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  • Sport England Cuts Grassroots Funding
    Sport England Cuts Grassroots Funding Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Sport England has cut funding for grassroots football by £1.6m. The national sport had been threatened with a reduction in funding after it failed to reach participation targets and the public body has revealed the extent of the cuts. "Sport England is taking £1.6m away from the FA because the number of people playing football regularly - once a week, every week - has dropped sharply," read an official statement. "Sport England will reinvest the £1.6m to create a grassroots 'City of Football' - working in one place to create a whole range of new opportunities to encourage more people to play football regularly and sharing the insight with the FA to help it grow the game. More »

  • UK Sport Confirms Funding Cuts
    UK Sport Confirms Funding Cuts Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    UK Sport has announced its decision to withdraw funding from Olympic sports basketball, synchronised swimming and water polo will stand. UK Sport has changed its decision about women's weightlifting and reinstated money totalling £894,000 in the build-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics, while badminton has been awarded an extra £250,000. UK Sport chairman Rod Carr admitted that the decisions on zero funding, confirming the original announcement last month, would be unpopular in some quarters. Carr added: "The starting point for UK Sport and the Board is that we want to be able to invest in as many Olympic and Paralympic sports as possible but they must be able to credibly demonstrate medal winning potential within eight years. More »

  • Bingo players welcome 10% duty cut
    Bingo players welcome 10% duty cut Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    Bingo players are celebrating the Chancellor "exceeding expectations" with his announcement that duty will be halved to 10%. More »

  • Basketball Fails In Funding Appeal
    Basketball Fails In Funding Appeal Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    UK Sport has announced its decision to withdraw funding from Olympic sports basketball, synchronised swimming and water polo will stand. UK Sport has changed its decision about women's weightlifting and reinstated money totalling £894,000 in the build-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics, while badminton has been awarded an extra £250,000. UK Sport chairman Rod Carr admitted that the decisions on zero funding, confirming the original announcement last month, would be unpopular in some quarters. Carr added: "The starting point for UK Sport and the Board is that we want to be able to invest in as many Olympic and Paralympic sports as possible but they must be able to credibly demonstrate medal winning potential within eight years. More »

  • £107m winner's car dream comes true
    £107m winner's car dream comes true Tue, Mar 18, 2014

    A car mechanic who went from oily rags to riches after scooping the £107.9 million Euromillions jackpot plans to buy a fleet of supercars with his new-found fortune. More »

  • Euromillions: £107.9m Winner To Be Revealed
    Euromillions: £107.9m Winner To Be Revealed Tue, Mar 18, 2014

    The sole winner of last Friday's multi-million EuroMillions prize is to be revealed at a news conference later this morning. After the lucky punter produced his ticket, a National Lottery spokesman said: "We're delighted Friday's ticket-holder has come forward to claim this amazing prize. "This massive win ranks fourth biggest on the National Lottery rich list and is the first EuroMillions jackpot to be won here in the UK so far this year." More »

  • Media Boss Desmond Eyes £700m Channel 5 Float
    Media Boss Desmond Eyes £700m Channel 5 Float Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    The media tycoon Richard Desmond is considering a stock market flotation of Channel 5 even as bidders firm up offers of up to £700m for the terrestrial broadcaster. Sky News has learnt that Mr Desmond is working with investment bankers from Goldman Sachs on the possible listing. The exploration of a flotation raises the prospect of Mr Desmond, one of Britain's most colourful media owners, heading a public company for the first time in his long career. City sources said Goldman had taken the idea of a listing of Channel 5 to Mr Desmond in recent weeks and that he had agreed to allow the Wall Street bank undertake work on it. More »

  • EuroMillions Brit Winner Stakes £107.9m Claim
    EuroMillions Brit Winner Stakes £107.9m Claim Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    The British ticket-holder who scooped £107.9m on the EuroMillions draw has come forward to claim their winnings. It was the only ticket to hit the jackpot, making the lucky holder the fourth biggest UK winner in the history of the National Lottery. The ticket-holder, who has not been identified, can then decide whether or not to go public. A National Lottery spokesman said: "We're delighted Friday's ticket-holder has come forward to claim this amazing prize. More »

  • Winner claims £107.9m jackpot prize
    Winner claims £107.9m jackpot prize Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    The ticket-holder who scooped a massive £107.9 million on the EuroMillions draw has come forward to claim their winnings. More »

