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Australian freed after 400 days in prison on terror charges

England succumbed to a 26-run defeat in the second ODI against Australia but hold a 8-2 lead in the Ashes series

Women's Ashes 2014: England miss chance to secure series as debutant Nicole Bolton gives Australia 26-run victory

England lead the series 8-2 and could retain the Ashes in the third ODI in Hobart on Sunday

Manchester City have completed their takeover of Melbourne Heart, who have former Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell among their ranks

Manchester City add Australian A-League side Melbourne Heart to their global empire

City already own MLS franchise New York City and the Australian side become the latest part of a plan to generate a worldwide brand

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has admitted the side are in a 'desperate state' as they face the prospect of equalling their worst ever run of defeats

ODI series: Prospect of longest ever losing streak has left England in a 'very desperate' state, admits Jos Buttler

One more defeat would leave England equalling their worst ever run of 10 matches without victory

Shane Warne will join up with the Australian cricket team as part of their World Twenty20 plans

World Twenty20: Shane Warne takes official role with Australia to mentor spin bowlers

Warne will join the side for their campaign in Bangladesh

Passengers on a short excursion as they waited for the release of the Akademik Shokalskiy in December

Communication breakdown on board the Akademik Shokalskiy blamed for the ship being stranded in Antarctic ice over Christmas

A failure to respond to an order from the ship's captain may have played a critical role in the operational fiasco that led to the stranding of the Akademik Shokalskiy in thick Antarctic sea ice on Christmas Eve.

BHP Billiton sees record production but misses targets

New chief Andrew Mackenzie confident BHP Billiton can achieve 16% growth in two years

Alastair Cook will not play in the fourth ODI

England eager to avoid 'worst in history' tag

Defeat on Friday will make it nine internationals in a row on tour

The ECB could be given greater control by the ICC
James Tredwell believes that the England team need to be honest with themselves following the abysmal tour of Australia

ODI series: England must be as honest with themselves as Alastair Cook has been, claims spinner James Tredwell

Tredwell believes that England haven't given a full demonstration of their skills during a tour that they are yet to avoid defeat on

Eugenie Bouchard in action during her Australian Open quarter-final victory over Ana Ivanovic

Australian Open 2014: Eugenie Bouchard battles back from a set down to add Ana Ivanovic to her growing list of big-name scalps

The 19-year-old looked completely at home as she knocked out Serena Williams' conqueror to reach the semi-finals with a 5-7 7-5 6-2 win

Andy Murray and Roger Federer pictured after their 2013 Australian Open semi-final

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray v Roger Federer at the Grand Slams

The pair will meet in Wednesday's Australian Open quarter-final

George Bailey has been dropped from the Australian Test squad that will tour South Africa

George Bailey dropped from Australia Test squad that will tour South Africa

Bailey was arguably the only failure in the Test side that claimed a 5-0 Ashes whitewash victory over England

Lydia Greenway, right, and Arran Brindle celebrate the win

England women on brink of keeping Ashes

Lydia Greenway has warned her England team-mates not to take anything for granted despite her unbeaten 69 in the first one-day international, leaving Charlotte Edwards’ side on the brink of retaining the Ashes.

There may be more catastrophic effects on different parts of the world, such as wildfires in Australia, if scientists are correct

Extreme El Niño events could double over next 100 years, climate experts warn

During an extreme event, countries in the western Pacific experienced devastating droughts and wild fires

England cricket team captain Alastair Cook (left) and his Indian team counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni (right) pose with the championship trophy with Bharti Airtel Gujarat CEO Anant Arora (centre) in Ahmedabad in November 2012

India and England give ICC a plan to save Test cricket

England are brokering a desperate deal with India to try to ensure the survival of world cricket. If it contains elements of naked greed and self-interest there is a growing fear that without it the whole structure of the international game could collapse.

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