Sport Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England

Giles feels that England cannot overlook someone of Pietersen's ability given their failure to capitalise on winning positions in Australia

British and Irish Lions 2013: Quade Cooper left out of Australia squad

25-man preliminary squad includes three uncapped players

Will Jonny Wilkinson be selected?

British and Irish Lions 2013: Jonny Sexton disappointed Jonny Wilkinson is not involved in tour

The squad met up for the first time yesterday

A view of Leyton Orient's ground, Brisbane Road

Roll up, roll up for your free season ticket at Leyton Orient

League One club make move in response to West Ham's successful bid to become tenants of the Olympic stadium

Black Caviar (left) and Frankel

Will Black Caviar and Frankel be mated to produce a 'super horse'?

Black Caviar has retired after 25 consecutive victories - but there are no guarantees any foals the mare produces will replicate her achievements

Mother 'gave cancer drugs to healthy daughter'

A four-year-old Australian girl is seriously ill in a Brisbane hospital after allegedly being poisoned with chemotherapy pills by her mother.

Johnny Rotten branded ‘a sexist pig’ after Australian TV bust-up

John Lydon is no stranger to shocking television appearances, but the former Sex Pistol provoked fury today by ordering a female host to “shut up when a man is talking”.

Stressed? You bet I was. Shark wrestler Paul Marshallsea, hailed as a hero, is sacked because he was on sick leave

62-year-old apparently risked his life grabbing a six foot shark's tail as it approached the children

Sonny Bill Williams (left) and Frans Botha slug it out

Steve Bunce on Boxing: Spare the outrage over Sonny Bill's carnival fight

Sonny Bill Williams looks like he was made somewhere but I can assure you that the former New Zealand rugby league and union player was not put together in a boxing gym.

Flooded road is impassible in Bundaberg, Queensland. At least 1200 properties are already flooded, and there are fears that could reach 2000

Four die as floods strike eastern Australia

Torrential downpours have left thousands of homes flooded in eastern Australia, with more rain and high winds expected in Queensland and New South Wales.

Andy Murray celebrates winning his quarter-final match against Jeremy Chardy

Andy Murray not concerned by lack of extended playing time - 'that would be silly'

British number one has not dropped a set on his way to the semi-finals of the Australian Open

'It nearly took my leg off': British grandfather on holiday in Australia 'grabbed shark by tail to save bathers'

A British grandfather on holiday in Australia is being hailed as a hero after he grabbed a shark by its tail and tried to drag it away from people playing at the edge of the sea.

Ross Hutchins was diagnosed with cancer late last month

Ross Hutchins: Andy Murray's been so supportive

Ross Hutchins, who has been diagnosed with cancer, tells Paul Newman about the 'brilliant' support he's had from best mate Murray and the wider tennis world

World No 3 pays tribute to Davis Cup team-mate who will take break from game to battle illness

Andy Murray's 'sick friend' Ross Hutchins reveals shock cancer diagnosis

World No 3 pays tribute to Davis Cup team-mate who will take break from game to battle illness

Andy Murray holds nerve to take Brisbane crown

Andy Murray defended his Brisbane International title with a straight-sets win over 21-year-old Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

Andy Murray returns the ball during his defeat of Daniel Istomin in Brisbane yesterday

Swearing at the Australian Open? I don’t give a s***, says Andy Murray

British No 1 apologises for bad language on court – but denies any pledge to clean up his act

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