News Andy Murray with partner Kim Sears at Buckingham Palace after being made an OBE in October

Honours protocol means Wimbledon champion must wait for knighthood

Leading article: A fantastic show – but it wasn't the whole story

The Paralympics opening ceremony made an admirable effort not to sentimentalise disability

Detail of Great Britain Paralympian David Phillipson holding the 2012 Paralympic Games torch

Mountain cauldrons will spark Paralympic torch relay

Giant cauldrons will be lit on the four highest peaks in Britain to mark the start of the Paralympic torch relay. Organisers today unveiled plans for the 24-hour relay which is significantly smaller than the procession which preceded the larger Olympic Games.

Tom Daley: In need of a sugar rush on Saturday, he ate some pick and mix from a volunteer

James Lawton: For all the long-distance glory, Tom's bronze was even more remarkable

If you wanted to spend the last 24 hours of the Olympics in superior company while pursuing maybe some final definition of the superb contribution made by British competitors, there could be no better companions than Mo Farah and young Tom Daley.

Tom Daley celebrates his bronze for the men's 10m diving on day 15 of the Olympics

James Lawton: For all the long-distance glory, Tom Daley's bronze was even more remarkable

Farah led the way, gloriously, and young Daley dived at his heels

Lord Coe has been appointed the Olympics Legacy Ambassador

London 2012 nears its conclusion, but what's next for Lord Coe?

When Kenya's David Rudisha rocketed across the finishing line in the 800m to set the first athletics world record of London 2012, Sebastian Coe was there in the stands of the Olympic Stadium cheering.

Kenya's David Rudisha sets new 800m world record

Kenya's David Rudisha tonight lit up the Olympic Games with a sensational victory in the 800 metres, breaking his own world record in the process.

Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi celebrates winning the 1500m final

Makhloufi miracle met with growing scepticism

'Injured' Algerian credits new coach as he comes from nowhere to take 1500m gold, writes Simon Turnbull

Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi celebrates winning the 1500m final

Makhloufi's miracle 1500m win met with growing scepticism

'Injured' Algerian credits new coach as he comes from nowhere to take gold in emphatic style

Jessica Ennis celebrates winning gold in the Women's Heptathlon at the Olympic Stadium

The finest night in British sport

I've had the pleasure of watching Ali, Sobers, Coe and Best and World Cup glory in rugby and football but the amazing events of Saturday night eclipsed the lot

Madhura Nagendra, in red, joins in with India's parade

Opening ceremony gatecrasher regrets 'error of judgement' after walking with Indian flag bearer

The woman who gatecrashed India's parade at the Olympic opening ceremony apologised today for her "error of judgement" and said she did not breach security at the London Games.

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Charles van Commenee has enjoyed a lively tenure at UK Athletics as the London Games loom

British athletes on verge of golden era, says Van Commenee

Britain's runners, jumpers and throwers flew into London yesterday on a back-to-the-future mission. The declared ambition of the home track-and-field team, when the action gets under way in the showpiece Olympic Stadium on Friday, is to launch a new golden era and to take the public profile of British athletics back to the heady days of the 1970s and 1980s.

Christine Ohuruogu is ready to try and emulate her Beijing triumph

Great Britain's athletes on verge of golden era – Charles van Commenee

Britain's runners, jumpers and throwers flew into London yesterday on a back-to-the-future mission. The declared ambition of the home track-and-field team, when the action gets away in the showpiece Olympic Stadium on Friday, is to launch a new golden era and to take the public profile of British athletics back to the heady days of the 1970s and 1980s.

Page 3 Profile: Madhura Nagendra, olympic interloper

Who's that girl?

James Lawton: Empty seats betray idea of the people's Games

Thank heavens for the thin red line of these Olympics, the soldiers who brought instant reassurance under the threat of a security meltdown and now, understandably enough, are seen as a better short-term option than cardboard cut-out spectators in the vital matter of filling the empty spaces.

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Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

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A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

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