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

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Manchester United defender Rafael desperate for chance to play for Brazil again

The right-back has fallen out of favour since the Olympics

James Dasaolu became the second fastest Brit of all time last Saturday

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Coach urges public to have faith in sprinter as he names squad for World Championships

Heatwave Britain: Foreign holidays suffer meltdown

As bathers in Margate enjoy higher temperatures than tourists in Tenerife and the Algarve, Britain’s heatwave is hitting foreign-holiday bookings as badly as the volcanic ash crisis did in 2010.

Wildflowers grow in the Olympic Park meadows

Olympics legacy: Green enough to deserve environmental gold, but why so quiet?

A neglected aspect of the Games’ success

American 100-metre record holder Tyson Gay, who had promoted himself as a clean athlete, tested positive for a banned substance and said he will pull out of the world championships in Moscow

Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay both test positive for oxilofrine

High-profile sprinters are among six athletes to have failed drug tests in the space of 24 hours

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill forced to delay comeback yet again

The heptathlete has pulled out of the Sainsbury's British Championships in Birmingham

London 2012 was a big disappointment for Phillips Idowu

'Invisible man' Phillips Idowu to disappear once more

Triple jumper will miss World Championships and is out for the 'foreseeable future'

Phillips Idowu shows his frustration at the Olympics last year

Phillips Idowu announces he is to take a 'step back from athletics'

The former world triple jump champion has endured a difficult spell spanning back before the London Olympics

Alain Mimoun: Athlete who ran in the shadow of Emil Zatopek

Alain Mimoun was a French-Algerian distance runner who captured international affection, and Olympic gold, during his long rivalry and friendship with Emil Zatopek. He was ranked among the most beloved sports figures in France, a nation he adopted as his home after he left Algeria to serve in the French army during the Second World War. After nearly losing his foot from combat wounds he became one of the greatest runners of the immediate postwar era.

Colin Murray is leaving Radio 5 Live for talkSPORT

BBC presenter Colin Murray leaves for talkSPORT

Last month the BBC had to apologise over a section of Murray's Fighting Talk programme which saw discussion on whether gay presenter Clare Balding could be cured

Boxing: Another medal for Olympic champion Nicola Adams

Olympic champion Nicola Adams is guaranteed at least a bronze medal at the EU Championships in Hungary after she followed up her comeback win over Italy's Terry Gordini on Monday with a one-sided defeat of Abbygail Deekman, who retired on her stool.

Swimming: Liam Tancock’s title hopes dashed

Liam Tancock will not defend his 50 metres backstroke title after he failed to make the cut for the Great Britain team selected for the World Championships in Barcelona.

Business end: Greg Rutherford is among a growing crop of British athletes having to look elsewhere for funds

Sign of times for Greg Rutherford: Long-jumper designs logo and creates own brand of kit as Britain's Olympians struggle for backers

In the grounds of the Alexander Stadium yesterday there was a queue snaking back 100 yards to get into the British Athletics Icons Marquee. Inside the temporary structure was a collection of memorabilia on loan from the all-time greats of British track and field: vests, running spikes and medals.

Tim Henman: What Andy Murray must do to triumph this week

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Nicola Adams’ Olympics success has been inspirational

Steve Bunce on Boxing: Nicola Adams’ legacy is a huge hit with the girls

Bout No 11 in ring A at the Haringey Box Cup on Sunday was between a Midlands bouncer and a part-time singer from London’s East End; in the end the blonde girl from Canning Town won the middleweight title.

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