  • British Lottery Winner Lands £108m EuroMillions Jackpot
    British Lottery Winner Lands £108m EuroMillions Jackpot Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    A single British gambler has rocketed on to the UK rich list ahead of George Michael and Robbie Williams after winning exactly £107,932,603 in the EuroMillions lottery. A spokesman for the National Lottery said: "This UK winner is set fair for the rest of their lives having just become a multimillionaire. This single UK ticket-holder will enter the exclusive top five on the National Lottery Rich List - at number four - and we've got the champagne on ice ready for the lucky winner to claim their prize." Since EuroMillions' inception in 2004 British gamblers have won over £4bn in prize money. More »

  • Who is Frank Flannery and why is everyone talking about him?
    Who is Frank Flannery and why is everyone talking about him? Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    He is the man who helped Fine Gael become the largest party in the State but his involvement with the Rehab Group has caused controversy in recent weeks. Who is Frank Flannery? Let TheJournal.ie explain all. More »

  • RTÉ revamping Winning Streak… Is Marty Morrissey taking over?
    RTÉ revamping Winning Streak… Is Marty Morrissey taking over? Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    RTE has confirmed that there are changes afoot. More »

  • One lucky person won the €8.3 million Lotto last night
  • Oscars success puts British film industry in limelight
    Oscars success puts British film industry in limelight Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    Britain's film industry is celebrating a coming of age on after the British-made 'Gravity' and the British-directed "12 Years a Slave" dominated the Oscars. More »

  • What both sides are saying in Scotland’s great debate
    What both sides are saying in Scotland’s great debate Sun, Mar 2, 2014

    There are 200 days to go. More »

  • What the papers say Sun, Mar 2, 2014

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  • From the first editions Sun, Mar 2, 2014

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  • Yarnold Says Gold Medal Is A "Dream Come True"
    Yarnold Says Gold Medal Is A "Dream Come True" Sat, Feb 15, 2014

    Lizzy Yarnold admitted it was a "dream come true" after soaring to skeleton gold in Sochi with a winning margin of almost a second over nearest rival Noelle Pikus-Pace. The Kent 25-year-old hurtled to a new track record on her third run on Friday to effectively seal victory with one run to spare and become Great Britain's fourth consecutive Olympic skeleton medallist. "It is unexplainable," said Yarnold after winning GB's first gold of the Winter Games. Her winning margin of 0.97 left Pikus-Pace and third-placed Russian Elena Nikitina trailing and Great Britain skeleton head coach Andy Schmidt said Yarnold's passion had plenty of influence on her success. More »

  • Jones is a boost for British talent
    Jones is a boost for British talent Sun, Feb 9, 2014

    By Alan Baldwin ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Jenny Jones's breakthrough Olympic slopestyle snowboarding bronze medal may be the start of something big for Britain, the country that can claim to have invented ski racing without ever being much good at it. Sarah Lewis, the general secretary of the Swiss-based International Ski Federation and herself a Brit, believes the first Olympic medal by a British athlete on snow could be contagious. "For Britain to get their first ever snow medal is very exciting for FIS. "The media attention for snowsports in general (in Britain) will be higher and hopefully also the interest and enthusiasm, not just in the media but from youngsters when it comes to participating," she added. More »

  • Jones Wins First British Medal At Winter Olympics
    Jones Wins First British Medal At Winter Olympics Sun, Feb 9, 2014

    Jenny Jones claimed Great Britain's first medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the first ever on snow, by taking bronze in the women's snowboard slopestyle. Although American Jamie Anderson (95.25) and Finland's Enni Rukajarvi (92.50) would go on to achieve better scores, Jones was assured a spot on the podium when Austrian Anna Gasser, who had set the best score in qualifying and was the last competitor to go, stumbled when landing a jump. Liz Nicholl, UK Sport Chief Executive, said: "UK Sport is hugely proud to have supported Jenny Jones as a member of our National Lottery-funded World Class Performance Programme. More »

  • Britain ends Olympic funding for basketball teams Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    The British government has cut funding for the country's Olympic basketball program ahead of the 2016 Games. Basketball received 8.6 million pounds ($14 million) in the four years before the 2012 London ... More »

  • Shoplifting gran, 76, went on four-year crime spree 'because she was bored of …
    Shoplifting gran, 76, went on four-year crime spree 'because she was bored of … Tue, Jan 28, 2014

    June Humphreys, 76, travelled using her free bus pass, pocketing hundreds of pounds of goods by swiping them off shelves and hiding them in her shopping trolley More »

  • Latest News Bytes: Ed Balls Tax Rate Temporary, Ukraine in "State of Emergency" …
    Latest News Bytes: Ed Balls Tax Rate Temporary, Ukraine in "State of Emergency" … Mon, Jan 27, 2014

    Ed Balls: 50p Tax Rate is Temporary Ed Balls has said the 50p top rate of income tax for those earning over £150,000 is only a temporary measure. However, Balls has defended his policy saying it is suitable at a time of austerity. More »

