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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.

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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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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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