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British medal hopeful Phillips Idowu was "full of emotion" today as he carried the Olympic Torch in Stratford - just a stone's throw from the Olympic Park in east London.

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I haven't entirely given up on my New Year's prediction that Boris will ignite the Cauldron on Friday with Olympic Flame, a sparkling rosé made by RidgeView in Sussex. Even if it doesn't come to pass, one English rosé fizz flying the flag for the 'Isles of Wonder' will be the deliciously tangy 2008 Hush Heath Balfour Brut Rosé, £36-£39, Waitrose, Wine Pantry (020-7403 3003). It's one of dozens of quality wines selected from the Primrose Hill wine merchant Bibendum's range to wash down the fancy hospitality fare at London's six Olympic venues over the coming weeks.

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Artist Tracey Emin could not hide her delight as she carried the Olympic flame through her home town and said she had been overwhelmed by one of the more surreal experiences of her life.

Roger Black: Some are there to win, some to have a good time

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Paula Radcliffe battling to overcome foot injury ahead of Olympics

Paula Radcliffe is confident she will be able to compete at London 2012 despite the recurrence of a foot problem.

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Eddie Izzard abandons his attempt to run 27 marathons in 27 days

Eddie Izzard has been forced to abandon his attempt to complete 27 marathons in 27 days in South Africa due to "unforeseen medical complications".

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Eddie Izzard has had to abandon his gruelling challenge to run a marathon each day for 27 days in South Africa due to "medical complications".

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Maria Sharapova storms back to take Rome Masters title in thriller

Maria Sharapova overcame a frustrating rain delay to defeat Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 in the final of the Rome Masters yesterday.

Fit and ready: Mara Yamauchi is finally clear of a string of injury problems

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Dan Pfaff is best known in the coaching world as the man behind Donovan Bailey, the Canadian who blitzed to Olympic 100m gold in world record time in Atlanta in 1996. He also had a brief spell guiding Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery that ended acrimoniously before the golden couple became embroiled in the Balco drugs scandal.

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Stale Solbakken appointment is astute move says Wolves owner

Wolves owner Steve Morgan believes new manager Stale Solbakken has the pedigree to bring success to the midlands club and insists the Norwegian's appointment is astute rather than brave.

Paralysed Claire Lomas completes London Marathon

It was only after 23 miles and 384 yards that the tears finally came. For more than a fortnight Claire Lomas had done a remarkable job of keeping it together, singularly focused on her goal of reaching the finishing line of the London marathon. But as she took her final step this afternoon, backed by the cheers of hundreds of supporters and a remarkable piece of engineering, there seemed little need to hold her emotions back any longer.

Paralysed woman Claire Lomas completes London Marathon in bionic suit

A paralysed woman has become the first person to complete a marathon in a bionic suit.

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