News The major storm has left up to eight inches of snow on pavements in New York

At least 16 deaths were blamed on a snow storm that swept across the eastern half of the US as North Dakota experiences -35C

Gary Stevens returned after seven years out to ride Oxbow to Preakness Stakes win

Farhh's breakthrough cheers Godolphin

Frankie Dettori may remain in bureaucratic limbo, instead of ending his ban at Leicester this evening, but it was a weekend of inspiring comebacks all the same.

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.

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

The unbeaten Orb, favourite for the Kentucky Derby, enjoys a hose down after morning gallops

BHA tests at second Godolphin yard

The process of restoring public confidence in Godolphin was extended to the Newmarket stables of Saeed bin Suroor, whose horses were tested by British Horseracing Authority officials as an unexpected sequel to their work in the nearby yard of the disgraced Mahmood al-Zarooni.

Five-year-old Kentucky boy shoots dead sister, 2, with 'my first rifle' he was given as a gift

A boy of five has shot dead his two-year-old sister in the US with a rifle he was given as a present.

FBI investigate secret recording of US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell planning mental health smear of opponent and actress Ashley Judd

McConnell's campaign team claim the recording is the result of bugging from the political left

A jockey rides Hong Kong’s racehorse ‘Joy And Fun’ trained by Derek Cruz on the track of Meydan racecourse during preparations for the Dubai World Cup

Dubai the ideal habitat for Animal Kingdom to thrive

Adaptable US runner can lift World Cup while Bancnuanaheireann offers value in Lincoln

Cause of Causes (right) has enjoyed three wins in four runs

Cause for celebration after Elliott turns Flat flop into Festival Supreme prospect

Cheltenham on the cards as Irish novice hurdler shows raw courage to match a fancy pedigree

Guns in America: The facts

After another horrific shooting in the America, here are some shocking statistics.

Chemistry: Baker with Sylvia Vanderpool in 1958

Mickey Baker: Acclaimed guitarist

Mickey “Guitar” Baker was a guitarist who forged a link between rhythm and blues and early rock and whose 1956 recording of “Love Is Strange” with Sylvia Robinson became a pop classic brimming with Latin rhythms and flirtatious banter.

Suspect Paul Peters and victim Madeleine Pulver

Australian banker Paul Peters jailed for minimum of 10 years for bizarre 'collar bomb' attack on Madeleine Pulver

The crime - strapping what proved to be a fake collar bomb to a terrified Sydney schoolgirl – was bizarre in the extreme, and so was the “explanation”.

Daniel Day-Lewis portraying Abraham Lincoln in the film 'Lincoln'

Daniel Day-Lewis hits high note in search for Lincoln's voice

A towering figure such as Abraham Lincoln, who stood 6ft 4ins and was one of history's master orators, must have had a booming voice to match, right? Not in Daniel Day-Lewis' interpretation.

France’s Freddy Head hopes a hot pace will suit Moonlight Cloud

Wise Dan looks too clever for Excelebration in the Mile

They did not dare send Frankel here, but at least we have his representative on Earth. And success in a vintage Breeders’ Cup Mile would certainly seal the emergence of Excelebration from the shadow of his nemesis. After all, remarkably enough, he arrives here with the highest official rating of all the horses Aidan O’Brien has run at the Breeders’ Cup.

William Buick may ride a double in the two main fillies' races

Gosden should have The Fugue at concert pitch for long-term target

With their first domestic titles wrapped up, the opening skirmishes of the 29th Breeders' Cup tonight provide the opportunity for John Gosden and Richard Hughes to amplify their new status as respectively champion trainer and jockey-elect.

Patient sues Kentucky hospital over penis amputation

A former US soldier is suing a hospital claiming that excessive ice-pack treatment on his groin led to the amputation of his penis.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas