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.

Marilyn Okoro runs during the 2011 Paris Championships. Yuliya Rusanova, left, has been caught doping

Marilyn Okoro set for belated bronze

Just as the British athletics team are preparing to fly out to the European Indoor Championships, which open in Gothenburg on Friday morning, another medal is about to belatedly wing its way into the GB haul from the last championships.

Oscar Pistorius pictured during his bail hearing

Oscar Pistorius holds private memorial service for Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius is due to hold a private memorial service for Reeva Steenkamp, the 29-year-old model he shot at his home on St Valentine’s Day. The service was planned at the Pretoria home of his uncle Arnold, where the Olympic athlete has been staying since he was released on bail awaiting trial on a premeditated-murder charge.

Mo Farah wins in New Orleans half-marathon

Britain's Mo Farah outsprinted Ethiopia's Gebre Gebremariam to win the New Orleans half-marathon yesterday.

Bold move: Joe Tizzard has Cue Card bowling along in front to win the Grade One Ascot Chase after Captain Chris came to grief two fences from home

Cue Card's victory leaves questions

Tizzard points his charge at Ryanair Chase after stamina test disappears in challenger's crashing fall

Athlete Oscar Pistorius weeps in court in Pretoria at his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

After Oscar Pistorius weeps in the dock, family insists he is no murderer

Court hears Reeva Steenkamp was shot through bathroom door as details of tragic scene emerge

Utopies des Bordes (left) on her way to victory at Sandown yesterday

Card can trump the fading Rainbow

Almost time, then, to pull up the drawbridge and count the ammunition. The Cheltenham Festival is now only three weeks away on Tuesday, and few trainers will want to leave the candidature of horses contingent on a hard race in the meantime. So while a handful will still be seeking late admission, some of the final trials of strength are staged on Saturday.

British athlete Martyn Rooney with training partner Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius' British training partner sends sympathy to all involved after alleged murder

Athletics world reacts to tragedy in Pretoria

Usain Bolt lights up the track during the London Games

Usain Bolt back at the Olympic Stadium? UK Athletics chiefs in bid to lure world's fastest man to London this summer

A three day event, dubbed the 'London Anniversary Games', will be held at the Stratford stadium in July

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Shara Proctor competes in two events in Sheffield this weekend

Shara Proctor glad to have followed Reider from Florida to GB

It is three months since Shara Proctor swapped east Florida for the East Midlands.

Mark Cavendish tries the Tour of Qatar golden jersey on for size

Cycling: Mark Cavendish completes back-to-back stage wins on the Tour of Qatar

British rider claims Golden Jersey

Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, pushed his way to the front of an exclusive seating area without a ticket and shouting abuse at the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt

Man who threw bottle at Bolt's 100m Olympic final is sentenced

A man who hurled a plastic beer bottle to “put off” Usain Bolt at the start of the Olympic 100m final was today given a community order.

Imperial Commander (left) clears the last at Cheltenham as Cape Tribulation launches a winning challenge

Hurricane and Sacre immaculate in prep runs for Festival

Leading duo shine in testing conditions while Commander returns near his imperious best

Cheltenham groundstaff clear snow in preparation for today’s fixture

Imperial Commander can set the gold standard for Festival trials

However disfiguring and dispiriting its latest corruption case, British horseracing could hardly contrive a better distraction than is likely to be prised from winter's grip at Cheltenham tomorrow. True, the course must still pass a dawn inspection, but the groundstaff's hard work in clearing snow from the frost blankets is expected to pay off with as good a card of jump racing as has been staged this winter.

'For the first time ever, people will know who the paralympic athletes are' Sophia Warner

Sophia Warner: Feeding the passion for Paralympics

There'll be a novel integration of Paralympic and Olympic competition in the season's first indoor meet on Saturday. UK Athletics' Sophia Warner tells Simon Turnbull why it had to be this way to keep the London legacy alive

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