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James Ellington auctioned himself on eBay to pay for his training for the Games

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Laura Trott opened her bid for her second 2012 cycling medal with the sort of zeal that has made her the apparent heir of Queen Victoria Pendleton.

Olympian efforts all round

Many would presume the likes of Coca-Cola and Adidas hand over hundreds of millions of pounds for sponsorship of the Olympics then relax in the knowledge that the benefits will roll in. The reality is more stressful, particularly for those employed in marketing and communications roles within these firms.

Totnes loses 'No to Costa' battle

The last bastion against the retail chains that dominate Britain's high streets has fallen after Costa Coffee won permission to open an outlet in Totnes.

Taekwondo: Muhammad brushes off row

Lutalo Muhammad insists he feels under no extra pressure to deliver a taekwondo medal for Great Britain despite his controversial selection for the Olympics squad.

Archie Bland: In charity advertising, the end can justify the means

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Cheltenham Borough Council seeks corporate sponsor

As sports fans across the Western world will be able to testify, selling the naming rights to a particular venue or stadium can bring in much-needed cash.

Ruby Wax with her psychiatrist at the Priory

Ruby Wax's Mad Confessions, C4, Monday
The World's Maddest Job Interview, C4, Wednesday
The Angel, Sky1, Tuesday

You don't have to be mad to watch this ... and it probably won't help you handle these gimmicky treatments of mental health issues

Viv Groskop: Why tax breaks for chauffeurs but not kids?

Thousands of women don’t work because they begrudge spending £500 a month on childcare

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<b>Pants</b><br/>
Niklas Bendtner was fined £80,000 for displaying a sponsored pair of underwear. The Danish forward revealed the top of his pants after scoring against Portugal. Inexplicably, the fine was significantly lower than the punishments handed out for racism.

Organisers say athletes' underwear will not be checked amid fears of ambush marketing

A top official has said lawyers worried about ambush marketing undermining Olympic sponsors will not instigate checks on players' underwear prior to games.

A bullish performance from founder Mark Zuckerberg on his maiden conference call with Wall Street analysts did nothing to stem the slide in Facebook shares

Facebook shares hit record low as fifth of value is lost in one day

Company's first public set of financial results loses Zuckerberg friends on Wall Street

Ford sees $1bn loss this year

Ford warned yesterday that it faced $1bn (£645.9m) in losses in its European division this year after the car industry slipped deeper into crisis.

London 2012: Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury given 'unrivalled platform' to promote unhealthy brands at Olympics

Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury’s are being given an “unrivalled platform” to promote unhealthy brands and products at the Olympics, says a new study.

Police found a weapons arsenal at the home of James Holmes

Gun sales soar in Colorado in wake of cinema killings

Citizens rush to arm themselves as public paranoia sparks incidents in other states

Last night's viewing - Ruby Wax's Mad Confessions, Channel 4; Absolutely Fabulous, BBC1

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