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Big Buck’s is back. More than a year after effortlessly extending his unbeaten sequence to 18, the four-time World Hurdle winner returns to Cheltenham for the Cleeve Hurdle on trials day to great fanfare and the delight of everyone connected with the sport.

Thompson says opposition will stop SPL reform

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson insists three clubs share United's view that the Scottish Premier League reconstruction proposal is not workable in the current format and may abstain from this month's vote.

Doncaster confident O'Driscoll will stay

Doncaster chief executive David Morris remains confident manager Sean O'Driscoll will opt to stay with the club after being given permission to talk with Sheffield United.

Eriksson's free-scoring forwards mask Leicester's defensive issues

Sven-Goran Eriksson could not remember winning another match by a 5-1 margin since he supervised England's historic demolition of Germany in September 2001 yet he conceded that Leicester's ambitious owners might be best advised to think less about signing superstars to instead finding solid, savvy defenders if they are to secure a rapid passage to the Premier League.

Gallagher's lucky break sparks Foxes free-for-all

Leicester City 5 Doncaster 1

Roby makes 'easy' decision to reject move Down Under

James Roby has turned down the chance of a career in Australia to stay with his hometown club at St Helens. The England hooker has agreed a four-year contract extension that will keep him at Saints until after the end of the 2014 season.

Scottish FA drafts plan to break referees' strike

The Scottish Football Association last night confirmed it had drafted contingency plans to bring in match officials from outside the country amid a planned strike by referees in Scotland. The SFA chief executive, Stewart Regan, expressed his support for under-fire referees and vowed to continue dialogue with their representatives to avert this weekend's action.

Five officers injured in prison riots

More than 100 inmates rioted at two young offenders' institutions yesterday. Officers in riot gear were needed to restore order after at least five officers were injured, including a woman who suffered a fractured jaw, in the disturbances in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, and Woodbridge, Suffolk, which started on Tuesday night. About 60 offenders aged between 15 and 18 refused to return to their cells at Warren Hill, in Woodbridge, Suffolk, the Prison Service said.

What drives a child to commit sexual abuse?

Horrific behaviour is often triggered by spiral of violence and neglect that goes back generations, says study

A tale of two towns: We're all in this together... Oh, really?

Will the pain of the public spending cuts be felt equally? Victoria Richards, in the Prime Minister's affluent Oxfordshire seat, and Emily Dugan, in Ed Miliband's South Yorkshire constituency, find that some are less equal than others

Weir: Rangers have lots of work left to qualify for knockout stages

David Weir believes Rangers have given themselves a real chance of progressing to the last 16 of the Champions League. But the Ibrox captain was also keen to temper expectations by warning the Scottish champions there is still a long way to go in Group C.

Man appeals against Twitter terror fine

A trainee accountant who posted a message on Twitter threatening to blow an airport "sky high" began an appeal against his conviction and sentence yesterday, arguing that nobody would ever have taken his message seriously.

£9m boost for cancer awareness campaigns

New campaigns aimed at alerting people to signs of cancer will be backed by £9 million of funding, the Government announced today.

Behkabad makes strong Arc case

Christophe Lemaire swept to victory in the Prix Niel with the promise of more to come in three weeks

Chris McGrath: Goldolphin pin St Leger hopes on Rewilding to change fortunes and stifle the cheap shots

It is not as if absolutely all their eggs are in one basket. They start the afternoon, for instance, with Saamidd, a princely young colt who annihilated his rivals at Newbury first time out by seven lengths. Yesterday, moreover, White Moonstone was promoted to favourite for the 1,000 Guineas after a runaway Group Two success. Even so, the fact is that when Rewilding goes to post at Doncaster today the stakes for Godolphin are far higher than simply winning the world's oldest Classic.

Findlay accuses BHA of 'vendetta'

For nearly two months, the volcano in Harry Findlay had been simmering dangerously. Yesterday, amid the sunlit gaiety of Ladies' Day here, the top finally blew. Planting himself squarely in the path of Nic Coward, chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority, Findlay gave furious public vent to the resentment he has been nursing since a disciplinary trauma suddenly turned his fairy-tale adventures on the Turf into a raging nightmare.

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