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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.

Dandy looks fine for Jubilee celebration

With the scores level between Ireland and the host nation, on three apiece, the final Group One race of the meeting can tilt things in favour of the raiders.

Animal Kingdom can thrive outside natural habitat

Three of the meeting's seven Group One races will be over inside 80 minutes today – and in an aggregate time quicker than will be set by its final winner on Saturday afternoon, trundling two and three-quarter miles in the Queen Alexandra Stakes. That race is too cherished an heirloom for anyone to suggest that Royal Ascot ends with a whimper, but it unmistakably opens with a bang.

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French Open 2013: The king of clay returns as scintillating Rafael Nadal swats aside compatriot David Ferrer

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Chris Froome: Sky are getting stronger and stronger by the day

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Usain Bolt finishes second in Rome, behind Justin Gatlin

Robin Scott-Elliot: So, Usain Bolt is shot then? No, just undercooked

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Overall leader Britain's Christopher Froome rides during the 143 km sixth stage of the 65th edition of the Dauphine Criterium

Criterium du Dauphine: Chris Froome retains grip on yellow jersey after stage six

Froome came home safely in the peloton

Chris Froome

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 5 June 2013

Rowntree says Lions must keep calm and carry on

Here’s Jonnie: Britain’s Jonnie Peacock (second from left) sprints to victory in the T43/44 100m during the Great CityGames in Manchester yesterday

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Allyson Felix misses Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

After claiming three gold medals at London 2012, Allyson Felix has little left to prove.

Oscar Pistorius at the Olympic Stadium during London 2012

Oscar Pistorius, who awaits trial for murder, will not compete this year, confirms agent

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David Rudisha avenged defeat by Mohammad Aman in 2012

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