Friday 3, August: Jessica Ennis of Great Britain competes in the Women's Heptathlon 200m on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Jessica Ennis makes incredible start in heptathlon as action begins in Olympic Stadium

Britain's Jessica Ennis claimed a 184-point lead in the heptathlon thanks to a sensational performance in front of a massive crowd in the Olympic Stadium.

Ennis has two big days ahead of her

The Roger Black Column: Jessica Ennis is just a regular girl – capable of extraordinary achievement

Historically the stronger girls tend to come out on top but Jess Ennis can blow them out of the way

Jessica Ennis will be taking part in the Olympic heptathlon tomorrow

Jessica Ennis sets sights on gold at Olympic heptathlon

Jessica Ennis will be happy to chase gold rather than lucre when she begins her quest for the Olympic heptathlon title tomorrow.

1936, Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London

The versatile Tom McNab – former Olympic coach, best-selling novelist, athletics historian and playwright – was the technical director on the Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire, the stage version of which is now topically and lucratively installed in the West End.  McNab’s play 1936 homes in, though, on a period when the activities of the International Olympics Committee were at their most questionable and explores to what degree the ideal of sport being above politics is ever practicable. 

Toddlers' TV habits linked to size

Toddlers' TV-viewing habits have a direct impact on their fitness and fatness in later childhood, a study has shown.

Watching TV affects children's future active life

Two hours watching TV puts a millimetre on a child's waist

Under-fives' viewing habits help determine how sporty they will be as adults, a study finds

Heptathlete Jessica Ennis competes in the javelin in Loughborough on Saturday

I've done all I can do, says Olympic hope Jessica Ennis after last warm-up

Toni Minichiello, the man who has coached Jessica Ennis since she was 11, professed himself reasonably satisfied after the Sheffield heptathlete completed her final competitive outing before the Olympic Games on Saturday.

Up, up and away: Jessica Ennis, here competing in the long jump yesterday, says she is ready as she can be for London 2012

Ennis quietly applies final touches to Olympic plan

Britain's heptathlon gold-medal hope chooses another small meet to tune long jump and javelin

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius to become first amputee to compete in the Olympics

Oscar Pistorius will become the first amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics after being selected for South Africa's 4x400 metres relay team.

Robbie Grabarz on his way to high jump victory

Grabarz reaches high to grab European gold for Britain

High-jumper Robbie joined by Welsh 400m hurdler in race to set standard for London

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. Athletics, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, swimming, tennis, weightlifting, wrestling.

Jessica Ennis was in solid not spectacular form in Beford yesterday

Jessica Ennis on track – now with a young pretender chasing her

World No 1 heptathlete hails Olympic standard of Liverpool teenager Johnson-Thompson

Olympic news you may have missed...

Great Britain's domination of the rowing scene continued in Switzerland, with five medals secured on finals day at the World Cup event in Lucerne. The men's four, women's pair and women's lightweight double all prevailed, while silver was secured in the men's eight and the lightweight four won bronze.

Gebrselassie runs out of chances to run in London

Haile Gebrselassie's hopes of appearing at the London Olympics were dashed yesterday after the two-time Olympic 10,000m champion could only finish seventh at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games in Hengelo.

London Eye: Olympic news you may have missed...

Phillips Idowu opened his 2012 season with a victory over Christian Taylor, the American who relieved him of the world triple jump title last year, in the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai on Saturday. Competing in wet, cold conditions, Idowu jumped 17.24 metres to claim victory ahead of Taylor's American team-mate Will Claye, whose best was 17.12m. Taylor finished third with 16.96m.

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
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Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home