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The Good Wife on More4 is in the midst of a reputation revision. Long-term fans of the smart, glossy legal drama, which began its fifth season on More4 last night, often complain it's not given the recognition it deserves. It's true that among crime and law procedurals (TV shows where a problem is raised and solved within a single episode) this is a show of unusual quality. But is The Good Wife really that good?

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War Singer will be suited by the trip in York’s amateur handicap

Injury may spell Magician’s absence from Ascot

After his big rival was seemingly conjured from nowhere, Magician was this evening threatening a disappearing act from the big showdown between Classic winners on the first day of Royal Ascot.

The Irish trainer Dermot Weld wants rain for his Ascot hopes

Animal double act set to raise curtain at Ascot

Get ready for the fast show. Three of the seven Group One races scheduled at Royal Ascot will be run within the first 80 minutes of the meeting – and the fortunes of bookmakers and punters next week may well be irrevocably determined within that same, breathless span.

Trading Leather wins the Listed Silver Stakes at the Curragh yesterday

Leather throws down Curragh gauntlet

Bolger colt 6-1 to atone for Dawn Approach's Epsom eclipse in Irish Derby after stylish win

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Uni-directional invisibility cloak could hide satellites

New research uses off-the-shelf optical components to steer light around objects

Pre Skool who have made it through to the semi-final of this year's ITV1 talent show, Britain's Got Talent.

Britain's Got Talent 2013: Simon Cowell sends child dancers Pre Skool through to final - but offends viewers by calling them 'midgets'

Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell reignited the row over children performing on the show by sending some of the competition's youngest contestants through to the grand final - but avoided a kiss from Amanda Holden in the process.

Photography book review: Magic: 1400s-1950s, By Mike Caveney, Jim Steinmeyer, Ricky Jay, and Noel Daniel

Magic has enchanted humankind for millennia, evoking terror, laughter, shock, and amazement. Once persecuted as heretics and sorcerers, magicians have always been conduits to a parallel universe of limitless possibility.

Frankie Dettori may not return in time for the Epsom Classics

Frankie Dettori’s hopes of Derby comeback fade

With just a week remaining until the greatest race on British turf, much of the build-up has been culpably diverted to a jockey now depending for a mount on the indulgence not only of the regulators, but also of trainers and owners. For even if Frankie Dettori duly regains his licence next week, the timetable would make it impossible for him to ride before the very eve of the Investec Derby.

Fuzzy Zoeller had to apologise to Tiger Woods for remarks in 1997

As the Sergio Garcia / Tiger Woods racism row escalates, we ask: is golf racist?

The sport needs to react decisively to Garcia's 'joke' if it's serious about changing locker room and stands from being a mostly white domain

Standon Calling to the far-away clowns

We've heard about audience participation, but this is ridiculous. Standon Calling is inviting punters to become a fully fledged part of the entertainment at the Hertfordshire-based festival this summer – by training them up as circus performers. By purchasing an extra £50 add-on ticket, attendees can rock up at the site two days early (Wednesday 31 July; camping and all other facilities will open specially for the purpose) and spend those days doing classes as part of the Standon People's Circus.

Battle of Marengo wins at Leopardstown

Aidan O’Brien Battle lines are massed for Epsom

The perceived wisdom is that if a trainer thinks he has a cluster of Derby contenders, then he hasn’t any. Perhaps there is something in the theory; Aidan O’Brien’s three winners of the premier Classic – Galileo, High Chaparral and Camelot – were respectively accompanied to post by zero, two and one stablemates. And the scattergun years – there were eight Ballydoyle runners in 2007, for instance, and six in 2009 – have tended to yield only minor placings.

Easy ride: Nevis sees off limited opposition to win the Derby Trial at Lingfield

Nevis stakes his claim for place in Classic reckoning

Another day, another Derby trial won by Aidan O'Brien. After Ruler Of The World and Magician at Chester, it was the turn of Nevis at Lingfield to confirm that the Ballydoyle team at least have quantity on their side in the run-up to Epsom, even if its quality will not be defined until the day itself, 1 June. It is a fair assumption, though, that Nevis will not be carrying the Co Tipperary stable's first colours; he won by nine lengths yesterday, but then so he should have, as his opposition was rendered negligible by the late withdrawal of the strongly fancied Greatwood.

Magician wins the Bet Victor Dee Stakes at Chester yesterday

Greatwood ready to justify Derby aspirations for the home defence

Cumani colt can prove Classic credentials against dominance of O’Brien contenders

Tomorrow a new Pakistan is born

It is very easy to get swept away with dreams for a ‘Naya Pakistan’, yet the result of the elections could not be more important for both Pakistan and the wider world

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Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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