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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.

Ballydoyle trainer, Aidan O'Brien

Ballydoyle plunge on Kingsbarns for Trophy

While a respectable supporting role is the very least that beckons some of the young jumpers who entered the stage at Exeter yesterday, it may be premature to suppose that all the Flat season's Oscar winners are already in the wings.

David and Debra Allsobrook win £3.8m lottery jackpot

The dream has finally come true for a man who scooped a £3.8 million lottery jackpot with his wife.

Robbie Grabarz will receive full funding from UK Athletics after winning bronze at London 2012

Robbie Grabarz: Taste of Stratford has fuelled motivation of high jumper

It was this time last year that Robbie Grabarz found himself at a crossroads. He had just turned 24 and his athletics career was seemingly going nowhere.

The News Matrix: Thursday 11 October 2012

Fighter jets force down Syrian plane

The News Matrix: Wednesday 10 October 2012

Few teachers back scrapping of GCSEs

The News Matrix: Tuesday 9 October 2012

Brain-damaged man won't be resuscitated

The News Matrix: Monday 8 October 2012

Israeli jets fly mock raids over villages

Phil Ivey has career winnings of £9m as a professional poker player

Professional poker player under scrutiny after extraordinary run of success at game of chance

Britain's oldest casino has refused to pay out £7.3m to a world-beating poker star and has launched a probe into how he took on the house at a skill-free game of chance, and won.

Eric Black has failed to 'draw a line in the sand' following the bitter saga that has engulfed the club

Same old Blackburn Rovers as Eric Black is thrown to the Wolves

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Harry Redknapp

Bournemouth coy over possible return to management for Harry Redknapp

Chairman Eddie Mitchell is refusing to be drawn about suggestions Harry Redknapp could take charge of Bournemouth - even if just on a caretaker basis.

Robbie Grabarz soars to victory in Birmingham yesterday

Glittering Grabarz eyes perfect end to breakthrough season

Beating Ivan Ukhov was reason enough for Robbie Grabarz to be happy with his afternoon shift yesterday at the Birmingham track where he puts in his daily graft. Still, there are prizes other than the scalp of the Olympic high jump champion.

Health Lottery wins victory over Camelot

Richard Desmond, the owner of the Daily Express, hailed a victory for his Health Lottery after a failure to close it down by Camelot, the National Lottery operator. The High Court rejected Camelot's call for a judicial review into the Gambling Commission's decision to let the Health Lottery carry on operating.

Court victory for Richard Desmond's Health Lottery

Richard Desmond, the owner of the Daily Express, hailed a victory for his Health Lottery after Camelot, the National Lottery operator, failed in a bid to close it down.

Camelot loses Health Lottery action

The operators of the National Lottery have lost a High Court action in which it accused a lotteries watchdog of failing in its legal duty to protect it from Richard Desmond's controversial “rival” Health Lottery.

Tom Queally exercises Frankel in a Newmarket spin this year

Frankel: A career unfulfilled?

He's hailed as the greatest horse ever but, says Chris McGrath, it's an ill fit as he's left it until today, the twilight of his days, to ride outside his comfort zone

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10 best men's skincare products

Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan