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Andre Greipel won his 15th career Tour Down Under stage as he burst to victory in a bunch sprint over the final 600 metres of stage four.

Sid Waddell pictured in 2007

Legendary darts broadcaster Sid Waddell dies

Darts broadcaster Sid Waddell has died at the age of 72, his manager has confirmed.

In the stands: David Cameron cheers on swimmer Keri-Anne Payne

PM pledges millions for Team GB at Rio 2016 Olympics

David Cameron will today guarantee Lottery funding for Britain's best athletes for four more years in an attempt to confound predictions that the legacy of London 2012 might be squandered before the next Games, in 2016.

Health Lottery 'is a big threat to Team GB's hopes in Rio'

The managing director of the National Lottery has warned of the "very serious threat" posed by Richard Desmond's controversial Health Lottery to Team GB's chances of gold medal success at the Rio Olympics by depriving them of more than £100m in funding.

David Cameron defends scrapping sport targets

David Cameron today defended scrapping targets for the amount of sport children play in school, saying some youngsters spent two hours performing “Indian dance”.

Australia have repeatedly been missing out to Great Britain, such as Mitchell Watt to Greg Rutherford in the long jump

Australia's sports minister to don Team GB shirt after losing medal table bet

Australia's sports minister Kate Lundy will don a Team GB shirt and row a length of the Eton Dorney course after conceding defeat in a bet with her British counterpart over which nation wins most gold medals.

Andre Greipel will hope to finish ahead of Mark Cavendish in Saturday's road race

Medal spotlight on Germany: Out to spoil Great Britain's party but expectations are at all-time low

Spotlight on the main medal contenders: Greipel versus Cavendish is one of several head-to-head clashes with the hosts to savour

Pierrick Fedrigo claimed France's fourth win of the Tour de France on stage 15 to Pau today

Tour de France: Pierrick Fedrigo wins stage 15 as Bradley Wiggins retains yellow jersey

Pierrick Fedrigo claimed France's fourth win of the Tour de France on stage 15 to Pau today as the peloton opted for a day of respite.

Richard Desmond has plans to expand his weekly Health Lottery

It could be him: Desmond faces Lotto reckoning

Health Lottery mogul plots move into scratch cards – if he beats angry Camelot's court challenge today

Mark Cavendish assesses his injuries

Mark Cavendish crashes on stage four of Tour de France

World champion Mark Cavendish's bid for a 22nd Tour de France stage win was ended by a crash today as Andre Greipel won stage four to Rouen.

A £63m wipe-out could be just days away for UK lottery winner

Time is running out for a £63 million lottery winner to claim their prize. If the lucky winner has lost their ticket, they only have five days left to stake the claim and still stand a chance of receiving the massive windfall.

Hunt for winner of £63.8m EuroMillions prize continues

Lottery organisers took to the streets today as they stepped up the hunt for a mystery millionaire.

British cyclist Mark Cavendish who was runner-up on the second stage of the Ster ZLM Toer

Cycling: Cavendish takes charge

Mark Cavendish finished runner-up on the second stage of the Ster ZLM Toer, but time bonuses meant Team Sky's world champion took the overall lead in his final race before the Tour de France.

Terence Blacker: Please stop the hypocrisy of 'sport for all'

Perhaps, before Olympic madness seriously sets in, we could quietly drop the much-repeated mantra of the Games, "sport for all". The events of this week have made that principle seem a touch silly, maybe even hypocritical. Far from providing what Lord Coe has called "a symphony of inspiration that will create lasting change", the London Olympics, along with English football's Premier League, have been offering a stirring overture of financial exploitation. The true motto of the moment is "sport for maximum profit" and, as one has come to expect, it has been those least able to afford it who are being exploited.

Double delight for lottery couple

A couple won almost £100,000 on the lottery twice over, after accidentally buying two tickets, Camelot has revealed.

Draw to create 100 millionaires

A one-off National Lottery draw will create 100 millionaires as a "thank you" to participants for helping to fund the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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