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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.

SPL willing to trial goal-line technology

The Scottish Premier League have offered to be guinea pigs if FIFA decide to trial goal-line technology.

Ferguson enjoys Viking's plunder

Sir Alex Ferguson, who celebrates his 70th birthday tomorrow, was at Doncaster yesterday to see his horse Harry The Viking battle to a narrow victory in the Lynn Higgins 60th Birthday Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.

Chief operating officer Ali Russell told the Rangers' official website: 'The fans have intimated for some time their desire for a standing area within Ibrox and following the feedback we have had from fans' groups it is only right as a response that we are willing to explore the possibility.'

Rangers 'willing to explore' introducing safe-standing

Rangers have revealed they are "willing to explore the possibility" of introducing a safe-standing section at Ibrox.

Doncaster delay Cooke's return

Doncaster have put off a decision on whether to pursue their interest in Paul Cooke until after Christmas.

SPL extends broadcasting deal

The Scottish Premier League have extended their broadcasting deal with Sky and ESPN until 2017.

Players get paid after letter threat

Hearts' players yesterday received wages which had been due on 16 October.

Only a Merlin could say how this Camelot will go

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Two arrested in Anonymous and Lulzsec probe

Two men have been arrested in Doncaster and Wiltshire in connection with online attacks by hacking gangs Anonymous and LulzSec, Scotland Yard said.

Sheikh wins in regeneration game

On the day Walter Swinburn announced that he is to quit, halfway through his second career, it was consoling to come here and see that the transition between different training generations tends to be rather less abrupt.

Hannons' horse-trading puts flesh on the dream

So here they all were again, the agents and trainers and pin-hookers, appraising adolescent horses against their own, sober budgets and the deranged monologue of the auctioneers. While some had already been skirmishing overseas, in France or America, for many British and Irish professionals yesterday marked the resumption of a cycle as perennial and perplexing as migration: the yearling sales, this gruelling, addictive ritual, where over the coming weeks millions of pounds will ferment in the interstices of romance and commerce.

Rail strike suspended for new talks

A planned strike by train drivers tomorrow in a row over pay has been suspended so that fresh talks can be held.

Flybe passenger numbers up 7.7 per cent

Flybe flew flew two million passengers in the three months to June, a 7.7 per cent increase on the same period in 2010.

Buckley is life of party at Seagulls' new home

Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Doncaster Rovers 1: Two late goals from summer signing get Poyet's side off to winning start

Arena Leisure reveals rise in punters as it bids to attracts buyers

Racecourse operator Arena Leisure yesterday sought to woo potential bidders by revealing an 11.3 per cent rise in attendances as it battles to replace revenue lost from a fall in bookmaker funding.

Man killed and child injured at crossing

A man died and a young child was injured when they were hit by a train yesterday close to a foot crossing on a stretch of track in South Yorkshire.

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