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Merry King ready to revel in mud of Chepstow marathon

In keeping with everything else about Christmas, there’s almost too much for the racing fan to appreciate and digest at the moment.

Magic moment: Jonathan Joseph speeds over for the Bath’s decisive try

Rugby round-up: Loss of Andy Goode proves costly for Wasps as Stephen Myler saves Saints

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Toby Flood, right, has dropped down the England pecking order and moving abroad would dent his hopes further

Leicester's Toby Flood sinks rumours he has already signed for Toulouse

Toby Flood has denied reports that he has signed for Toulouse and will definitely be leaving Leicester. The England fly-half had already been heavily linked with a move across the Channel to join Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon.

1 in every 105 households in England at risk of repossession or eviction

Newham in London named worst 'hotspot'

John Darwin has reportedly been arrested after he left the country without permission

John Darwin: Man who faked his own death held for leaving country without permission

John Darwin, the man who faked his death in a canoe accident and then handed himself in to the police feigning amnesia, has reportedly been arrested after he left the country without permission to meet a woman in Ukraine.

File image: A devastated young girl has been reunited with her lost teddy following a remarkable social media appeal launched by the woman who found it

Devastated girl reunited with lost teddy bear following remarkable social media appeal

'Roar' had been left on a train during a family trip, luckily it was found by a passenger who appealed to find the owner on Twitter using a series of pictures of the teddy on a night out

Jonny Wilkinson scored his first Heineken Cup try against Exeter during Toulon’s victory

Heineken Cup: Jonny Wilkinson talks up Toulon to his possible successors

Jonny Wilkinson may be famous for fulminating about the solitary moments in a sportsman’s life, but the feted fly-half’s latest reflections on whether he will retire next summer – after Saturday’s  32-20 Heineken Cup win for his club Toulon over Exeter Chiefs – were made with others in mind.

Perpignan were fighting for their lives and seemed to have secured victory with only three minutes to play when Tommaso Benvenuti’s try gave them a 17-13 lead

Round-up: JJ Hanrahan stars with late, late try for Munster

Munster just don’t know when to give up in the Heineken Cup.

Lee Halpin died from Adult Sudden Death Syndrome

Filmmaker Lee Halpin found dead while making homelessness documentary died from Adult Sudden Death Syndrome

26-year-old had been hoping to win an internship with Channel 4

Labour MP Nick Brown's Christmas Card takes aim at Cameron, Rebekah Brooks, Grant Shapps (and a horse)

A Labour MP’s Christmas card has taken aim at Conservative Chairman Grant Shapp’s post on Buzzfeed with a tongue-in cheek design.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said luck governs pupils’ fortunes

Pupils face an 'education lottery' for right opportunities

Sir Michael Wilshaw argues that poverty is no longer the major determinant of whether a child will fail

‘A glitch’ caused disruption at Heathrow (above), Gatwick and Stansted

Backlog of flights could see more airport chaos

Airports must deal with remaining passengers hit by twelve-hour technical glitch

A memorial at King’s Cross, London, to cyclist Deep Lee, 24

Improve local cycling and we'll vote for you, activists tell council candidates

Cycling activists are planning a major political campaign at next year's local council elections to sway results in favour of bike-friendly candidates.

Danny Care scored the third of Harlequins’ four tries

Newcastle 9 Harlequins 35: Well beaten but no bad blood for Dean Richards

There was no dream return for Dean Richards against his former club Harlequins. In fact, it turned out to be a real nightmare as Quins claimed a four-try bonus point victory, with two of them coming from wing Sam Smith and one from Danny Care.

Wonderful Charm (left) wins the Berkshire Novices' Chase from Up To Something at Newbury

Merry King set to bring Hennessy Gold Cup cheer

A roll call of the early winners of the Hennessy Gold Cup reads like a Who’s Who of steeplechasing legends: Mandarin, Taxidermist, Stalbridge Colonist, Mill House and, of course, Arkle, who twice made light of 12st 7lb in the mid-Sixties.

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