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All bets off as BBC prepares to unveil new Doctor Who

Bookmakers have stopped taking bets on who will play the new Doctor Who after a rush of wagers on Peter Capaldi, best known for his role as the foul-mouthed, tyrannical spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the political satire The Thick of It.

Ashes 2013: Mitchell Starc, James Faulkner and James Pattinson -

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.

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Botti backs Planteur to make flying Flat start by conquering the World

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.