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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.

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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

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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

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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

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