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.

The Elland Road scoreboard sums up a bad day at the office on Tuesday
Thomas Daley (right) and Peter Waterfield in action

Diving: Tom Daley claims second World Series silver medal

Tom Daley claimed his second World Series silver medal inside a week after an impressive performance alongside Peter Waterfield in the platform synchro in Beijing today.

Boxing: Brook chasing Khan after win

Kell Brook is targeting a blockbuster showdown with Amir Khan which promoter Eddie Hearn insists can attract 50,000 people to an outdoor venue in England.

Jessica Ennis in front of an Istanbul backdrop at the Atakoy Athletics Arena yesterday

London Eye: Ennis will be talk of the town if she can see off deadly rival

It was all very different the last time a golden hope from Sheffield was preparing for an eagerly awaited duel in the Olympic track-and-field arena. Sebastian Coe might have lived in the same country as Steve Ovett but, in the lead-up to the Moscow Olympics, the great British kings of middle distance studiously avoided one another in the heat of competitive battle. Indeed, at one point, as they traded world records on the tracks of mainland Europe, one national broadsheet bemoaned in a leader column: "It as if they are playing a game of postal chess."

Fran Halsall: 'I'm a bit disappointed with the time. I thought I'd go a bit faster but then I've never been this fast at this time of year, so I can only take good things from it'

Swimming: Halsall in the pink for golden Games

Wearing a striking coral-pink suit, Fran Halsall ensured her multi-medal Olympic hopes stayed on course with a dominant performance in the British trials last night. On International Women's Day it was another good evening for Britain's female swimmers, who are heading towards July's Games on a wave of optimism.

Rebecca Adlington finished the 400m final ahead of Jo Jackson

Swimming: Adlington pulls out of 200m to stay strong

Rebecca Adlington yesterday pulled out of the 200 metres freestyle at the British Olympic trials. Having secured her Olympic place by winning the 400m at the British Swimming Championships on Sunday, she decided not to compete in her weakest event in order to concentrate on her strongest – 800m – at the end of the week.

Arthur Scargill at a public meeting in London on the 25th anniversary of the miners' strike in 2009

Arthur Scargill wins £13,000 union damages

Former miners' leader Arthur Scargill has been awarded £13,000 in damages after he sued a trust fund of the union he led for 20 years.

Adrian Cave: immensely creative

Adrian Cave: Architect who worked for better disabled access

Adrian Cave, who has died from cancer, was an immensely creative and fun person to be with. An architect and town planner, he did much work on improving access for the disabled. He was born in Great Bromley, Essex in 1935 and was educated at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire – a county he came to love deeply. He did his national service with the 1st Singapore Regiment Royal Artillery in Malaya, where he also did parachute training with the SAS. During his leave, always keen on adventure, he walked through the Borneo jungle.

The Sheffield Theatres stage three plays by Michael Frayn including 'Democracy'

Heads Up: Michael Frayn Season

From the West End to Sheffield...you've been Frayn-ed!

Jessica Ennis faces four Trials events

Sheffield first stop for Ennis on route to Chernova showdown

Denise Lewis was on Desert Island Discs yesterday morning, talking about her golden moment on top of the podium in Sydney in 2000 and the empty feeling of what to do with the rest of her life after Olympic heptathlon success.

For Nate Reinking (left) studying for a Masters while playing basketball is a win-win situation

Postgraduate Diary: Olympic hopeful Nate Reinking is as happy in class as he is on the court

Olympic competitors come in all sorts of guises but there won't be many wearing British vests in London this summer who are also in the middle of a Masters programme. That's just the position in which Nate Reinking hopes to be. Aged 38, he's in the second term of an MSc in sport and exercise science at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). It's a full-time course that he's completing at the same time as maintaining his position at the top of the British basketball scene.

Sarah Teather had criticised the Government's benefits cap prior to missing the Commons vote

Children's minister faces calls for sack

A Coalition dispute erupted yesterday over a Liberal Democrat minister missing a Commons votes on welfare cuts.

The pack runs around Mo Farah after he fell in the mile at Boston

Chambers stays in running as he waits for ruling

For Dwain Chambers, the key battle has yet to come in 2012. Still, as he awaits the Court of Arbitration for Sport's definitive ruling on the British Olympic Association's lifetime ban on doping offenders – due to be announced before the end of April – the world indoor 60 metres champion is up and running in London Olympic year.

Mick Welsh: Miner and politician who fought for greater safety in Britain's pits

It was his friend Sir Patrick Duffy, long-serving MP for Sheffield, war hero and Navy Minister, who encapsulated the career of Mick Welsh – few called him Michael – the MP for Don Valley from 1979-83 and Doncaster North from 1983-92. "The thing about Mick was that, albeit an authentic Yorkshire miner – no frills – he worked well with Conservatives, to whom some of his views must have anathema. Due to his personality and easy-going temperament, he knew how to get on on a Select Committee."

Ennis in South Korea last year after claiming silver in the women's heptathlon

Home help is a shot in the arm for Ennis

Sheffield heptathlete wins her first medal in Olympic year as she sets her sights on returning to top of the pile

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