Sport Sascha Kindred and his wife Nyree are both in GB’s swimming team and hoping to add to their impressive Paralympic medal hauls

As a five-time Paralympian, Sascha Kindred has witnessed first hand how the event's profile has soared over recent editions, but for the 34-year-old the rewards are still solely to be found in the pool.

Elisabeth Murdoch and father Rupert

Rupert Murdoch's empire has to be challenged, says Harriet Harman

Labour calls on parties to act together on eve of MacTaggart Lecture by Elisabeth Murdoch

Referees risk wrath with video expansion

If the wild excitement at Lord's during the final session of the England-South Africa Test series was enough to persuade the most myopic of rugby administrators that the union code might learn a thing or two from the great summer game, there was some concern at yesterday's Premiership launch that an imminent expansion of television decision-making, a la cricket, might backfire. Even those overseeing the new policy on video replay technology seemed less than convinced the sport was on the right track.

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Portfolio: Lourdes Grobet

With its blend of high-flying manoeuvres, outlandish costumes and pageantry rooted in ancient culture, lucha libre – aka the raucous world of Mexican wrestling – has been a bedrock of its homeland ever since the silver-masked fighter El Santo stepped into the ring in 1942 and became the sport's first superstar, complete with mask and carefully controlled anonymity.

Gold standard: Laura Trott, in the Adidas photo booth with her medals, is a real role model for girls

Joanna Moorhead: It's not your looks that count, it's giving your heart and soul

The Olympics have given our celebrity-obsessed teenagers a glimpse into another world, where talent, hard work and dedication pay off

The Monkees in 1967: (from left) Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz

Monkees announce first tour since Davy Jones' death

The Monkees will perform their first live shows since star Davy Jones died in February.

Sir Steve Redgrave in dig at Clarkson's BBC earnings

Five-times Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave has criticised Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson's earnings.

Somalia: Comic shot dead after mocking Islamist militants

A popular Somali comic and playwright who mocked Islamist militants for brainwashing children and killing civilians has been shot dead.

Future of British Handball after Olympics looking bright as public interest increases

Chairman of British Handball John Brewer is revelling in the way handball has made an impact on the consciousness of the British public at the Olympic Games and has called on UK Sport to help them capitalise on it.

BSkyB powers ahead with record annual profits

BSkyB showed just what Rupert Murdoch is missing as Britain's biggest pay-TV company raked in record annual profits of £1.19bn — equivalent to more than £3m a day. Mr Murdoch, who aborted his takeover of Sky because of the phone-hacking scandal, insisted a month ago that his News Corporation is no longer interested in buying the FTSE-100 firm, but another strong set of numbers from Sky suggests otherwise.

Future Olympics could be only on pay-per-view TV under new rules

The Olympic Games could be broadcast on pay-per-view Sky TV in future, the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has hinted.

Rupert Murdoch quits boards of British papers

News Corp's Rupert Murdoch has stepped down as a director from a string of boards overseeing the Sun, Times and Sunday Times newspapers, the company said in an internal memo on today.

The Newsroom, Sky Atlantic

Grace Dent on TV: The Newsroom, Sky Atlantic

If you find Sorkin's latest a bit trite, think on this: at least you're not watching Winter Wipeout

Giant TVs 'bring families together'

Giant TV screens have helped to bring families back together in the living room, new research suggests.

TV host stuns Turkey: 'I'd let my husband have another wife'

A television talk show host has sparked outrage in Turkey by saying she believes polygamy should be legalised because "it is written in the Koran".

Lord Sugar finally launches YouView internet television service

Lord Sugar today unveiled the much-awaited YouView internet-supported television service and promptly told customers they could expect to buy the system for one third of the launch price if they waited two years.

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