From April 2014

Olympic links: 30 April, 2014

Marianne Vos launches the La Course women's bike race

IOC VP dubs Rio prep "worst ever", new GB chef de mission, La Course bike race launched, Russia marathon star gets ban & loses titles, Louis Smith misses Euros over 'politics', Rutherford long jump record row, badminton boss steps down, and Call of Duty is an X Games event.

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Olympic links: 29 April, 2014

Wladimir Klitschko

European Games chief exec resigns, Giro d'Italia organisers bemoan lack of big names, Klitschko's Rio bid takes a hit, Tom Daley in big-dive therapy, Zara Phillips returns to eventing, IOC back for Pyeongchang inspection, and triathlete Laurent Vidal appears to be making heart attack recovery.

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Olympic links: 28 April, 2014

Rajiv Ouseph

Triathlete Stimpson wins again, Ouseph wins Euro badminton silver, Fox-Pitt wins in Kentucky to set up GB equestrian treble, LA reveals 2024 bid plans, Farah's coach wants no more marathons, Phelps coach 'experimenting', and the story of Bermuda's chaotic 1986 Commonwealth boycott.

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Olympic links: 25 April, 2014

Andrew Nicholson at Badminton in 2011

Phelps wins first race since London 2012, eventing acrimony in Kiwi war of words, inside the World Cycling Centre, US ski coach jailed, Russian ski boss takes pop at Pyeongchang, French triathlete suffers heart attack, GB water polo needs £100,000 to survive, and Roger Milla takes in some judo.

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Olympic links: 24 April, 2014

Ferrand Prevot wins Fleche Wallonne

Cyclist Rogers cleared as reporters round on doping bans, Armitstead retains World Cup lead, Ben Maher's champion horse sold in dispute, Burghley winner changed as Paget disqualified, US rower 'below poverty line', Daley struggles to find new partner, new England sevens kit, and Michael Phelps returns today.

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Olympic links: 23 April, 2014

GB water polo players celebrate

Brits defeat water polo world champions, six-time archery Olympian retires, Farah given Commonwealth deadline, speed skating legend targets Ironman, Ali Brownlee pulls out of Cape Town triathlon, success on three continents for GB gymnasts, and Emma Pooley bemoans the pittance cycling pays.

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Olympic links: 18 April, 2014

Birds Nest stadium, Beijing

Poland and Ukraine's embattled 2022 bids, Joyner-Kersee holds Palestinian run clinic, GB's 1964 bobsleigh champions revisit Innsbruck track, Northern Ireland names first Commonwealth team members, Rio mayor pokes fun at Beijing's 'Fish Nest', and US Olympic champion hits 100 years of age.

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Olympic links: 17 April, 2014

Marathon in Pyongyang

GB Basketball drops funding appeal, UCI faces paracycling backlash, CAS rules in favour of rhythmic judges, ice hockey players on polar trek, Nike in whopping 23-year athletics deal, Liu Xiang insists he's not done yet, and how about running a marathon in North Korea?

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Olympic links: 16 April, 2014

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong fixes your flat tyre, controlled detonations as US remembers Boston bombings, Bolt says foot injury 'not serious', Tom Daley told to cut out sweets, Jamaican anti-doping damned in report, Phelps comeback reaction continues, and why Mo Farah should stick to marathons.

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Olympic links: 15 April, 2014

Glasgow 2014 medals

Michael Phelps confirms comeback later this month, Glasgow 2014 medal designs revealed with 100 days to go, ski bosses defend slopestyle after 'unacceptable' injury worry, Farah warned off marathons by Kipsang, Wiggins may not make Tour de France team, Tom Daley launches diving academy, and work for Team GB.

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