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Final whistle for David Beckham as world’s most famous footballer announces retirement - 17 May 2013

David Beckham, perhaps the world’s most recognised sports star, has announced his retirement, saying that he is going out “at the top”.

NBA centre Jason Collins becomes America’s first openly gay active player- 1 May 2013

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” wrote Jason Collins, a basketball player who is currently a free agent, and last season played for the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards.

Once bitten: Suárez could prove a sporting role model for all the wrong reasons- 22 April 2013

The behaviour of professional footballers has come under the spotlight once again after the actions of Liverpool striker Luis Suárez.

The beautiful game still blemished by racism, report finds- 19 September 2012

Racism remains a ‘significant problem’ in British football, a parliamentary report has found.

Andy Murray triumphs in historic victory at US Open- 11 September 2012

Andy Murray marked the end of a superlative summer for British sport by becoming the first male British tennis player to win a Grand Slam since 1936.

‘Blade runner’ apologises for timing of sharp words- 3 September 2012

Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has apologised for the timing of controversial comments made about the winner of his 200m race.

Record-breaking success shapes Team GB’s Paralympic start- 31 August 2012

The GB paralympic team bagged two gold medals on the first day of competition.

An academy is sending a team to play basketball in a Russian league- 30 August 2012

A talented team of pupils are set to mix studies with slam dunks next term as they tour Eastern Europe competing against some of the best players in the world.

London gets set for Paralympic opening - 28 August 2012

Billy Elliott director Stephen Daldry’s Paralympic opening ceremony ‘Enlightenment’ will include more than 3,000 volunteers. Soldiers undergoing rehabilitation, children and professionals will perform in the Olympic stadium on Wednesday 29 August.

Tour de France record holder to be stripped of sporting honours - 24 August 2012

Cyclist Lance Armstrong will cede his seven Tour de France yellow jerseys and accept a lifetime ban from the sport after refusing to contest a US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) charge against him.

Flames spark the start of preparations for the Paralympic Games - 22 August 2012

Four teams of Scouts have scaled the heights of the UK’s highest peaks to light flames as part of a 24-hour relay ahead of the start of the Paralympic Games.

Gold medal winners stamp their mark on hometown high streets - 10 August 2012

A strong gold medal haul for Team GB during London 2012 has led to a busy week for the Royal Mail, which is painting postboxes across the country gold in honour of the success of Britain’s athletes.

This week at the Olympics - 3 August 2012

London 2012 has opened with a week full of Olympic firsts for Team GB. While the first three days passed without a single gold for the host nation, the duck was finally broken on Wednesday by rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning.

Tom Daley cyberbullied - 1 August 2012

Anti-bullying charities have jumped to the defence of Team GB diving star and A-grade pupil Tom Daley after he found himself subject to a cyberbullying attack following his performance at London 2012.

Yellow jersey dreams of Olympic gold - 23 July 2012

Bradley Wiggins has won the Tour de France, becoming the first British man to do so in the cycling competition’s 75-year history.

School Olympics - 19 July 2012

Having one student competing in this year’s Olympics would be enough to make most schools proud, but a private school on the south coast will be prouder than most when no fewer than four of its pupils line up for the opening ceremony at London 2012 next week.

Record breakers - 18 July 2012

Over 1,000 people in the Chinese city of Shanghai were falling over themselves to break a rather unusual world record earlier this week.

Oxfam wins at Wimbledon - 9 July 2012

After a promising start, Andy Murray lost in the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer yesterday.  Whilst much of the 16.9 million strong UK audience held their heads in despair, Oxfam staff and supporters must have found it difficult to contain their glee as Murray’s loss resulted in a £100k pay-out to the charity. 

Anyone for tennis? - 26 June 2012

Centre Court was once more playing host to the cream of tennis talent as the 126th Wimbledon got underway yesterday at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

Euro 2012 - Controversy and Protest- 8 June 2012

The European Championship has kicked off with controversy over politics and racism threatening to overshadow football at the tournament being co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland. England will play their first match, against France, today in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Ferdinand’s omission from Euro 2012 squad criticised - 7 June 2012

Footballer Rio Ferdinand’s continued exclusion from England’s Euro 2012 squad has led to football anti-racism organisation Kick It Out holding talks on whether to condemn manager Roy Hodgson for his decision.

Chelsea: champions of Europe - 20 May 2012

Chelsea has become the fifth English club to lift the Champions League trophy after a victory on penalties over German side Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Olympic torch lit - 11 May 2012

The Olympic flame was blown out yesterday in an unconventional start to the lighting of the Olympic torch - the final countdown for the London 2012 Games. 

Bahrain F1 doubts - 20 April 2012

Last night the Force India Formula 1 race team found themselves trapped as riot police and protesters clashed on the streets of Manama, Bahrain’s capital, casting doubts about whether it is safe to host this weekend’s Grand Prix in the country.

Grand National - 16 April 2012

The death of two horses, Synchronised and According to Pete, during last weekend’s Grand National has put the spotlight on the treatment of animals in horse racing.

Racism - 15 October 2011

Saturday 15th October 2011 the issue of racism in football reared its ugly head when Manchester United’s defender Patrice Evra claimed that Liverpool’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez had taunted and racially abused him.