Sport Big Buck's wins in 2012 at Cheltenham, where he returns on Saturday after missing last year

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.

Swindon promotion push entrusted to Kevin MacDonald

Swindon have appointed former Republic of Ireland assistant Kevin MacDonald as their new manager. The 52-year-old, who was caretaker manager at Aston Villa in 2010, takes over at the County Ground after Paolo Di Canio resigned last week.

SPL clubs offer 'unanimous backing' to plan to revamp league structure

12 clubs have reached a consensus

Michael Chopra and James Coppinger found guilty in corruption investigation

Footballers Michael Chopra and James Coppinger have been found in breach of the Rules of Racing following the outcome of a British Horseracing Authority investigation into alleged corruption.

Further frustration for airline passengers as snow plays havoc with flight schedules

At least 158 flights to and from Heathrow have been cancelled

Questions of Cash: I moved out but it didn't stop flow of water bills

Q. I rented a house from August 2008 to August 2009, paying rent and all bills to the end of August 2009. The house was rented from Real Properties (Doncaster) Ltd, whose registered office was in Retford, Nottinghamshire. This company has since gone into liquidation.

Dean Saunders

Wolves confirm Dean Saunders as new manager

Compensation has been agreed with Doncaster

Keith Ripley: Footballer who played alongside John Charles

Tottenham Hotspur were indisputably the outstanding team of the 1960-61 campaign in English football, winning the first Football League and FA Cup double of the 20th century in style. In almost any other season, Peterborough United, with Keith Ripley a towering presence at wing-half, would have had a strong claim to the title.

League One preview: Climb aboard the Sky Blues

Betting advice from Michael Holden of Best of the Bets

Women and child hurt at rail crossing

Two women and a child have been seriously injured after a train hit their car on a level crossing.

Flooding Q&A

Open house: Rangers began the new season in the exposed surroundings of Peterhead's Balmoor Stadium

SPL clubs united in bid to expand membership

The plans would see two leagues of 12 split into three divisions of eight after 22 games

Josh Charnley: 'You've got to take your chances when you get them'

Charnley leads England to record rout

Wales 12 England 80

Leather looks tough enough to trade blows with Kingsbarns

Bolger's Derby hope has beating of inexperienced favourite in final Group One of British season

Battle of Marengo, ridden by Joseph O’Brien (left), wins the Beresford Stakes

Marengo battles into Epsom thoughts

With this year's Classics now all in the formbook, the search is in full swing for the successors to such as Camelot. At The Curragh yesterday, the 2,000 Guineas and Derby winner's young stablemate Battle Of Marengo became the latest to push claims for consideration for Epsom next June, with a bloodless victory, as 4-9 favourite in a field of four, in the Beresford Stakes.

Norwich pictured ahead of a Capital One Cup tie

Chris Hughton hopeful Capital One Cup run will kickstart Norwich's Premier League campaign

Chris Hughton hopes Norwich's advance to the last 16 of the Capital One Cup can help them kickstart their Barclays Premier League campaign against Liverpool this weekend.

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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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