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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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