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New year, new start? Us too. Daisy Wyatt rounds up the best healthy snacks from popcorn and seeds to dried fruit

Equestrianism: Collett enjoys dream debut at Badminton

Laura Collett came of age at the Badminton Horse Trials yesterday with a memorable debut performance on board Rayef.

Ballabriggs fine after National but Aintree will hold full review

Balloons in the colours of Trevor Hemmings were tied to the stable gates yesterday morning, and it seemed as though the whole Cheshire landscape was conspiring in the celebrations. Yellow daffodils lined the lanes of the Cholmondeley estate; white clouds of blackthorn flared along the hedges; and green swathes of pasture glistened in the warm sunshine. In every direction, horses grazed peacefully; others peered out of their cool stalls across the cobbled yard. And here – his coat and eye unclouded by what he had achieved, and endured, the day before – was the winner of the most famous steeplechase on the planet. God, surely, was in his heaven, and all right with the world.

McCain junior is chip off the National block

Ballabriggs romps home on day when family comes first

Bewitching race is bedevilled by a brutal reality

The spectacle became as unsparing as the task. To see Jason Maguire enter the winner's enclosure on foot, carrying his saddle, was to know that none of these horses had anything left to give. They had been asked the hardest of questions, and could now leave it to their masters to come up with a few answers of their own.

Grand National win for Ballabriggs and McCain

Ballabriggs was an emotional winner of the John Smith's Grand National for Donald McCain, son of Aintree legend Ginger McCain, the trainer of Red Rum.

Boxing: Burns beats Laryea hands down to retain title

Ricky Burns underscored his growing reputation to be ranked among Scotland's finest fighting men with a second successful defence of his WBO world super-featherweight title at the Braehead Arena in his home town Glasgow last night.

Police concern for missing girl

A 14-year-old girl has run away from home and may be with a man she met on the internet, police said today.

Vegetable spring rolls with ginger dipping sauce

Serves 4-6

Cranberry sauce

Serves 8

Quins' horror show provides more of a trick than a treat

Harlequins 6 Bath 6

Harman says sorry for 'ginger rodent' comment

The former equalities minister Harriet Harman was forced to apologise last night for branding the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, a "ginger rodent".

Harman apologises for 'ginger rodent' jibe

Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman was today forced to apologise for branding a senior coalition minister a "ginger rodent".

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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