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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.

Kate Middleton marries in a dress by Sarah Burton

William Hill, Paddy Power taking bets on Kate Middleton pregnancy

Amid the general celebration, bookmakers can feel particularly rosy at news a royal baby is on the way. It seems we'll take any excuse to wager on the sprog of Wills and Kate - and the likes of Paddy Power and William Hill have outdone themselves in touting odds on a range of bizarre possibilities.

Red hot: Barry Geraghty caps a perfect display by driving Bobs Worth clear to win on testing ground at Newbury

Blooming Bobs proves worth

Jockey Geraghty reveals great understanding in delivering Hennessy Gold Cup for Henderson

Will gambling prove a business success on business flight service?

Wheels up, chips down: French design consortium develops plans for in-flight casino

French designers unveil plan for mile-high card club with casinos on board airliners

Two winners share $587.5m - America's biggest Powerball jackpot ever

Mystery still surrounds the identity of the winners

Betfair pulls its plans for Greek venture as it 'won't be a winner'

The odds are that setting up a betting business in Greece won't make much money, Betfair said yesterday as it withdrew plans to enter the country.

Kweku Adoboli outside Southwark Crown Court yesterday

The downfall of UBS trader Kweku Adoboli is another morality tale from the City. But have we learnt anything from the Great Crash?

We ought to have spurned the grabby ethic of the City - but did the opposite

Derby County supporters can buy ‘pick-and-mix’ tickets

Martin Hardy: Derby roll out revolutionary ticket system to pull in punters

If you buy a ticket early, it is cheap. If you leave it late, it will be top dollar

Camelot sales hit record £3.5bn

Britons bet a record £3.5bn on the National Lottery in the six months to 19 September, 8 per cent more than the same time last year.

Simon English: Kweku Adoboli’s compulsive gambling chimed with the culture of investment banks

At some level a man who can gamble away $2bn – at one point his losses were closer to $12bn – must be an interesting and clever man.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters during a campaign rally at the Hy Vee Center in Des Moines, Iowa

Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith hits out at 'appalling demonisation' of Mitt Romney in the UK media

In a break from the usual diplomatic conventions Mr Duncan Smith appeared last night to take sides in the US presidential election by making comments on Mitt Romney's business credentials

EuroMillions site is targeted by Islamic hackers

Hackers have attacked the French site of the EuroMillions lottery, attacking it as the "devil's work" and posting Koranic verse in place of its homepage.

Mayor criticised for telling Atlantic City residents to stay put for Hurricane Sandy

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faulted Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford for advising residents to stay put as Hurricane Sandy barreled in, leaving a large number stranded as water levels rise.

Hackers attack French Euromillions lottery site calling it 'devil's work' and posting verse from the Koran

Hackers have attacked the French site of the Euromillions lottery, attacking it as the ‘devil’s work’ and posting Koranic verse in place of its homepage.

A lottery winner has sparked outrage by refusing to leave his council house despite a long waiting list.

Lottery winner sparks outrage after refusing to leave council house despite long waiting list for accommodation

A lottery winner has sparked outrage by refusing to leave his council house despite a long waiting list.

Tom Dascombe is planning an enterprising Breeders' Cup raid

Team Europe sticks to safe horizons for Breeders' Cup

Nothing, it seems, is quite so universal as insularity. Despite the best efforts of its organisers, the publication yesterday of entries for the 29th Breeders' Cup reiterated the challenge they face in matching its formal billing as the World Thoroughbred Championships.

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