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Basketball: Team GB falter despite Deng display

Luol Deng's long wait to make his Olympic debut and go some way to repaying the debt he feels he owes Great Britain may not have gone according to plan but was nevertheless a memorable occasion.

Tearful Pendleton strikes gold in Melbourne

A tearful Victoria Pendleton today declared her sixth Track Cycling World Championships sprint title as the most important of her career as she moved into pole position for the London Olympic Games with victory in Melbourne.

Festival Guide 2012: A spotter's guide to festival excess

Smug Tweeters. Gurning Techno stilt loons. Naked am-dram mums. Bewildered teens. Key parts of any festival, says Nick Moore

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Swimming: Miley adds to medley of medal hopes

For the second time in four nights Hannah Miley stood on top of a podium in the venue for July's Olympics and, after she produced the fastest swim of the year in the 200 metres individual medley, it only added weight to the burgeoning expectation that the 22-year-old Scot will be back there come Games time.

Real Estate, Sebright Arms, London

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Scotland back Sean Lamont wary of new-look England

Sean Lamont is wary of Scotland shedding their underdog tag ahead of Saturday's RBS 6 Nations opener with a new-look England.

Matt Prior stressed England’s need to regain ‘clarity’ yesterday in the build-up to the second Test this week

Prior gives straight answer to dangers posed by Ajmal

England are desperate to move on from their abject defeat in the first Test. The 80-mile road trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi yesterday should have helped them enormously, the exchange of one opulent desert sheikhdom for another providing a journey designed to put this oddest of international cricket tours into perspective.

Aidan O'Brien: The trainer is aiming his top older horse at the world's richest race

So You Think lined up for Dubai prize

Perhaps smarting from recent remarks by Ireland's official handicapper, connections of So You Think yesterday targeted a prize commensurate with the reputation that preceded him from Australia.

Nicolas Sarkozy is campaigning like an outsider who happens to be President, firing off new proposals on a daily basis

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With 100 days to go before the country decides, Sarkozy is campaigning as an outsider

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The thin white duchess: Tim Walker captures the mercurial appeal of Tilda Swinton

As Walker's stark, striking and weirdly stunning set of pictures show, the actress has long been inspired by David Bowie
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Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

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Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

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