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.

Man killed by train near Doncaster

A man died and a young child was injured when they were hit by a train today.

Arena under starter's orders for £200m sale

Bidders for the racecourse operator Arena Leisure have been told they will have to pay close to £200m to win control of the company.

RFL suspend Doncaster captain Shaun Leaf over betting allegations

Doncaster captain Shaun Leaf has been suspended with immediate effect pending the outcome of an investigation into an allegation that he bet on his side to lose a Challenge Cup match.

Hearts face security questions after Neil Lennon attack

Hearts face serious questions from the Scottish Premier League over how a supporter was able to breach security and reach Celtic manager Neil Lennon in his technical area at Tynecastle.

British League Cup plan proposed at SPL meeting

The possibility of a British League Cup was raised yesterday when Scottish Premier League clubs met at Hampden. As part of plans to reform the game north of the border – which could see the Premier League reduced to 10 teams from the current 12 – a competition involving teams from around Britain has been tentatively proposed.

Fahey sounds Guineas warning after Wootton's lacklustre gallop

Trainers of the old school may not be concerned by the way Richard Fahey deals with his horses – though the evidence, for all the obtuseness of the sport's wealthiest patrons, is that they jolly well ought to be. Yesterday, however, Fahey showed that his dealings with the public are just as exemplary.

Forces stand by for prison strike

The military could be brought in to staff prisons should officers strike over plans to privatise three jails, the Justice Secretary said yesterday.

Alston and Ballarina dance to music of time

However anomalous the stage, there was nothing wrong with the script. For various reasons, the first Flat meeting on turf in 2011 was yesterday staged at Catterick, of all places – three days before the William Hill Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster. But if few pulses could be raised by an apprentice handicap, won by a mare rated just 54, then hearts could still be touched when Eric Alston, trainer of Ballarina, revealed that it was exactly 50 years ago that he had ridden a horse called Troilus to win the first race of the season, on the forgotten old course at Lincoln.

Blonde ambition: The unstoppable Sheridan Smith

Sheridan Smith triumphed in Legally Blonde. Now she's starring in a Rattigan revival, likely to play Bridget Jones on stage – and favourite for an Olivier Award this weekend

Mills and Reading desperate to prove a point with FA Cup run

Reading captain Matt Mills feels the Championship side are owed something by the FA Cup competition this year.

Mayor caught speeding by local schoolchildren

The Mayor of Doncaster has been caught speeding by children in a police road-safety exercise.

Bradford recruit stand-off Briggs

Bradford have tackled their lack of a specialist stand-off by signing Kyle Briggs from Featherstone Rovers.

Handicappers give Harbinger signal acclaim

The press conference staged by a panel of international handicappers in London yesterday was briefly delayed by a fire alarm test, and really that set the tone for everything that followed. For the publication of the World Thoroughbred Rankings is itself a comforting ritual – one that shows the system to be functioning soundly, while permitting no sensible person to take the more sensational implications too literally.

Hunt happy after 10-man Wolves escape with draw

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