POINT-TO-POINT: Red Brook Lad can follow up on favourite course

TODAY'S Vale of Clettwr meeting at Erw Lon in Wales is off as is tomorrow's Harkaway Club fixture at Chaddesley Corbett. Both courses are waterlogged and new dates will be applied for.

Obituary: Michael Murray

`Wild man' silversmith and campaigner for the crafts

The Week In Arts: If you live outside London, you don't matter

Last year I noted my surprise on seeing a production of Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! in High Wycombe complete with recorded music but no orchestra. I thought it a little off that the production magically found an orchestra when it played in London. This week that rather bizarre policy became official. The Arts Council gave a sizeable grant for a new work by Bourne, which again will have recorded music everywhere apart from the capital.

Gatland guns for Wasps to find revenge in Leicester rematch

It is about as clear as mud, which is as it should be. As this season's round-robin stage shifts past its mid-point, it would be easier to calculate the long-term benefits of organic carrot consumption than to identify the likely quarter-finalists.

Kay gains chance to catch Robinson's eye

Ben Kay, semi-forgotten as a World Cup-winning lock since finding himself out of favour with the England coaching hierarchy following a flaccid 2004 Six Nations Championship campaign, will have an opportunity to remind Andy Robinson and company of his considerable gifts when Leicester and Wasps resume their Heineken Cup rivalry at Welford Road on Sunday. Kay has been recalled to the Midlanders' starting formation in preference to Louis Deacon, who drops to the bench - the only change to the side that won last weekend's marvellous opening skirmish at High Wycombe.

Alan Watkins: Permanent Lions would relieve grimness of the game

On Saturday I treated the Barbarians v New Zealand at Twickenham with what the late George Brown used to call a complete ignoral, reserving my enthusiasm for Wasps v Leicester at High Wycombe on the following day. By all accounts, I was right.

King reigns as limp Biarritz miss chance for a coup

Wasps 25 - Biarritz 12

Wilkinson gives England cause for real concern

Wasps 43 Newcastle 29

Dallaglio the gladiator stands tall against blood and gold hordes

Perpignan 6 Wasps 34

Horgan revels in Leinster revenge

Drahm's kick draws sting from Wasps

Northampton 27 Wasps 17

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