Arts and Entertainment Penny Mordaunt MP speaks at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, 2013

The MP for Portsmouth said she would donate her participation fee to charity

Members of the USA Olympic diving team have been making a splash while training at Ponds Forge swimming pool in Sheffield

Lane closed – the US Olympic diving team is over here already

It is an afternoon session at Sheffield's council-run Ponds Forge pool, and the usual flotilla of keep-fit swimmers is determinedly groping its way up and down the lanes.

Jessica Ennis: 'There is something about Sheffield. It is very different. The people are so supportive. I'm very happy and settled there'

Olympic news you missed this week...

Four years after her dream of Olympic gold crashed down at the penultimate barrier in the 100m hurdles final in Beijing, LoLo Jones is back on the winning track. The 29-year-old American had surgery last August to fix a tethered spinal cord. Last Saturday, she won the 50m hurdles at the US Open Meeting in New York. "It's all been worth it," Jones said.

Something For The Weekend: 07/01/2012

It's squeaky bum time for...

Ian Holloway

The neighbourhood dispute 60 miles down the road in Manchester may be grabbing all the headlines on FA Cup third-round weekend but there is one tie that will be even more fiercely contested taking place on the north-west coast.

Jonny Wilkinson pictured in action last night

Jonny Wilkinson kicks on (albeit with a few misses) after international retirement

Watch video highlights from Jonny Wilkinson's first match since announcing his retirement from international rugby courtesy of ESPN, which broadcasts Top 14 French Rugby. Martin Gillingham, ESPN's Top 14 commentator, also gives his view on Wilkinson's performance for Toulon last night.

Government buys £750,000 of Olympic tickets

The Government has spent nearly £750,000 on 8,815 tickets for the London 2012 Olympics.

Will Dorothy light Olympic flame in London?

Britain's oldest surviving double medallist may be 91 but could still illuminate opening ceremony

Class divide entrenched – but some use A-levels to make family history

Jemimah Norman is overwhelmed after reading her A-level results. She has every reason to be. With two A*s and an A, she would be welcome at any university in the country and easily meets the requirements for entry to Oxford or Cambridge.

Take the plunge: A ringside seat at the world cliff-diving championships in Italy

It's thrilling, graceful and nothing at all like the Olympics

Tom Daley sculpture to greet tourists at Heathrow

A life-size wire sculpture of Tom Daley in full diving flow is now greeting tourists at Heathrow Airport.

Black or white? I don't care if we play in pyjamas, declares Ashton

Chris Ashton, the Northampton wing whose try-scoring exploits are generally accompanied by a series of dives that would knock Tom Daley clean off the 10 metre board, was quite honest about it.

The Aquatics Centre's beauty will only be revealed once its Olympic add-ons are gone

Zaha Hadid's architecture has always been grandly expressive. It doesn't do modest, or subtle. But her Aquatics Centre, long heralded as the brand-mark building for the 2012 London Olympics, turns out to be something else entirely: stealth architecture, a dull shell concealing something dazzling.

One year to go, and Lord Coe says London 2012 is under control – mostly

There remains a "mountain of work" to be done, says Lord Coe, as the race to prepare for the Olympic Games enters the home straight.

Robin Scott-Elliot: An Olympics built to last beyond Britain's golden summer dream

At £9.3bn these can hardly be described as 'Austerity Games', but London hopes imaginative post-planning can pay off

On schedule and on budget – Olympic chief praises London

Preparations for next year compare favourably with Beijing's efforts, says confident IOC president

Swimming: 'Zombie' Adlington overcomes slow lane to take World silver

Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington made light of having to swim from lane one to claim the silver medal in the 400 metres freestyle at the World Championships here yesterday. The 22-year-old scraped into the final as the seventh-fastest qualifier after looking a shadow of the swimmer she has been this season in the heats. However, just as in the last World Championships in Rome where she only just made the final before finishing third, Adlington swam a controlled race to be second to Federica Pellegrini, the Italian successfully defending her crown.

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