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Mission accomplished for Putin as host nation finishes top of medals list

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Predicting the weather in Vancouver can be a meteorologist's nightmare. The variations between the coast and the mountainous terrains, the influence of sea breezes, and the "Pineapple Express" (a phenomenon that brings warm rain in the winter and which produced the distinct lack of snow during this year's Winter Olympics) all add to the challenge.

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Spectacular scenery, excellent resorts and slopes for all abilities make Canada a perfect family destination, says Patrick Thorne

Russia seeks green Olympics Games tips

The team overseeing the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, is to meet its counterpart organising the London 2012 summer games to improve its economic and environmental standards.

Applications open for London Olympic volunteers

Olympic organisers are looking for 70,000 volunteers for the 2012 London Games.

South Africa turns attention to the Olympics

South Africa is basking in the glory of successfully staging the first World Cup on African soil but the country's thoughts have already shifted to another top sports event - the Olympic Games.

'Barefoot bandit' trail leads FBI to plane crash in the Bahamas

Federal agents have been itching for months to get their hands on a certain Colton Harris-Moore, a 19-year-old fugitive from the law whose home was coastal Washington State near Seattle. That he may have pitched up – or rather crash-landed – in a tourist isle in the Bahamas was not what anyone expected.

Matisyahu, Borderline, London

It is fair to say that Matisyahu is the world's premier Hasidic reggae artist. Admittedly, he doesn't have a lot of competition for that title, but the Brooklynite is no pretender.

Nicola Dandridge: ‘We have to be very lean, flexible and fit as we’re moving into pretty rocky times’

In an exclusive interview, the new chief executive of Universities UK tells Lucy Hodges why universities need to sell themselves better

Vancouver Olympics death report released

Gravitational force overpowered out-of-control Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili and left him unable to avoid the crash that claimed his life hours before the opening ceremony at the Vancouver Olympics, the International Luge Federation concluded in a report Monday.

Kerrigan brother denies killing father in drunken row

Nancy Kerrigan, the former US figure skater who was once cast as hapless victim in perhaps the most compelling scandal in Olympic history, made an unfortunate return to the public eye today when her brother appeared in court accused of killing his father during a drunken late-night argument at the family home.

Medvedev's Olympics threat

The Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has marked the raising of the Olympic flag over Sochi, the venue for the 2014 Winter Games, by threatening criminal proceedings against his country's sporting administrators.

Mark Steel: London 2012 is a mess already, but they could still make it fun

Bit by bit, the promises of the organisers are becoming cloudier

Watching the murder detectives

Mark Hughes spent a week with one of the country's busiest homicide teams. In the first of a two-part series, he discovers the painstaking work necessary to bring killers to justice

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.

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