News Mike Ashley has mellowed in recent years, so his stake in Debenhams surprised the City

The Sports Direct tycoon is well known for keeping rivals guessing. Simon Neville attempts to unravel his stakebuilding plan for Debenhams

£100m drop in wagers hits Sportingbet

A lull in sporting events after the Olympic Games saw gamblers' wagers fall by nearly £100m in the three months to October at the takeover target Sportingbet, the online betting company which owns Paradise Poker.

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.

William Hill moves to buy out online partner

The bookmaker William Hill wants to buy out its partner Playtech from William Hill Online in a deal that could cost it upwards of £350m.

Sportingbet agrees William Hill deal

William Hill is set to get one over on its rival Ladbrokes by securing the £530m takeover of Sportingbet.

There are 250,000 adult badgers in the UK

Will badger cull stop spread of TB in cattle?

It's the great countryside controversy of the day. NFU president Peter Kendall and TV naturalist Chris Packham argue for and against the cull

Superbikes and Moto GP unite

The organisers of rival motorcycling race series MotoGP and World Superbikes have agreed to bring their interests together for the first time.

Addict dies of anthrax caught from infected heroin supply

Fears of an anthrax outbreak were growing last night after a drug user died from injecting contaminated heroin. The source has yet to be identified but it is suspected the death in Blackpool and an anthrax infection in Scotland in July may be linked to six other cases in Europe since June.

Games help to up pace at Sportingbet

Any gambler 'going short' of the number of gold medals Australia might win in the Olympics is looking good. Until Monday when Sally Pearson, pictured, romped home in the 100m hurdles, one wag noted, it was hard to be certain that Australia hadn't boycotted the Games altogether.

Six jailed for insider dealing

Six men were jailed for between 18 months and three-and-a-half years today for their part in an insider dealing ring at major investment banks, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) said.

Insider-dealing ring at UBS and JP Morgan facing jail

Six men were facing jail terms yesterday after being found guilty of insider dealing in a ring where employees in the print rooms at UBS and JP Morgan passed on secret takeover deal documents to their trader friends.

Insider-dealing ring at UBS and JP Morgan facing jail

Six men were facing jail terms yesterday after being found guilty by a jury of insider dealing in a ring where employees in the print rooms at UBS and JP Morgan passed on secret takeover deal documents to their trader friends.

IG is on the money with revenue leap

The spread-betting giant IG Group saw revenues in the year to May jump 17 per cent to £367m.

IG Group is boosted by the high-rolling short-term punters

City investors might be sitting on their hands, too afraid to dip into markets that are fractious and tough to call.

Simon English: Why is the dark art of spread betting thriving?

Outlook The spread betting sector has still yet to firmly shake off the idea that somehow it is up to no good. In some minds, just the words "betting" and "tax free" conjure up dark images. Playboys on speed boats, perhaps, slicing through Geneva waters while Granny Smith loses her savings on punts she does not understand.

Full moon: The algorithm regards a full moon as a bad omen. In Greek mythology, werewolves appeared shortly after the full moon

Superstitious can play the markets with dawn of 'triskaidekaphobic trading'

Choose stocks avoiding the number 13 and using rules based on cycles of the moon

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Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

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