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ECB beats recession with £100m TV deal

English cricket secured another recession-busting deal yesterday. In announcing a seven-year contract for the overseas rights to home and domestic international matches it ensured the age of austerity will remain a foreign land to the sport.

Derby deal delights as Mullins masters muddy Punchestown

The barometer may be set fair for its most venerable prize, given a spectacular vote of confidence from the sponsors of the Derby yesterday, but otherwise the Turf seemed to lie in a soggy, midwinter time-warp. The steeplechases scheduled at Punchestown were abandoned, and the remaining hurdle and bumper races run in conditions bordering on the farcical. An inspection will be required this morning to pass the course for a card that features the outstanding mare, Quevega.