Dreams. Most of us never fulfill any. But now One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has aced two of the most common boyhood desires - to be a footballer and a member of a globally successful boy band - in one fell swoop (and at the tender age of 21).
Publicity stunt sees the singer sign for the Championship side
Racing was given a real jolt yesterday when Ballydoyle announced the bad news that St Nicholas Abbey, one of the best horses in the world, had suffered an injury so serious that it has not only resulted in his immediate retirement from the track, it has also put his life in jeopardy.
Club linked with a move for Aston Villa goalkeeper as well as Stephen Ireland and Richard Dunne as Irish influence starts to take over at the Keepmoat
Those who were looking to Telescope to emerge as one of the stars of the season must wait a while longer to refocus their hopes. After some twinkling homework on the Newmarket gallops, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt galloped as swiftly up the betting for the Derby, only to defect from the Epsom showpiece with nine days to go because of a sore shin. Now he will miss his chance to shine at Royal Ascot, too.
Ricky Burns will resist demands for a rematch with Jose Gonzalez after successfully defending his WBO world lightweight title for a third time in Glasgow on Saturday night.
Halal lamb burgers have been withdrawn from a city's schools after tests revealed a sample contained pork.
The Calvin Report: Doncaster crowned champions with 95th-minute winner — immediately after Brentford miss penalty
This really has been a blasted Heath over the past couple of days, but today the gale was rendered incarnate by a colt named Toronado. His runaway success in the last of its Classic trials crowned a pleasing revival in the significance of this meeting, Hot Snap and Garswood having won their own rehearsals impressively the previous day. But while both arguably owed something to the shelter they found from fierce gusts across the track, Toronado went gliding clear of what had become a tailwind – and blew apart the betting on the Qipco 2,000 Guineas. Though Dawn Approach remains favourite, Toronado is no better than 4-1 to beat him back here in a fortnight.
Seven days after investing so much nervous energy in the Grand National, the sport today contemplates as tepid a Saturday as can be found in its calendar. But respite is almost immediate, with an engrossing week of Classic trials starting in Ireland tomorrow.
The Sky Blues were 10th in npower League One but drop to 14th
Ref failed to spot the Wigan player's challenge on Newcastle defender Massadio Haidara
They might have trailed behind Quevega or Sprinter Sacre but a number of horses enhanced their reputations in defeat at Cheltenham. Chris McGrath selects those to follow
Carl Ikeme hurt himself in frustration after an uncharacteristic mistake
Having anticipated last week for so long, some Cheltenham diehards will be appalled to discover that a new Flat season opens at Doncaster on Friday. Others, however, will recognise that so rich a banquet can only really be followed by a total change of taste – even if Town Moor is set to provide conditions better suited to steeplechasing.
Assistant who prepared last year's champion hurdler defends title as successful rookie trainer