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Martyn McLaughlin: IOC refusal to ban Russia reduces Rio to farce

It seems that Olympic principles are wholly subservient to political patronage and money, says Martyn McLaughlin

JT McNamara on Galaxy Rock at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival. Picture: PA

Amateur jockey JT McNamara dies, aged 41

Renowned amateur jockey John Thomas McNamara has died aged 41.

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Forfarshire captain Craig Wallace dives for the crease on his way to scoring 46, as the ball evades Carlton wicketkeeper Rory McCann. Picture: Toby Williams

Watsonians closer to title as Carlton overcome Forfarshire

Watsonians have all but secured the title as the Eastern Premier campaign heads towards its final month of action.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring racetrack.Picture:  Darko Vojinovic/AP Photo

Lewis Hamilton wins to go six points clear in title race

Lewis Hamilton has described his dramatic crash with Nico Rosberg at the Spanish Grand Prix as the turning point in his season after moving six points clear of his Mercedes team-mate with a record-breaking victory in Hungary.

Sir Chris Hoy has accused the IOC of 'passing the buck.' Picture: Neil Hanna

Chris Hoy slams IOC for rejecting total Rio Games ban for Russia

Sir Chris Hoy has accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of “passing the buck” after it refused to ban ­Russia’s team from competing in the Rio Games for running a state-directed doping programme.

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Chris Froome cycles past the Arc de Triomphe, left, and raises the trophy following his victory. Picture: Getty Images

Chris Froome celebrates third Tour de France title

Chris Froome crossed the line arm-in-arm with his Team Sky team-mates as he joined the elite club of three-time Tour de France winners yesterday.

Yuliya Stepanova blew the whistle on Russian doping. Picture: Getty

Moira Gordon: IOC can’t put down welcome mat for drug cheats

Adam Pengilly is the latest British athlete to speak out on the row over Russia’s inclusion in this summer’s Olympics.

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Paralympian Libby Clegg sets world record in new class

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Joe Root struck a 254 as England responded to their first-match defeat by Pakistan in style. Pic: Martin Rickett/PA

England plant roots for recover mission against Pakistan

To win this series, England need to win this match. That was the challenge directed to them in the run up to Friday and they have responded magnificently. Sometime in the next two days, they should complete a victory and feel satisfied that the loss at Lord’s has been erased. All will then be to play for in the final two Test matches.

Mo Farah was barely threatened as he breezed into the distance to win the 5,000m from Andy Butchart by the length of the home straight. Photograph: Paul Harding/PA

Anniversary Games: Olympic standards upheld

For two sun-kissed days in London, the Anniversary Games have provided an oasis in the midst of the desert of despair that still threatens to kick sand in the face of the Olympics when they open in 12 days’ time. At least track and field has purged itself of Russia’s corruption ahead of Rio, but it would be suspending disbelief to imagine that the problem is wholly solved.

Job nearly done for Chris Froome as his trusted team-mates, led by Geraint Thomas, surround him during the penultimate stage. Picture: Peter Dejong/AP

Chris Froome rides (and runs) his way towards third Tour win

Chris Froome will drink champagne on the approach to Paris as champion-elect of the 2016 Tour de France. On a largely ceremonial final stage – until the race among the sprinters for the stage win on the Champs-Elysées – it would take a disaster for Froome to not now claim his third victory and become one of only eight riders to win three or more Tours de France.

Majid Haq took crucial wickets for Clydesdale

Final-over drama as Clydesdale keep title defence on track

Clydesdale may have struck the decisive blow in their bid to retain the Western Premier title with victory over second-placed Ferguslie at Titwood.

The legacy of the 2014 Games continues with funding to five groups. Picture: Michael Gillen/JP

Commonwealth Games legacy funding shared among five groups

FIVE groups are to share in almost £750,000 of Commonwealth Games legacy funding in a bid to encourage Scots to become more physically active.

Laura Muir can't believe her own brilliance as she wins the Women's 1500m. Picture: PA

Scotland’s Laura Muir breaks British 1,500m record

Laura Muir confirmed she will be in the running for an Olympic medal in Rio by smashing the British 1,500 metres record at the Anniversary Games in London last night, writes Mark Woods.

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Jamaicas Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the mens 200m at the Muller Anniversary Games in London last night. Picture: Getty

Usain Bolt earns impressive London victory with Rio looming

Four years ago, Usain Bolt came to London and departed with triple gold. Just another day at the Olympic office for the greatest sprinter the world has ever known. On his return last night for the Muller Anniversary Games, the Jamaican had points to prove. That is he is fit, that he is injury-free, that he remains an imperious force of nature as the defence of his realm looms large.

England captain Alastair Cook looks to the sky as he celebrates his century against Pakistan. Picture: Getty

Alastair Cook leads way as England in driving seat

Centurions Alastair Cook and Joe Root put England in control on day one of the second Investec Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford.

Joe Root: Ill-advised hook shot. Picture: Getty

Allan Massie: England were let down by rash Joe Root

The ideal Test match has both sides scoring around 350 in the first innings and 250-300 in the second. In other words, it’s a match in which both batsmen and bowlers have the chance to flourish. Ideally again, there should be at least two centuries and a couple of five-wicket hauls. The game should ebb and flow and it doesn’t matter if it ends in a draw. Indeed, a draw may be the right result. One example of such a game was the Lord’s Test in the 1953 Ashes series. Len Hutton and Keith Miller made hundreds. There were brilliant innings from Arthur Morris (89) and the young Tom Graveney (78), and fine bowling from Ray Lindwall and Alec Bedser. On the fifth day England escaped from what seem certain defeat thanks to an epic stand between Willie 
Watson and Trevor Bailey. They finished some 40 runs short with three wickets in hand.

Romain Bardet celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of yesterdays 19th stage. Picture: AFP/Getty

Chris Froome falls but lead gets bigger as third title looms

For a second time in this Tour de France, Chris Froome crashed in the yellow jersey but his overall lead increased regardless as he closes in on a third title.

Dmitry Shlyakhtin, head of the Russian track and field federation, attacked yesterdays decision. Picture: PA

Russian track and field athletes fail to lift Rio ban

Russia has lost its appeal against a ban on its track and field athletes competing at the Rio Olympics.

England captain Alastair Cook during catching practice at ahead of the 2nd Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty

Alastair Cook wants to forget James Anderson fitness row

Alastair Cook is urging England to move on from a “messy affair” at Lord’s, as they seek to level the 
Investec series.

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