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Daniel Purvis pays tribute to Louis Smith's influence on men's gymnastics

Daniel Purvis has praised Louis Smith for the influence he has had on men's gymnastics as the team gears up for its first Olympic final in over 80 years. 

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The big guns in the women's singles entered the action for the first time on the third morning of Badminton competition at London 2012.

Daley resists Chinese rule

British pair hope to spring a surprise in the synchronised diving, writes Jack Pitt-Brooke

Tom Daley (R) and Peter Waterfield of Great Britain dive during a training session at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park

Diving: So can Tom Daley deliver first gold today?

British pair confident of springing major surprise in the synchronised diving, writes Jack Pitt-Brooke

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Britain’s Andy Murray stretches on his way to a convincing win

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Sunday July 29: Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier of Great Britain slip to defeat at badminton

British badminton duo resigned to premature exit

Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier saw their London 2012 medal hopes all but end as they slumped to a second badminton defeat at Wembley Arena.

Saturday 28 July: Daniel Purvis of Great Britain performs on the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars on day one of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena

Great Britain's men make solid start in Olympic gymnastics

Great Britain's men kicked off their Olympic gymnastics programme at the North Greenwich Arena today on the first day of competition.

Archery: Team GB women disappoint in ranking round

Great Britain's chances of a medal in women's archery suffered a blow after a disappointing ranking round at Lord's this afternoon.

Badminton: Scott Evans ready for Lin Dan

Ireland's Scott Evans claims nothing can ruin his big moment as he prepares to face Olympic champion Lin Dan.

53 rescuers freed from mine tunnel

Fifty-three rescuers have been freed after becoming trapped while trying to save five coal miners stuck underground when a tunnel collapsed at a south-west China mine.

Video: Parachutist Felix Baumgartner leaps from 18 miles up to prepare for record 23 mile jump

Skydiver “Fearless Felix” Baumgartner made his second stratospheric leap Wednesday, this time from more than 18 miles (29 kilometers) above the Earth —nearly three times higher than cruising jetliners.

Douglas Alexander: It’s time for the Government to translate talk of a safer world into a Treaty


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