Voices

When Maria Miller travels to Sochi next week, she must seize the opportunity to raise the issue of LGBT rights with Russian officials

Timothy Bradley raises his WBO belt after beating Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas

Boxing: Vasyl Lomachenko on title course

Vasyl Lomachenko, the Ukrainian featherweight regarded as one of the finest amateur boxers in history, eased to a fourth-round knock-out victory over Mexican Jose Ramirez on his professional debut.

Sir Ben Ainslie: After helping US triumph, he wants a UK America's Cup victory

America’s Cup: Sir Ben Ainslie bid will need sponsors on board

Sir Ben Ainslie may be confident of there being a British challenge for the America’s Cup, but Olympic sailing chief Stephen Park has warned that without private funding the well of talent could dry up.

Sergei Belov had a key role in the Soviet Union's famous victory against the US in the epic 1972 Olympic final

Sergei Belov: Basketball player in the most infamous match in the sport’s history

Sergei Belov, who died on 3 October at the age of 69, was a basketball player who had a key role in the Soviet Union’s famous victory against the US in the epic 1972 Olympic final in Munich.

Indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon will be trained to shoot in a competitive environment

Olympic scouts comb the Amazon for native archers to compete at 2016 Games

Tribespeople given intensive training at Olympic village to become athletes

Tarnished gold: Veronica Campbell-Brown in action

Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown let off drug ban

Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown has been cleared to return to competition after being given a warning for the doping test she failed earlier this year.

David Murdoch will lead Team GB's curling team in the Winter Olympics

Curling: David Murdoch to lead Team GB in Sochi

Scotland's David Murdoch has been selected to skip the Great Britain rink at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next February.

Shelley Rudman became skeleton world champion this year

Shelley Rudman piles on pounds in search of skeleton gold

Shelley Rudman has weighty expectations for the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year as she bids to improve on the shock skeleton silver medal she claimed at the Turin Games in 2006.

Page 3 Profile: Helen Skelton, television presenter

Why is everyone’s favourite ‘daredevil’ Blue Peter presenter in the news? Has she climbed the Shard or something?

Ben Ainslie in San Francisco at the America's Cup

America's Cup comeback: Ben Ainslie helps Oracle Team USA draw level with New Zealand challenger in San Francisco

As comebacks go, this is worthy of the best scriptwriters down the coast in tinsel town

The lengths athletes will go to.... Italian long-distance runner Devis Licciardi accused of using fake penis to beat doping test

A fake penis might be novel but the use of substitute urine isn’t

Richard Whitehead, Paralympian

Page 3 Profile: Richard Whitehead, Paralympian

Crikey! Just looking at his muscles is exhausting.

Oracle Team USA took another two race wins to pull back to within three points of Emirates Team New Zealand

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA keep the champagne on ice as two more race wins to pull within three points of Emirates Team New Zealand

The Kiwis were 7-1 up at one point but the latest victories for the US has seen them claw back to 8-5

Crew members from Team USA wave to the crowd after defeating Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 15 in the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco, California

America’s Cup: Oracle Team USA claims two more wins

The comeback continues for America’s Cup defender Oracle Team USA as Emirates Team New Zealand just cannot convert match point to victory with the one extra win it needs. Instead the Americans grabbed two more wins and with them the strutting rights.

DVD review: From Up On Poppy Hill (PG)

Sarah Bolger, Chris Noth (91 mins)

Katie Taylor won Ireland's only gold medal at London 2012

Boxing: Golden girl Katie Taylor threatens to turn back on Olympics

Irish Olympic boxing champion Katie Taylor may abandon a planned defence of her title in 2016 to turn professional after enduring a “terrible year” which she said saw women’s boxing take a step backwards.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there