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Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky may have left debts of more than £300m when he died in “tragic and mysterious” circumstances, the High Court heard today.

Business Diary: If at first you do succeed, bet again...

Ralph Topping, William Hill's chief executive, has a charmingly honest explanation for how the bookie has managed to weather the storm of too few draws in the Premier League (punters tend to back wins) better than its rival Labroke's. "Encouraging levels of recycling in retail," he explains. In other words, the bookie managed to persuade its customers to reinvest their winnings on losing bets.

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Bankers in their sights

Who says we're in a recession? When the Mayfair gunmaker William Evans launched its new top-end shotguns, at £10,000 a go, it made just 20, fearing there might be few buyers at that price. But the collection sold out within weeks. Either some bankers are still raking it in, or quite a few people out there plan on hunting the bankers.

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Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu is hoping to hold talks with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich over the size of the fine he owes to the Blues.

Oversleeping is relaxed Ancelotti's main worry

Carlo Ancelotti may have never tasted coaching life outside his native Italy, but the new Chelsea manager insists his Premier League debut today does not represent a leap into the unknown.

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Chelsea captain John Terry has confirmed he is "totally committed" to the Stamford Bridge side.

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Sam Wallace: Roman cannot complain if 'Mr Chelsea' leaves

Abramovich took big wages to a new level. Someone else has now picked up the baton

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Chelsea were once England's big spenders, signing every world-beater in sight and reaping the rewards with back-to-back league titles.

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