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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.

Umpire Asad Rauf from Pakistan

Asad Rauf withdrawn from ICC Champions Trophy amid IPL corruption scandal

The nature of Rauf’s purported involvement has not been revealed

Winning big on the lottery

While the news that a single ticket in Florida netted around $590 million (£390 million) in the latest Powerball lottery jackpot may be staggering, it is not the only case of large lottery wins, whether in America or the UK.

Single ticket scoops $590m jackpot in Florida lottery

A single ticket in Florida has matched all the numbers to win the highest Powerball lottery jackpot in history at an estimated 590.5 million dollars (£389.2m), officials said today.

Camelot lifts lottery sales to nearly £7bn

The National Lottery operator, Camelot, has enjoyed a bumper year, despite the poor state of the economy. It has increased total National Lottery sales in the year to 31 March to an all-time high of £6.97bn, an increase of 6.9 per cent on the previous year.

Rank sees high-rollers beat the house

Grosvenor Casinos' owner Rank has warned annual results will dip below last year due to freezing weather and the roll of the dice.

CVC given extra 24 hours to make improved Betfair bid

Punters gambling on a takeover of Betfair were given some hope after a put-up-or-shut-up deadline imposed on private equity firm CVC was extended for a day – at Betfair's request.

Have 'Generation Rent' given up on plans to buy a home?

Nearly a quarter of renters say a higher priority is ensuring money for leisure time and regular holidays.

Phil Ivey, from Las Vegas, is thought to be the world's sixth-highest
earner from punto banco tournaments

Poker’s Tiger Woods Phil Ivey sues British casino for £7.3m in winnings

A global gambling star known as the “Tiger Woods of poker” is suing Britain’s oldest casino for refusing to pay him £7.3m in winnings.

The North District Hospital on Clinic Road, Hong Kong, where the victim was attacked by two men

Four held after 'Triad' boss is disembowelled and hacked to death with meat cleaver outside Hong Kong hospital

According to reports police have arrested four men aged 18 to 30

Investment View: Three gambles - but were they winning bets?

Probability's platform gives it a leg-up on most of the competition in mobile gaming

Ladbrokes bitten by Cheltenham favourites and big freeze

Bookmaker Ladbrokes took a pasting at the Cheltenham festival last month, and with 62 days of other race meetings lost to the freezing weather in the first quarter it warned profits this year will be at the lower end of forecasts.

The inside story: Kim Jong-Un’s former chef Kenji Fujimoto

North Korea: Why the media needs a sausage maker in Seoul

World View: Any source is a good source when desperate journalists can't dig up the most basic of facts

James Moore: Online betting makes Labour's attack on high street bookies look small

Outlook. Plus: Arise again, Sir James Crosby. Probably

Betting cap 'will cost 40,000 jobs'

Treasury and councils will lose millions from a maximum £2 slot-machine stake, bookies warn
George Osborne speaking on the Philpott case is 'a grubby little intervention'

Grubby Osborne's crude opportunism is capitalising on fear

By the time this column is published, I expect that the commentary on the grubby little intervention by George Osborne on the Philpott case will have moved on. We should be well into post-match analysis of tactics and strategy.

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The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
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2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
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The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...