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Former Wolverhampton Wanderers and England goalkeeper Bert Williams has died, aged 93.

William Buick may ride a double in the two main fillies' races

Gosden should have The Fugue at concert pitch for long-term target

With their first domestic titles wrapped up, the opening skirmishes of the 29th Breeders' Cup tonight provide the opportunity for John Gosden and Richard Hughes to amplify their new status as respectively champion trainer and jockey-elect.

Complaints about mis-sold PPI top 500,000

The payment protection insurance mis-selling scandal reached a disturbing landmark this week: the Financial Ombudsman received its 500,000 complaint.

Dundonnell, a York winner in August, will run at the Breeders' Cup

Sky Lantern blazes Kempton trail in Breeders' Cup prep

European trainers saddling two-year-olds at the Breeders' Cup next week have welcomed the prohibition of Lasix, in the juvenile races, as a significant levelling of the playing field. In other respects, however, the local racing environment may remain sufficiently alien to drive their inexperienced charges – almost literally – round the bend.

Heavens replaces her brother for Arc

The Turf seldom dispenses its favours evenly, but there was unmistakable symmetry yesterday to the latest twists in a topsy-turvy build-up to one of its greatest prizes. First Great Heavens was supplemented to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday, as a replacement for her brother, Nathaniel, who had joined Snow Fairy and Danedream on the sidelines on Tuesday. And then Ryan Moore was given the chance to conjure a happier climax to a saga nearly identical to the one that ended in disappointment in last year's race.

More pupils top up A-levels with project to land university place

Growing numbers of independent school pupils are topping up their A-levels in an effort to secure university places, it can be revealed today.

Steven Fletcher of Wolves

Wolves: Steven Fletcher not for sale, despite Sunderland interest

Sunderland have been given little encouragement in their pursuit of Wolves striker Steven Fletcher.

Jack Taylor: Referee best known for awarding the first penalty in a World Cup final

If the football authorities could have drawn up their ideal prototype for a referee – tall, burly and darkly forbidding, oozing authority and charisma in equal measure, steely enough to keep even the most fractious of temperamental stars in order – then surely they would have come up with something very close to Jack Taylor.

Man jailed for record 17 years for £34m tax fraud

A man who stole £34m in PAYE employee tax has been jailed for 17 years – one of the longest fraud sentences in British criminal history.

Blur to play live on Twitter

Reunited Blur are to debut new songs on Twitter.

Fifth man guilty over Birmingham riot blaze

A fifth man has been found guilty of rioting, reckless arson and firearms possession after police were "lured" to a pub fire and shot at during last summer's riots.

Man facing jail for £80k bank fraud

A bank worker today admitted stealing £80,000 while working for Indian firm ICICI.

Poll maps out areas of best and worst commuter behaviour

Commuters are most chivalrous in Chelmsford but grumpiest in Gloucester, according to a poll.

Denise Lewis is an Olympics ambassador for the 2012 Games

My Secret Life: Denise lewis, 39, athlete

My parents were... I grew up with my mum. She was very, very organised, a bit of a disciplinarian. We were like a little team, more like big sister, little sister.

Soldier killed in Afghanistan blast named

A soldier killed in an explosion in Afghanistan was named today as Captain Rupert Bowers.

Man convicted of murdering elderly couple

A man has been found guilty of murdering an elderly couple in a "brutal and savage" attack at their home.

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