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.

El Hadji Diouf

Leeds sign controversial striker El Hadji Diouf

Leeds have signed former Liverpool and Bolton striker El Hadji Diouf on a non-contract basis.

The John Lewis store in Westfield is charging customers the privilege of looking at the Olympic park through a window that overlooks the site

London 2012: John Lewis charges customers to view Olympic park out of its window

A shop overlooking the Olympic park is charging customers to look at the site from its viewing window.

Newmarket trainer poses the main threat in the St Leger to Ballydoyle's team

O'Brien masses forces in quest for Crown and Classic sweep

There is more for the history books at stake in this year's St Leger than a possible Triple Crown winner, the 16th in all and the first since Nijinsky in 1970. Yes, the 2,000 Guineas and Derby winner Camelot is odds-on favourite to complete his set at Doncaster in September. But victory would also make his trainer Aidan O'Brien the first of his profession to win all five English Classics in the same year.

Hannah Bonser, pictured, stabbed Casey Kearney to death

Random killer who killed teenager in park jailed for life

A woman was jailed for life yesterday over the murder of a 13-year-old girl who was randomly stabbed to death in a park on her way for a sleepover at a friend's house.

William Haggas steps Valiant up in class and trip at Newmarket

Valiant can take up the gauntlet in St Leger trial

Haggas colt fast-tracked to Group company, as July Meeting opens amid gathering clouds

Casey Kearney killer jailed for life

The father of a 13-year-old girl who was stabbed to death in a park has said her murder “means we will never have the privilege of her in our lives again”.

Injured paratrooper Ben Parkinson 'proud' of Olympic torch relay

Seriously-injured paratrooper Ben Parkinson was greeted like a rock star today when he carried the Olympic Torch with thousands of people willing him on.

Tributes for Radiohead roadie in stage collapse

Radiohead have paid tribute to their drum technician, who was killed when part of a stage collapsed before their concert in Canada.

Driven out: Ryan Moore on High Jinx (right) gets back up to beat Anatolian in the Fly London Southend to Dublin Levy Board Handicap Stakes at Newmarket

Moore magic on High Jinx sparks treble

Jockey dominates Newmarket card while Buick rides second Doncaster three-timer in 24 hours

Son also rises: Joseph O'Brien, son of trainer Aidan, with the Derby trophy

Frankel would provide a more definitive test than the Triple Crown

Typical. You wait all these years for a Triple Crown horse, and two come along at once. True, as London bus syndrome goes, this was closer to the coach that careered through the film, Speed, than the open-top double-deckers that gazed upon Camelot as he duly separated himself from his inferiors in the straight here yesterday. In this instance, admittedly, all that would have exploded – had he slowed down – was a reputation. As it was, the Derby was won with such an overwhelming show of horsepower that everyone is already talking about the first Triple Crown since Nijinsky in 1970.

Vicar who posted foul-mouthed messages on Facebook and complained about going to church investigated by senior clergy

A vicar who posted foul-mouthed messages on Facebook and complained of going to Church on Sunday is being investigated by senior clergy after a complaint from a parishioner.

Church bosses investigate vicar's Facebook postings following a complaint

Church bosses have launched an investigation into a vicar's online postings after a complaint was made about swearing and comments about having to go to church on Sunday.

Man jailed over unprovoked attack

A 21-year-old man who "wrecked the life of another human being" with one unprovoked punch has been jailed for two years and eight months.

I’ll Have Another(left) collars Bodemeister to win the Preakness

I'll Have Another fires rich dreams of US Triple Crown

Whatever the fate of the 2,000 Guineas winner Camelot at Epsom in 12 days' time, and whatever his destiny afterwards, at least one Triple Crown dream is still alive. The Kentucky Derby hero I'll Have Another followed up in the second leg of the US version, the Preakness Stakes, on Saturday night and is now bound for the third, next month's Belmont Stakes.

Tony Hamilton steered Mickdaam to victory at Chester yesterday

Gutsy Mickdaam gives Fahey Derby prospects

An odds-on favourite already bestrides the Epsom betting, and the flat-out success of Mickdaam in the trial staged across the mire here yesterday did nothing to alter that.

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