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.

Rowing: Natalie follows in the wake of famous father

Natalie Redgrave, Sir Steve Redgrave's 19-year-old daughter, won the biggest race of her rowing career when she was part of the Oxford crew that beat Cambridge in the Women's Boat Race at Henley yesterday, writes Paul Newman.

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End of the Rainbow, Trafalgar Studios, London

Watching End of the Rainbow, it's hard to believe that Judy Garland is dead, so closely does Tracie Bennett resemble her, bodily and in spirit. In Peter Quilter's play – a depiction of the one-time Dorothy's final fight for the limelight in the months before her death from an accidental drug overdose – Bennett nimbly rasps and cackles, seeming to speak and sing with the late actress's voice. Her triumphant performance shows Garland wrestling with a medley of addictions – to barbiturates, Benzedrine, Ritalin and other "adult candy" as well as to alcohol, men and applause. Her characterisation is at once alluring, in its dizzy abandon, and terrifying, as you watch a fragile person heading for the brink.

Rowing: Golden Grainger puts Britain first

Great Britain finished the World Championships on top of the medal table after Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins secured a fifth gold in the women's double sculls on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro yesterday.

Rowing: GB's lightweight four strike gold

Britain won their third gold of the world championships – in the men's lightweight four – on a day of thrilling finals in Karapiro, New Zealand.

Olympic sculls duo complete the set

Great Britain clinched two more gold medals at the World Rowing Championships in New Zealand yesterday in extremely tough conditions that were criticised as "unfair" by a number of the team.

Chalk Talk: How I fell victim to unreasonable force

To the University of London to hear David Willetts talk about the future of universities. Apparently, the Universities Secretary wanted to cycle to the event but was told to abandon the idea because of the presence of a large number of student demonstrators. When I arrived at Senate House they were noisily chanting near the entrance to the meeting. As I offered identification to a steward, I was grabbed by the arm and forced back against a wall. I was tempted to say "get your hands off me", but a look at the steward's face made me think this might not be a wise move. In the end, a second steward accepted my ID and I was allowed into the meeting.

Rowing: Searle inspires win to earn eights final place

Britain's good start to the world championships in New Zealand continued yesterday as both eights progressed straight through to Sunday's finals – taking Greg Searle one step closer to a remarkable second world title.

Rowing: Hunter and Purchase on march as Britain show their strength

Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase prospered on a fruitful day two for Great Britain as the World Championships in Cambridge, New Zealand kicked into top gear following the previous day's high winds, which had postponed most of the action.

Rowing: Winds wreak havoc at championships

The World Rowing Championships got off to a false start yesterday as the weather presented organisers with a scheduling headache.

Andy Holmes: Rower whose partnership with Steve Redgrave sparked a British renaissance in the sport

Andy Holmes, part of the gold-winning crew at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and gold-winning partner to Steve Redgrave at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, was part of Britain's rowing renaissance and helped provide the foundations on which Britain's now long-standing success in the sport is built. The LA gold ended a 36-year drought in the sport.

Rower who won gold with Redgrave dies of Weil's disease

An Olympic rower who won gold for Britain alongside Si r Steve Redgrave has been killed by the extremely rare Weil's disease. Andy Holmes, a double Olympic champion who won medals in Los Angeles and Seoul, died shortly after his 51st birthday. The chances of catching the disease, which is passed through the urine of infected animals, are incredibly small, but it can be deadly on the few instances when it occurs.

Matthew Norman: What next, trigger-less rifles?

Here’s a suggestion for the Secretary of State. Good doctor, turn the aircraft-less carriers into museums themed on our imperial past. In spirit, that’s what they are anyway

Aliss at the Fire, By Jon Fosse, trans. Damion Searls

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Rowing: Barbershop boy cuts the mustard

It would be fair to say that rowing, as a sport in which to excel at Olympic level, didn't feature highlyin the imagination of the Kingston-on-Thames schoolboy Mohamed Sbihi. It was always asumed that Sbihi, the son of a Moroccan-born father, also named Mohamed, who owned a barbershop off Regency Street in London's Victoria, would one day go into the family trade.

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