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When a boy beats men, notice is entitled to be taken. Yesterday at Taunton the four-year-old hurdler Ranjaan, having just his fourth outing over obstacles, outclassed a field of seasoned handicappers, older and much more streetwise rivals. He thus cemented his claims for the Cheltenham Festival, where he will be taking on his contemporaries in the Triumph Hurdle.

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Diego Maradona has undergone surgery to have kidney stones removed, the Dubai hospital where he is being treated said on Monday.

Aidan O'Brien: The trainer is aiming his top older horse at the world's richest race

So You Think lined up for Dubai prize

Perhaps smarting from recent remarks by Ireland's official handicapper, connections of So You Think yesterday targeted a prize commensurate with the reputation that preceded him from Australia.

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The Adelphi building off the Strand in London's West End, is expected to be put back up for sale in the next few weeks.

British skipper Ian Walker who scored a maximum six points from the in-port race with French boat Groupama

Flawless Walker takes maximum points

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing eased the pressure on skipper Ian Walker after two miserable legs in the Volvo Ocean Race by scoring a crushing victory on home waters yesterday.

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Chris Tremlett and Graeme Swann are doubts for England

Chris Tremlett and Graeme Swann's fitness remains in doubt for England's final warm-up match against a Pakistan Cricket Board XI tomorrow.

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Tim Bresnan ruled out of series with Pakistan due to elbow injury

England seamer Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the forthcoming series against Pakistan with injury.

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Ian Bell admits that his long-term goal is to hold down the No 3 spot for England

Bell resigned to relegation but dreams of climbing back to No 3

Ian Bell is quietly preparing himself for another drop down England's batting order this winter, but he admits that his long-term ambition remains to make the No 3 position his own. That will never be an easy task, of course, while the current International Cricket Council player of the year Jonathan Trott is in the frame.

Groupama notch first win of the Volvo Ocean Race

Spain’s Telefónica secured overall victory on the second leg of the Volvo round the world race with a strong second place on the sprint finish, but the last word went to France’s Groupama as they notching up its first win of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, snatching top spot ahead of their rivals in the dying moments of the sprint into Abu Dhabi.

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