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  • Heroes of 2012: Alex Zanardi

    "I want people to understand there are no miracles in my life.

    "It's true I had a big accident, my heart stopped seven times and the doctors gave me no chance of survival. The odds were 100 per cent against me. But here I am. And one and a half years later, the same people who shed tears because they thought I had passed away saw me back at the Lausitzring circuit doing more or less the same thing I was doing before. I can understand that from the outside this looks like a great miracle.

    "It's the same when a guy one day quits motorsport and takes up hand cycling, which he has never done

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  • Heroes of 2012: Laura Trott and Jason Kenny

    This is my favourite photo of 2012 by far.

    As you know, it's Laura Trott and Jason Kenny - fresh from winning two Olympic gold medals apiece - indulging in a public display of affection at London 2012.

    The pair pitched up at Horse Guards Parade, to drink beer and enjoy a mildly tipsy snog in front of the beach volleyball. All very sweet.

    Of course, it's not a conventionally great photograph. The background is boring, the lighting harsh, and then there's that idiot with his head blocking our view of Kenny... wait a minute! I know that guy! Hey Becks, get your head down!

    And that's what makes

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  • Heroes of 2012: Andy Murray

    We begin our series looking at the year's greatest sporting heroes with a profile of US Open and Olympic champion Andy Murray, making the case for him to win BBC Sports Personality.

    For as long as I can remember, Britain has been hopeless at tennis.

    One of my first sporting memories is Boris Becker winning Wimbledon in 1985.

    That year, seven of the eight British men went out in the first round - the exception, John Lloyd, lost to Henri Leconte in the third round.

    Throughout my formative years there was no point complaining about Lloyd or Jeremy Bates or Andrew Castle, because they were the

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  • Robbie, Rafa, Pep – Do managers even matter?

    There wasn't much to say about Chelsea sacking Roberto Di Matteo, except: "Yes, that's what they do."

    The statement announcing the manager's departure contained no pretence that this was a difficult or gut-wrenching decision.

    Here's what it said: "The team's recent performances and results have not been good enough and the owner and the Board felt that a change was necessary now to keep the club moving in the right direction as we head into a vitally important part of the season."

    In other words, the way to spice things up heading into the busy Christmas period is to change the manager.

    A

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  • The unhappiest place on earth

    A Sunday afternoon in West LondonOn Sunday night, after the Premier League's weekly Carnival of Hate, I watched the X-Factor results.

    The sing-off featured an identikit boy-band called Union J, who wept, wailed and displayed the kind of faces usually reserved for discovering your entire family has been devoured by a flesh-eating virus. They looked like right chumps.

    Their opponent was a young mum named Jade Ellis, who smiled, took criticism with good grace and retained her composure. She appeared to have a proper idea of the competition's importance.

    Faced with that rare beast - a reality TV contestant with a sense of

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  • Luis Suarez: Sympathy for the devil

    Robert Huth, erm, unintentionally treads on Luis Suarez

    It takes a lot to make me feel sympathy for Luis Suarez. But this week's unending torrent of anti-diving sentiment has done just that.

    Brendan Rodgers has been mocked for describing Suarez as "vilified" and a "victim" - largely because it's fun to point and laugh when Liverpool press the 'conspiracy' button.

    But what other conclusion can you draw when you see the bile aimed at the Uruguayan?

    It is Suarez's misfortune that his ludicrous drive against Stoke took place before an international week, when the lack of real news caused this cycle to spin on and on.

    (WATCH THE DIVE HERE - VIDEO IN UK

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  • Hodgson should forget about Rio’s return

    It has been a rough couple of years for Rio Ferdinand.

    In 2010 he was set to captain England at the World Cup, only for an injury to rule him out of the tournament, heralding the sad petering-out of his England career.

    The following season he led England twice before Capello returned the armband to the once-disgraced John Terry - a decision on which history will not look kindly.

    Fast forward to Terry's second sacking, when the captaincy passed to Steven Gerrard and Ferdinand found himself vilified by some England fans.

    Why? For daring to be related to someone who believed he was the victim of

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  • Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis and Andy Murray

    Andy Murray's US Open victory capped off an extraordinary sporting summer.

    Hours after Britain's Olympians and Paralympians received a tumultuous ovation as they paraded through the streets of London, Murray produced a magnificent final flourish across the Atlantic in New York.

    The Scot's epic win over Novak Djokovic made him a leading challenger in probably the strongest Sports Personality of the Year field ever assembled.

    Let's take a look at the top 10 contenders for the coveted BBC award.

    Bradley Wiggins - Cycling (6/5 favourite)

    What he did: Back in July, Wiggo became the Britain's first

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  • Crowds light up Olympic venues

    The Olympic Velodrome roars its approval as Jason Kenny wins gold

    What a wonderful, unforgettable fortnight.

    London has staged sport's biggest party, and has done so with efficiency, hospitality and good cheer.

    It is pointless to elect a 'greatest Olympics ever', but the fact that people - and not just Britons - are talking in those terms is testament to a glorious success story.

    From a personal standpoint, the biggest triumph of all has been the fans.

    Over 10 million poured into sold-out venues to roar on Olympic achievement in all its forms - highlights like Usain Bolt's pyrotechnics and Britain's amazing gold run, but also the less-heralded likes of

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  • Olympics review – Day 16

    Anthony JoshuaDAY 16 IN A NUTSHELL

    Big man steps up: Anthony Joshua faced the scrap of his life as he stepped into the ring for the third round of his super-heavyweight final against Roberto Cammarelle, knowing he needed to make up a three-point deficit. But he was equal to it: time and again he found a way through his opponent's guard to punch the Italian in the face, and Britain was left celebrating its 29th and final gold medal.

    BRITS IN ACTION

    Anthony Joshua beat Italy's Roberto Cammarelle in the super-heavyweight boxing final

    Freddie Evans met more than his match as he lost to Serik Sapiyev in the

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