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Bradley Wiggins had originally been scheduled to make his return to professional racing in the Tour of Denmark but has now been given some extra time off

Cycling: Bradley Wiggins' return put on hold after Sky rest him for Tour of Denmark

Bradley Wiggins has been rested from Team Sky's eight-man line-up for next week's Tour of Denmark. He had originally been scheduled to make his return to professional racing in the five-day race but has now been given some extra time off.

Last Night's Viewing: Jennifer Saunders: Back in the Saddle, ITV1

Such a pea-souper is the post-Olympic fog that we find ourselves in that we end up mourning the passing of that Great Sporting Event with programming such as this, a two-part investigation into the early-life equestrian talents of a comedian more usually known for mocking the establishment than jumping on its back and riding it around a gymkhana.

Noel Gallagher 'told to mime at Olympic show'

Noel Gallagher has claimed he turned down an invitation to perform at the Olympics closing ceremony after being asked to mime.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, has denounced David Cameron's stance on airport policy as 'totally mad'

Stop 'pussyfooting' and build London a new airport, Boris Johnson tells David Cameron

Mayor demands action after Games boosts his popularity, and hints he may run for Parliament

Stadium: The failure to secure a permanent tenant for the £486m Olympic Stadium has been a major hiccup in Locog’s legacy aims. Earlier efforts ended in High Court recriminations involving West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient. Athletics was to be at its core – a promise originally made by Lord Coe during the bid – and the running track will remain. Mayor Boris Johnson took the venue into public ownership and it will host the 2015 IAA F World Championships. Meanwhile a new bidding process is under way. A football tenant, almost certainly West Ham, remains the most probable outcome despite a late challenge from Formula 1 and an application to use the pared-back venue for a sports business university

Fans get extra 200,000 tickets for Paralympics

The flame for the Paralympic torch will be kindled at the summit of each home nation's highest peak

A view of Tottenham stadium White Hart Lane

Enroll at White Hart Lane: Degree courses kick off at Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur has become the first Premier League football club to run a degree programme, with students enrolling at its White Hart Lane stadium for lectures.

Games gives Westfield a boost

Westfield, the Australian property developer, said that 5.5 million people visited its shopping centre next to the Olympic park in east London during the Games.

An inspiration to a generation of British producers: Grant (left) with Scott Walker in 1970

Keith Grant: Recording engineer who worked on many defining albums of the classic-rock era

The recording and production engineer Keith Grant was a legendary character in the British music industry and worked with many of the most popular acts of the Sixties and Seventies, including The Beatles, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, Queen, the Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, Scott Walker and The Who.

Adam Johnson fights for the ball with Italy’s Federico Balzaretti

Plenty of Olympic spirit but passion is in short supply as England defeat Italy

Football should change to reflect the edifying attitude evidenced at London 2012, but England's friendly against Italy last night should be a warning not to over-sanitise a game built on tribalism and passion.

Nadal in action at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal ruled out of US Open

Former champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the US Open with the knee injury that has kept him out of action since Wimbledon.

Detail of Great Britain Paralympian David Phillipson holding the 2012 Paralympic Games torch

Mountain cauldrons will spark Paralympic torch relay

Giant cauldrons will be lit on the four highest peaks in Britain to mark the start of the Paralympic torch relay. Organisers today unveiled plans for the 24-hour relay which is significantly smaller than the procession which preceded the larger Olympic Games.

Leading article: We really don't need to talk about Kevin Pietersen

Never mind that Kevin Pietersen may be English cricket's best batsman. Given that he is unable adequately to explain derogatory text messages about some of his team-mates allegedly sent to their opponents, he can expect little sympathy for being excluded from the side.

Great Britain's handball team failed to win any games

No medals, no money: UK Sport plays hardball with 2012 failures

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.

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

Lampard: don't compare England with Team GB

It is the international friendly no club wanted to be played and football is the sport that is getting it in the neck for failing to live up to the spirit of Team GB, the nation's new sporting sweethearts. Of all the England teams over all the years, and Frank Lampard had to walk into this one as captain.

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Panto dames: before and after

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