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The family of Jayden Parkinson are "heartbroken and devastated "following the discovery of a body yesterday evening in a cemetery, Thames Valley Police said this morning.

NZ government will honour Emirates Team deal

Gritting its teeth and clearly unhappy, the New Zealand government has confirmed it will honour a pledge by the previous administration to support Emirates Team New Zealand’s challenge for the 2013 America’s Cup.

'Moderate' earthquake shakes Australia and New Zealand

Moderate earthquakes rattled parts of Australia and New Zealand today, including the devastated city of Christchurch where power was cut to thousands of homes, officials said.

Crisis at home weighs on Japan's No 1 ahead of London Marathon

Yukiko Akaba was in New Zealand in February, training with eight other members of the Japanese national marathon squad, when the foundations of her world started to shake. "We were in Christchurch when the earthquake struck," she recalled yesterday, sitting in a hotel next to Tower Bridge, having arrived in England for Sunday's London Marathon. "We'd just finished our lunch and we were all going back to our rooms. Our immediate thought was to escape and get outside. We went to a nearby park. It was a frightening and scary experience."

Business Diary: CNBC takes a tour with Mellon

Tonight's must-see TV is a new programme on CNBC. CNBC Meets... is the first in a series of interviews with "some of the world's most influential high-flyers" and is hosted by Tania Bryer. Those of you unfamiliar with Bryer's work should know she once replaced Ulrika Jonsson as TV-am's weather girl and has done loads of showbiz reporting for Sky. That doesn't quite square with CNBC vice-president John Casey's talk of "Tania's access to some extraordinary business people", but she has secured fellow former "it girl" Tamara Mellon for tonight – an interview conducted in the walk-in wardrobe of Mellon's New York apartment, no less.

Late learner loving the cut and thrust of Leicester life

Wing Scott Hamilton tells Chris Hewett how happy he is that the head-spinning pace of playing for Tigers is filling All Blacks void

Aussie floods, Christchurch, Japan – the catastrophic honeymoon tour

It may go down in history as the ultimate honeymoon from hell.

Ruck and Maul: Leeds' ambitions to fight another day lie in hands of the Warriors

Leeds may be spared relegation from the Premiership – should they finish bottom, as looks likely – if the winner of the Championship is not one of the three clubs who have applied for promotion.

'Hacksaw Sam' set to help Sale rebuild

Sale, up to their eyeballs in transfer negotiations since Steve Diamond returned to the club as executive director of sport in January, are closing in on the All Black centre Sam Tuitupou and hope to tie him up on a two-year deal over the next few days. Tuitupou is currently playing for the Irish province Munster, having left relegated Worcester at the end of last season, but is believed to be keen on a second stint in the Premiership.

England will open Rugby World Cup in Dunedin

England will open their World Cup campaign in Dunedin after organisers today announced which venues will stage matches which had been due to be played in Christchurch.

Williams and Carter produce a Super show for Twickenham

Crusaders 44 Sharks 28: Crusaders pair give watching Johnson plenty to think about in World Cup year

Williams makes good fist of the fight game

Sonny Bill rings changes with boxing career but still wants to be new Lomu

Japan beaten in emotional opener

Japan lost their opening match at the Hong Kong Sevens yesterday to the United States but the players were feted like winners and their coach said he hoped they could help inspire their country's recovery from the earthquake and tsunami.

If Carter gets injured we're in trouble, admits All Blacks coach

Daniel Carter, by some distance the most complete outside-half in the sport, will be on the field when the southern hemisphere's elite Super 15 tournament breaks new ground by visiting Twickenham on Sunday. Watching him from the stand will be Graham Henry, and those sitting within earshot of the celebrated All Black coach can expect to hear the sound of fingernails being chewed into oblivion. New Zealand's chances of winning a first world title in almost a quarter of a century depend to a significant extent on the record-breaking Crusaders' goal-kicker staying in one piece.

Richie McCaw: 'It'd be good for All Blacks to put a smile on faces in Christchurch'

He tells Chris Hewett how World Cup glory this autumn can lift his home city after last month's earthquake

Christchurch begins to believe 'Moon Man' who predicted quakes

A maverick "lunar forecaster" who claims to have predicted both New Zealand's major recent earthquakes provoked fear and outrage when he warned that another devastating jolt would strike Christchurch last Sunday. Scientists made a public bet that it wouldn't – and were then left exasperated as the city was shaken by the biggest aftershock since the February catastrophe.

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