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Benefits rising for ‘Bake Off’ maker

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 7 January 2014

Entrepreneurs pray for wealth

Balfour Beatty lands £154m London Olympic Stadium conversion contract

Balfour Beatty, the UK's biggest listed construction company, has landed a £154 million deal to convert London's 2012 Olympic stadium into a new sports venue set to become the home of Premier League team West Ham.

Wales coach Warren Gatland has called for his side to display the same 'never-say-die attitude' that New Zealand displayed last weekend

Wales keep Warren Gatland till 2019 but agree to release him if Lions come calling

Warren Gatland will be free to lead the 2017 Lions if asked

Knowing Mandela by John Carlin - book review

Eloquent tribute to the man who would be king

The body of Nelson Mandela is transported to the Union Buildings where it is lying in state for three days

The death of Nelson Mandela: A last chance to offer last respects for Madiba

They came and waited patiently in their thousands for a momentary glimpse of their hero, passing the time with songs and stories about the leader who changed their lives. Andrew Buncombe joined the queue in Pretoria

February 1998: Nelson Mandela (L) hugs British supermodel Naomi Campbell in front of American actress Mia Farrow, British model Kate Moss (second from left) and model Christy Turlington

Nelson Mandela's place in history

He was the world leader all others looked up to

Like many others, I have appropriated Mandela as my own

Not once in the long years on Robben Island did he bend to the will of his captors

Sports clubs to get tax breaks on bars’ profit

More than 40,000 sports clubs are set to benefit from new  tax breaks as the Government tries to secure the legacy of last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A view of the construction site at the Olympic Stadium this week
Jonny Wilkinson of England kicks the winning drop goal during extra time in the Rugby World Cup Final match between Australia and England at Telstra Stadium in 2003

Rugby World Cup 2003: Jonny Wilkinson recalls 'that kick' against Australia

It is 10-years to the day since England lifted the Webb Ellis trophy

The Olympic Stadium in Stratford will undergo drastic changes

Olympic Stadium to have roof fitted before West Ham move in

£200m is being spent on the redevelopment of the stadium in Stratford

Tony Jacklin, the 69-year-old golfer, will take part in this years Strictly Come Dancing

Sport on TV: Where are the Americans? Sitting on the dock of the bay

This week’s main cup action features a team with billionaire American ownership and a squad largely bought in at great expense from abroad versus an outfit whose kit is emblazoned with their sponsors’ logo, Fly Emirates. Yes, it’s showdown time for sailing’s America’s Cup final.

Fawad Ahmed and David Campese

Former Australia rugby great David Campese criticised for 'bigoted' comments about cricketer Fawad Ahmed

The Wallabies leading try scorer told Ahmed to 'go home' if he didn't want to wear the team's sponsor, leading to a strong response from Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland

England’s Andy Flower, left, and Alastair Cook, right, have much to consider

Ashes 2013: Andy Flower’s powers need refreshing with England team that can achieve more

Flower’s team is in transition... he is looking to replace leading men

Jonah Lomu in 2011, just weeks after he suffered a major renal failure

New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu reveals he nearly died just hours after the featuring in the 2011 World Cup opening ceremony

The giant wing has suffered from a rare kidney illness since 1995 and after having a transplant in 2004, nearly died having suffered a serious renal failure

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A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
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