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.

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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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