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Lampedusa tragedy: 111 bodies recovered

China ruffles feathers by detaining world's priciest pigeon Bolt

Authorities claim incorrect import duties have been paid on birds

Paula Radcliffe

Matt Butler: The hurdles of trying to mix motherhood and medals

View From The Sofa: Pregnancy in Sport  Radio 5 Live

Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson learn their fate yesterday

Asafa Powell faces ban after drug-test B sample proves positive

Asafa Powell and four other Jamaican athletes who failed drugs tests earlier this year have each returned adverse analytical findings in their B samples, the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission revealed last night.

Transfer news: Usain Bolt urges David Moyes to sign new midfielder

Manchester United's struggle to find a new midfielder has been well documented, but David Moyes has now come under more pressure from an unlikely source.

Nick Helm - 'One Man Mega Myth'

Edinburgh 2013: Nick Helm and John Kearns tackle failed machismo for laughs

Nick Helm: One Man Mega Myth

John Kearns: Sight Gags for Perverts

The Great Britain 4x100m relay team of (left to right) Adam Gemili, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, James Ellington, and Dwain Chambers celebrate their bronze - but they were soon notified of their illegal changeover
Adam Gemili

The Sport Matrix: Monday 12 August 2013

United ready to move for Bale after Shield procession

Manchester United may offer competition to Real Madrid in the pursuit of Gareth Bale, with Tottenham Hotspur seemingly more receptive to the English champions, having become deeply frustrated by negotiations with the Spanish side.

United have not made a firm offer for Bale, above, but their failure to land a big-money signing this summer may persuade them to make a huge investment. The odds are stacked against a deal coming to fruition. They have been reluctant about the prospect of being strung along by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, a frustrating sparring partner in past transfers.

United, who laboured to a 2-0 victory over Wigan in yesterday’s Community Shield, are also expected to bid for Everton pair Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini this week. “We’re moving forward,” Moyes said. “Every day you get closer – and so does the deadline – but if we have to I am happy to go with what we have. We have a lot of good, young English players.” pages 48-49

Usain Bolt storms to victory in the 100m last night, with Justin Gatlin second

World Championship: Sighs of relief as Justin Gatlin stays the great pretender

Two years ago in Daegu, the last time the World Championship men's 100m final was contested, it was all about the false start. This time, it was more like the false art.

James Dasaolu has been plagued with injuries during his career

World Athletics Championships: James Dasaolu only wants to go fast – not be known for frailty

There is one big question hanging in the air from a Great British perspective as the blue riband event of the 2013 World Championships approaches. Is James Dasaolu just a one-heat wonder – or a real deal speed merchant who can last the course when the heat of global battle is on?

Decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton faces the media

Americans' belated arrival at World Championships earns frosty welcome after Tyson Gay's positive drugs test

US team in Moscow 33 years on from boycott but faces hostile questions over latest scandal

He's fast but frail – will we now see best of James Dasaolu?

Since his blistering run of 9.91sec in the 100 metres semi-final at the UK Trials, James Dasaolu has become something of an invisible man in sprinting terms. After becoming only the fourth Briton to dip under that dream 10sec barrier, the hope – in fact, expectation – was that Dasaolu would back that up... and soon.

Usain Bolt appears in 'endless running' game Temple Run

Champion sprinter comes with a special 'Bolt' ability

Brazil’s Alan Oliveira, left, surges ahead of Great Britain’s Jonnie Peacock, right, to set a new world record in winning the men’s 100m T43/44 event in front of a packed house

Anniversary Games: Alan Oliveira’s new 100m record puts Rio 2016 in spotlight

That the last world record on this track went to a Paralympic athlete seemed a fitting finale to the closing act of the first part of the Olympic Stadium’s life. It has played host to the transformation of a movement and on Sunday it hosted a full-house of 65,000 to celebrate what Paralympic sport has become to this country in the space of a year. Outside the Paralympic Games it is the largest ever audience for such an event.

Fly Mo: Farah leaps for joy after winning the 3,000 metres at the Olympic Anniversary Games in London yesterday

Mo and co relive our yesterdays at anniversary games

Bulldozers are coming to iconic venue but they cannot destroy memories

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee