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Talking Horses: Sandown make changes to avoid last year's problems

Stop procedures failed to work in the murk during last year’s London National, leading to a rejig of Saturday’s scheduleOfficials at Sandown have acted to prevent a repeat of the chaos that occurred during last year’s London National, due to be staged once more on Saturday. Seven jockeys completed the course in conditions described as “extremely murky”, having failed to see a yellow ‘stop’ flag that was being waved before the third-last fence, with the result that this year’s race has been brought forward by half an hour. Related: Oisin Murphy admits seeing cocaine being taken on night before positive test Tips by Chris Cook Continue reading...

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'Big bold statement': National Football Museum's path to gender equality | Suzanne Wrack

Museum has pledged to increase representation of women’s game to 50% of its displays by 2022 and is telling ‘hidden stories’‘It’s about changing attitudes,” says Belinda Scarlett, the curator of women’s football at the National Football Museum. “Sometimes the only way you can do that is by making really big bold statements.” Scarlett is talking about the bold pledge to increase representation of women’s football to 50% of its displays by 2022. “It’s really pushed the National Football Museum,” she says. “Every time we approach a new project now the question is: ‘How do we make this 50-50?’ That would not have happened a couple of years ago. Even though we’re miles away from it at the moment, we start...

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The Breakdown | Rugby union's obsession with defence must be tackled if game is to thrive

Risk-taking is increasingly rare in the modern game and urgent action is required to keep fans interestedGiven the time of year, rugby union needs to go shopping for charismas. Amazon Prime dipped into the petty clash to find the £20m to secure the television rights for the Autumn Nations Cup, but it is difficult to argue it has had value for money.The game in Europe is in one of its sclerotic periods on the field and mired in administrative inertia off it. Amazon has the final it would have hoped for on Sunday with England and France offering the most potential new subscribers, but Les Bleus are having to field a reserve team. That’s because the Top 14 clubs and...

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Solskjær’s failure to see red allows Neymar to dictate defeat | Barney Ronay

The irresistible bloom of this wonderful, maddening footballer fired PSG towards an emphatic victory at Old TraffordOh, Ole. As the second half kicked off at Old Trafford there were three possible outcomes confronting Ole Gunnar Solskjær as he surveyed his midfield.First, Fred would be sent off almost immediately for a second yellow card. Second, Fred would be sent off almost immediately for a straight red card. And third, Fred would be sent off a bit later for any combination of the above. Related: PSG cut Manchester United down to size with Neymar double and Fred's red card Related: I thought about replacing Fred at half-time, admits Ole Gunnar Solskjær Continue reading...

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Why is the ICC not giving its World Test Championship the chance to shine? | Andy Bull

It is bizarre for the ICC chairman to say cricket needs to go back to the drawing board before the first final has been playedAmong all the many obstacles to this job in the past few months, the hardest has been that I’ve had to share our one TV screen with my kids. I know, I know, and yes, it would be a lovely gesture if you wanted to go out on your doorstep and clap for the poor sportswriters this Saturday morning. The weeks when there wasn’t any live sport to write about were tough; the weeks when there was but we weren’t allowed in to watch it were tougher. England’s Test series against Pakistan and West Indies had...

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