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'First World War soldiers' have been appearing around the country today. Who is behind the memorial?

Did you notice anything strange on your commute this morning? Or when you went to grab a sandwich at lunch, perhaps?<p>Across the country today, thousands of volunteers have dressed up in First World War uniforms as part of a memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Each participant …

How some try to make sense of the Somme, 100 years on

The Somme at 100<p>A century on from the most grievous of battles, take a look at how some try to make sense of it all.<p>With a blow of the whistles at …

World War I

Britain remembers ‘saddest day’ on World War I Somme centenary

Britain's royal family on Thursday paid tribute to a generation lost at the Battle of the Somme, 100 years after the deadliest battle in British history.<p>"We lost the flower of a generation and in the years to come it sometimes seemed that with them a sense of vital optimism had disappeared for ever …

Friday essay: the Battle of the Somme and the death of martial glory

At exactly 7.30 in the morning, 100 years ago today, thousands of British soldiers went “over the top” towards enemy lines in the lowlands …

20th Century

View from South Africa: ‘This was humiliation, a huge wound to pride’

• Springboks’ Rugby World Cup defeat by Japan leaves country in shock<br>• Leading newspaper suggests Heyneke Meyer will pay with his job<p>Anger. Humiliation. Disbelief. More anger. These are the primary reactions in South Africa to being on the wrong end of the greatest giantkilling act in rugby World …

Texas high school players suspended, may face charges for hitting referee from behind

MARBLE FALLS, Texas -- Two San Antonio high school football players have been suspended and could face criminal charges after one hit a referee from …

San Antonio

Mike Riley, Oregon State face Title IX lawsuit alleging sexually violent culture

Nebraska football coach Mike Riley and his former school, Oregon State, face a federal Title IX lawsuit filed by a woman who said she was raped as a …

Title IX

South Africa addicted to drama over the race of their rugby squad | Kaya Malotana

As a court case to prevent the Springboks travelling to the Rugby World Cup was dropped, Kaya Malotana, the first black player capped by South Africa in the professional era, says his country can be a nation of winners if they embrace principled systems of management rather than making emotional …

Thousands of fish wash ashore at Rio de Janeiro's Olympic park

Residents close to Jacarepagua Lagoon on Saturday woke up to thousands of dead fish on their beach in Rio de Janeiro<p>Thousands of dead fish wer found washed ashore in the Jacarepagua Lagoon on Saturday, next to Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Park.<p>Residents began noticing the appearance of dead fish on …

A new genetic breakthrough could be key for a potential obesity “cure”

Nearly half of all Europeans are genetically predisposed to obesity. The condition is a worldwide epidemic affecting more than half a billion people and rising every year in most countries.<p>Despite this, we know little about the genetic origin of the condition and have no good medical treatment for …

Genetics

Introduction to Sport Psychology for Beginners

Sports Psychology – What is Mental Toughness?

In today’s world, it is rare to see individuals competing for pure pleasure, relaxation and innocent recreation. Rare too is the phrase “it does not …

Stop counting calories and start a high-fat Mediterranean-style diet, health experts urge

People should stop counting calories and instead focus on the kind of food they are eating to improve their health and cut risk of heart attack, …

How to make the perfect porchetta

The Italian version of hog roast, stuffed with garlic and herbs and generously salted, is utterly sublime. But lacking consensus on how to prepare it, I’ve had to spend a month testing slow-cooked pork and salty crackling<p>Like most right-thinking omnivores, I love a hog roast – insincere apologies …

BBQ

Justin Gatlin vows to boycott BBC and British media over ‘biased’ 100m reports

• ‘Every characterisation is solely about doping,’ says Gatlin’s agent<br>• Gatlin finished second behind Usain Bolt in race built up as ‘good and evil’<p>Seconds out, round two. After Usain Bolt sent the hyperbole meter into overdrive by defeating Justin Gatlin, the USA athlete at the eye of the storm …

