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Griffin's BNP makes a show of itself and a comedian turns the world into a meaner place

Rebecca Adlington: 'In India I just felt selfish. I'll never moan again'

The double gold-winner tells Chris McGrath how the poverty in Delhi put an upset stomach firmly into perspective

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Adlington's gold brings smile to faces of ailing swimming team

Prior to the morning swimming heats at the Dr SP Mukherjee Aquatics Complex yesterday, the water in the Commonwealth Games pool was tested by chemists seeking the source of the bug that has swept through the ranks of several national swimming squads. There was a suspicion that the pigeons who roost in the rafters had been dropping down their worst into the water below. Nothing contagious was found, though, and as the search moved on to the food hall in the athletes' village the day finished with English gold, rather than pigeon poo, in the Commonwealth pool.

Adlington cruises to Commonwealth gold

Rebecca Adlington added the 800metres freestyle Commonwealth title to her Olympic crown as she dominated from start to finish at the Dr SP Mukherjee Aquatics Complex in Delhi.

Silver joy for Wales swimmer Carlin

Wales' Jazmin Carlin led the way as the home nations' swimmers bagged three silvers and two bronze medals on the opening day of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Spectacular ceremony opens Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games opened tonight with a spectacular ceremony that heralded 11 days of competitive action at one of the world's biggest sporting events.

Rebecca Adlington: Happy to teach doggy paddle. Just don't ask me to eat a dog

National treasure from the depths is passing on her enthusiasm by teaching children to swim. But she simply can't wait to get back in the water in Delhi. Nick Harris speaks to Rebecca Adlington

Swimming: Adlington all smiles as Britain rule in the pool

Rebecca Adlington and the women's medley relay squad were both crowned European champions as Great Britain claimed five medals in the final session to take their overall total to 18 in Budapest.

Swimming: Spofforth shines but Adlington trails in

Great Britain picked up five more medals at the European Championships yesterday to take their overall total to 12, but there was crushing disappointment for Rebecca Adlington.

Swimming: British men starting to make impact, says Scott

National performance director Michael Scott has been encouraged by the performances of the men at the British Swimming Championships in Sheffield.

Swimming: Adlington secures Games place

Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington was ecstatic to have reached her first Commonwealth Games, which takes place in New Delhi in October, after she won the 200m freestyle at the British Swimming Championships in Sheffield last night. The 21-year-old missed the 2006 Games after a bout of glandular fever disrupted her training and she failed to qualify.

Xclusive trio punished over ticket 'conspiracy'

The High Court yesterday ordered three people to pay damages after they fronted an internet events company that failed to provide a single ticket to the Beijing Olympics, despite clients paying millions of pounds. The deception meant that the British swimmer Rebecca Adlington's parents nearly missed seeing their daughter claim gold.

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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

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