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Lampedusa tragedy: 111 bodies recovered

Farah wary of legend Bekele but in peak form to take 10,000m crown

According to Mo Farah, "Kenenisa Bekele is like the Usain Bolt of distance running".

Bolt avoids four fastest rivals as Powell pulls out of 100m clash with injury

There was a jolt for the Lightning Bolt in Daegu yesterday. News that Asafa Powell had withdrawn from the field for the 100m at the World Championships clearly came as a shock to Usain Bolt.

Asafa Powell to miss 100m at World Championships

Jamaica's Asafa Powell has been ruled out of the individual 100 metres at the World Championships in Daegu with a groin injury, but hopes to run in the relay, his agent Paul Doyle has told Press Association Sport.

Lightning Bolt may strike again says Chambers – but so could I

British sprinter quietly confident but says Jamaican should reclaim 100m crown at World Championships

Has Usain shot his Bolt?

For the first time in years the planet's fastest man is looking vulnerable. Simon Turnbull reports on whether the unthinkable might happen when he defends his sprint titles at the World Championships in South Korea

Sluggish Bolt beats Lemaitre as Tomlinson delivers on his talent

For Chris Tomlinson, there was a quantum leap in Paris last night: a British long jump record of 8.35 metres.

Refusal to play role of the Third Man spurs Powell to dash for the spotlight

Jamaican powerhouse has run the fastest 100m this year and, he tells Simon Turnbull, he's not in the shadow of Bolt and Gay

Bolt vows to rediscover best form

Usain Bolt is back on the European circuit, saying he has learned from his early-season errors and vowing to avoid falling victim to complacency for a second successive summer. "I need to get back to my best," the fastest man on the planet said in Paris yesterday ahead of his appearance in the IAAF Diamond League meeting in the Stade de France tomorrow night. "Tyson [Gay] is not there, but I'm not going to get complacent."

Gay out of world showdown with Bolt after hip injury

On his flying visit to Manchester last month, Tyson Gay did say that his biggest rival was not Usain Bolt but his own body. The second fastest man on the planet arrived in the north-west of England for the Great City Games street races complaining of a hip and adductor problem. Now, the American's hopes of regaining the world 100 metres and 200m titles in Daegu, South Korea in August have been ended by the latest in a long line of injuries that have afflicted him since he achieved the sprint double at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka.

Letter from the editor: Elusive Olympic tickets

Words you never hear: I think I owe LOCOG an apology. A while back I wrote how we were all staring daggers at our production guru Rhodri because he “alone” in the i office had been blessed by the hand of Seb with those elusive Olympic tickets.

Jamaican keen to don British shirt – sadly it is not Bolt

UK Athletics confirmed yesterday that another overseas athlete has applied to switch allegiance to Britain, making it four in 12 months as the London Olympics loom on the horizon. He is a member of the Jamaican team, though sadly not the world's fastest man.

Simon Turnbull: London 2012 hopes would be hit by festering dispute between two key figures

Charles van Commenee was appointed as the head coach of UK Athletics in February 2009 on the strength of his reputation as a pragmatic, tough-talking coach with a proven track record of getting results in the Olympic arena. In Sydney in 2000 he guided an injured Denise Lewis to heptathlon gold. In Athens in 2004 he got Kelly Sotherton on to the rostrum as a bronze medal winner in the heptathlon, 12 months after she had been ranked 57th in the world.

'Respected' Edwards hit with three-year ban for positive test

Shot-putter Mark Edwards has been handed a three-year ban after testing positive for two prohibited substances. The 36-year-old was given more than the standard two-year ban due to "aggravating circumstances".

Bolt defies Oslo rain in comeback 200m

The triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt set the quickest time in the world this season as he eased to victory over 200 metres in last night's Diamond League meeting in Oslo, while Caster Semenya also set her best time of the year but could only finish third behind Halima Hachlaf in the 800m.

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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

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Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
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Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

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SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

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10 best cycling bags for commuters

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?