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Charlotte Edwards, the England captain, believes there is no need to panic despite a second successive defeat to Australia following a pulsating finale in Hobart.

Ellen Gandy after winning gold in the women’s 200m butterfly is congratulated by Jemma Lowe (left)

Swimming: Ellen Gandy quits Team GB to take plunge for Australia

World 200 metres butterfly silver medallist Ellen Gandy has announced she is to switch allegiance and compete for Australia.

Campbell in the decathlon 110m hurdles at the 1952 Olympics

Milt Campbell: The first black Olympic decathlon champion

Milt Campbell, who died on 2 November at the age of 78 of prostate cancer, was the first African-American to win the Olympic decathlon, and went on to play American football. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, Campbell was a rising high school senior track star when he won the silver medal in the decathlon at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, finishing second to his compatriot Bob Mathias.

Luca Cumani has two runners in the Melbourne Cup

Moore on a Cumani mission in Melbourne

Two contributors to the limited European success in California have gone on over the Pacific in the hope of again finding rather less tough local opposition in Australia. Last year European raiders were six of the first seven home in the Melbourne Cup, led by Dunaden – whose trainer, Mikel Delzangles, saddled Flotilla to win at the Breeders' Cup on Friday. And Ryan Moore, who won there on George Vancouver, will seek to end Luca Cumani's maddening sequence of near misses in Melbourne on Mount Athos early tomorrow morning.

Out of the blue: Ryan Moore restored the traditional order for Europe at the Breeders’ Cup meeting with victory on George Vancouver in the Juvenile Turf

By George, Vancouver turns the tide

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The Temper Trap - The wizards of Oz

After a million-selling debut album and that hit single, Antipodean indie-rockers The Temper Trap are back with a bigger sound and a slot supporting Coldplay.

England international James Graham

England international James Graham hit with 12-match ban for biting opponent's ear

Former St Helens captain James Graham will miss England's autumn internationals after being handed a 12-match ban for biting Billy Slater's ear.

Melbourne: Man arrested in missing Jill Meagher hunt

Detectives hunting for an Irish woman missing in Australia have arrested a man.

25-year-old Ned Kelly pictured the day before his execution

Ned Kelly's missing skull 'discovered' in the cupboard of a witch in New Zealand

The missing head of the Australian folk hero Ned Kelly has reportedly been discovered in the cupboard of a self-confessed witch in New Zealand.

Sale Sharks fly-half Danny Cipriani

Sale fly-half Danny Cipriani targeting return to England

Danny Cipriani hopes a good season with Sale on his return to the Aviva Premiership will earn him a spot in the English Test side.

Police struggle to contain the riot in Tottenham’s streets last August

Riot-hit cities including London and Manchester fall down league table of world's best places to live

Cities hit by last summer's riots have fallen down a league table of the best places in the world for living conditions, a new study has revealed.

Luke Campbell catches John Joe Nevin with a right hook

Boxing: Luke Campbell's super right picks up a gold for Team GB

Bantamweight scores another great triumph for Britain against plucky Irishman to join Adams in the golden gloves club

Jade Jones proves she can pack a punch too as GB win taekwondo gold

Nicola Adams was not the only British woman to fight her way to Olympic glory yesterday.

Trott's formidable time-trialling capacities served her to perfection

Trott stakes claim to be track queen

Even as Vicky Pendleton's reign as the world's top track racer entered its very last phase, Laura Trott, 11 years her junior, both doubled her London gold medal total in the women's omnium yesterday and laid claim to Pendleton's throne.

Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi starts celebrates 1500m victory

'Injured' Taoufik Makhloufi races to 1500m gold after reinstatement

On Monday Taoufik Makhloufi was thrown out of the Games for not trying; last night, having earned a reprieve, the Algerian won the 1500m gold, running clear of the field to win by more than 10 metres. It marked one of the more startling recoveries of the Olympics.

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Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

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