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Double world junior champion Jack Laugher hopes he can one day enjoy his time in the spotlight currently occupied by Tom Daley after an eighth-placed finish in the 3 metre springboard final on his World Championships debut yesterday that belied his 16 years.

Diving: Daley plunges to sixth as partner's illness takes its toll

Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield finished a distant sixth in the final of the 10-metre synchronised event on the first weekend of the World Championships in Shanghai. The pair's preparations were badly disrupted by an illness to Waterfield and it showed as the competition wore on and they slipped down the leader board. The event was won by the Chinese pair of Qui Bo and Huo Liang, who will be strong favourites to repeat their success at next year's Olympics.

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Sarah Sands: Fathers, we thank you for your many thankless tasks

The Father's Day cards available in my local newsagent had an air of mild embarrassment. Mother's Day comes sanctified by society. Father's Day was dragged into official existence by President Nixon. Faced with illustrations of a pint of beer, a football or a set of golf clubs I chose a card in primary colours, which said: "Whatever mum thinks of you, I appreciate you."

Inconsistent Daley beaten into second

World champion Tom Daley had to be content with second place on his return to 10m platform competition for the first time since the death of his father.

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Diving: Daley drops out of synchro event

Tom Daley will dive in the 10m platform only at this weekend's British Championships as last night the teenager and his synchro partner Peter Waterfield pulled out of tomorrow's team event. The duo will now focus on Sunday's individual platform, the event in which 17-year-old Daley is world champion.

Diving: Daley set to return for Leeds qualifiers

Tom Daley is expected to take part in this weekend's qualifiers for the World Championships despite attending his father's funeral yesterday.

Olympic athletes among 250,000 who lost out on 2012 tickets

British athletes are to be given a second chance to buy tickets for the 2012 Olympic Games after some of the nation's leading medal hopes complained that they had lost out in the public ballot.

Diving: Daley pays tribute to 'brave' father

Tom Daley has paid tribute to his "incredibly brave" father, who died on Friday night after a long battle with brain cancer. "He died 14 months exactly to the start of the 2012 Olympics," said the 17-year-old diver. "I hope he will be watching and waving his big Union Jack in London from somewhere else. I love you so much Dad."

Father of champion diver Daley dies, aged 40

The father of the teenage British diving champion Tom Daley has died at the age of 40 after a long battle with brain cancer. Robert Daley, who accompanied the world champion to tournaments, died on Friday night with his family at his side.

Olympic hopeful Daley's father dies

Teenage British diving champion Tom Daley's father Robert has died following a long battle with brain cancer at the age of 40.

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The prevailing accent might be British along this stretch of Mediterranean shore, but it's the local traditions that seduce <b>Brian Viner</b> and his family
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