Sport ‘Mike loves his birds,’ I used to joke but nobody was laughing by the end of the tour

Before The Hangover I and II, before Spike Lee weaved his magic off Broadway in New York and before Mike Tyson was a nice guy, it was my onerous duty to take the big lad up on stage to perform for his fans.

Bookies pocket £2m from Abbey missing Derby

It will have given his backers little comfort yesterday to hear Aidan O'Brien once again reiterate his opinion that St Nicholas Abbey can "walk on water". In fact, after learning that the long-time favourite will miss the Investec Derby on Saturday, some of them will have been disposed to do something similar themselves, only with stones in their pockets.

Vermeer redraws Derby picture

This is just getting silly. It is one thing for punters to get cold feet about St Nicholas Abbey, but the prices suddenly being quoted about his stablemate Jan Vermeer imply that a nervous tremor in the Investec Derby betting has quickly developed into an outright fit of hysteria. Jan Vermeer is now as short as 13-8 favourite, while the odds available against St Nicholas Abbey suggest that his backers should be relieved even to get a run for their money on Saturday.

Beauty deflates Ballydoyle's Derby build-up

Although the two Classics at Epsom this weekend, the Derby and the Oaks, are rightly at the forefront of anticipation, there are so many other facets to the sport, not least the quest to find a successor to the peerless Yeats. The exploits of the great horse, who completed an unprecedented Ascot Gold Cup four-timer last June, revitalised interest in the staying division, but his retirement at the end of the season left an imposing set of horseshoes to fill.

Cape To Rio set for further step on journey to Ascot

Had the innovative agenda of Racing For Change animated the debate over its switch from Wednesday to Saturday in 1995, perhaps the Investec Derby would now have found its optimal niche at an evening meeting instead. As things stand, tonight's Blue Square card at Sandown remains the best of the year for thirsty Londoners on a summer night.

Kalypso King auditions for Derby crown

Richard Hannon's grey leads a number of Epsom Classic triallists seeking to impress at Goodwood today

Efforts to extradite sex offender blocked

Moves to extradite a sex offender who raped a 15-year-old girl have so far proved unsuccessful, police said today.

Survivors of forced marriage go on UK tour

Victims will travel country urging children at risk to tell the authorities of their fears

Front-running Gloria excels to claim world's richest race

Never in the field of equine conflict has so much hinged on so little. With the distribution of $10 million at stake three noses passed the post in almost perfect unison here last night – and it was barely by their nostrils that the camera favoured Gloria De Campeao over Lizard's Desire and Allybar.

Racing's rulers need to start again, says Chandler

Victor Chandler doesn't have much time for racing's administrators. "You know, four horseracing enthusiasts drunk in a pub could come up with better ideas than they have." He still loves the sport, and will be at Cheltenham to see his Champion Hurdle chance Zaynar run.

Second coming of the Savage

Robbie Savage is a new man with a new plan. Derby’s tempestuous midfielder tells Phil Shaw that he is indebted to Nigel Clough for rescuing his career, and why the goal is to become a TV pundit rather than Wales coach

Newcastle humbled by Commons touch

Derby County 3 Newcastle United 0

Clough at loss as Derby hit rock bottom

Nigel Clough has admitted that Derby's 4-1 home defeat by Scunthorpe represented a low point for his team and underlined the need to bring in new players. The visitors took a two-goal first-half lead thanks to strikes from Gary Hooper and Garry Thompson, but Kris Commons' deflected effort gave the Rams hope of a second-half comeback. Thompson then curled in from the edge of the area and Jonathan Forte bundled home a loose ball to extend Scunthorpe's lead.

Thompson calls tune as Clough anniversary wilts

Derby County 1 Scunthorpe United 4

Police officer racially abused taxi driver, court told

A senior police officer racially abused a taxi driver, calling him "a lying Paki bastard" after a row over a fare, a court heard today.

Davies still desperate for transfer of power

One year on, and there are echoes of Clough as Forest eye promotion but role of Pleat means it is not all sweetness and light at the City Ground
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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

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Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Want to change the world? Just sign here

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Hard to swallow

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Which animals are nearly extinct?

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Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

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British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

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Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

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