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Ten talking-points that made the 2017 Cheltenham Festival so memorable

All over for another year, the Cheltenham Festival has written a new chapter in its illustrious, heavyweight history.

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Win! Tickets to Globetrotters

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular basketball show to Nottingham next month as part of their 2017 World Tour.

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Willie Mullins, top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival for the last four years, with his odds-on favourite for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, Douvan, probably the best horse on view at this week's meeting.

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: Richard Silverwood’s exclusive eve-of-meeting selections

So here we go. The famous roar that greets the start of the magnificent and mesmerising Cheltenham Festival is only a matter of hours away.

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Lizzie Armitstead celebrates her victory in last year's Derbyshire stage of The Women's Tour.

Lizzie Armitstead is back as Women’s Tour cycle race returns to Derbyshire

Derbyshire is to host the penultimate stage of The Women’s Tour on Saturday, June 10, building on the cycle race’s successful visit last year.

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One of the warm fancies for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, Native River, ridden by champion jockey Richard Johnson. (PHOTO BY: Julian Herbert/PA Wire).

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: in-depth preview of this year’s Gold Cup

Spring has sprung, and the daffodils are surely out at Pittville Park, which lines the uphill route from the town centre to Prestbury Park for racegoers wending their way to the Cheltenham Festival.

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Haye strikes an early blow as statistics say he’s a better champ than Bellew

The gloves are off ahead of David Haye’s showdown with Tony Bellew – and the Londoner has struck an early blow against his rival.

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Ethan Benstead (centre) is going all out to emulate the success of his 2014 Vase winning brother James in Trent Colleges 2017 trophy challenge (credit Paul Mayfield/Trent College)

Trent College one game away from Twickenham

Trent College are 70 minutes from another Twickenham appearance as they prepare to face The Perse School, Cambridgeshire, in the semi-finals of the national U18 Natwest Vase at Allianz Park on Saturday.

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Boxer Callum Hancock was jailed for 21 months.

VIDEO: "I don't regret it:" Local professional boxer who served 21 months for knocking out bouncer releases video to tell his story

A professional boxer who was jailed for 21 months for knocking out a bouncer with a single punch has said: "I don't regret it."
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Team GBs gold-medal winning hockey star Alex Danson gives coaching tips to the Trent College girls.

Trent College’s history-making hockey girls chase glory

The history-making hockey girls at Trent College in Long Eaton were being urged to “take their chances” this week as they chased national glory.

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Disabled people are being urged to try the sport of boccia.

Disabled people inspired by Paralympic Games in Rio

The numbers from Erewash joining a sport network for disabled athletes have been boosted by participants taking inspiration from the Paralympic and Olympic Games in Rio last year.

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Favourite Thistlecrack, who has been ruled out of the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup because of injury.

COUNTDOWN TO CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: golden rules for a successful week of punting

As the mighty THISTLECRACK becomes the latest casualty, the battered and bruised Cheltenham Festival is limping into view on crutches.

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United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate and WWE's new UK stars will make history - appearing for the first time at select WWE Live Events in the UK and Ireland from May 4 to 12.

BREAKING: WWE's new UK superstar wrestlers to join legends at Sheffield Arena

WWE's new UK superstar wrestlers will make history when they battle alongside legends on the next live tour - including a date at Sheffield Arena, we can exclusively reveal.

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Exciting novice chaser Altior is spring-heeled on his way to victory in the highlight of Newbury's stellar card last Saturday.

Can any of these magnificent seven ride into Grand National history at Aintree?

The juggernaut marked ‘Cheltenham Festival’ that is plunging headlong towards us was briefly stopped in its tracks this week by one of racing’s equally iconic standing dishes.

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Dave Musgrove (left) and Sandy Lyle.  Picture supplied by Coxmoor Golf Club.

Coxmoor Golf Club mourn death of former Sandy Lyle, Seve Ballesteros and Lee Janzen caddie Dave Musgrove

Coxmoor Golf Club have led the tributes made to former European Tour caddie Dave Musgrove.

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Olympic hero Alex Danson (centre) with the girls hockey players and coaches on her visit to Trent College, Long Eaton.

Olympics hockey hero Danson inspires Trent students

Gold medal-winning hockey hero Alex Danson inspired Trent College’s students to believe anything is possible when she made a special visit to the Long Eaton school.

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Charlie Livesey dives over the line for a try in Trent Colleges victory.

Trent College on brink of playing at Twickenham

Tremendous Trent College are only one match from playing at Twickenham after booking their place in the semi-finals of the NatWest Vase for U18s.

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Wrestling super fan Michael Finney who's led a campaign to get the "British Bulldog" accepted into the wrestling hall of fame

OPINION: Why the British Bulldog deserves a place in the WWE Hall of Fame

A Mansfield wrestling fanatic has launched an online campaign to get the British Bulldog inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Superstars from the world of WWE and Hollywood have backed the campaign, joining a petition with close to 13,000 signatures.

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Arenacross UK 2017 Tour Sheffield Arena Pro winner Cedric Soubeyras, centre, celebrates with with second placed Angelo Pellegrini and third Thomas Ramette.

RESULTS & REPORT: Arenacross UK Tour 2017 roars into Sheffield Arena

Motorbike superstar Cedric Soubeyras thrilled a packed Sheffield Arena as he rode a near perfect main event to slightly stretch his Pro championship lead in the Arenacross UK 2017 championship.

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Two of Yorkshire trainer Malcolm Jefferson's top horses make the list. He is pictured here with his crack 2m novice chaser, Cloudy Dream.

COUNTDOWN TO CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: horses to follow from the opening weeks of 2017

This is not an easy time of year for racing fans. On the one hand, we cannot wait for the Cheltenham Festival. On the other hand, our feverish anticipation is sullied by the dreaded news of yet another star turn sidelined by injury or worse.

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