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Italy legend Alessandro Del Piero on verge of joining Sydney FC

Sydney FC this morning edged closer to signing former Italy international Alessandro Del Piero with club officials set to fly to Europe to conclude a deal for the 37-year-old.

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Dressage superstar Lee Pearson is one step closer to being crowned Great Britain’s greatest ever Paralympian after finishing top of his class in the Team test at Greenwich – but only just after what he dubbed a “rider error”.

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From left, Peter Norman with Tommie Smith and John Carlos in 1968

Posthumous apology for shunned Olympic sprinter

It is one of the 20th century's most powerful images: African-Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists in a "black power" salute at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

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Peter Norman, left, stood proudly alongside his fellow athletes, supporting their protest.

Australia mulls posthumous apology for Olympian Peter Norman, blacklisted for his role in the black powers protest in 1968

It is one of the 20 century’s most powerful images: African-Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists in a “black power” salute at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. But little is known, even in his native Australia, about the third man in the picture, Peter Norman, who stood proudly alongside his fellow athletes, supporting their protest.

Des Campbell was convicted of murdering Janet Fisicaro

Gold digger and cheat, but did ex-policeman kill his wife?

It seems beyond dispute that Des Campbell was a cad who courted and fleeced a succession of wealthy, blonde widows. But whether the former British police officer pushed his third wife over a cliff before jetting off on holiday with one of several girlfriends is the question set to be tested in the Australian appeal courts.

The closing ceremony ended with a fireworks spectacular over the Olympic Stadium

Global praise for 'superb' London 2012 Olympics

With the London 2012 Games now over, countries around around have praised Britain for putting on one of the most successful Olympics in recent times.

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Samantha Murray won a brilliant silver medal to maintain Great Britain's record of having picked up a modern pentathlon medal at every Olympics since the women's event was introduced to the programme in Sydney in 2000.

Leading woman: GB's Mhairi Spence is the current world champion

GB women hoping to make it four in a row in pentathlon

How better for Britain to end this Olympic Games than with one of their strongest events? The final gold medal to be handed out, before the closing ceremony this evening, will be in the women's modern pentathlon.

Modern pentathlon too tight to call, says Cook

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Robert Hughes: Forthright critic who transformed the public perception of modern art

Robert Hughes' documentary masterwork, The Shock of the New, was first broadcast on television in 1980 as an eight-part series. In his forthright and inimicable style, Hughes brought the history of modern art to the public eye in a way that had not been done before and which has not been bettered. The compelling series, and the accompanying book, have since become essential references on the subject.

Yamile Aldama fell 31 cm short of a medal in the women’s triple jump last night

Long journey ends in sand and sadness for Team GB's Yamile Aldama

Cuban-born Briton finishes fourth Games, and her bold quest for a medal, with fifth place

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