News Jack Hammersley and Jorge Gill recreated wakeboarding, similar to that pictured, in a carpark in Guildford

Jack Hammersley and Jorge Gill were criticised for using a pulley system to wakeboard in an underground carpark

David Ashdown's sports picture diary: Beijing Olympics - Synchronized swimming

David Ashdown was in Beijing covering the 2008 Olympic Games

Brabants eager to add to compatriots' medal haul

World champion Tim Brabants admits he has been inspired by Great Britain's medal-winning exploits elsewhere in these Games and now he has begun competing he wants to get in on the act.

Brabants through to kayak final

Britain's Tim Brabants and Canada's Adam van Koeverden powered through Monday's Olympic preliminaries in the men's 1,000 metre kayak race, the sport's blue riband event, to secure spots in Friday's final.

Brit crews reach finals

Great Britain will have a remarkable 10 crews in the Olympic rowing finals this weekend after the lightweight men's double scull and lightweight men's four both qualified today.

Brit swimmers into finals

Fran Halsall came back from the disappointment of last night's relay failure to reach the 100 metres freestyle final.

David Ashdown's sports picture diary: Beijing Olympics - Kayaking

David Ashdown was in Beijing covering the 2008 Olympic Games

Swimming: Tancock storms to gold in European record

Liam Tancock continued to prove his world-class credentials last night by winning the 100 metres backstroke at the World Short-Course Championships in Manchester in a European record time. He was followed on to the top of the podium by Rebecca Adlington, 19, who missed a world record by a quarter of a second in the 800m freestyle but won in 8:08.25, 12 seconds inside her previous best.

'I'd give all to get her back', says father of Shannon

As the search for missing Shannon Matthews continues, the nine-year-old's father made an emotional appeal for her safe return. Speaking yesterday, Leon Rose, 29, who is separated from Shannon's mother Karen, said: "I'd give everything I own for her to be found. I feel she is still alive. I have to believe that – anything else would be too much to bear. She's a happy, loving little soul – a real bundle of laughs. I can't bear the thought that we don't know where she is."

Verrucas: how do I get rid of them?

I swim three times a week at my local pool, but I have developed a couple of verrucas on my foot. I tried a Wartner freezing kit, but I found it too painful, and it did not work. Can you suggest something painless that will remove verrucas?

Shark sighting 'is no cause for alarm'

Rowing: What happens now for Britain's Olympic squad?

How will rowing survive without Matthew Pinsent? If you listen to the man himself, then the picture is less bleak than first thought. "We won four Olympic medals in Athens, one of them gold, from a national base of 30,000 rowers. Rowing is very capable of producing more medallists. There's more out there than you think."

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