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What a fine mess English cricket finds itself in. Yet for supporters of a certain age, the last two months in Australia have just been a return to normal service.

Gala Coral-Mecca Bingo merger referred to Competition Commission

The merger of two of the UK's biggest casino operators suffered a setback today after being referred for a full competition inquiry.

Shop worker Farrakh Nizzar jailed for £1m lottery scam bid

A shop worker has been jailed for 30 months for trying to claim a winning £1 million lottery ticket belonging to a pensioner couple.

Rank is set to seal its Gala takeover

Rank, the Grosvenor Casinos, Mecca Bingo and Blue Square operator, yesterday said it hopes to complete its £205m takeover of 26 Gala casinos by the end of next month.

EuroMillions: UK pair claim £148.6m

A couple from Haverhill in Suffolk have claimed last week's £148.6m EuroMillions jackpot, the National Lottery said last night.

Health Lottery 'is a big threat to Team GB's hopes in Rio'

The managing director of the National Lottery has warned of the "very serious threat" posed by Richard Desmond's controversial Health Lottery to Team GB's chances of gold medal success at the Rio Olympics by depriving them of more than £100m in funding.

Games help to up pace at Sportingbet

Any gambler 'going short' of the number of gold medals Australia might win in the Olympics is looking good. Until Monday when Sally Pearson, pictured, romped home in the 100m hurdles, one wag noted, it was hard to be certain that Australia hadn't boycotted the Games altogether.

The yawn of a new era: Bingo has gone totally 21st century

Gambling: Will a bad reputation finally make bingo cool?

Bingo has become the first Facebook game where punters play a virtual game for real money. Bingo Friendzy (sigh), is an app for over 18s that's branded with fluffy characters that look like the Tribbles from Star Trek/Moshi Monsters* (*delete depending on whether you're over or under 30).

Grant saves England's last castle Castle Drogo

The last castle to have been built in England is to be saved from likely ruin thanks to a multimillion-pound grant. Castle Drogo in Devon has suffered major structural problems for years, resulting in serious leaks and water penetration.

Taxman targets Tasmania's biggest gallery

Gambler who used his millions to open the island's main tourist attraction faces vast bill
Camelot's trainer Aidan O’Brien

Mars in orbit and ready to blaze a trail in Camelot's Derby footsteps

It may seem daft to back a horse for a race nearly a year in the future before it has ever raced, but those who made Camelot the long-range Derby favourite before his juvenile debut were not wrong. And it is now as little as 10-1 against his trainer Aidan O'Brien staging a repeat at Epsom with Mars, an easy winner on his debut at Dundalk yesterday.

Normal summer weather 'is on the way'

Britain is finally expected to get drier and warmer next week - but only after the country is hit by yet more downpours.

Forecasters predict dryer spell for Britain

Britain is expected to be given some much needed respite from the torrential downpours that have caused flood misery up and down the country.

London Mayor Boris Johnson says army presence will add 'tone' to 2012 Olympics

London is better prepared for the Olympics than any host city has been at this stage and headlines about security are "pre-curtain-up jitters", London Mayor Boris Johnson said today.

Richard Desmond has plans to expand his weekly Health Lottery

It could be him: Desmond faces Lotto reckoning

Health Lottery mogul plots move into scratch cards – if he beats angry Camelot's court challenge today

The Olympic torch begins its nationwide journey in Cornwall with Ben Ainslie

Robin Scott Elliot: Don't look down at the Aussies – GB should target third place

Hugh Robertson, the Olympics Minister, has struck a bet with his Australian counterpart. If Britain finish higher in the medal table, then Kate Lundy will don a GB vest and row the Olympic course at Eton Dornay; if Australia do, then Robertson will dribble a hockey ball around Australia House in London, sporting green and gold.

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