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

Tom Daley and Max Brick win diving gold in Delhi

Tom Daley and Max Brick delivered gold for England in the diving on Day Nine of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Spectacular ceremony opens Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games opened tonight with a spectacular ceremony that heralded 11 days of competitive action at one of the world's biggest sporting events.

Pushy parents 'can turn their children off sport for life'

The tightrope that parents of sporting prodigies have to walk between encouraging their child to fulfil their potential and pushing them too far – possibly to the brink of damaging their mental or physical health – was highlighted yesterday by one of the doctors responsible for the health of British athletes at the last Olympic Games.

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Tom Daley, the 10m diving world champion, yesterday received a boost as he attempts to be fit in time for next week's Junior World Championships when he got straight A grades in his GCSEs.

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Sam Oldham won Team GB's third gold, and their eighth medal overall, at the Youth Olympic Games after a faultless routine saw the Nottingham gymnast triumph in the men's horizontal bar final.

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Olympic diver Blake Aldridge was yesterday cleared of attacking a supermarket security guard and said that he hoped the outcome would help him shed his reputation as the bad boy of British diving.

Olympic diver Blake Aldridge cleared of common assault

Olympic diver Blake Aldridge was today cleared of attacking a supermarket security guard and said he hoped it would help him cast off his image as the bad boy of British diving.

Diving: Injury puts paid to Daley's hopes of defending title

British diver forced to pull out of synchronised final and the 10m individual after suffering triceps tear

Inside Lines: No kidding as GB teenagers head for Singapore's Olympics

If evidence is needed to prove that sport has the power to change political will, it comes with the opening of the inaugural Youth Olympics next weekend. It is not so much the event itself, but where it is happening: Singapore. Until recently, the one-time British colony was about the last place on earth you would associate with a significant sports event. I know this from personal experience, having worked there in the Eighties when sport was stuck on the bottom rung of the tiny multi-cultural nation's priorities. Education was paramount and playing games was not on the agenda of the then PM, Lee Kuan Yew. Now Singapore has discovered that not only does sport bring social benefits healthwise but there's money and political kudos in it, too. Hence the successful bid for the Youth Olympics, which follows the successful staging of two night-time Formula One grands prix and hosting the International Olympic Committee when London got the nod for 2012. "Yes, we have now recognised the powerful influence sport has on society," the Singapore Sports Council chief, Mervyn Lee, tells us. So tomorrow a 40-strong party of Britain's finest teenaged talent, headed by world champion diver Tom Daley, 16, will join 3,600 athletes from 203 nations competing in the full quota of 26 Olympic sports. Also travelling are 30 London youngsters who, between them, speak six languages, chosen to assist as volunteers – reward for their spare-time work with underprivileged kids in the capital. Nice touch.

Sport on TV: Pregnant with possibilities? No, just diving behind the sofa

Tom Daley's story is an inspirational one. Now 16, the diver finds his father a little bit embarrassing when he insists on a cuddle during a press conference, but Rob has apparently never missed a training session since his son first took the plunge aged six. Now Tom's a world champion, and one of Britain's best prospects for a gold medal in two years' time.

Diving: Daley misses out on championships

World 10m platform champion Tom Daley has been forced to pull out of the British Gas Diving Championships taking place in Sheffield this weekend because of a back injury.

Trying to keep up with Lord of the rings who is always on the run

Seb Coe spreads the word to the shires and asks communities to pick up the Olympic baton. Alan Hubbard joins him on a whistle-stop tour

Sport on TV: Daley deeply embarrassed, yet it's much darker for black belt

There aren't many similarities between Tom Daley and Tiger Woods, apart from their sheer talent, and long may it stay that way. True, the 15-year-old pubescent prodigy may find his mind drifting off from his training to think dirty thoughts – he does spend all day with hardly any clothes on, after all – but he must sincerely hope that his father doesn't come back to haunt him from beyond the grave.

Diving: Boy wonder is growing up but won't sink without trace

When Tom Daley hits the water in Sheffield's Ponds Forge pool as the star attraction in the Fina World Series diving final next weekend, he will no longer be the precocious boy wonder of British sport but a young man enveloped by all the trappings of superstardom.

Diver Aldridge arrested for shoplifting and assault

Olympic diver Blake Aldridge, who partnered Tom Daley in Beijing, has been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting and attacking a supermarket security guard, police said today.

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