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Football: Houdini lives on in Horton

Port Vale 2 Queen's Park Rangers 0

Racing: Eddery banned

PAT EDDERY has been suspended for four days for excessive use of the whip aboard Silver Patriarch, a brave winner of the Group Two Sagitta Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket yesterday. The ban will run from 10 to 13 May.

Football: Bradford cause boosted by Mills

Port Vale 1 Bradford City 1

Food: The wild ones

Native plants to transform spring dishes. Photographs by Jason Lowe

Business spurns the dormouse

GIVEN that it is close to extinction, the depressed river mussel is appropriately named. But it has more reason to be cheerful than most of Britain's vanishing wildlife: it is one of only a handful of endangered species to benefit from a much-vaunted business sponsorship scheme.

Racing: Grounds for caution on betting front

WHEN THE last horseboxes pulled out of Kempton and Haydock on Saturday, the rehearsals were over. All the serious contenders have been herded on to the coach which has Cheltenham as its next stop. There may be a few stragglers, whose timing was thrown out by injury or illness, but if they turn up now they may find it has left without them. The Festival is barely 300 hours away.

Racing: Poor training blamed for 'batrtlefield'

Sedgefield tragedy: RSPCA labels incident an `unavoidable accident' but other welfare group condemns trainers

Anti-English taunts drive family over the border

AN ENGLISH family who moved to Scotland are packing their bags to return south after enduring what they say has been a year-long stream of racist taunts and attacks. Their two young daughters were threatened with having their throats slit and windows of the family home have been smashed.

Racing: Three horses killed

THREE HORSES were killed at Sedgefield yesterday after a pile- up involving nine of the 15 runners in the 4.30, a novices' chase. Problems began at the first fence when Joss Bay fell, bringing down Skane River and Sliema Creek. All three then ran loose in the opposite direction round the course until they collided with the rest of the field at the second last fence. Another six horses were brought down. Royal Scimitar was killed together with Floss The Boss and Skane River.

Crofters under fire over threat to mussels

A COLONY of rare mussels, prized for its pearls, is under threat from a community of crofters accused of putting money before nature.

Eating Out: Brotherly lunch

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Racing: Osborne keeps record intact

JAMIE OSBORNE maintained an unblemished record at Musselburgh in the last five years as he secured a double with his only two rides at the course yesterday.

Food: Shuck it and see

Simon Hopkinson It's the perfect time for oysters, and their ideal partner is a crisp sausage. Honest. Photograph by Jason Lowe

Racing: Snow go at Carlisle

TOMORROW'S MEETING at Carlisle has been abandoned. Conditions at the track have deteriorated over the past few days and the clerk of the course, Johnny Fenwicke-Clennell, yesterday said: "There is half an inch of snow on the course and it wasn't raceable before the snow came."
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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?