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Imperial Commander ruled out of Gold Cup at Cheltenham

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5,000 badgers on Government's slaughter list

More than 5,000 badgers will be slaughtered in the West Country after the Government approved licences for culls to commence in June this year.

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Bristol sign Wales fly-half Nicky Robinson from Wasps

Robinson, 31, has agreed a three-year deal

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Promising flanker will leave Worcester Warriors

Tony McCoy gave up his other mounts after Darlan’s fall

Rock On win marred by Darlan fatality

Noel Fehily gave the winner a grateful pat down the shoulder, but his sombre expression already disclosed some sense of the disaster that would gouge all joy from their success. Moments earlier, he had sent Rock On Ruby over the last flight with Tony McCoy and Darlan breathing down their necks. Now one of the sport's rising stars lay dead on the turf, his dignity being hastily preserved from horrified spectators by the erection of screens. McCoy was unharmed in the fall, but even this iron man was too upset to ride again yesterday. A race that had introduced incongruous lustre to a Monday at Doncaster instead renewed the bleakest challenge faced by those who tend and cherish any horse bred and raised for competition.

A picture left at the scene in Hanham, near Bristol, in tribute to Ross and Clare Simons, who were killed yesterday when their tandem bike was struck by a car

Driver remanded over tandem cyclists deaths

A motorist has appeared in court accused of killing a couple who were knocked off their tandem bike in an alleged hit-and-run.

Body found in search for boat missing in gale-force conditions off Devon coast

Rescuers searching for a missing fishing boat in gale-force conditions have found a body.

Driver lashes out at snowball boy

A 10-year-old boy was injured in Plymouth when a motorist became violent after a group of youngsters hit his car with a snowball.

Stranded Somerset drivers forced to bed down in Nether Stowey village hall

Thirty people were forced to spend the night in a village hall after being rescued by police when they became stranded in their cars because of snow.

Flybe axes 300 jobs to slash costs

Around 300 jobs are to be axed at regional airline Flybe as it battles to slash costs by £35 million to stem losses.

Crew rescued from stricken tug boat

Eight people have been rescued off the coast of Devon from a tug which is carrying 200 tonnes of diesel.

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