Michel Platini to stand for Fifa presidency

Pledge to restore the ‘dignity’ of football’s governing body

Jews reclaim the Olympic stadium

The continent’s biggest Jewish sports event is taking place in Berlin, writes Jeevan Vasagar

Sky profits boosted by 1m new customers

Questions remain about impact of BT’s Champions League coverage

France shrugs off the smoking ban

The country that gave us Gitanes may soon enact strict antismoking laws, writes Adam Thomson

ITV: channel hopping

ITV’s share price has jumped — it’s time to switch over

Garden Bridge

Cities need boring bridges not baubles

The new crop of crossings are expensive follies not real infrastructure, writes Edwin Heathcote

Senior official quits over Japan stadium

Kubo’s resignation comes after PM Abe scraps $2bn design

Boston withdraws bid for 2024 Olympics

Political opposition leaves US hopes of hosting games uncertain

Rakesh Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer of Reckitt Benckiser.
©Charlie Bibby

Reckitt boss remains nicely focused

Results somewhat overshadow those of rival Unilever

GVC launches £1bn bid for Bwin.party

Offer comes after Bwin accepted a bid from 888 Holdings

A reflection on Aim’s 20th anniversary

The junior class learns the lessons of its entry policies

Indian cricketers cleared of charges

Collapse of corruption case seen as setback to lucrative league’s clean-up attempts

Who is the best of cycling’s fast men?

To find out we turned to a ratings system created for chess

When a Tiger no longer burns bright

Great golfer’s decline has a sobering precedent in baseball

Cycling needs time to re-build trust

Mortgages aim to score with athletes

Move aims to overcome tightening of eligibility rules

Visa adds to pressure for Blatter exit

‘No meaningful reform’ possible while Fifa head stays

To boost UK productivity, cancel August

Confessing you have to stay in the office is an admission of wage slavery, says Karina Robinson

Explainer: Flexible Renminbi — 10 years on

China reforms aimed at pushing currency towards reserve status

Johnson takes hard-won Open in play-off

Victory for older guys in a sport of late dominated by young guns

Golf loses touch with new customers

When businesses turn into a caricature, something has gone wrong

Cricket fans get chance to watch a five-day game — golf

England go down to biggest Ashes defeat since days of Bradman

Changing shape of the America’s Cup

Six teams to battle it out in early stages of sailing classic

Guilty until proven innocent in athletics

Is Usain Bolt clean? The answer is . . . probably, fingers crossed

Ex-Fifa official to face charges in US

Jeffrey Webb alleged to have received millions of dollars in bribes

Japan scraps $2bn Olympic stadium design

Abe wades in following public outcry over ballooning costs

After first Test, it’s back to normality

England’s ambitions now extend only to hope of an orderly retreat

Fifa shuffles along road to rehabilitation

Football’s governing body tightens rules on World Cup bidders

Fifa official extradited to US

Football governing body to hold executive meeting to set elections

Protect employees from internet trolls

Companies have a duty of care to staff

Alliance addresses Iran’s MBA training

Partnership brings expertise to a nation mismanaged for decades

Are upsets on the way out in tennis?

Nadal has lost to a rank outsider at Wimbledon four times

Tennis brainpower beats brawn

Mats Wilander moved his opponents around and out thought them

Williams triumphs again at Wimbledon

Tennis star completes ‘Serena slam’ with fourth consecutive major title

Murray felled by faultless Federer

The Swiss swept through, leaving UK sport hopes focused on Ashes

Why do we run marathons?

Ed Caesar on our thirst for self-imposed hardship

Wimbledon shot that rang out on Twitter

Much-shared Federer lob shows the power of video clips online

Bwin.party confirms offer from rival GVC

Deal reflects move towards consolidation in online gaming market

Root digs England out of a hole in Cardiff

Yorkshire batsman answers national emergency in first Ashes Test

Disraeli’s heir dishes the Labour party

Chancellor is true follower of the founder of one nation Toryism


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