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Viollet-le-Duc dominates 19th-century theories of architectural restoration.

Adamu loses bribery appeal

Nigerian Amos Adamu, who was kicked off Fifa's executive committee for his part in the World Cup bribery scandal, has lost his appeal against a three-year ban from the sport.

Gorr, right, with Regine Crespin at Covent Garden in 1963

Rita Gorr: Mezzo celebrated for her dramatic abilities

The Belgian mezzo Rita Gorr, whose operatic career lasted an astonishing 58 years, was one of the great singers of the second half of the 20th century.

Swiss to launch a space 'janitor'

The tidy Swiss want to clean up space. Scientists from the Alpine nation said yesterday they plan to launch a "janitor satellite" designed to get rid of orbiting debris known as space junk.

Manchester United raid City for youngster Frederic Veseli

Manchester United have raided local rivals Manchester City to bring teenage defender Frederic Veseli to Old Trafford.

Jerry Sandusky (left) and Barry Bonds

Falling stars and strikes: America's year of shame

From drugs busts to the NBA season being delayed to sexual abuse accusations in college sport, 2011 in the US has been all about the off-field drama, writes Robin Scott-Elliot

Lacoste accused of attempting to censor 'too pro-Palestinian' art

French luxury goods firm Lacoste last night dramatically terminated its sponsorship of a £21,000 photography prize after it was accused of attempting to censor the work of a London-based Palestinian artist.

The chances of Dwain Chambers running in the 100m at the London Olympics next year are increasing by the day

BOA brings in Rooney lawyer to fight for drugs ban

The British Olympic Association will call on the services of Adam Lewis, the QC who helped Wayne Rooney secure a reduction in his England ban, in an attempt to win its campaign to bar British athletes who have served a drugs ban, such as Dwain Chambers, from taking part in next summer's London Games.

British triathletes rule in Lausanne

Great Britain's much-fancied line-up lived up to their billing by taking gold at the Team Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne.

'Blade runner' springs a surprise and qualifies for World Championships

The Blade Runner is finally going to take on the world.

John Stott: Preacher and writer who exerted a colossal influence on evangelical Christianity

Few churchmen become the subjects of doctoral theses. The life and influence of John Stott, Chaplain to the Queen, university missioner on six continents, and statesman theologian, has attracted original research in 10 universities. His name appeared in Time magazine in April 2005 in the company of Condoleezza Rice and Oprah Winfrey as "one of the 100 most influential figures in the world". A New York Times op ed that year declared that if evangelicals could elect a pope, Stott would be that man.

Tamgho ruled out of World Championships

Phillips Idowu will still have to hop, step and jump for gold, but the Briton's prospects of successfully defending his triple jump crown at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, next month brightened considerably yesterday afternoon with the news that Teddy Tamgho will be out of commission.

Greene becomes gold contender as 2012 hopes start to grow

Another day, another update of the record books by a British athlete. Last weekend it was Holly Bleasdale with a British pole vault record in Mannheim. On Friday it was Chris Tomlinson with a new national mark for the long jump. On Saturday it was Lawrence Okoye – the former rugby-playing "schoolboy Lomu", a try scorer at Twickenham last year – with a whopping great world class British discus record in sun-baked Hendon.

Greene seeks to put down marker for Olympics by beating Jackson

The European 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene believes this weekend's Diamond League meeting at Birmingham will act as a "dress rehearsal" for the Olympics in London.

Idowu ready for Tamgho challenge

The world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu will warm up for the defence of his title in South Korea next month by taking on his French rival Teddy Tamgho at the Birmingham Grand Prix on 10 July.

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