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Franco fighting hard to make a success of his career

Globetrotting mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Ricardo ‘Rico’ Franco, of Gainsborough, says he is prepared to travel anywhere and try anything to make a success of his professional career.

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GRAND NATIONAL: preview and top tips from our expert

It’s the day when millions of us are tempted into having a flutter. A bet down at the bookies or online, or a go on the sweepstake at work. Even Grandma has been known to splash out with her 50p each/way.

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Blaklion, fourth last year and ready to run a big race again.

GRAND NATIONAL: pinsticker’s guide to all the runners

Finding the winner of the Grand National is often likened to finding the numbers you need to land the National Lottery.

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REVEALED: the horse most likely to win the Grand National (statistically speaking!)

As punters saddle up for the return of the Grand National on Saturday, historical research into previous winners has unearthed the horse with the best chance of grabbing the £561,300 prize. And it’s VIRGILIO!

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VIDEO: Excitement builds ahead of Grand National

More than 600 million people worldwide are expected to view this Saturday’s Grand National.

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Mat Huteson, who was the first Strider to cross the line in the Manchester Marathon. (PHOTO BY: Kirsty Smithson)

Striders out in force for Manchester Marathon

The largest number of runners from the Gainsborough and Morton Striders Athletics Club ever to take part in a marathon graced the famous Manchester event on Sunday.

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Saxon Warrior wins the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore.

HORSES TO FOLLOW REWIND: twenty 2yos from the 2017 Flat season

Cheltenham has just passed, and the Grand National Festival at Aintree is just around the corner. But already under way is the new Flat campaign, and the action will soon be cranking up a gear with Newmarket’s Craven meeting and Newbury’s Greenham meeting.

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Snooker legend John Parrott.

Snooker legend John Parrott heading for Gainsborough

Snooker legend John Parrott is hoping to be right on cue in Gainsborough tonight when he is the star guest for a special exhibition at the United Services Club on Bridge Street.

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Laura Pearson and Tom Bond, who took part in their first 10K races in Striders colours (PHOTO BY: Shane Hill).

Hundreds pound roads in seventh running of Gainsborough’s 10K race

More than 750 runners pounded the roads to the north of the town at the weekend when the seventh running of the Gainsborough and Morton 10K race was staged.

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Champion jockey Richard Johnson salutes the crowd after winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on Native River. (PHOTO BY: Mike Egerton/PAWire/PA Images)

Ten talking-points that defined the 2018 Cheltenham Festival

Hard to believe it’s over for another year, isn’t it? Hard to believe, after the long drawn-out prologue, that the four days flashed by so fast.

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Some of the youngsters who took part in the High 5 netball games in Gainsborough.

Netball fun for youngsters at Gainsborough schools

An entertaining afternoon for youngtsters at schools in Gainsborough introduced them to the sport of netball.

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Buveur D'Air wins the Champion Hurdle at last year's Cheltenham Festival. He is a short-priced favourite to land a repeat success.

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: eve-of-meeting selections for every race

If you haven’t booked the week off work, you’re reading the wrong column. This is a work-free zone. This is a Cheltenham Festival zone.

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Native River, third last year, is expected to go close again in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: preview of the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup

I am old enough to remember the days when the Cheltenham Festival primarily revolved around the Champion Hurdle and the Gold Cup.

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Buveur D'Air wins the Champion Hurdle at last year's Cheltenham Festival. He is a short-priced favourite to land a repeat success.

Cheltenham Festival fever is here again!

Not long now. Not long until you can banish your stresses and strains, park your family problems, put on hold your job worries and even forget about Brexit.

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PICTURES: Celebration night for Doncaster athletes was a runaway success

Doncaster running club Danum Harriers held their annual general meeting recently in the Arms Park Suite at Doncaster Knights Rugby Club.

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies shows his affection for popular veteran The New One, who is back for his seventh Cheltenham Festival run.

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

The Beast From The East is doing its darnedest to spoil things. But the Beasts From The West, alias the battalions from the yards of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott, will soon be on their way, and the Cheltenham Festival is almost ready to unleash a roar mightier than any Siberian blast of snow, wind and ice can muster.

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Young Thomas Sweeting, who produced a superb performance in the Belvoir Challenge race.

Striders’ U11s star Sweeting demolishes field of U16s

It might be only the beginning of March, but young Thomas Sweeting has probably produced the performance of the year already by athletes at the Gainsborough and Morton Striders club.

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One For Arthur back home after his Grand National triumph at Aintree last year. He is flanked by trainer Lucinda Russell, her partner, former champion jockey Peter Scudamore, and groom Jaimie Duff.

GRAND NATIONAL: ante-post shortlist of seven for Aintree’s great race

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it seems incongruous to start talking about the Grand National.

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Altior (right) on his way to victory, and a classy comeback, in the Betfair Exchange Game Spirit Chase at Newbury on Saturday.

COUNTDOWN TO CHELTENHAM: Altior and Native River back with a bang

The weather didn’t play ball, but since when has it? Behind the veneer of sheeting rain and icy winds, Newbury’s pre-Cheltenham Festival meeting at the weekend very much fitted the ‘Super Saturday’ template that was created for it.

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Lauren’s dream
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Lauren’s dream of appearing at Special Olympics

A proud mum is appealing for help to send her daughter to the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.

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