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Thirsty punters will mull over the outlook for pubs when Greene King and Spirit Pub Company report today and tomorrow respectively.

A £500,000 fighting fund has been established by bookmakers and casinos in Gibraltar to fight the Coalition’s introduction of a 15 per cent duty on bets placed online in Britain

Gambling firms start legal fund to fight government tax crackdown

10 biggest online betting operators in the UK locate all or part of the booming business in tax havens

Results go the right way for William Hill

When 25-1 shot Encke beat hot, 5-2 on, favourite Camelot in the final classic flat race of the season, the St Leger, at Doncaster last autumn, it was the bookies not the punters laughing all the way to the bank.

X Factor's Ryland Clark hot favourite to win Celebrity Big Brother

X Factor finalist Rylan Clark is hot favourite to win Celebrity Big Brother tonight.

Highland Lodge revels in testing underfoot conditions

Highland Lodge offers an inviting refuge before the big freeze closes in

Lavelle's smart novice chaser can enhance Festival credentials against Warwick rivals

Daniel Day-Lewis tipped for Oscar hat-trick

Daniel Day-Lewis is odds on to complete an oscars hat-trick after he was nominated for best actor for his performance in US historical drama Lincoln.

First Celebrity Big Brother stars up for eviction

Model Paula Hamilton and US reality stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have joined jockey Frankie Dettori as the first housemates up for eviction from Celebrity Big Brother.

Model Paul Hamilton escapes Celebrity Big Brother basement after falling ill

Model Paula Hamilton has escaped the Celebrity Big Brother basement after falling ill.

Rylan Clark, Lacey Banghard, Montag and Pratt: The famous for being famous enter Celebrity Big Brother house

Drug-ban horse racing champion Frankie Dettori, former Steps star Claire Richards and X Factor contestant Rylan Clark tonight entered the Celebrity Big Brother house after weeks of speculation about the line-up.

Dyslexic children's author Sally Gardner up against Hilary Mantel for Costa Book Award

The authors are among five category winners who are now nominated for the overall Costa Book of the Year prize

Shares to watch in 2013 - by the team that made 48 per cent in 2012

The team at i was in winning form in 2012. James Moore is looking for a repeat this year

Jezki forges clear over the final flight at Leopardstown yesterday

Casey's Flemenstar seeks fanfare for common man

It is the moment of truth not just for Flemenstar, but for anyone clinging to the hope that he can restore the lost romance to jump racing. A sport increasingly dominated by wealthy patrons of a few top trainers today shares the tension and excitement suffusing the Casey family's tiny stable, just up the coast from Dublin, as Flemenstar attempts a new summit at Leopardstown. A first start over three miles in the Lexus Chase, in testing ground, requires him to disclose a doughtiness to match his brilliance. If he proves equal to the challenge, every neutral will join his connections in their dream of landing the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Long Run blundered at the last but recovered to win the King George VI Chase

Long Run lifts second King George to vindicate Waley-Cohen

Amateur rider prevails after last-fence error to pick off Captain Chris in desperate duel to line

Sam Waley-Cohen riding Long Run at Newbury in February

Long Run ready to battle for Star billing

This could prove one of those occasions when there is no point complicating matters. Long Run, beaten only by the record-breaking Kauto Star in three Boxing Day starts over the course, is much the most likely winner of the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton tomorrow. And while the retirement of Kauto Star, who won the race for a fifth time last year, suggests the time is ripe for a changing of the guard, it is surely premature to make too much of the anomaly that Long Run – in approaching only his eighth birthday – increasingly represents the old order.

William Hill in Sportingbet bid

The betting giant William Hill and its partner GVC holdings have unveiled a £485m takeover of the online gambling company Sportingbet.

Mission Impossible? X Factor's James Arthur narrowly leading Christmas number one sales

X Factor winner James Arthur is leading the race for the Christmas number one - but by only a narrow margin.

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The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

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Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
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Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
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Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

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The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
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Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

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Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'