Team GB duo Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins shatter Olympic record

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins have moved a step closer to winning a gold medal after setting a new Olympic best time while they qualified for the final of the women's double scull.

Jack Taylor: Referee best known for awarding the first penalty in a World Cup final

If the football authorities could have drawn up their ideal prototype for a referee – tall, burly and darkly forbidding, oozing authority and charisma in equal measure, steely enough to keep even the most fractious of temperamental stars in order – then surely they would have come up with something very close to Jack Taylor.

Sunday 29 July: Zac Purchase and and Mark Hunter of Great Britain compete in Heat 2 of the Lightweight Men's Double Sculls

Rowers win heat in commanding fashion

GB rowers Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase put a troubled season behind them to open the defence of their Olympic title by winning their lightweight double scull heat in commanding fashion.

Widows of Israeli athletes murdered during 1972 Munich Olympics attack International Olympic Committee

Criticism comes after the IOC refused to officially mark the 40th anniversary of the massacre

GARETH BARRY: England do not want a repeat of the 2010 World Cup when he was half-fit

Gareth Barry targeting swift return to action for Manchester City

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry is targeting a swift return to action after undergoing abdominal surgery.

Team GB medal hopefuls in action today: August 1

Your one-stop guide to the Team GB medal hopes in action at the Olympics today...

Bernie Ecclestone, pictured with fiancée Fabiana Flosi, denies bribery

I took Bernie Ecclestone's £28m bribe, admits banker

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone could face prosecution after a German banker admitted taking $44m (£28m) in bribes from him. Mr Ecclestone has denied bribing the banker.

Chelsea's Jose Bosingwa holds up the trophy at the end of the Champions League final

Chelsea say damage to replica Champions League trophy was accidental

Chelsea are confident damage to a replica Champions League trophy was accidental.

Heather Stanning (left) and Helen Glover strike gold yesterday

Rowing: Third straight gold for British pair

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are on course to make history for Great Britain at the Olympics after winning a third consecutive Rowing World Cup gold medal in Munich yesterday.

Former paperboy Farrell has eye on making his own headlines during London 2012

He is unknown at home, but US college student from Carlisle is hot on Mo Farah's heels in 5,000m

Culture clash: Oktoberfest in Munich and a Chelsea pensioner

Tale of two cities – Chelsea edge meets Munich stodge for big final

Today's game is not just about football. John Walsh looks forward to an epic clash of off-field lifestyles

Officials named for Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea

Portugal's Pedro Proenca will be the referee for Saturday's Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea at the Allianz Arena, UEFA have confirmed.

Andy Carroll attempts an overhead kick
Papiss Cisse of Newcastle celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match against Chelsea

Roberto Di Matteo: It is now beat Bayern Munich or bust for Chelsea

Roberto Di Matteo has all but conceded Chelsea must beat Bayern Munich later this month to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Hitler postcard found at roadshow

Adolf Hitler was surprisingly keen to return to the front line after being injured in the First World War, a recently-discovered postcard suggests.

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?