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Flood-free Southwell Racecourse eyes a bright future under lights

The going is very good at Southwell Racecourse, where officials are predicting a bright future in 2018 and beyond.

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An exclusive collection of 25 horses to have caught the eye this Jumps season and likely to go on to big-race success. (PHOTO BY: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

COUNTDOWN TO CHELTENHAM: horses to follow from the Jumps season so far

Inexorably, inevitably, the Cheltenham Festival is swinging into view. The rest of the Jumps season, which now resembles one, long dress-rehearsal, one, long schooling session, has hit the home straight and the winning post of mid-March is on the horizon.

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Chesterfield CC 1st XI v Cutthorpe CC 1st XI in the Derbyshire County Cricket League ECB Premier Division. Cutthorpe bowler Muhammad Attari in action.

How have the Laws of Cricket changed with the new 2017 code?

Recreational cricketers will see a new set of laws in place when they start the 2018 season.

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COLUMN: Top golf tips for winter practice sessions

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IN PICTURE: Jake Ball.

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Ball has ‘bright future’ in Test cricket - Newell

Jake Ball has a ‘bright future’ in Test cricket, despite his omission from England’s touring party for March’s two-Test tour of New Zealand.

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The favourite, Poetic Rhythm (right), pounces late on Mulcahy's Hill, to win the Grade One Betfred Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday.

CHRISTMAS RACING REVIEW: from Faugheen and Might Bite to Sizing John and Buveur D’Air

Like unwanted presents strewn at the bottom of the Christmas tree, a sackful of shocks and surprises rocked the racing programme over the festive holiday.

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Paralympian gold medalist Ollie Hynd visits Bulwell St Marys primary school.

Proud Hynd selected for second Commonwealth Games

Champion swimmer Ollie Hynd MBE has been selected for Team England to compete at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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IN PICTURE: ROYAL LONDON ONE-DAY CUP KIT: Luke Fletcher.
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Luke Fletcher to resume training after being given all clear following head injury

Nottinghamshire seam bowler Luke Fletcher has been given the all-clear by his hospital consultant to resume full training.

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Blaklion, impressive winner of the Randox Health Becher Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree on Saturday.

Gold Cup hero back with bang in weekend that was Sceaux (or Sceau) good

You had to know your Sceaux from your Sceau when analysing and assessing a weekend of racing action that warmed the cockles of even the coldest of hearts amid the ice and snow.

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Alex Hales, who is raring to go in the one-day internationals against Australia. (PHOTO BY: Mark Fear Photography)

Hales can be a big hit in Australia, says Franks

Big-hitting batsman Alex Hales can make a major impact in England’s one-day internationals against Australia early next year, believes Nottinghamshire’s assistant head coach, Mansfield’s Paul Franks.

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Total Recall, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend, won the first edition of the �250,000 Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury on Saturday.

All the stars aligned as Newbury serves up best meeting of Jumps season so far

It’s not often all the stars are aligned and you get all your ducks in a row at a race meeting. But that was definitely the case last weekend at Newbury, who dished up the best, and most enjoyable, fare of the Jumps season so far.

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VIDEO PREVIEW: WWE legends bringing new 5 Star Wrestling live weekly TV shows to UK Arenas

WWE legends Rey Mysterio, John Morrison and Rob Van Dam are bringing new 5 Star Wrestling live weekly TV shows to UK Arenas in 2018 and we have all the ticket details.

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Racing legend John Francome, who was champion jockey seven times.

Legend John Francome looks back as Newbury’s big race begins new era

You might know it as the Hennessy Gold Cup. But you have to get used to calling it the Ladbrokes Trophy from now on.

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IN PICTURE: Jake Ball.

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‘I wouldn’t play Ball in next Test,’ says former England captain

Jake Ball has come under fire from former England Test captain Kevin Pietersen.

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Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club training at The John Fretwell Sporting Complex, head coach Peter Moores pictured with the Royal London One-Day Cup

Moores excited by Notts’ first game of T20 Blast defence

Notts head coach Peter Moores believes the first game of his side’s T20 Blast defence will be an exciting one against Birmingham Bears.

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Jake Ball claimed the wicket of David Warner as England started well.

Notts bowlers claim early wickets before Australia fightback

Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball and Stuart Broad took early wicket as Australia stuttered at the start of their first innings.

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Elgin (left) powers past long-time leader Misterton at the final flight to win the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham, the feature race on Sunday. (PHOTO BY: Julian Herbert/PA Wire/PA Images)

Cheltenham’s November meeting was the most underwhelming I can remember

Cheltenham’s November meeting, better known under its previous guise as The Open or even the Paddy Power, is so popular that its reputation is largely untouchable.

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Here’s the perfect ingredients to an Ashes winning squad

England begin their Ashes bid tonight as they take on the Aussies in Brisbance in the 1st Test.

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Jake Ball, who is fully fit after a scare in the lead-up to the Ashes Test series in Australia. (PHOTO BY: Mark Fear).

Ball says he is fully fit for first Ashes Test

Mansfield bowler Jake Ball insists he is fully fit for England’s first Ashes Test against Australia at The Gabba, which starts on Thursday.

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Jockey Danny Tudhope after he was crowned Cock O' The North at Doncaster on Saturday.

Buoyant Tudhope crowned Cock O’ The North jockey for the first time

There are those who reckon Doncaster’s November Handicap meeting, which wrapped up a magnificent 2017 Flat season on Saturday, has lost its pizzazz.

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