Sport James Dasaolu last year ran the second-fastest 100m time by a British sprinter ever

As James Dasaolu settles in the blocks for his first race of the season in Glasgow on Saturday there will be a sense of expectation and apprehension over whether he can back up his breakthrough year.

Rhys Williams, left, in action alongside Javier Culson, centre, yesterday

Rhys Williams shows pride of Lions in beating Felix Sanchez

It just so happened that the first person Rhys Williams encountered as he left the track in the Alexander Stadium yesterday was wearing an old-style cotton British & Irish Lions jersey. "Nice shirt," the resurgent 400m hurdler said, fresh from taking the scalps of the reigning world-title holder (his Welsh compatriot Dai Greene) and Olympic champion (Felix Sanchez) as runner-up to London 2012 silver medallist Javier Culson in the Sainsbury's British Grand Prix. The 29-year-old should know. His celebrated father wore one with distinction.

Bus stop: A stranded coach blocks the finish

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Mark Cavendish misses out on yellow jersey and Alberto Contador is injured during chaotic start to 100th race

Disgraced former champ Lance Armstrong:

Lance Armstrong: You can't win Tour de France title without taking drugs

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Sport is a theme fashion alights on every now and again, pepping up jackets with zips, mesh panels and bonded finishes

Gucci jockeys for pole position in Milan's race to sports style

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Christophe Lemaitre starts another training sprint and (below) in full stridePolice detain a demonstrator in Rio de Janeiro amid protests across Brazil

Christophe Lemaitre: It’s about my speed, not my skin colour

The sprinter wants people to forget that he’s white. He just wants to be the world’s fastest human

Dandy looks fine for Jubilee celebration

With the scores level between Ireland and the host nation, on three apiece, the final Group One race of the meeting can tilt things in favour of the raiders.

Animal Kingdom can thrive outside natural habitat

Three of the meeting's seven Group One races will be over inside 80 minutes today – and in an aggregate time quicker than will be set by its final winner on Saturday afternoon, trundling two and three-quarter miles in the Queen Alexandra Stakes. That race is too cherished an heirloom for anyone to suggest that Royal Ascot ends with a whimper, but it unmistakably opens with a bang.

Tarnished gold: Veronica Campbell-Brown

Usain Bolt’s Jamaica team-mate Veronica Campbell-Brown fails drug test

Campbell-Brown, who has won seven Olympic medals, is one of two female runners facing bans

Chris Froome retained the lead in the Critérium du Dauphiné

Chris Froome: Sky are getting stronger and stronger by the day

Chris Froome retained his firm grip on the Critérium du Dauphiné yellow jersey yesterday while Frenchman Thomas Voeckler won a sprint finish to claim stage six.

Usain Bolt finishes second in Rome, behind Justin Gatlin

Robin Scott-Elliot: So, Usain Bolt is shot then? No, just undercooked

In the bowels of the Stadio Olimpico late on Thursday night, Usain Bolt, clad in an Italy football shirt, leaned across to Justin Gatlin and offered his hand. Gatlin took it and Bolt gave him a pat on the back too.

Overall leader Britain's Christopher Froome rides during the 143 km sixth stage of the 65th edition of the Dauphine Criterium

Criterium du Dauphine: Chris Froome retains grip on yellow jersey after stage six

Froome came home safely in the peloton

Chris Froome

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 5 June 2013

Rowntree says Lions must keep calm and carry on

Here’s Jonnie: Britain’s Jonnie Peacock (second from left) sprints to victory in the T43/44 100m during the Great CityGames in Manchester yesterday

Jonnie Peacock suits being a street racer

Paralympian makes winning return after London by sprinting down Deansgate at the Great CityGames

Allyson Felix misses Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

After claiming three gold medals at London 2012, Allyson Felix has little left to prove.

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