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In from the cold: India has been officially excluded from the Sochi

When the athletes march into the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics next month, one flag you won't be seeing is the green, white, and saffron of India. Four Indian skiers will be participating in the games as independent athletes, but they won't be able to formally represent their country, since the Indian Olympic Association has been suspended by the International Olympic Committee since 2012.

Wise Dan looks too clever for Excelebration in the Mile

They did not dare send Frankel here, but at least we have his representative on Earth. And success in a vintage Breeders’ Cup Mile would certainly seal the emergence of Excelebration from the shadow of his nemesis. After all, remarkably enough, he arrives here with the highest official rating of all the horses Aidan O’Brien has run at the Breeders’ Cup.

Pageant expels sex-change finalist

Beach shots depict her as a curvaceous beauty queen. But 23-year-old Jenna Talackova was born male and that has led organisers to disqualify her as a finalist in the 61st Miss Universe Canada pageant.

Nasal vaccine trials to combat stomach-flu bug

A vaccine against norovirus, a food poisoning virus that causes violent stomach flu, could be available within five years if it can be shown to be safe when taken as a nasal spray, scientists said.

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Ice Hockey: Vancouver fans riot after cup defeat

Vancouver was living up to its historic nickname "The Big Smoke" yesterday after it woke up to discover that ice hockey fans dismayed at their team's defeat in the final of the sport's biggest competition had turned the streets of the city centre into a riot zone.

Search for Vancouver's canoodling couple in 'kiss amid the chaos'

It cannot be said that the occasions were equal in poignancy,  but a photo taken during the chaos of riots in Vancouver has nevertheless drawn comparisons with Alfred Eisenstaedt's iconic image of a couple kissing in Times Square following the surrender of Japan and end of the Second World War.