Sport Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins win gold for the women's double sculls rowing event on day seven of the Olympics

Olympic gold medallist Anna Watkins has announced that she will not defend her double sculls title with Katherine Grainger in Rio  in 2016 after the birth of her son, although she has not ruled out making a comeback at Tokyo 2020.

Lives Remembered: John Ormiston

John Ormiston, who died on 9 January aged 93, led a life embracing local politics in Richmond and Kingston, service in the Second World War, which saw him evacuated with the BEF from Dunkirk and rise to the rank of major, and some 50 years working for the family wire-making business.

David Prosser: Time for M&B to move past the rowing

Outlook The Mitchells & Butler affair has been a sorry business from start to end, with some unpleasant episodes of character assassination from both sides and an unwillingness to compromise on the part of the pubs group's rebel shareholders that rather undermined their claims of moral right.

Don't stay together for the kids, rowing parents told

Children's Society finds that family conflict is the biggest source of misery

Negative equity forces rowing couples to continue living under same roof

Last Monday marked a peak in the number of couples starting divorce proceedings as fragile relationships collapsed under the strain of the Christmas break, according to website divorce-online.co.uk. The UK already has one of the highest divorce rates in the world, with nearly 12 divorces per 1,000 married people, but the site predicts a two per cent rise in the divorce rate this year because of money worries caused by the recession.

London 2012 launches Paralympic recruitment drive

Today marks 1000 days until the start of the Paralympic Games in 2012, and it's not too late to qualify. That's the message from the UK Talent Team (UK Sport & EIS) and Paralympics GB to prospective members of Britain's elite squads.

Leading article: Level playing fields

Has the class war been won without a shot being fired? It's almost tempting to believe so on hearing the news that Eton College will allow pupils from the local state school to use its cricket pitches and rowing lake.

How Eton made the running

How do you ensure that an academy school really does have something special to offer its pupils? Link it to fantastic facilities – and opportunities. Richard Garner reports

Now they'll swing, swing together at Eton

College to give its neighbouring state school access to the lake that inspired the boating song

Rowing: Cousins injury scuppers men's quad chances

rowing Britain's women's eight, with Tina Stiller restored to her seat after missing the heat through illness, qualified for a final on Sunday through yesterday's repêchage round.

James Moore: King's 'sort of' recovery can easily go off

Outlook: It's that dreaded "double dip" again, except that, according to Mervyn King, we are not going to experience one – probably. The Governor of the Bank of England says Britain's economic recovery will be weak and fragile but it will be sustained. It is hard to see anything as good news when a jobless total of 2.43 million is announced, but the fact is that this was a shade better than expected.

Diving: Daley rules world after shock gold

Fifteen-year-old Briton snatches surprise victory in final round of 10m platform

Rowing: Britain shake up team for Poznan

Old hands spearhead Britain's new-look team for next month's World Championships in Poznan, though some are in new boats. Katherine Grainger is named in the single scull after a dozen years in crew boats.

Great Sporting Moments: Steve Redgrave wins fifth successive Olympic gold

Steve Redgrave had already won gold in four successive Olympics. His bid for an unprecedented fifth was the toughest challenge of all. James Lawton salutes a seminal moment of sheer sporting guts.

Rowing: Mahé Drysdale wins Diamond Sculls

Mahé Drysdale won the Diamond Sculls for the second time today.

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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

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Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

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A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

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Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen