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The Week Ahead 15/03/2009

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The first domestic silverware is up for grabs in Scotland, the CIS Cup. Guess which two sides are in the final? At Twickenham Martin Johnson will be desperate for a win, but never write off the French. And it's come to something when England's cricketers must win a Twenty20 match in Trinidad to salvage a modicum of pride.

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Rarely, if ever, have British sports men and women dominated their discipline the way the country's cyclists did in Beijing this summer.

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For Lisa Dobriskey the Beijing Olympics might have been one of those breaking points which so regularly invite a young athlete to step back from the challenge that has consumed so much of their lives. She had had the opportunity to reach out for the kind of achievement that made Kelly Holmes a Dame and Rebecca Adlington the instant darling of the British sports public.

Independent Appeal: Modern face of slavery

They are lured by the promise of money and training, but end up as domestic workers who endure abuse and beatings at the hands of their masters.

Pandora: Religious hacks fume over top press job

The Archbishop of Wesminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, has attempted to build bridges with the British media this Christmas after recently agreeing to appear as a guest editor of the Today programme.

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