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Sport in brief: Racing ‘united in grief’ as Grand National winner Liam Treadwell dies at 34

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RACING: Jockey Liam Treadwell, who sensationally rode 100/1 shot Mon Mome to victory in the 2009 Grand National, has died at the age of 34. Treadwell sprang one of the biggest surprises in the world’s greatest steeplechase, and landed a number of other big victories, including the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree on Bennys Mist in 2015 and the Byrne Group Plate on Carrickboy at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013.Mick Fitzgerald, also a Grand National-winning rider, said: ‘Seeing him winning the Grand National is in many ways the best way to remember him. ‘He was a really nice guy, he was a lovely rider — and it’s just awfully sad.’ The British Horseracing Authority’s chief executive Nick Rust said: ‘We are devastated to hear the tragic news. The racing community will be united in grief.’

Cockerill swoop for Glasgow locks Davidson and Sykes

RUGBY UNION: Edinburgh have signed Glasgow locks Andrew Davidson and Marshall Sykes. Head coach Richard Cockerill said: ‘Andrew gained plenty of experience down at Newcastle Falcons and Glasgow, while Marshall is still raw but is hard working and has the potential.’

Woody out, Warnock in at Boro

FOOTBALL: Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate has been sacked and replaced by the vastly experienced Neil Warnock as the club battles to avoid relegation from the Championship. Boro, who sit in 21st place, parted company with the former England international (right) three days after a 3-0 home defeat by Swansea.

King could be fit to face Wolves

FOOTBALL: Bournemouth striker Josh King has escaped serious injury following Gary Cahill’s crunching challenge and could face Wolves tonight. King (right) limped off against Crystal Palace after being caught on the ankle by Cahill’s studs.

Morgan wanted to go home, says Ancelotti

FOOTBALL: Carlo Ancelotti said Morgan Schneiderlin’s desire to return to his native France was behind the midfielder’s move to Nice. The France international has left for an undisclosed fee, having joined from Manchester United in 2017 for £20million. Toffees boss Ancelotti said: ‘He had the desire to go back to France and we let him.’

Traynor slapped with two-year suspension

ATHLETICS: British long-distance runner Luke Traynor has been banned for two years after admitting taking cocaine.
The Scot was suspended last year after testing positive for the drug after the Vitality London 10k race. His assertion it was the result of out-of-competition use of the drug was backed by an independent expert.