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VIDEO: Maldonado pulls wheelie in Bahrain

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:35
Pastor Maldonado hits a kerb during second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix which launches his Lotus up into the air.

Horse racing tips: Saturday 5 April

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:32
Big Shu at Aintree is the best bet of the day

Aintree 1.30 Dell' Arca 2.05 Hinterland 2.50 At Fishers Cross 3.25 Saint Are 4.15 Big Shu (nap) 5.10 Katgary (nb) 5.45 Bringithomeminty

Chepstow 1.20 May Be Some Time 1.55 Bodega 2.30 O'Callaghan Strand 3.05 Milor De La Borie 3.45 Ohio Gold 4.50 Reverb 5.25 Thomas Wild 5.55 Sidbury Hill

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VIDEO: Managers preview Premier League

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:22
David Moyes says Manchester United need to "build up momentum" ahead of the end-of-season run-in.

Bank on Big Shu to win the Grand National for Ireland

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:19
The Package looks the best each-way bet for the Aintree spectacular, but the Peter Maher-trained Big Shu has the necessary stamina for the world's most famous race

Stamina is all in the new Grand National, the importance of jumping ability having been dramatically reduced when the stuffing was taken out of the famous green fences before last year's race. Horses with proven ability to stay four miles came to the fore that day and may do so again on Saturday, in which case the Irish raider Big Shu (4.15) should be a danger to all at generous odds of 22-1.

This nine-year-old just keeps on keeping on. Few horses could shoulder 12st 3lb through the mud at Punchestown to win a four-mile race, as he did last spring, and he has shown a similar relentless quality in two appearances at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Racing experts' Grand National tips

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:18
Racing reporters, correspondents and experts give their verdicts on who will win the big race at Aintree

Sebastian Vettel's F1 gripes do not take shine off Bahrain bright lights

Guardian Sport - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:13
Reigning champion unhappy with new hybrid engines
Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton laud 'cool' circuit

It was not protesters' bombs or firecrackers that illuminated the Bahrain International Circuit on Friday night but an eye-dazzling array of floodlights that promise to make Sunday's grand prix one of the most spectacular on the Formula One agenda.

"Oh my God it's bright," Jenson Button said after practising under the coruscating illumination of 5,000 lightbulbs. "It's going to be pretty cool. You're going to enjoy it." Cool in more ways than one, for the lower temperature will be kinder to drivers and tyres alike.

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Harris set to replace Noble at Salford

BBC Sport - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:09
Salford Red Devils will confirm Iestyn Harris as their new head coach on Monday, reports BBC Radio Manchester.