Horse trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni arrives to face a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel

Mahmood Al Zarooni withdraws appeal against eight-year training ban

Al Zarooni was found guilty of administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses

Sergio Garcia's 'fried chicken' remark overshadowed Wentworth

The Last Word: Please will the disease of sleaze ride out of the arena

The only remedy for despair is to remember darkest clouds blow through

Carcasses of horses of the Household Cavalry lie in the road following the Hyde Park bomb attack

In 1982, debris and flesh were scattered around Hyde Park – human and equine

David McKittrick, a reporter at the scene of the attack on the Blues and Royals, on the day Ulster’s bloodshed shook London

'It was just like the movie Twister': Man survives Oklahoma tornado by taking refuge in horse stall

As a two-mile wide tornado bore down on Moore, Oklahoma on Monday afternoon, one man survived by taking refuge in a horse stall.

Encke, right, denies Camelot (purple and white) the Triple Crown by winning the St Leger

Godolphin scandal: St Leger winner Encke among seven to fail steroid test

Seven more horses exposed in doping scandal but Bin Suroor yard is given all-clear

Declaration of War makes his first Group One start today

Fencing can make mark in Lockinge

Heavy support during the week suggests a new officer is ready for promotion to the elite corps at Ballydoyle.

Sir Alex Ferguson, one of Long Run's owners, said yesterday's race was one of the greatest-ever Gold Cups

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson may struggle to find purpose in retirement

He has so much to pursue – but will Sir Alex struggle to find purpose in retirement, ask Ian Herbert and Chris McGrath?

Horse trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni arrives to face a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel

Mahmood al-Zarooni appeals against eight-year ban from training following Godolphin scandal

Al Zarooni was found guilty of administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses

Richard Hughes riding Sky Lantern celebrates winning The Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes from Just The Judge, in red cap

Hughes and Sky Lantern put smiles back into Turf

Jockey's first British Classic win in 1,000 Guineas as Hot Snap fails to last the pace

Firefighters lighting a backfire, to scorch shrubland before the out-of-control blaze gets to it

In pictures: More than 1,000 firefighters battle Springs Fire in California

Firefighters say it could take until Monday to contain the inferno

Dawn Approach winning in Godolphin blue at Newmarket

Sheikh must trust in Dawn of a new Classic approach

When Sheikh Mohammed bought a 51 per cent stake in Dawn Approach last summer, his decision to race the colt in the livery of Godolphin caused many to wonder. What, if anything, could Godolphin still be said to mean? Little could anyone realise, back then, that the answer might prove far more challenging than the question.

Mile looks making of Moohaajim against unbeaten market leaders

Betting on the Qipco 2,000 Guineas is so skewed towards the two favourites that neither retains any vestige of value.

Jason Collins, of the Washington Wizards, came out this week

The Last Word: Advancement of equality in sport is not inevitable – players have to make a stand

Jason Collins became the most eminent figure to come out of the mainstream American locker room and admit he is gay

Caviar trainer, Peter Moody, denies steroid use

The first Classics of the season, at Newmarket this weekend, cannot come soon enough to stem the noxious tides of the Godolphin steroids scandal. Ripples of suspicion have extended so far across the Turf over the past 10 days that a backwash of resentment has now been drawn all the way from Australia.

Animal cruelty convictions up 33% in England and Wales

RSPCA's annual prosecutions report shows rise from 3,114 in 2011 to 4,168 last year

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Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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