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Andre Greipel won his 15th career Tour Down Under stage as he burst to victory in a bunch sprint over the final 600 metres of stage four.

Simon Gerrans of Australia wins the first stage of the Tour Down Under

Australian home favourite Simon Gerrans sprints to first-stage victory on Tour Down Under

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas sits 11 seconds behind following the opening stage in Adelaide

Letters: Ways to ease the housing crisis

These letters were published in the 26th December edition of the Independent

Julia Peyton-Jones, co-director of the Serpentine Gallery - Peyton-Jones has taken a 60% pay rise

Serpentine charity boss Julia Peyton-Jones took 60 per cent pay rise

Gallery attacked for spending too much of its budget on senior salaries

Dave and Angela Dawes celebrate their win

Second lottery-winning couple in a week ‘broken up’ over how to spend £101m EuroMillions fortune

Reports suggest Dave and Angela Dawes’ relationship struggled under pressure of lottery success

Hurdler Andy Turner found out his has had been burgled when he returned from his mother's future on Thursday night

British hurdler Andy Turner finds his house burgled and car stolen after returning from his mother's funeral

The horrible news comes just days after Turner lost his National Lottery funding an he admits it's the “worst possible end to the worst eight days of my life”

Lotto ticket price doubles from £1 to £2

Naitonal Lottery operator Camelot says changes will 'give players more ways to win more money'

The developers’ charter spells doom for our green spaces

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Sir Stephen Bubb, pictured here in 2011, accepted hospitality from National Lottery operator

Revealed: Charity boss' pro-Lottery blog after Olympics freebie from Camelot

Sir Stephen Bubb accepted hospitality from National Lottery operator

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The X Factor will go up against BBC1's National Lottery show and Casualty when it returns to screens next week.

Strictly judge Len Goodman remembers the Anne Widdecombes and John Sergeants better than contestants who win

Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has admitted the celebrities who dazzle on the dance floor often end up fading from his memory.

Hunt is on for 12 missing millionaires after 100 winners were drawn from a single EuroMillions draw

From Kensington to Blackpool, the hunt is on for a dozen EuroMillions £1m winners

'Imagine walking around not knowing you are a millionaire'

Chris Froome, in yellow, rides in the bunch during the twenty first and final stage of the 2013 Tour de France

Revealed: the uphill and down dale battle to bring Tour de France to Yorkshire

Whitehall had rival plans to host cycling’s biggest event in Britain

A view of the Olympic Stadium

You can doubt concrete parts of the Olympic legacy, but there's no questioning its spirit

A run around the Olympic Stadium offers hope for the future

Marcel Kittel celebrates his stage win

Tour de France 2013: Frustrated Mark Cavendish involved in collision during sprint finish

Marcel Kittel went on to win stage 10 of the Tour

Andy Murray

We are the champions: Why Andy Murray's Wimbledon victory is just the latest sign of Britain enjoying a golden age of sport

From tennis to athletics, rugby to cricket, cycling to golf, these islands are producing world-beaters as never before, writes Robin Scott-Elliot

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