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

James Hook scored a try and kicked two penalties and two conversions

'Dirt-trackers' show clinical side to give Wales timely lift

Brumbies 15 Wales 25

Gethin Jenkins said Wales had learned a lot against Australia

Jenkins: Wallabies caught Wales on hop

Gethin Jenkins said Wales would be a better team for being knocked off "cloud nine" by Australia.

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Everton midfielder Tim Cahill tempted by Middle East transfer

Tim Cahill is considering leaving Everton for a new challenge in the Middle East having already rejected a multi-million move to Saudi Arabia.

Australia were beaten by Scotland on home soil

Robbie Deans rules out calling for Australia reinforcements ahead of Wales clash

Australia coach Robbie Deans has no intention of sending for Quade Cooper to bolster his side ahead of their match against Wales on Saturday.

The Scots celebrate their first win in Australia for 30 years

Scotland stun Wallabies as Greig Laidlaw lands storming kick

Australia 6 Scotland 9

Despite promises of jobs and prosperity, residents have gradually given way to the coal mine in Acland

Australia's man against the mines

Australia's mining boom has made many fortunes, but some small towns are asking if the price is too high. Kathy Marks reports from Acland, Queensland

Former Australia fly-half Michael Lynagh leaves hospital

Former Australia and Saracens fly-half Michael Lynagh has been released from hospital, two weeks after suffering a stroke.

Former Australia fly-half Michael Lynagh face 'critical' few days

Former Australia and Saracens fly-half Michael Lynagh is facing a vital few days in his recovery after suffering a stroke.

Former Australia captain, Michael Lynagh

Former Australia fly-half Michael Lynagh 'stable' after stroke

Former Australia and Saracens fly-half Michael Lynagh is in a "stabilised condition" after suffering a stroke, according to the Queensland Rugby Union.

Former Australia captain, Michael Lynagh

Australia great Lynagh suffers 'stroke' at 48

The former Australia and Saracens fly-half Michael Lynagh is being treated at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital after suffering a stroke, according to reports in Australia.

Over the line: Steve Ovett (right) beats Sebastian Coe to the 800m gold medal at the Moscow Olympics in 1980

The one face you won't see marking 100 days to Games

Their rivalry is the stuff of Olympic folklore but while Coe has been running London 2012, Ovett is keeping his distance

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has made a big impression for Arsenal this season

Youth teams show it's not doom and gloom with plan to instil skill

The superior technique and decision-making of Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder may have been a chastening experience for England at Wembley, but the Football Association remains optimistic that the future is bright.

Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA’s director of football developments, wants to build 'a great skill base'

English youth teams show it's not doom and gloom

The superior technique and decision-making of Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder may have been a chastening experience for England at Wembley, but the Football Association remains optimistic that the future is bright.

Ricky Ponting was acting as stand in captain

Miserable captaincy return for Ricky Ponting as Sri Lanka crush Australia

Ricky Ponting's return to the Australia captaincy ended in a crushing eight-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka following a rain-affected one-day international in Sydney.

Streaker fined for royal flash at the Queen Down Under

A streaker was fined AU$750 (£510) yesterday for mooning at the Queen and Prince Philip on a royal visit.

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