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Saracens recorded a comfortable 41-8 victory over Newcastle on Sunday to ensure they finished top of their LV= Cup pool and so sealed their progression to the semi-finals.

Puffin Billy endured a spring of underachievement

Puffin seeks to regain perch among top hurdlers

Newbury’s Hennessy Gold Cup meeting opens on Thursday with the unusual spectacle these days, when Saturdays have long since commandeered almost all worthwhile jumps races on the way to the Festival, of an informative contest that has moved in the opposite direction.

Greenpeace arctic protest: Briton Philip Ball is freed

He was granted bail last week but remained in detention before being released by a court in St Petersburg today

Exeter 9 Saracens 16 match report: Saracens maintain top spot with tough win

Saracens survived a late attacking onslaught from Exeter to maintain pole position in the Aviva Premiership with a hard-fought 16-9 win at Sandy Park.

Gareth Steenson has been a key factor in Exeter's impressive rise to the Premiership top four

Gareth Steenson: Saracens will test Premiership play-off contenders Exeter’s standing as ‘a top side’

Gareth Steenson has warned that Premiership play-off contenders Exeter are ready to “push on and achieve more” after positioning themselves strongly for domestic and European success.

Kyle Eastmond will not be returning to rugby league says his current club Bath after he left their match against Sale at half-time

Bath rubbish rumours of a rugby league return for Kyle Eastmond after he left at half-time during their 27-20 win at Sale

Eastmond is understood to be dealing with personal issues but the Aviva Premiership club insist that the matter has been dealt with

Book of a Lifetime: Roman Roads in Britain, By Ivan D Margary

Margary, with a hard "g", is the name of the back quad at Exeter College, Oxford. For several years, I walked across it every day without wondering who Margary had been.

They know they don't want it: More universities ban Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'

Around 20 UK institutions have now banned the track for its sexist lyrics

Luke Narraway will make an emotional return to Kingsholm

Weekend Preview: Salesi Ma’afu handed baptism of fire by brave Saints

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Uncapped Northampton No 8, Sam Dickinson

Stuart Lancaster frustrated at block on Sam Dickinson

England coach stopped by RFU agreement from bringing in impressive No 8 for autumn Tests

White knight: The flanker Ben White is the hero for Exeter

London Irish 23 Exeter Chiefs 29 match report: Ben White steals win as Exeter sink the walking wounded back

Ben White capped a remarkable 15-point run with the decisive try as Exeter battled back to overcome a London Irish side whose long injury list gained two additions in a rugged encounter.

Tom’s the boy: Tom James’ (left) two tries helped Exeter to an 18-point lead

Exeter Chiefs 30 London Wasps 26: James pounces twice but Wasps run Chiefs close

If you were a betting man you would not have put money midway through the second half on London Wasps travelling home with a consolation point. Two tries by Tom James, the former Wales wing, had helped Exeter to an 18-point advantage, and the hosts were cruising home.

New boy George North made a winning start to his Northampton career

It’s time to shut up about scrums and let refs and players get on with it, says Chiefs' Rob Baxter

Law changes will need time to bed in before any further tinkering, says Exeter coach

Northampton ease to opening day win over Exeter

Northampton 38 Exeter 11

QPR’s Adel Taarabt shows frustration at a point but City felt the pain

Harry Redknapp sends Adel Taarabt home from QPR training camp as midfielder is late to training yet again

Latest incident could signal the end for the Moroccan as QPR attempt to reduce inflated wage bill

Rugby star Craig Mitchell ordered to pay compensation to man he punched in Australian bar

A Wales rugby player who punched a man in an Australian hotel bar while celebrating a British and Irish Lions win must pay thousands of pounds in compensation to his victim.

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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