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Tennis: Cincinnati Masters 1000

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Monday August 12
Lindner Family Tennis Center, Ohio, Cincinnati
Sky Sports 4 4pm

Andy Murray’s only gone and done it. Olympic gold last Sunday might not have taken all the pain of that Wimbledon final defeat away, but it will have gone a long way to helping heal the wounds.

And, more importantly, it might bury some of the doubts that seem to hold the Scottish star back on the big occasions.

Cricket: England v South Africa - Third Test

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Thursday August 16
Lord’s
Sky Sports 1 10.30am

The Best Bits of the Premier League: 16-20

Dirt and drama on a BMX

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Stuff your velodrome, and your ‘Tour de France’ – for some really thrilling pedal-based action, look no further than BMX racing, which starts this afternoon at a purpose-built track.

Just like on the laminated flooring of the ‘Pringle’, and the tarmacked roads of Surrey, we’re in with a pretty good chance of gold on the VeloPark’s purpose-built dirt track. For Shanaze Reade (pictured, left) will be favourite when the riders line up at the top of the eight-foot start ramp.

Jessica Ennis: Olympic champion

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“I could never imagine it would be like this,” gushes a wide-eyed Jessica Ennis less than 24 hours after fulfilling her Olympic dream.

On one of the finest nights British sport has ever witnessed, her gold medal-winning performance in the heptathlon sent an entire nation loopy with adoration for an athlete who has for so long been the poster girl for London 2012.

The Olympic ring

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Punch for pay

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As the men’s boxing medals are decided, we examine whether Olympic glory leads to pro success by assessing the fortunes of Britain’s medal-winners since 2000

London 2012: the days ahead - Saturday

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Athletics: Men’s 5,000m Final

Olympic Stadium, 7.30pm

 

London 2012: the days ahead - Sunday

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Basketball: Men’s Gold-Medal Game

Basketball Arena, 3pm

 

The semi finals are today, so we may be assuming too much, but our educated guess is that Sunday afternoon’s gold-medal match in the men’s basketball tournament will be little more than an extended victory parade for the catalogue of NBA stars masquerading as the United States international team. Last Saturday’s narrow 99-94 win over Lithuania proved teams can get close to them, but the reality is that such a test served only to wake them up a bit.

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