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Grand National Goes Plastic in Aintree Safety Quest

Horse Racing

They look like so many asparagus fronds. There are eight long rows of them, stuck into holes in the top of a green box, suggesting garden centre rather than racecourse, but they form the new core of what is supposedly one of the most challenging obstacles in sport, a Grand National fence.

Audley Harrison Takes Prizefighter Double on the Road to Redemption

Boxing Gloves

The shock of the American veteran Tony Thompson destroying the 6ft 8in British heavyweight hope David Price in two rounds in Liverpool earlier in the evening reverberated all the way to London, as Audley Harrison again lit a fire under his interesting career by winning his second Prizefighter trophy, becoming the first man to do so.