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.

Bennett at the Los Angeles Olympics; his attitude and determination made up for his small stature

Todd Bennett obituary: Silver medallist at the 1984 Olympics

‘He was a hard man,’ recalled Roger Black. ‘He used to love all the barging and shoving’

London Olympic Anniversary Games: Usain Bolt sets year's fastest time in 100m win

Record-breaker gets year's best time and fastest of any of the men he'll run against in Moscow

Usain Bolt (left) and James Dasaolu visit the Shard in London

Anniversary Games: British sprinter James Dasaolu claims - 'I belong in Usain Bolt's class'

Britain’s fastest rising man takes on Jamaican – and doesn’t feel out of his depth, he tells Matt Majendie

Scientists have figured out how Usain Bolt broke the world record

Revealed: The science behind Usain Bolt power burst used to the 100m world record

Scientists work out the secrets behind the world’s fastest sprinter’s amazing time

Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker pose as Samurai warriors on Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Japan

The Sport Matrix: Friday 26 July 2013

Dasaolu confident as he prepares to race against Bolt

Jennifer Suhr and Kirani James begin parade of Olympic champions

The past, the present and the future will be bundled together tomorrow in the Olympic Stadium.

Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell failed drug tests earlier this month

'Shocked' Asafa Powell vows to return to athletics after failed drug test

Jamaican sprinter tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine

St Nicholas Abbey’s career is over after he fractured a pastern

St Nicholas Abbey bows out with life in jeopardy

Racing was given a real jolt yesterday when Ballydoyle announced the bad news that St Nicholas Abbey, one of the best horses in the world, had suffered an injury so serious that it has not only resulted in his immediate retirement from the track, it has also put his life in jeopardy.

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 23 July 2013

Wada widen remit in battle against drugs cheats

Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell failed drug tests earlier this month

Exclusive: Wada chief John Fahey to target the cheats behind the drug cheats

Anti-doping chief to introduce new code that allows athlete’s team to also be held accountable

Danny Crates competed in the early 2000s and he said world championship meetings in his heyday took place in front of minimal crowds – and those who did turn up were merely curious

Matt Butler: Paralympians treated as elite athletes? I’ll drink to that

View from the Sofa: IPC World Championships More4

Marcel Kittel beats Mark Cavendish, left, to the line in Paris

Tour de France 2013: Mark Cavendish’s reign on Champs Elysées curtailed by Marcel Kittel

Even as Chris Froome was on the point of celebrating his maiden win in the Tour de France on Sunday, fellow-Briton Mark Cavendish’s four-year reign on the Champs Elysées ended with a narrow defeat to Germany’s Marcel Kittel and André Griepel – Cavendish’s first ever failure to win on the final stage of the Tour.

No time for Laugher: The Briton could only finish 19th in the one-metre event

Olympic legacy: No springboard to success for Chris Mears and Jack Laugher

There will be no British representation in the men’s one-metre springboard final at the World Championships after Chris Mears and Jack Laugher failed to progress here yesterday.

Flying finish: Peniaphobia, No 7, reels in the favourite, Lilbourne Lass, as he speeds towards an impressive victory in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury

Fearless Peniaphobia in the money

Fahey’s fine two-year-old produces perfect performance to signal potential for Group One success

Mark Cavendish’s aim today is to avoid elimination

Tour de France 2013: One final hurdle before Paris for Mark Cavendish and Co

Chris Froome is now just one obstacle away from claiming his first Tour de France title in Paris: one short, and particularly vicious Alpine stage today.

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Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

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Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
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How bosses are making us work harder

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Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

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Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

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Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

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SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

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10 best cycling bags for commuters

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

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