  • House prices, cocaine, and the Lotto: The week in numbers
    House prices, cocaine, and the Lotto: The week in numbers Fri, Jan 24, 2014

    Plus: How many years does Bill Gates think it will be until there are almost no poor countries left in the world? More »

  • ‘Your local GAA lottery wouldn’t work like this’: Varadkar criticises Rehab …
    ‘Your local GAA lottery wouldn’t work like this’: Varadkar criticises Rehab … Thu, Jan 23, 2014

    The Transport Minister also moved to defend Minister Shatter, saying he was ‘doing the right thing’ by putting details of Rehab’s profits on the public record. More »

  • Irish Cancer Society to close lottery after losses of €420,000
    Irish Cancer Society to close lottery after losses of €420,000 Thu, Jan 23, 2014

    No losses were made by the charity itself, as it received €1.2 million from the government through the Charitable Lotteries Scheme during that time. More »

  • Rehab Group hits back over its lottery profits
    Rehab Group hits back over its lottery profits Wed, Jan 22, 2014

    The group says the small profits laid out by the Justice Minister are due to regulation. More »

  • Column: Want to win the lotto? Here’s how to do it…
    Column: Want to win the lotto? Here’s how to do it… Wed, Jan 22, 2014

    Six people won the Irish lotto last Saturday, and with the jackpot at €3.5 million, it wasn’t a bad day’s work. Here’s a few tips on how to play, writes Eamonn Toland. More »

  • Latest News Bytes: Tory MP Nasty not Nazi, Ecstasy Arrests, Katy Perry on God's …
    Latest News Bytes: Tory MP Nasty not Nazi, Ecstasy Arrests, Katy Perry on God's … Wed, Jan 22, 2014

    David Cameron has faced calls to remove the whip from Aiden Burley, a backbench MP for the Conservatives, after an inquiry concluded Burley acted in a "stupid and offensive way" when he bought a Nazi uniform for a stag party. Ian Austin, Labour MP, argued the whip should be removed from Burley on the grounds that he gave a misleading account of the stag party. In an article for the Jewish Chronicle in December 2011, after the stag party hit the headlines, Burley apologised but disassociated himself from the "inappropriate behaviour" of other guests. Daniel Spargo-Mabbs, from Croydon, became ill after taking the drug and died in hospital on Monday. More »

  • Six-way split Lotto winner had been using the same numbers since 1988
    Six-way split Lotto winner had been using the same numbers since 1988 Mon, Jan 20, 2014

    The unnamed jackpot winner will have to take a six-way share of the €3.5 million jackpot, rather than claiming the whole amount. More »

  • Six Lotto jackpot winners? There’s more chance of Bono becoming Pope…
    Six Lotto jackpot winners? There’s more chance of Bono becoming Pope… Mon, Jan 20, 2014

    The odds on the draw having six winners are “billions to one” — but it happened on Saturday night. More »

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  • Team GB set Winter Olympics medal target
    Team GB set Winter Olympics medal target Thu, Jan 16, 2014

    UK Sport has confirmed Team GB's medal target for the Winter Olympics is three, with at least two the goal for the Paralympics. The nation's high performance sports agency has invested over £14m of National Lottery and Government funding in backing the country's best athletes over the Sochi 'four-year cycle'. Liz Nicholl, CEO of UK Sport, said: "In aligning our investment approach for winter sports with that of summer sports at the start of the current cycle, our athletes head into Sochi better supported, prepared and equipped than ever before. "Realising our goal would represent our best combined winter performance since Lillehammer 1994, and equal our best Olympic performance since 1936. More »

  • Tycoon Desmond Gambles On Health Lottery Sale
    Tycoon Desmond Gambles On Health Lottery Sale Fri, Jan 10, 2014

    The media tycoon Richard Desmond is exploring a sale of the lottery business he launched just over two years ago after receiving a string of approaches from potential buyers. Sky News has learnt that Mr Desmond, owner of the Daily Express newspaper and Channel 5 television network, is at the early stages of considering a sale of the Health Lottery. The potential disposal comes as Mr Desmond, one of Britain's wealthiest self-made men, looks set to make a stunning return by offloading Channel 5, which he bought in 2010 for just over £100m. Among the prospective buyers who have approached Mr Desmond about buying the Health Lottery during the last year are understood to have been Vincent Tan, the controversial owner of Cardiff City Football Club, and Playtech, an Israeli gambling software group. More »

  • Britain's most desperate robber? Thief uses National Lottery stand to smash …
    Britain's most desperate robber? Thief uses National Lottery stand to smash … Thu, Jan 9, 2014

    Unknown robber was caught on camera picking up the large blue stand and ramming it into a Post Office window in Oldham More »