Sport Ice moves: Shiva Keshavan in Vancouver in 2010

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.

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Inside Lines: Khan speaks frankly: Why I split and became a Golden Boy

Amir Khan has spoken for the first time about his contentious split with the British promoter Frank Warren. "Frank did great things for me and I'm appreciative of that but it was time to move on," he tells us. "If we meet again I'd be pleased to shake his hand. There is no ill feeling on my part. I know I didn't call him but the fact is Frank and I never spoke on the phone – even when I was in Los Angeles. But I got my dad to call him to say thanks for all he had done. I feel my future is in America with Golden Boy, who have got a great team." Interestingly, Khan, who defends his WBA light-welterweight title against New Yorker Paulie Malignaggi at Madison Square Garden on 15 May, could be on a collision course with one of his former stablemates, Kevin Mitchell. Frankie Gavin and Kell Brook are all potential opponents for a domestic challenge to Khan now that Ricky Hatton has apparently decided he has fought a losing battle with the beer and bacon butties. "Retirement is the best move Ricky could make," says Khan. "We could have had a great fight but it seems it will never happen. But it would be good to meet someone from Frank's camp as I know he would love one of his fighters to beat me because of what has happened." By coincidence the unbeaten Mitchell, who knocked out Khan's nemesis, Breidis Prescott, fights for the WBO interim lightweight title against the Australian Michael Katsidis, possibly at Upton Park, on the same night as Khan's clash with Malignaggi. It seems an ideal double-header for Sky but curiously no home TV deal has yet been struck for either fight.

Album: The Sojourners, The Sojourners (Black Hen)

For the most part, gospel music remains a sealed world unto itself, only occasionally showing on the radar of popular music when a group draws on secular material by such as Tom Waits, or collaborates with practitioners of other strains of Americana roots-music.

Inside Lines: Blow for England as Russia take the Roman road to 2018

Just when it seemed England had steadied the ship, the Russian government have launched a torpedo into the turbulent waters of the 2018 World Cup by inviting Roman Abramovich to throw his weight, and considerable wealth, behind their attempt to play hosts. It is an offer the Chelsea owner is unlikely to refuse, especially as prime minister Vladimir Putin will also be putting himself about on the bidding scene, as he did so visibly in helping to clinch the next Winter Olympics for Sochi. This pair's involvement underlines the growing feeling that Russia are emerging as the most formidable threat to England, not least because both have the ear of Fifa boss Sepp Blatter, who is keen to take the World Cup into fresh territory. No Eastern European country has staged the competition and Blatter has twice hobnobbed with Russian leaders in Moscow recently when he was said to be "seeking an update" on their progress from Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, the man who has forced the resignation of Russia's Olympic chief following the nation's worst Winter Games since the collapse of the Soviet empire in 1991. Blatter has been named the most powerful figure in world sport by the Olympic website Around the Rings, and to get him on England's side it might need the Queen to flatter Blatter.

Canadian government backs off plan to alter national anthem

Canadians basked in glory hearing their national anthem played a record 14 times at gold medal ceremonies at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. But they raised an outcry when the Conservative government surprised everyone by announcing it was considering changing a lyric to "O Canada."

The truth is out there: 06/03/2010

A weekly look at the world

Williams home after 'amazing' Vancouver triumph

Amy Williams arrived back in London last night admitting her gold medal at the Vancouver Games felt "absolutely amazing".

James Lawton: From Canada's iceman comes a lesson for Capello's troubled troops

Among the baggage being taken home from the 21st Winter Olympics is at least one imperishable item.

Drinks on Obama as Canada take gold medal

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper will toast a successful Vancouver Winter Olympics with a crate of beer courtesy of the White House.

Martin hails golden 'dream'

Kevin Martin's curlers, snowboarder Jasey Jay Anderson and the speed skating team pursuit trio of Mathieu Giroux, Lucas Makowsky and Denny Morrison all won gold for Canada on the last weekend of the Games to ensure Vancouver will be remembered fondly by the host nation.

Winter Olympics in Brief: Razzoli follows the Tomba tradition to take gold for Italy

Giuliano Razzoli gave Italy its first gold medal of the Vancouver Games with victory in the men's slalom. Razzoli, making his Olympics debut, led after the first leg and clinched gold with a combined time of one minute 39.32 seconds to become the first Italian man to win an Alpine medal since Alberto Tomba in 1994. Croatia's Ivica Kostelic took the silver 0.16sec back and the bronze went to Sweden's Andre Myhrer, 0.44sec adrift. Austria's Benjamin Raich, the defending champion, was fourth but the American Bode Miller lost his chance of becoming the first man to win four Alpine medals at the same Olympics when he straddled the fifth gate in Saturday's foggy conditions. "It's a dream, I worked a long time for this day. It's incredible," said Razzoli.

Stand by for an ice storm in Vancouver

Canada survive late shock to set up gold showdown with electrifying Americans

Sport on TV: Curlers simply swept aside as Paula writes her name in snow

They should call it toe-curling. As if the crawling pace of the play isn't bad enough – and that business of setting up a "guard" so that the next man can just knock it away seems especially absurd; what sort of guard is that? – Great Britain's (or rather Scotland's) women were off kilter from the start and the men, the world champions and favourites, were beaten by a bunch of kids. Swedes 7 Neeps 6.

Leading article: Farewell Vancouver, hello London

We British may not be very much good at sliding on ice, having borne home a single, albeit gold, medal from the Winter Olympics in Vancouver – unless something surprising happens today, the last day. But we are getting better at some Olympic sports. We are now in contention for a medal in "spinning cost overrun expectations", a fairly new event in which Team GB has shown increasing promise in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics.

Winter Olympics notebook: Canadian women say sorry for celebrations

Ice Hockey: Canada's women's team have issued an apology following their over-zealous celebrations after their 2-0 victory against the United States in the gold medal match.

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