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Nobody got close to Rebecca Adlington over her favourite distance – the 800m freestyle – as she took gold at the Beijing Olympics and set a world record, and there are only two hopes for her rivals this evening in the same event here at the national championships. Slim and none.

Diving: Daley cuts ties with his 'phone' partner

Father says British prodigy will 'never dive again' with 'bad influence' Aldridge

Sport in Brief: Victory in singles gives Murray a happy return

Andy Murray advanced to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells with a hard-fought victory over Albert Montanes last night. Murray battled to a 7-5 6-3 win in his first singles match since being forced to withdraw before his quarter-final with Richard Gasquet in Dubai last month.

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Dr Feelgood: Can green tea tone tummies?

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Topless wars reignited on Australia's beaches

Christian MP wins mainstream support for his bid to tighten nudity laws

Next generation of swimwear sparks revolt

Britain's head coach joins outcry after new racer suit leads to records tumbling

Ryanair to compete with rival on holiday routes

Budget airline Ryanair announced today that it was to compete with rival easyJet on two key routes from a major holiday-flight airport.

From beyond the grave, Hammer speaks to us still

Photographs discovered in old boxes show that the classic horror studio was into far more than Gothic mansions and frilly shirts.

James Lawton: Greatest stories at the Games are etched in gold of Chinese characters

British glory has been so relentless in these 29th Olympics, and that of Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps so spectacular, it has been easy to forget that the most remarkable story of all has been written in Chinese characters.

Simon Usborne: Time seems to slow as you fall and then you hit – hard

They call it tombstoning not because it's a quick way to an early grave (although it can be) but because unless you enter the water completely upright, like a tombstone, you risk splitting open your swimming trunks or, worse, your skull.

Politicians on holiday: Time for a dressing down...

They know they'll have to pose for the cameras. So why, asks Harriet Walker, do politicians find holiday snaps so hard?

Triple word scores and swimsuits ease pain for Roddick

A highly intelligent sort as well as a top athlete, Andy Roddick would never dream of bucking that venerable maxim "some you win, some you lose". So while the withdrawal of Jimmy Connors, one of the greatest names in the game, as his coach was marked down regretfully in the loss column, it didn'ttake Roddick long to find a counterbalancing, eye-popping plus in the shape of Brooklyn Decker.

Deborah Orr: What went wrong with this family?

A full inquiry is being called for. But blame aplenty is being apportioned already. No one knows exactly what ghastly events led to poor seven-year-old Khyra Ishaq's death from malnutrition, as her five siblings grew weaker alongside her. But it is self-evident that she was let down by every single adult who might have been able to make a positive intervention in her short life.

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