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Teachers say children at Swanson Primary School were better behaved when typical playground rules were banished

Australian Open 2014: Ross Hutchins full of thanks for Andy Murray's help after winning on Grand Slam return from cancer

Londoner and Scotsman beat Australia's Marinko Matosevic and Poland's Michal Przysiezny

Laura Robson was forced to pull out of her comeback from injury at the Hobart International

Laura Robson return ruined just before Australian Open after retiring injured with wrist injury in Hobart International

Robson won the first set before retiring hurt which comes as the latest blow in an effort to be fit for the Australian Open

Fatialofa cools off under a waterfall in the run-up to a game against a touring Wales side in 1994

Peter Fatialofa: Sportsman who led Samoa to victory over Wales and on to the quarter-finals of the 1991 World Cup

The rugby union player Peter Fatialofa was a prop forward who captained Samoa at the 1991 World Cup and helped craft an image of Samoan rugby which mixed physical prowess with gentleness and humility. The Samoans beat Wales on their home ground at Cardiff to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals, a victory which remains one of the most significant achieved by a team from the Pacific Islands.

Former England batsman Graeme Hick has warned the tourists that they face a much stiffer challenge in this year's Ashes Series

The Ashes 2013-14: Graeme Hick, the batsman who eluded greatness...

Australian batting coach is a warning to England’s new boys

Bad news for osteoporosis sufferers: Vitamin D supplements 'do not help bone health'

Vitamin D supplements do not strengthen bones in healthy adults and should not be used to prevent osteoporosis, a major study has recommended.

Erena Wilson was struck by a cedar branch in wet and windy weather

‘Fluke’ that falling branch at Kew killed only one, inquest hears

It was “a fluke” that only one person was killed by a falling tree branch in Kew Gardens last year, an inquest heard today.

Sam Tomkins

England full-back Sam Tomkins to leave Wigan for New Zealand Warriors

The reigning Man of Steel has agreed a three-year deal with the Australia National Rugby League side

America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand's wait for victory continues

It's never normally like this is the ironic shoulder shrug to explain why sailboat racing plans go wrong around the world and it was the boast of the organisers of the 34th America's Cup that the world could forget the mantra on San Francisco Bay.

Round-up: Kiwis triumph as Bismarck du Plessis is sent off

Two tries from captain Kieran Read helped New Zealand move to the top of the Rugby Championship after a 29-15 victory over South Africa in a match marked by the dismissal of Bismarck du Plessis for two contentious yellow cards.

Oracle Team USA races against Emirates Team New Zealand

America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand take commanding lead

Kiwis now have six of the nine wins they need to claim the 1851 trophy for the first time in 10 years

Oracle Team USA race against their gritty challengers from Emirates Team New Zealand

Defending America's Cup champions, Oracle Team USA, withdraw from race six

Four defeats down, the America's Cup defender, Oracle Team USA, retired hurt from the race track on San Francisco Bay, declining to contest race six against their gritty challengers from Emirates Team New Zealand.

A man tries a flavoured E liquid as he shops for a flavour for his e-cigarette

E-cigarettes more effective than nicotine patches, study finds

The devices are growing in popularity all over the world

New Zealand woman drives 200 miles through the night while texting her friends (oh...and she was asleep the whole time)

The woman, who has not been named, reportedly drove for almost 200 miles asleep while also sending text messages from her mobile

Would you download a car? Man 3D prints life-size Aston Martin DB4

The bodywork is being 3D printed in 4-inch squared segments before it'll be fitted over the innards of a Nissan.

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After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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He's behind you, dude!

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Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

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Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

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