Puffin Billy endured a spring of underachievement

Puffin seeks to regain perch among top hurdlers

Newbury’s Hennessy Gold Cup meeting opens on Thursday with the unusual spectacle these days, when Saturdays have long since commandeered almost all worthwhile jumps races on the way to the Festival, of an informative contest that has moved in the opposite direction.

Kiwi polish: Shaun Johnson goes over in the last minute to score the winning try for New Zealand

England 18 New Zealand 20 match report: England’s final chance sunk by last kick of game

Shaun Johnson converts his own last-minute try to deny hosts a World Cup semi-final win

Paperback review: Man Belong Mrs Queen, by Matthew Baylis

Growing up in 1980s Southport, Matthew Baylis always felt a sense of solidarity with the gaffe-prone Duke of Edinburgh, who was, like him, “unpopular, posh, misunderstood and mocked”. So when he later learned of a tribe that worshipped Prince Philip as a god, he decided to investigate. Man Belong Mrs Queen tells the story of Baylis’s trip to the Melanesian island of Tanna, where he stays with the “Philippists”, shares their diet of yams and potent narcotics, and tries to get to the bottom of their religion.

New Zealand-born Rangi Chase has been dropped by England for the semi-final against the Kiwis

Rugby League World Cup: Steve McNamara abandons Rangi Chase after quarter-final lapses

England's coach, Steve McNamara, has bitten the bullet and dropped Rangi Chase for the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Saturday.

John Terry will not be seen in an England shirt again

World Cup 2014: Roy Hodgson firmly rejects notion of John Terry returning for England

Danny Mills suggested the former captain should come back into the fold

UK weather: Met Office issues severe weather warnings as ice, wind and snow sweep across Britain

Forecasters says cold snap will settle in for the next two weeks and warned of transport disruption

Teacher ‘told to sound less northern’ after southern Ofsted inspection

Union outraged after school bosses set Cumbrian woman ‘target’ of losing accent

Book Review: The Cloths of Heaven, By Sue Eckstein

Eckstein’s West-African tale of expats behaving badly has the feel not just of another place but of another era (and not just because it’s set in 1989).

Fraser Forster. Celtic stopper slow to get down for Sanchez’ cute header. Strong hands to keep out Beausejour effort soon after but often hesitant to leave his line.6/10

England v Chile: Player ratings

Man for man marking from the friendly at Wembley

Fraser Forster. Celtic stopper slow to get down for Sanchez’ cute header. Strong hands to keep out Beausejour effort soon after but often hesitant to leave his line.6/10

England v Chile: Player ratings

Man for man marking from the friendly at Wembley

Liverpool manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that Steven Gerrard could retire from international football following England's 2014 World Cup campaign

England v Chile: Steven Gerrard and Kyle Walker become latest players to withdraw through injury

The pair will miss the game on Friday but are in contention to play Germany next Tuesday

The market town of Bingham, Nottinghamshire (population: 9,000) has been named as the best town in England and Wales in which to bring up a family

Where's the best place to bring up a family? It's Bingham

The market town of Bingham, Nottinghamshire (population: 9,000) has been named as the best town in England and Wales in which to bring up a family.

England fans in Kiev last year

England v Poland: Roy Hodgson confident 'our fans will out-sing theirs' despite FA doubling Polish support for World Cup qualifier at Wembley

Hodgson doesn't fear facing over 18,000 away fans in crucial Wembley decider

Jack Wilshere stretches during England training

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Locked up: Broadmoor, home to Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe; moors murderer Ian Brady remains in Ashworth Peter

'Send Yorkshire Ripper back to jail': Expert says Broadmoor 'out of step' and too keen to hold on to celebrity patients

Broadmoor, the high-security psychiatric hospital, where some of Britain's most notorious offenders are treated, has been criticised as an "expensive anachronism" which holds on to "celebrity" patients when they should be back in prison, according to one of the country's most respected psychiatrists.

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

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Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

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The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
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Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
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Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

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