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Bronze in mire over accounts

Black cabs fell into black holes today as Manganese Bronze — maker of the iconic London taxi — said it found accounting errors going back more than two years.

Simon Kelner: Proof that the printed word is alive and kicking

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Education Secretary Michael Gove who has approved the sale of over 20 school playing fields

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The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has relaxed Government regulations on the amount of minimum outdoor space schools must provide pupils for playing team games.

Hot ticket: Sunday's spectacular closing ceremony

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Bogus letters were left around London to test city's new-found public spirit. Charlie Cooper has the results

Great Britain's handball team failed to win any games

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The cheers of the crowd have barely died away but already minority sports that revelled in their moment in the Olympic sun are facing the realities of a tough future.

Cab maker Manganese in the mire

Black cabs fell into black holes yesterday as Manganese Bronze – maker of the well-known London taxi – said it had found accounting errors going back more than two years.

Frank Lampard is one of the few senior players cleared to play in tonight’s friendly

Frank Lampard: Comparing England with Team GB's Olympians is unfair

Captain says team-mates should not take all the blame for game's beleaguered position

Elbow profit from Olympic closing ceremony performance

Elbow look to be among the biggest winners of artists performing at the Olympic closing ceremony with a massive boost in sales.

In athletics, Jessica Ennis brought a marked improvement on Beijing

Golden welcome for Olympic champion Jessica Ennis

Jessica Ennis has been promised a "champion's welcome" with a golden theme when she returns to her home city on Friday.

Colin Moynihan:The BOA chairman is stepping down after seven years
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<br />A sell-out crowd awaits Team GB in Coventry for their quarter-final football clash with Canada. Can Steph Houghton, (No 3, right) repeat her scoring feat after her stunning strike guided GB to a shock 1-0 win over Brazil?

Team GB football team 'unlikely' for Rio 2016 Olympics says FA general secretary

The Football Association have dealt a blow to Hope Powell's wish for a British women's team to compete at the Rio Olympics.

London's conquering heroes head home as Paralympics prepare for another sell-out

They came, they saw and many of them conquered. But all good things must come to an end. Yesterday Britain began bidding farewell to the 10,000 athletes who had called Stratford their home as organisers began the herculean task of readying the Olympic Park in time for the Paralympics.

Brazil striker Neymar 'happy' with Olympic silver medal

Bruised by their loss to Mexico in the Olympic final, Brazil begins their journey to the 2014 World Cup with a friendly against Sweden on Wednesday.

Rio mayor Eduardo Paes waved the five-ringed flag as he and other officials disembarked from the flight that brought them back from London

Olympic flag touches down on Brazilian soil

The Olympic flag touched down on Brazilian soil, marking the start of four years of preparations ahead of the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

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