exodus amid doping crackdown

Steven de Jongh has left his role as a sporting director at Team Sky after admitting to taking performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career, the British team has announced.

The Sports Matrix: Monday 29 October 2012

Clattenburg facing storm after 'innapropriate language' claim

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Cycling: Sean Yates insists retirement has no connection to Team Sky doping probe

Sports director denies investigation caused his departure, despite Armstrong links

Cycling: Tour de France titles stripped from disgraced Lance Armstrong will not be reallocated

The 1999 to 2005 Tours de France will be forever without a winner after Lance Armstrong was stripped of the titles, the International Cycling Union confirmed today.

The Sports Matrix: Thursday 25 October 2012

Mancini's concerns grow with unrest in City ranks

Pat McQuaid saw no problem with the huge donation to the UCI by Lance Armstrong

James Lawton: Shameless is the word for response to Lance Armstrong scandal from 'Teflon' Pat McQuaid and his UCI pals

Pat McQuaid defended the indefensible. The comparison with Fifa’s Sepp Blatter is clear

The Sports Matrix: Tuesday 23 October 2012

Ferguson backs down in dispute with Ferdinand

Lance Armstrong

Robin Scott-Elliot: Forget war on doping, UCI president Pat McQuaid is happier fighting critics

There was one moment during his hour-long appearance in front of the media yesterday when Pat McQuaid, president of his sport's governing body and once a promising cyclist himself, outlined his reasoning for never having become a pro rider some four decades earlier. It was because, he said, he knew it meant he would have to make a decision whether to dope or not.

Claire Beale on Advertising: Big brands pay up big to bask in a star's success

You'd think a marketer as savvy as Nike would know better. When your brand spokesman hits the headlines for all the wrong reasons, think carefully – very carefully – before you insist you're standing by him.

Lord Coe has criticised the practice of neglecting sport is primary schools

Sir Steve Redgrave surprised by Sebastian Coe's BOA bid

Sir Steve Redgrave admits he is “surprised” that Seb Coe wants to become the new leader of the British Olympic Association.

Mark Cavendish: The Manxman will ride for the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team next season

Cycling: Mark Cavendish leaves Team Sky to become QuickStep's focus

Mark Cavendish resolved his future yesterday but that was the only clear direction taken on what was another muddling day for cycling and its governing body, the UCI.

Hein Verbruggen

Cycling: ICU's honorary president Hein Verbruggen says comments Lance Armstrong 'never' took drugs are misleading

The International Cycling Union's honorary president Hein Verbruggen has dismissed an article in which he appears to defend Lance Armstrong as “misleading”.

Nike said Armstrong had misled them for more than a decade

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong dropped by Nike

After the 1,000-page indictment as a drugs cheat, the multi-million dollar fall. Lance Armstrong, the hero turned doping villain of cycling, was today dumped by his most steadfast corporate defender in the shape of Nike Corporation and forced to step down from the charity he founded.

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