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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.

Young athletes lit the cauldron

Bookies to refund all cauldron bets after young athletes do the honours at opening ceremony

Bookmakers have pledged to refund all bets placed on who would light the Olympic cauldron after some of Britain's greatest Olympians teamed up with young athletes for the honour.

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Italy and Spain drag on Vodafone

Betfair hits out at William Hill over levy row

Betting exchange Betfair hit out at William Hill yesterday as it thwarted the bookmaker's latest attempt to make thousands of its customers pay the UK's horseracing levy.

Federer's Wimbledon win boosts charity coffers

Roger Federer's win over Andy Murray has won more than £100,000 for charity.

Oxfam hopes for Federer Wimbledon win after man leaves bet in will

While the nation roots for its first British Wimbledon champion in 76 years, one charity could be hoping that Federer takes the title.

William Hill wins Nevada licence

William Hill, the UK's biggest bookie, has made its first foray into the US by winning a licence to operate in the state of Nevada, home of the Las Vegas casino industry.

Longchamp throws up a Royal prospect to savour

The wretched weather is giving an unhappily literal quality to the way the domestic programme treads water between Epsom and Royal Ascot. The card at Salisbury today is subject to a morning inspection, and likewise the turf races at Lingfield. And while the French did contrive a fleeting moment of quality yesterday, deteriorating conditions locally may also limit its significance.

Betterbetterbetter best for Ballydoyle

With Camelot looming tomorrow, and six fillies in the Investec Oaks today, Aidan O'Brien and his patrons at Coolmore have every chance of making it four wins from four British Classics this season.

Camelot is likely to be the shortest Derby favourite since 1947

Camelot set to face smallest Derby field in over a century

The withdrawal of three stablemates at the final declaration stage for the Investec Derby at Epsom tomorrow means that Camelot will face the smallest field since Orby likewise met just eight rivals in 1907. Imperial Monarch will instead contest the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly on Sunday, while the further defection of Tower Rock and Father Of Science leaves just Astrology, the front-running winner of the Dee Stakes at Chester, to escort the hot favourite from Ballydoyle. Astrology will be ridden by Ryan Moore.

James Moore: William Hill scrapes home by a nose

Outlook Talking of shareholder revolts, William Hill, became the latest victim yesterday.

Willie Mullins won both Grade Ones yesterday at rain-hit festival

Derby deal delights as Mullins masters muddy Punchestown

The barometer may be set fair for its most venerable prize, given a spectacular vote of confidence from the sponsors of the Derby yesterday, but otherwise the Turf seemed to lie in a soggy, midwinter time-warp. The steeplechases scheduled at Punchestown were abandoned, and the remaining hurdle and bumper races run in conditions bordering on the farcical. An inspection will be required this morning to pass the course for a card that features the outstanding mare, Quevega.

Great start for our top share tips

The Indy's annual top 10 of stocks to pick have shown a 33 per cent return so far. James Moore, chief tipster, reflects on the gambles that seem to be paying off

Wife and daughter given life sentence for murder

A retired tax inspector has been jailed for life for murdering her husband who disappeared without trace 11 years ago.

Bookies face a £50m hit from duty on machines

The leisure and gaming industries were spitting tax yesterday as they faced a hit of up to £50m from the new Machine Games Duty which will affect all fixed-odds betting terminals as well as fruit machines and other gaming terminals.

Daily Express proprietor, Richard Desmond who runs The Health Lottery

Camelot threatens Gambling Commission with judicial review over Health Lottery

The National Lottery operator Camelot is threatening the Gambling Commission with a judicial review within days unless it shuts down upstart competitor The Health Lottery, run by the Daily Express proprietor Richard Desmond.

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