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Jeremy Hunt hopeful London 2012 Paralympics can change attitudes

Jeremy Hunt, the secretary of state for culture, Olympics, media and sport, hopes the London 2012 Paralympic Games, which open tomorrow, can be the catalyst for changing perceptions of disability.

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley

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We can't match lavish BBC for the Paralympics, admits C4 chief

Chief executive says lack of interest from abroad will limit scope – but still expects best Games ever

Andy Murray signs autographs at the US Open Tennis Center yesterday

Andy Murray opts for the quiet life in quest to end Grand Slam jinx

British No 1, who plays Russian Alex Bogomolov in first round of US Open today, trying to stay in own little Big Apple bubble

Jack Pitt-Brooke's View From the Sofa: All praises be! The almighty Premier League is risen again in our midst

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Medal at last is only sweet for Jenny Meadows

It was not quite the golden moment Jenny Meadows had in mind for 2012 but it was sweet reward nonetheless. Overlooked for home Olympic selection because of an Achilles tendon problem that required surgery in Stockholm in midweek, the 31-year-old Wigan athlete was on crutches at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham yesterday as she was publicly proclaimed the European indoor 800m champion.

Women’s shot putter Valerie Adams had her silver medal upgraded

Impatient Valerie Adams forced to wait a little longer for her golden lining

There was a surprise for Valerie Adams after her victory in the women's shot put at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix yesterday. Asked how she felt about setting a stadium record, the big New Zealander replied: "Oh, thanks. I didn't even know I got that."

Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee says home success is crucial for the Paralympics

London 2012: 'GB success the key to a good Games'

Paralympics chief says home medals on the first day will fire up the feelgood factor

Can Great Britain’s Jonnie Peacock take gold in the 100m?
After Olympic failure, Mark Cavendish returned to winning ways in Denmark

Cycling: Clinical Cavendish resumes normal service but Froome's challenge fades

Mark Cavendish was grateful to receive the full backing of Team Sky as he claimed victory on the final stage of the Tour of Denmark yesterday.

G4S grilling may 'discourage' businesses from coming to the UK

The parliamentary grilling received by the chief executive of G4S after its Olympics security shambles was in danger of discouraging businesses to come to the UK, it was claimed today.

Paralympics creates 'new and unique challenges' for London's transport system

The public transport system, which coped well with the Olympics, will face "some new and unique challenges" from the Paralympics.

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