Sport Andre Greipel takes victory on the Tour Down Under

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.

Regulator stops Camelot from extending use of terminals

The National Lottery operator Camelot is set to be blocked from supplying new commercial services, such as mobile phone top-ups, through its network of terminals in retail outlets.

Lottery firm blocked from extending services

National Lottery operator Camelot today described a decision to block its plans to offer extra commercial services as "flawed".

Hannon's Midas touch turns Lotto gold into glory with Libranno

This bloke Hannon seems to be getting the hang of things. At this rate, in fact, you wouldn't bet against him adding to the trainers' championship he won in 1992. At 65, Richard Hannon, in partnership with his son, assistant and namesake, is extending his pomp to the point that their Wiltshire stable, long a prolific source of juvenile winners, now houses the favourites for both the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas, in Strong Suit and Memory respectively.

Government pledge to revive competitive school sports

The coalition will today pledge to revive competitive sport in schools with an Olympics-style contest.

Couple take jackpot in weekend winning streak

A lucky couple today said their £12.4 million EuroMillions jackpot was the highlight of a weekend winning streak.

Your money or your life: £28m lottery winners targeted by the Mafia

Mobsters from the feared Camorra crime syndicate tracked down 30 Italian villagers who shared a €33m (£28m) lottery jackpot win and threatened to kill them unless they handed over their winnings.

Biggest winner in UK to get £84.4m

A ticket-holder has come forward to claim the UK's biggest ever lottery jackpot, National Lottery operator Camelot said yesterday.

Cycling: Lloyd powers to Giro stage victory

Australia's Matthew Lloyd won stage six of the Giro d'Italia yesterday as Vincenzo Nibali held on to the race leader's pink jersey for a third successive day.

Letters: Cameron can't go back to the past

From where David Cameron looks down, he may well see a broken society when he comes down into it. I don't from where I am. I see people of all ages dealing with what we have now as opposed to what we used to have, and doing a good job of it. They haven't broken society.

Terence Blacker: Britain – a land fit for gamblers

It is time to look the miserabilists in the eye and declare that, yes, our great country has indeed changed over the past 13 years. Everywhere one looks there are new opportunities for investment and adventure. Once, at this time of the year, we used merely to experience spring. Now we can bet on it, too. Somewhere there will be a bookmaker offering odds on the date of the first cuckoo.

Last Night's TV: Greatest Cities of the World with Griff Rhys Jones, Channel 4<br />Welcome to Lagos, BBC

I didn't see the first series of Greatest Cities of the World. It was in 2008 and only three episodes long. Back then, Griff Rhys Jones went to New York, London and Paris, which I suppose are OK choices if you're only allowed three. Last night though, in the first of a new series, Rome got a look in. We were, said Rhys Jones, going to see a typical 24 hours in the life of the city and its people.

The man who threw away the &pound;100,000 winner

A mail driver today described how he threw away a £100,000 winning scratchcard because he misunderstood the rules of the game.

Financing the film industry

Despite budget cuts, the UK Film Council is helping to promote British talent, says Nick Clark.

Millions of pounds to ruin your life? It could be YOU

It's been the undoing of some, but for most Lottery winners, what most of us suspected is true: a big win really can make you happier

UK EuroMillions winner receives &pound;39.7m

A UK ticket-holder has received £39.7 million in prize money after winning the EuroMillions jackpot, National Lottery operator Camelot said today.

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