Sport Herol Graham was one of the best fighters not to win a world title during the last 25 years

The truth is that some of the very best boxers from the last 25 years refused to fight Herol "Bomber" Graham and he failed to win a world title during a remarkable boxing career.

Jessica Ennis: 'It's all about the medal and that's our reward'

Jessica Ennis rejects 'cash for dash' campaign over London 2012 Olympic pay

Jessica Ennis will be happy to chase gold rather than lucre when she begins her quest for the Olympic heptathlon title tomorrow.

Boxing: Team GB's Luke Campbell beats Jayn Parrinello in Olympic bantamweight boxing

Luke Campbell shrugged off an attack of nerves to book his place in the last 16 of the Olympic bantamweight division with a difficult 11-9 win over tough Italian Jahyn Parrinello at ExCeL tonight.

August 1, 2012: Helen Glover and Heather Stanning celebrate winning GB's first gold of the games

Jessica Ennis hopes first gold medal can inspire Team GB

Jessica Ennis believes today's first gold medal for Great Britain can inspire the team to further success.

Olympic shorts: Medal-winning performance... for postboxes

Sports stars who win medals at the Olympic Games have it made: money from sponsorship deals, a nation's adulation, corporate speaking gigs for daft fees and a guaranteed spot on their choice of Dancing on Ice or Strictly Come Dancing. But Royal Mail are adding to these accolades by painting red postboxes in their home towns in the colour of whatever medal they should win.

Joel Freeland missed Britain's victory over Portugal to travel to the US

Basketball: Britain's Freeland blazes a trail to NBA with Portland

Joel Freeland's Great Britain basketball team-mates have backed the new Portland Trail Blazers signing to shine in the NBA, after he completed his move from the Spanish team Unicaja Malaga. The 25-year-old has signed a deal worth a reported $9 million (£5.8m) over three seasons to join the team that drafted him aged 19 in 2006.

SIG says closed roads will be a hurdle

Olympic road closures are posing a major headache for the UK's biggest insulation materials distributor amid worries over how it will get its products to building sites.

Girl, 3, dies in Sheffield flats fall

A mother watched in horror as her two-year-old daughter plunged to her death from the fourth floor of a block of flats.

Wikipedia founder bids to halt student's extradition

The founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, hopes to harness the global power of the internet to stop the extradition to the United States of a British student who is facing ten years in prison for alleged copyright infringement.

Behead-threat duo jailed for kidnap

Two men who kidnapped a 14-year-old boy and threatened to behead him if his father did not pay a £40,000 ransom have been jailed.

Seb Coe (No 254) on his way to victory over Steve Ovett (No 279) in Moscow

Sebastian Coe: 'There was no way Ovett was going to beat me twice'

Continuing our series,  the 800m champion recalls gaining vengeance for 1500m defeat

Maden double puts Leigh into semi

Holders Leigh will meet Featherstone in the semi-finals of the Northern Rail Cup, while Halifax will be away to Sheffield Eagles.

Former paperboy Farrell has eye on making his own headlines during London 2012

He is unknown at home, but US college student from Carlisle is hot on Mo Farah's heels in 5,000m

Jessica Ennis laughs off 'fat' suggestions

Olympic hopeful Jessica Ennis today laughed off suggestions that she was "fat".

Jessica Ennis in Götzis, Austria

Jessica Ennis won the battle but not the war – Tatyana Chernova

As Tatyana Chernova packed her bags at the athletes' hotel yesterday after the two days of the Hypo-Meeting here in the west of Austria, it helped that she had been this way before. In fact, 12 months ago she suffered a more comprehensive defeat at the hands of Jessica Ennis in Götzis, yet ended the summer as the golden girl of the heptathlon.

On the run: As budgets tighten, people take up cheaper activities such as jogging rather than golf or sailing

Olympics fail to involve more people in sport

A promise to make Britons more active has been hit by funding cuts and the economic downturn

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