Sport Knock out: Knockara Beau (right) reels in Big Buck’s at the final obstacle of the Cleeve Hurdle to beat the marathon specialist on his return from injury

Favourite beaten after 420 days out with injury as 66-1 shot claims galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdles at Cheltenham

Big Buck's wins in 2012 at Cheltenham, where he returns on Saturday after missing last year

Reve De Sivola to deny Buck’s a dream return

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.

Freddie Burns will leave Gloucester at the end of the season, the Cherry and Whites have confirmed

Freddie Burns to leave Gloucester at the end of the season as Leicester Tigers move inches closer

Burns is expected to fill the whole left by Toulouse-bound Toby Flood at the Premiership rivals

Desperate Dan: Gloucester’s Robson looks for a way through Munster

Gloucester 7 Munster 20 match report: Gloucester revived but still laid flat by Munster strength

Composure wins matches. Munster, who have so strong a European tradition, possessed it last night and it ensured their progress to the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup yet again, with one round of pool matches remaining. Edinburgh's failure to score a winning bonus point against Perpignan means that the Irish province cannot be caught (though their superior points difference would have kept them clear of pursuit).

Moving target: Badgers blamed for the spread of bovine TB have been shot

Badger cull figures 'counted unfairly'

Defra accused of downplaying results of scheme so it can bring in longer killing periods in the future

Biddlecombe and his wife Henrietta Knight in 2002 with their horse Best Mate, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup three years in a row

Terry Biddlecombe: Jump jockey who was champion three times and enjoyed a second career assisting his trainer wife, Henrietta Knight

Two eras ended with the death of the three-times champion jump jockey, Terry Biddlecombe, at the age of 72. He was one of the last of the great saddle swashbucklers, young men who rode and played hard and lived for the moment with scant regard for health or safety, even if such constraints had then existed. And his second life in racing, which brought him to the affectionate note of a whole new generation of the sport's fans, was as valid and possibly the more rewarding. One was a function of his love of living, the other brought the love of his life.

A police officer allegedly threatened to arrest an amateur photographer and said he'd make his day 'a living hell'

Investigation launched after photographer secretly films police officer threatening to arrest him and make his day ‘living hell’

Gloucestershire Police officer allegedly swore and said ‘you’re lucky I didn’t knock you out’

Brad Barritt, centre, believes the current Saracens side is the best in his five years at the club

Heineken Cup: Brad Barritt backs flying Saracens to test Toulouse

Brad Barritt believes the current Saracens side is the best  in his five years at the club

Goode one: The Saracens full-back goes over for their third try, to put the visitors 23 points ahead

Gloucester 8 Saracens 29 match report: Gloucester undone by clinical Saracens

Sarries return to the top of the table with a dominant first-half display

Fans protest before kick off of the game between Scarlets and Ospreys. The four Welsh regional teams have confirmed that they would not sign an extension to their participation agreement with the national governing body

Welsh regional teams will not be signing extension to participation agreement with WRU

The four Welsh regional teams – Cardiff Blues, Newport-Gwent Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets – have confirmed that they would not sign an extension to their participation agreement with the national governing body. They also warned that without a speedy solution to the long-running row over the Heineken Cup and on the future of the domestic Pro 12 tournament, they would "pursue further competition options".

Irish trainer Willie Mullins must choose between several Festival targets for Annie Power, pictured

Willie Mullins aims to find Annie Power’s real strengths

Annie Power, unbeaten in eight starts, goes on trial at Cheltenham on Wednesday in the Dornan Engineering Hurdle, but nobody seems really sure which Festival race she is on trial for.

Silviniaco Conti turns tables on Cue Card to restore Nicholls’ King George crown

Another day, another race. Silviniaco Conti, only third behind Cue Card when the pair met in the Betfair Chase at Haydock last month, took glorious revenge yesterday in the second of the domestic season’s four top-level staying chases, the King George VI Chase at Kempton. And the seven-year-old’s three-and-a-half-length defeat of his rival has sent him to the head of the market for the third, and most important, the Cheltenham Gold Cup itself.

A large inflatable rugby ball broke the crossbar at Gloucester on Sunday, which delayed the kick-off by 30 minutes

Gloucester 12 Worcester 6: Billy Twelvetrees wins kicking duel in a lacklustre scrap

The afternoon started with a cross bar collapsing during a pre-match supporters’ kick about and finished with the referee being knocked over by a ball to the back of the head. That was as exciting as this dreary try-less encounter got.

Gloucester’s England fly-half Freddie Burns will start on the bench

Worcester's director of rugby Dean Ryan shows his Warrior spirit as Freddie Burns is confined to the bench

Worcester's director of rugby, Dean Ryan, makes his first return as a coach to Kingsholm today saying Gloucester are in their worst run of form for 15 years.

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