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Paddy Power kidney advert cleared by ASA

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Barclays lines up Sir Michael Rake to 'heal reputation'

Barclays is lining up inside candidate Sir Michael Rake for the job of repairing the scandal-hit bank's reputation, reports said today.

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Bookmaker to pay £80,000 fine after Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner reveals sponsored underwear

Paddy Power today agreed to pay the £80,000 fine dished out to Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner for exposing a pair of underwear bearing the bookmakers' logo.

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Nicklas Bendtner facing Uefa punishment over underwear exposure

Nicklas Bendtner was today set to be punished for exposing a sponsored pair of underwear in Denmark's European Championship defeat to Portugal.

England set to open campaign but back home apathy reigns

With England opening their Euro 2012 campaign against the old enemy France today, you might expect the nation to be a sea of St Georges flags, with commuters heading to work humming the team’s latest pop anthem.

BBC chief Caroline Thomson spent £1,194 on taxis in three months

One of the favourites to become the next BBC director general claimed more than £1,000 in taxi fares in three months.

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Bolger sets Parish Hall Classic challenge en route to Camelot

Though the race falls only a week before Epsom, the Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas on Saturday will not only measure the form of Camelot but could also produce an 11th-hour threat to the odds-on favourite for the Investec Derby.

Sir Des Champs is the leading Irish hope for next year’s Gold Cup

Sir Des Champs must trip heavy fantastic

Though serving its traditional role as both the final fling of the jumps season and a test of the new order established at Cheltenham last month, the Punchestown Festival must this week absorb one or two challenging incongruities.

Grand National photo-finish marred by deaths

Thousands of racecourse spectators and millions of TV viewers watched the closest Grand National in history today, but the event was marred by tragedy as big favourite Synchronised died after a fall.

Big Buck's winning a fourth World Hurdle at Cheltenham

Big Buck's to get Aintree off to a rich start with record 17th win

Three-day Grand National meeting opens with a card for jumps connoisseurs

James Moore: I'm tipping bright lights, cannabis treatments and bets on mobiles

Investment View: These get my nose twitching in the same way that Finian's Rainbow did before he won at Cheltenham

James Moore: It's a gamble, but Corcoran needs to put that zing back

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James Moore: New boss Corcoran is facing long odds to turn Betfair into a real winner

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Hunt Ball has improved more than any other chaser this season, raised by 73lb in the handicap

Hunt backed to keep the ball rolling at Festival

The racecourse land at Cheltenham is many things to many people; at the gates yesterday, for instance, hoardings advertised its use as a venue for car boot sales and conferences, and the main car park was given over to a full-scale fairground. But 12 days hence, the real helter-skelter will begin, with the opening of the place's raison d'être, the four days of top-class jump racing that is the annual Festival.

Nicky Henderson plans to test Ireland's top novice hurdlers with Captain Conan

Conan goes on reconnaissance mission

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