Northampton have been waiting for this since October. Five months ago their unbeaten start to the Aviva Premiership ground dramatically to a halt in Reading when London Irish registered a bonus-point win on their own turf; here they returned the compliment with interest – or "icing" as Brian Smith, Irish's director of rugby, said.
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Just because a favourite triumphs unchallenged at long odds-on by an extreme distance in a small field, it does not mean any lack of excitement. Such a spectacle, as those who followed Frankel last year on the Flat can testify, can be a thrill in itself. And so it was at Musselburgh yesterday, when the wholly admirable Overturn produced his third solo tour de force in as many runs over fences in his final outing before the Cheltenham Festival.
England were beaten by 127 runs
"Four years of work and all I have to show for it is 50 seconds on the pommel horse," Louis Smith said a few weeks ago. In the end it came down to even finer margins – a 10th of a point being the difference between winning the first gold medal ever by a British male gymnast, and the silver which he took. He took it well, showing off the easy, magnetic personality with which he has attracted a following to British gymnastics. Smith's score tied with the winner, Krisztian Berki, but the Hungarian took gold for a fractionally higher execution score.
The total now stands at 16 and this one was all his own work. Michael Phelps claimed his first individual gold of London 2012 last night with a devastating swim in the 200m individual medley that proved too much for a tiring Ryan Lochte. Phelps, the master of Beijing, has reasserted his authority in the pool.
David Beckham continued his fine form since being omitted from Great Britain's Olympic squad by scoring one goal and setting up another as the LA Galaxy fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Vancouver Whitecaps.
Here are some Olympic images that organizers have not approved: A hooded youth making off with an Olympic ring; the same multicolored hoops turned into toasters; a dog doing something a bit rude to a London 2012 mascot.
Pasty tax, granny tax, petrol panic, Jeremy Hunt– not a day has passed since the Budget that the Tory party hasn't found itself in trouble over its poor decisions. Matt Chorley counts them down
After the glossy, big-budget music video for "Born To Die", Lana Del Rey has returned to the Instagram-esque promos that splice retro footage with sultry shots of the 25-year-old songstress that first caught our attention. The new video for "Carmen", which tells the story of a depressed teenage party girl, has an almost identical aesthetic to previous singles "Video Games" and "Blue Jeans". Want to make your own? Here's a LDR video checklist:
Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott compiled chanceless centuries on day two of England's pre-Test warm-up but Ian Bell's struggles continued on a flat pitch in Colombo.
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I bumped umbrellas with bedraggled tourists funnelling through the soggy streets on my way to the Museum of Ideas and Inventions (mibamuseum.com). This is one of Barcelona's newest and quirkiest museums, the perfect place to escape the deluge, and I've been longing to go for ages. (Not least because I'd heard about the fantastic tube-slide which swirls down to the basement galleries. Sadly, it was closed during my visit.)
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