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Nathan Cleverly is confident he has the chin to cope with anything Sergey Kovalev throws his way in tonight’s WBO light heavyweight title bout in Cardiff.

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Ladbrokes is hit by heatwave

Market Report: China revival helps miners out of a hole

Good news out of China helped the UK's benchmark index back in to the black after four days of losses and pushed miners to the top of the leaderboard. China's exports and imports data was better than expected for July and metal diggers such as Anglo American soared more than 4 per cent.

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Having been devised to dismantle barriers between nations, the Shergar Cup could now make a significant breakthrough in the one dividing the sexes. Admittedly the first team of female riders to contest the competition, a year ago, together finished last of four. After the draw for mounts was completed however, Ladbrokes gave Rosie Napravnik, Cathy Gannon and Lisa Allpress every chance of proving first among equals at Ascot on Saturday.

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Advertising watchdog rejects complaints from Tory MP with links to the bookies

Philip Davies comes under fire for failing to declare hospitality received from Ladbrokes

Chuka Umunna has been accused of hypocrisy
David James has claimed Liverpool are better off without striker Luis Suarez

Transfer news: David James claims Liverpool would be 'better off without Luis Suarez' and they should let him move to Arsenal

Former Reds' goalkeeper believes he is holding back the club as everything seems to revolve around the Uruguayan striker

It could be Who: Capaldi

Doctor Who announcement: Has Rankin given fans a clue to the identity of the new Doctor?

Photographer may have accidentally let slip that Gallifrey's finest will still be played by a man

Andy Murray Wimbledon win costs bookies £15m

Andy Murray’s historic victory at Wimbledon cost British bookmakers £15m, according to Ladbrokes.

It could be Who: Capaldi

All bets off as BBC prepares to unveil new Doctor Who

Bookmakers have stopped taking bets on who will play the new Doctor Who after a rush of wagers on Peter Capaldi, best known for his role as the foul-mouthed, tyrannical spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the political satire The Thick of It.

Ross McEwan set to be confirmed as RBS boss

Britain's "other" state-backed lender, Royal Bank of Scotland, could have a new chief executive in place as soon as today. Talks are under way with regulators to secure approval for the promotion of its head of retail banking, Ross McEwan. He joined RBS, which is 81 per cent owned by the Government, last year.

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Former England star Kenny Sansom admits he's 'homeless, a drunk and sleeping on a park bench'

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