David Warner has not been selected for the ODI series

Australia batsman David Warner vows to grow up and act like a 'mature adult' after latest sanction for grade game no-show

Warner was handed a one-match suspended ban by Cricket New South Wales for skipping a match to go to the races

Michael Clarke has been ruled out of Australia's tour of India

The Ashes: Australian captain Michael Clarke struggling to be fit for the first Test

Australia's captain Michael Clarke has admitted he is no certainty to be ready for the first Ashes Test against England next month.

Former Australian PM Julia Gillard: I was target of sexism

Julia Gillard, who was unceremoniously dumped as the leader of the Australian Labor Party, resigning as prime minister the next day, says she was the target of “aggressive sexism” during three years in power.

Willie le Roux scored a try helping the team towards their victory

South Africa 28 Australia 8 match report: Springboks make it look all too easy

South Africa's storming opening half-hour created the platform for a 28-8 victory over Australia in an ill-tempered Rugby Championship clash. Although the bonus-point the hosts craved eluded them, the victory ensured that the tournament goes to the final weekend.

Hick in recent times

Graeme Hick interview: Behind enemy lines trying to teach the Australians to dig in before The Ashes

Former England bat tells Richard Edwards there is talent coming through Down Under – it just needs honing

On view: the Royal Academy's new exhibition

Simon Calder: Reasons to head Down Under

The man who pays his way

Stuart Broad kisses the urn

The Ashes: Stuart Broad rubbishes Darren Lehmann claims - and says England could have won series 5-0

The Australia coach suggested the tourists could have won a couple of Tests

Oracle Team USA takes practice before the start of race ten of the America's Cup finals against Emirates Team New Zealand

America's Cup: Bay thriller swings to Emirates New Zealand

Seven down, two to go and still no-one knows when New Zealand will be able to take the America’s Cup away from the Americans after a thriller on the bay went first to the defending Oracle team and then swung back to the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand. 

Israel Folau touches down for a try for Australia against Argentina

Australia 14 Argentina 13 match report: Israel Folau try breaks Wallabies' four-game losing streak and lifts them off bottom of the table

Puma fight-back not enough as they fall just short in their search for a first win in the Rugby Championship

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

Lote Tuqiri now plays league for Wests Tigers

Lote Tuqiri set for Leinster stint

Tuqiri returns to rugby union after a previous seven year stint

America’s Cup: Oracle Team USA score first point over Emirates NZ

The America’s Cup turned into a genuine contest in San Francisco as defender, Oracle Team USA, scored its first point over what had looked like a comfortably better Emirates Team New Zealand.

New Zealand is match-fit after winning the Louis Vuitton elimination series and seemed to have a slight speed edge upwind

New Zealand put on flawless display to take early advantage in America's Cup

The 50 stars and 13 stripes of the United States defender were given a painful battering by the four stars and union flag of New Zealand in the opening pair of the America’s Cup in San Francisco. The first race looked at one time to be really close and the defender, Oracle, at one time took the lead.

125 years of the British and Irish Lions, by Clem and Greg Thomas

Brian O'Driscoll's strop last week, when the Ireland centre said he "resented" the Lions head coach, Warren Gatland, for dropping him for the series-winning Third Test against Australia in July, showed just how much playing for the Lions means. Yet, as the 1968 and 1971 tourist and future tour manager Gerald Davies points out in his introduction to this definitive history, as rugby union went officially professional in the 1990s there were those who questioned whether the concept and ethos of the Lions would survive the change.

Sale got off to a flying start, leading 14-3 by half-time thanks to a try from Mark Cueto

Rugby round-up: Mark Cueto sets up Sale's winning start

Not the start Gloucester would have wanted. Kingsholm is the Cherry and Whites' castle but Sale stormed it in the opening match of the Premiership season, going home with a 22-16 victory.

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