Former Wolverhampton Wanderers and England goalkeeper Bert Williams has died, aged 93.
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Saturday 01 June 2013
Tai Woffinden may be only 22 but he goes into the British Speedway Grand Prix at the Millennium Stadium today with huge expectation riding on his shoulders.
Wednesday 15 May 2013
If this was supposed to be the preliminary sketch for an Epsom masterpiece, then for now Liber Nauticus remains closer to an oil tanker than a dashing ocean clipper. Nonetheless she finds herself disputing favouritism for the Investec Oaks, bookmakers having taken an indulgent view of the heavy weather she made of her trial here.
Thursday 11 April 2013
As the new season gathers pace next week with a series of Classic trials, Chris McGrath picks 10 to watch
Monday 18 March 2013
Having anticipated last week for so long, some Cheltenham diehards will be appalled to discover that a new Flat season opens at Doncaster on Friday. Others, however, will recognise that so rich a banquet can only really be followed by a total change of taste – even if Town Moor is set to provide conditions better suited to steeplechasing.
Friday 08 March 2013
It is rather like preparing for a bout with one Klitschko brother by sparring with the other. Certainly, the Paddy Power Imperial Cup at Sandown tomorrow represents a genuine aperitif to Cheltenham – not just for the winner, who will receive a £75,000 bonus if following up at the Festival, but also for punters, who get an alarming foretaste of the handicaps they must solve next week.
Wednesday 23 January 2013
A police officer has died on a skiing holiday with colleagues in France.
Friday 04 January 2013
A woman has denied attempting to murder a baby who was found at the bottom of a rubbish chute outside a block of flats.
Monday 31 December 2012
Two police officers have been taken to hospital after their patrol car overturned as they responded to a 999 call reporting disorder outside a pub.
Tuesday 25 December 2012
This could prove one of those occasions when there is no point complicating matters. Long Run, beaten only by the record-breaking Kauto Star in three Boxing Day starts over the course, is much the most likely winner of the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton tomorrow. And while the retirement of Kauto Star, who won the race for a fifth time last year, suggests the time is ripe for a changing of the guard, it is surely premature to make too much of the anomaly that Long Run – in approaching only his eighth birthday – increasingly represents the old order.
Friday 21 December 2012
It never seemed terribly likely that his spree might be brought to an end by a superior horse, at least so long as connections declined to risk him over shorter distances.
Friday 21 December 2012
A thief who snatched hundreds of pounds from a hotel's reception dropped most of his haul as he was chased from the building.
Friday 14 December 2012
Champion hurdler can make winning return on his first official start for rookie trainer Fry
Thursday 29 November 2012
For those dispirited by the way so many big jump races are nowadays carved up between the same few stables, here was a look back to the future. Lest we forget, Kim Bailey himself once won the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle at the same Festival, with Master Oats and Alderbrook respectively in 1995, and until this year he remained unique among current trainers in having also won a Grand National. Even in his pomp, however, he never pretended to invulnerability – and the engaging human qualities that leavened his undoubted hunger have been sadly missed from the elite scene for more than a decade.
Friday 23 November 2012
It is no trite ambition, seeing such good horses venture onto such awful ground, to ask only that the likes of Long Run and Finian’s Rainbow complete their comebacks tomorrow in one piece.
Saturday 17 November 2012
Anticipation of this meeting is largely rooted in hindsight. Year after year it proves a major crossroads, especially in the career of a young horse, on the road back to the Festival.
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