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Lampedusa tragedy: 111 bodies recovered

Usain Bolt is expected to appear at the Olympic Stadium this summer

British Athletics predict drop in sponsorship in run up to Rio Olympics

Aviva deal ended after the London 2012 Olympics

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce retained 100m Olympic gold in London

Jamaica's Pocket Rocket Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce insists she's not stuck in shadow of Lightning Bolt

Fraser-Pryce still grabs headlines at home despite the popularity of a certain Usain

Bolt hole: Inside the plush surroundings of Kingston’s Tracks and Records bar

This way to my place: Usain Bolt opens club and restaurant Tracks and Records in Jamaica

Usain Bolt's appetite for medals and fame is now enhanced by his very own eatery

Jamaica sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was stunned by the news from South Africa

Oscar Pistorius hangs heavy over the global names at Birmingham

It was fair to say that Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was still in a state of shock yesterday. "When I got off the plane at Heathrow yesterday and gave the immigration officer my passport, she asked 'What's your purpose for being here?'" the Jamaican sprinter, who won the Olympic 100m title in Beijing in 2008 and at London 2012, recounted. "I said: 'Oh, I'm an athlete. I'm here to compete in Birmingham.' She said: 'OK, so were you at the Olympics?' I was like: 'Yes, I was at the Olympics.' She said: 'Do you know Oscar Pistorius?' I said 'Yes.' She said: 'He shot his girlfriend.' 'I was like: 'Are you serious?'"

Usain Bolt lights up the track during the London Games

Usain Bolt back at the Olympic Stadium? UK Athletics chiefs in bid to lure world's fastest man to London this summer

A three day event, dubbed the 'London Anniversary Games', will be held at the Stratford stadium in July

Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, pushed his way to the front of an exclusive seating area without a ticket and shouting abuse at the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt

Man who threw bottle at Bolt's 100m Olympic final is sentenced

A man who hurled a plastic beer bottle to “put off” Usain Bolt at the start of the Olympic 100m final was today given a community order.

Jessica Ennis in action at the Olympic Stadium

Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis to return to Olympic Stadium as it hosts the British Athletics London Grand Prix

Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis will be back in the Olympic Stadium, on the anniversary of the Olympics Opening Ceremony, which is to host a Diamond League Athletics Grand Prix.

Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, is accused of pushing his way to the front of an exclusive seating area without a ticket and shouting abuse at the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt

Man who threw bottle at Bolt final found guilty of disorder

A man who got into the Olympic Stadium without a ticket then threw a beer bottle at competitors lining up for the men's 100m final has been found guilty of public disorder.

Whitehall farce funnier than the show in question

Why should the comic be criticised for making good on his privileged upbringing?

My Big Fat Quiz of the Year and a case of entirely confected outrage

You might not have found Jack Whitehall's jokes amusing, but that's no reason to send in a complaint. We must defend the right of comics to say what they like

Man 'screamed abuse' at Usain Bolt and hurled bottle before 100m final

A former trainee teacher used an out-of-date ticket to trick his way into the London 2012 men’s 100m finals where he screamed abuse at Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt before hurling a bottle onto the startline, a court heard.

Channel 4's Big Quiz of the Year sparks complaints over lewd Queen joke

Channel 4 is facing a backlash after broadcasting a show featuring a lewd joke about the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

It was when Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford not only delivered gold medals so close together that the pulse of the sporting nation could never before have run so fast but also sent out waves of uplift that soared beyond every boundary

Editorial: Why bother to cook Christmas dinner? Because it's there

News that one in four Britons has never cooked, or assisted in the cooking of, a Christmas dinner should come as no surprise. Last week, Jamie Oliver was crowned victor of the Christmas publishing scramble, beating even J K Rowling to second place in the charts. The name of the title that will be filling so many stockings? 15-Minute Meals.

Half of London 2012 tickets were kept from home fans

Only half of the seats for some of the prime events at the London Olympics were sold to the British public, leaked figures reveal.

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