The bookmaker is in a mess otherwise the pair of smaller gambling companies - worth £1bn less combined than Hill's - might have been laughed off. Meanwhile others could be waiting in the wings
In a statement, 888 and Rank said they saw benefits to merging their in-store and online operations with William Hill
The company is looking for an external candidate to take over as chief executive after the online business stalled under Mr Henderson, a 31-year veteran of the group who started as a trainee manager and worked his way up to the top
'We expect operators to put social responsibility at the heart of their business'
Game’s rulers must tackle a problem that dwarfs doping and hooliganism
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Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ashley Taylor Dawson says he may have to miss the birth of his child - because it could clash with the first live show.
Peter Capaldi has become the bookies’ latest favourite to play the title role in Doctor Who.
George remains the firm favourite as thousands head to place bets on the name chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Australia are preparing to unleash a battery of fast bowlers to imperil England in the Ashes. The way their wicketkeeper and vice-captain Brad Haddin told it on Monday, it is as if they are keeping them in a locked cage on the Yorkshire moors, before releasing them to do their worst.
Hilary Mantel could complete her historic trio of literary prizes tonight when the winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction is announced.
Organisers were anxious to avoid a repeat of last year when the race was disrupted by a protester
To think that some of these jockeys will be riding in Dubai next weekend.
Having anticipated last week for so long, some Cheltenham diehards will be appalled to discover that a new Flat season opens at Doncaster on Friday. Others, however, will recognise that so rich a banquet can only really be followed by a total change of taste – even if Town Moor is set to provide conditions better suited to steeplechasing.
By definition, with the last three winners all lining up, the field can only be rated as well up to standard. Yet the first championship race of the week somehow feels a little stale. Much of the form in the Stan James Champion Hurdle has an incestuous look, and would certainly have obtained a different flavour from a rising force like Darlan or My Tent Or Yours. Tragedy claimed the former, of course, while the latter has been restored to novice company in the opener. In their absence, the race becomes an aggregate of conundrums.