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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.

Last year’s National third Seabass made a pleasing return yesterday

Seabass deepens Ted Walsh's Aintree hand

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.

Tony McCoy gave up his other mounts after Darlan’s fall

Rock On win marred by Darlan fatality

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.

Games introduce children to principles of gambling

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

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.

Editorial: A liberal gamble too far

Betting is being driven by the internet and it is easier than ever to lose everything

We need to help the next generation tackle problem gambling

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.

Ladbrokes buys Betdaq for €30m

Ladbrokes has snapped up Irish betting exchange Betdaq for €30m (£25m) to boost its online business.

New poncho cagoule from Folk, in a delicious lobster hue

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Daley’s bread: Tom Daley is believed to receive a six-figure sum for Splash!

Exclusive: Cash-rich Olympians face more spot-checks on their finances

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.

Urooj Khan poses with the winning lottery ticket

Murder investigation launched after US lottery winner dies of suspected cyanide poisoning the day after winning $425,000

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.

€840m lottery lifts Spain's recession gloom

A lottery showered €840m (£680m) on ticket-holders in five regions of Spain yesterday in the midst of a deep recession and high unemployment.

Rank is told it must offload six of its casinos before it can take over rival Gala

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.

North Korea: Pyongyang in mass show of strength

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.

Lottery winner collects prize early fearing fiscal 'cliff'

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.

A resident from the Stevenage area ticked off the right numbers but hasn't claimed the big prize

It could have been you: lottery winner loses unclaimed £64m

A mystery lottery player has lost out on a £64 million fortune after the deadline for them to claim the life-changing prize expired.

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