Andy Murray says verbal abuse not common, despite Nick Kyrgios incident

Murray says players are aware that anything they say to opponents can be picked up and broadcast around the world<p>However many loud arguments Andy Murray might have with himself on court, he does not welcome the suggestion that trash-talking between opponents might liven up his sport.<p>While the …

Andy Murray

Why kids quit sport - The UK's leading Sports Psychology Website

Youth sport is a subject close to my heart. As a parent of three pre school-age children, participation in organised sporting activities is already a …

Sports Science

Why South Africa Wasn't Ready to Release Oscar Pistorius

South Africa’s Justice Minister has blocked the release on early parole of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius in a move welcomed by his victim Reeva …

South Africa

Teamsters look to loan union muscle to UFC, citing lower pay for women fighters

No one needs to hold a benefit for Ronda Rousey, the charismatic face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's women's division who makes nearly $200,000 per fight, but the relatively meager pay of the women on the other end of her punches have the Teamsters looking to unionize the UFC.<p>In addition …

Usain Bolt’s returns to Beijing overshadowed by doping discussions

He set world records, won Olympic gold medals, danced on the track and made the sprint game feel fun again.<p>One thing Usain Bolt cannot do, he insists, is serve as the lone saviour for track and field.<p>"I can't do it by myself," Bolt said Thursday.<p>Back in Beijing, where he set three world records and …

What makes a successful rider agent? How the peloton’s big deals are negotiated

The sport of cycling is a multi-million euro industry with a myriad of deals done each year. Many are between teams and their backers, of course, but …

Tour de France

Boston may have underestimated Olympic costs by more than $900 million, report says

A study of Boston's failed bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics suggests that leadership underestimated potential venue costs by nearly $1 billion.<p>Massachusetts state legislators had originally commissioned the report to get a clearer view of risks involved with the bid. Before it could be completed, …

Olympics officials, expert disagree on cost of bidding for Olympics

TORONTO -- Olympics officials say new rules meant to make hosting the Games more affordable would also cut the cost of bidding for the international …

Olympic teams are taking major precautions before competing in Brazil's toxic waters

Athletes gathered in Rio this week for an Olympic test event on Guanabara Bay, where sailing and swimming events will be held in 2016. Officials from several national teams, including the United States, Mexico and Australia, have instructed sailors and rowers on how to avoid falling ill while …

Lord Coe wins presidency of IAAF

Former Tory MP and double Olympic champion vows to end conflict of interest between governing body and doping war<p>Sebastian Coe will turn his attention to banishing any conflict of interest between athletics’ governing body and the fight against doping after beating his only rival Sergey Bubka to be …

Nigel Slater’s roast tomatoes with mint and parsley couscous recipe

Vegetarian food and drink,Summer food and drink,Food & drink,Life and style<p>Light yet filling, here’s a fresh vegetarian recipe that’s both savoury and bursting with tomato sweetness<p>Put 650g of assorted small tomatoes (red, orange, yellow, green, cherry etc) into a roasting tin with a crushed clove …

Recipes

Why Women's World Cup champion Brandi Chastain bared her bra

<b>In 1999, US footballer Brandi Chastain shot to fame. After scoring the winning penalty in the Women's World Cup final she ripped off her shirt in a memorable and controversial goal celebration.</b><p>"The stadium was so incredibly quiet - it's amazing how 90,000 plus people could be silent - if I had to …

Ian Thorpe comes out as gay in Parkinson interview

After years of denial, swimming champion Ian Thorpe has revealed he is gay in an exclusive interview with Sir Michael Parkinson. The five-time Olympic gold medallist and Australia's most successful Olympic athlete to date, has revealed his sexuality in an interview to be aired on Australia's …

Sayers determined to succeed after successful appeal

Three-time Olympian Goldie Sayers admits she is hell-bent on making 2014 a success after winning an appeal into her omission from British Athletics’ …

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