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.

Fiorente has been working well this spring

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On the eve of the first Classic, Chris McGrath finds some lesser lights it will pay to follow

Rangers' home ground, the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow

Kennedy group makes fresh bid for Rangers

The Sale Sharks owner Brian Kennedy and the associated Blue Knights confirmed yesterday they have submitted a revised bid for Rangers, with the American tycoon Bill Miller also in the running for a takeover.

Dean Mumm

Exeter Chiefs sign Australia international Dean Mumm

Exeter Chiefs have signed Australia international Dean Mumm on a two-year deal.

Coventry relegated from Championship after 2-0 defeat against Doncaster

Coventry will play npower League One football next season after defeat to Doncaster confirmed their relegation.

Roy Hodgson on Steve Kean: 'I've been very impressed with Steve Kean because it is not easy when everything seems to be going against you. It is not easy hearing your name being shouted in a derogatory way.'

Roy Hodgson already decided on which West Brom players will remain at the Hawthorns

Roy Hodgson says he has already decided which players he wants to keep at West Brom next season.

Mahmood Al Zarooni tests his Classic fillies at Newmarket today

Regal Realm to hold sway in Nell Gwyn

After such a miserable experience at Aintree, it will come as a profound relief for the Turf community to turn its gaze today upon a featureless Suffolk plain. Not that the Rowley Mile is entirely flat. In fact, it is precisely the opportunity to acquaint potential Classic candidates with the Dip – even as a race enters its decisive phase – that gives the Craven meeting its purpose. That is most obviously true of those whose rehearsals qualify them to return in barely a fortnight, for the Guineas, but will also apply to some whose target is instead the Investec Derby over the rollercoaster at Epsom.

Jason Roberts: Headed his sixth goal for Reading since joining from Blackburn Rovers in late January

Reading close in on Premier League return

Reading can clinch promotion to the Premier League tomorrow if Brian McDermott's side defeat Nottingham Forest and West Ham fail to win at Bristol City, or if the Championship leaders draw and the Hammers lose.

Monterosso can keep cup at home

Though the whole purpose of this meeting is to bring together disparate racing cultures, punters can hardly know beforehand how the varied form lines will measure up. In pure value terms, however, it seems a little presumptuous to be making So You Think a warm favourite for the Dubai World Cup, not least when the reputation that preceded him from Australia last year ultimately seemed to be placed in due perspective.

Frankie Dettori can no longer count on the pick of Godolphin's runners

Godolphin plan to share new firsts among equals

It seems that one of the defining tenets of Godolphin is quietly being abandoned. Last year, its overseers seemed pleasantly surprised to win the 1,000 Guineas with Blue Bunting, who had not joined the usual winter exodus to Dubai following a minor injury. This time round, two rather more obvious candidates for the same race – Lyric Of Light and Discourse – are likewise being prepared in Newmarket. It turns out that the Al Quoz media morning, an institution of Dubai World Cup week, was not staged this year for the very good reason that Godolphin's best prospects are 3,500 miles away.

Torture case report is 'insufficient' says Michael Gove

Education Secretary Michael Gove today said a report into the torture of two young boys was "insufficient" and showed the current system of serious case reviews is "failing".

Like a train: Premio Loco (left) wins yesterday's Winter Derby at Lingfield

Premio Loco steams in to avenge his Derby defeat

For Flat racing fans, that business at Aintree that has to be consigned to the formbook before full attention focuses on the purest form of the sport is frustratingly delayed this year; because of the religious calendar, no Grand National will ever have been run on a later date than this year's, on 14 April.

PJ Proby, the veteran pop singer

'Justice has been done': singer P J Proby cleared of £47,000 benefits fraud

PJ Proby, the veteran pop singer, has been cleared of benefit fraud after the prosecution dropped its case following the discovery of new evidence. Proby, 73, was acquitted on all nine counts after being accused of cheating the benefits system out of more than £47,000 by claiming he had just £5 in the bank.

PJ Proby fraud trial is stopped following new evidence

American-born pop singer PJ Proby has been cleared of benefit fraud after the prosecution dropped its case following the discovery of new evidence.

Derby's Jake Buxton (second left) celebrates his late winner last night

Derby apologise over offensive Nigel Doughty chants

Derby have apologised to the family of the late Nottingham Forest owner Nigel Doughty over offensive chants from its supporters during the npower Championship clash at Pride Park on Tuesday night.

Cinders And Ashes, ridden by Jason Maguire, flattens the last flight en route to victory in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham yesterday

Cinders And Ashes rekindles McCain hopes of hurdling title

For the second year running, Donald McCain's lorry took the Champion Hurdle runner-up back to his Cheshire stables – but it also contained a horse that might redress matters next time round. For while Cinders And Ashes had to be driven out to win the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle by barely a length, with four horses breathing down his neck, McCain has no doubt of his calibre. "If you watch, Jason [Maguire] was taking a pull because he was getting there too soon," he said. "I told Jason to ride him with balls, and that's what he did."

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