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Senior Sports Writer and Columnist — Guardian
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Senior sports writer and columnist at the Guardian. Formerly sports editor of and father of Football Weekly

Olympic cuts could wound athletics worse than IAAF and doping scandals — It is, according to Lord Coe, a scandal every bit as damaging to athletics as the stain left by Ben Johnson during the Seoul Olympics. But while a weather bomb of corruption, malpractice and bribery allegations has smashed through the sport in recent days, another story with the capacity to wound it has slipped under the radar: the IOC is considering culling five of the 26 track and field events from the Games.

Kenyan Riders maintain dream of Tour de France despite death of leader — The only time I saw John Njoroge in the flesh he was shuffling towards the start of the Commonwealth Games cycling road race, his Kenya jersey absorbing water like a towel. As the rain pogoed off the Glasgow streets, and an icy northerly scythed through the peloton, I swear I saw him gaze towards the heavens.

Lizzy Yarnold returns after rest and recreation with renewed focus — Ten months have passed since Lizzy Yarnold performed an act of alchemy on a bob skeleton track in Sochi; transforming steel and ice into a Winter Olympics gold medal. She has not raced since and before she returned to competition on Friday in Lake Placid she predicted the butterflies in her belly would be doing a merry dance.

IAAF limps on as rumours, allegations and innuendo race out of control — Maybe the most worrying aspect of all for the IAAF, as it lurches from accusation to crisis and back again, is that the Ferris wheel shows no sign of stopping. On Wednesday the Guardian reported that Papa Massata Diack, the son of the president, Lamine Diack, apparently requested a $5m payment from Qatar during the race for the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

IAAF’s most senior anti-doping official, Dr Gabriel Dollé, leaves job — The most senior anti-doping official in athletics has left his post after being interviewed by the world governing body's ethics commission, the Guardian can reveal. Dr Gabriel Dollé, the director of the medical and anti-doping department at the International Association of Athletics Federations, was an important figure in the body, with the job of overseeing all doping-related aspects of IAAF events, athletes and associated matters.

Belated recognition for Prince Naseem Hamed, the forgotten man of boxing — A few days ago, Naseem Hamed achieved another career milestone by becoming one of the few post-war British boxers to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. There was a congratulatory tweet from Amir Khan but elsewhere it barely made a ripple. In his prime, Hamed was a global superstar.

British athletes with altitude look to follow in Mo Farah’s footsteps — Shortly after a flaming dawn in Kenya's Rift Valley, a bare-chested man is being stabbed in the ear in the name of scientific research. A family of curious, emaciated sheep plod by, straining to get a closer look. Charlie Grice doesn't flinch as his blood is drained and stored.

Doping revelations offer Lord Coe daunting athletics clean-up job — When Lord Coe launched his candidacy for the IAAF presidency on Wednesday he stressed that, while athletics needed reform, it was not in "a panic" or "a crisis". That was then: this is now.

If IPTL is the future of tennis, can we retreat to the present? — The opening day of the thunderously-hyped International Tennis Premier League lasted a shade under six hours. But it only took seconds for Maria Sharapova to give the game away. On court Sharapova is usually ice-hearted and merciless: a tennis equivalent of Elsa from Frozen, who tries to conceal, not feel.

Jodie Stimpson enjoys hard work in quest to be world No1 in triathlon — So desperate is Jodie Stimpson's desire for oxygen that her every gasp sounds like Darth Vader's death rattle. The Commonwealth Games double triathlon gold medallist has just pedalled for three hours on her turbo trainer, a stationary bike with no front wheel, head rocking in suffering and trance.
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Dec 18, 2014

RT @friebos: "I don’t want to stir anything. I have my own thoughts," says Sean Yates, stirring something. @tomcary_tel interview:…

Dec 18, 2014

Fantastic interview by @timjonze >>@guardian: Billy Corgan: 'Nobody believes I made a three-star record. Nobody!'

Dec 17, 2014

RT @owen_g: To no great surprise up to 7 of those Brazilian W Cup stadiums now languishing. Last game in Brasilia watched by 4k:…

Dec 16, 2014

@adharanand Cheers! It was re-reading your book that gave me the idea of trying to interview John Njoroge at the Commonwealth Games.

Dec 16, 2014

@katdibbits It's an early Christmas miracle! Being serious, thanks for the kind words

Dec 16, 2014

@adharanand good point - had shortlist of 15, could have been many more. High jump competitions great too.

Dec 16, 2014

@NicoStorm999 Hearing was supposed to go on until today and verdict may not be announced until new year ...

Dec 16, 2014

'The Queen told them no other girl rides like me’ - i/v from today's Guardian with the lovely Charlotte Dujardin…

Dec 15, 2014

@DanLucas86 that's impressive! I used to play scrabble with my wife but when we started rote learning 2-3 letter words it got a bit heated

Dec 15, 2014

While the cool kids are out at their Christmas parties I've just played a chess simul with a Soviet grandmaster. Last to finish. Lost.

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