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.
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Tuesday 05 February 2013
Some garrulous men notoriously have very little to say but Ted Walsh will always command respect in word and deed alike. Having seldom had more than a couple of dozen horses in his care, he has won a remarkable variety of big races – and reiterated that he will again have to be taken very seriously in the John Smith's Grand National.
Monday 04 February 2013
Noel Fehily gave the winner a grateful pat down the shoulder, but his sombre expression already disclosed some sense of the disaster that would gouge all joy from their success. Moments earlier, he had sent Rock On Ruby over the last flight with Tony McCoy and Darlan breathing down their necks. Now one of the sport's rising stars lay dead on the turf, his dignity being hastily preserved from horrified spectators by the erection of screens. McCoy was unharmed in the fall, but even this iron man was too upset to ride again yesterday. A race that had introduced incongruous lustre to a Monday at Doncaster instead renewed the bleakest challenge faced by those who tend and cherish any horse bred and raised for competition.
Sunday 03 February 2013
Playing games such as Farmville or poker via social networking sites has become commonplace. Bingo Friendzy is likely to be followed by other gambling games. I was one of many who voiced concerns when it launched. My main concern was that the game features cartoon characters similar to Moshi Monsters (a favourite of my youngest son). I don't believe gambling games should feature anything that might encourage children or adolescents to gamble. Although players have to be 18 to play Bingo Friendzy, research has shown that adolescents bypass minimum age limits for Facebook by giving false information.
Family of armed robber who died after being restrained by customers say they blame no one for his death
Sunday 27 January 2013
The family of an armed robber who died after being restrained by customers as he attempted to raid a betting shop said they hold no one responsible for his death.
Sunday 27 January 2013
Betting is being driven by the internet and it is easier than ever to lose everything
Sunday 27 January 2013
Problem gambling is a psychiatric illness that will soon be reclassified with other addictions. People who are problem gamblers have found their lives taken over by a preoccupation with gambling and have lost money they could not afford to lose.
Thursday 24 January 2013
Ladbrokes has snapped up Irish betting exchange Betdaq for €30m (£25m) to boost its online business.
Monday 21 January 2013
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Sunday 13 January 2013
British Olympic stars who are boosting their bank balances by cashing in on their post-Games celebrity are facing increased spot-checks to ensure they pay back all of their tax-free Lottery funding.
Murder investigation launched after US lottery winner dies of suspected cyanide poisoning the day after winning $425,000
Tuesday 08 January 2013
Urooj Khan thought all his luck had come at once. After all, not only had he just won the lottery, he barely ever played it. But the day after picking up his $425,000 (£265,000) prize Mr Khan died from what appears to have been cyanide poisoning. Police are treating the case as murder.
Sunday 06 January 2013
A lottery showered €840m (£680m) on ticket-holders in five regions of Spain yesterday in the midst of a deep recession and high unemployment.
Tuesday 18 December 2012
Rank will have to sell off as many as six casinos if it wants to revive its £205m takeover of rival Gala Casinos, the Competition Commission said yesterday.
Friday 14 December 2012
A triumphant North Korea staged a mass rally of soldiers and civilians to glorify the country’s young ruler, who this week sent a satellite into orbit in defiance of international warnings.
Saturday 08 December 2012
The uncertainty posed by the looming US fiscal cliff is having an impact on the multimillion-dollar Powerball lottery.
A man who claimed half of the record $587.5 million (£366m) jackpot is collecting his winnings now rather than wait until next year.
Thursday 06 December 2012
A mystery lottery player has lost out on a £64 million fortune after the deadline for them to claim the life-changing prize expired.
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
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