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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.

Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open

Maria Sharapova sets up Australian Open clash with Venus Williams

Top seeds advance in Melbourne

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic sweeps aside opponent to reach second round at the Australian Open

Top seed looking to make history

Barcelona's Lionel Messi becomes most decorated player in history after winning unprecedented fourth straight Ballon d'Or

James Lawton: Lionel Messi makes us smile – Luis Suarez shows football's ugly new face

Messi’s argument for Andres Iniesta winning the Ballon D’Or was that he was the heartbeat and creative force of Spain’s historic achievement of winning three straight major international tournaments

Shane Warne comes together with Marlon Samuels

Shane Warne banned for Big Bash match following clash with Marlon Samuels

The former Australian spinner threw the ball into the West Indian's midriff

Australia celebrate the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene

Australia seize control against Sri Lanka

Report from Day One for the Third Test

Heather Watson

Heather Watson a doubt for Australian Open with elbow injury

British number one pulls out of Moorilla Hobart International

Michael Clarke

Captain Michael Clarke fit for Australia

Australia captain Michael Clarke came through a fitness test today, indicating he will play in this week's third Test against Sri Lanka and resolve at least one of the hosts' selection problems for the dead-rubber match.

Novak Djokovic: The Serb will win £1.56m – a record – if he retains the Australian Open title next month

Australian Open increases prize money for losers

The Australian Open has bowed to player pressure and increased prize money for early losers at the season's opening grand slam.

Matthew Norman: The unignorable Mr Farage

Some things in life, you put off and put off. The source of the procrastination may be tedium (all those red utility bills yellowing on the doormat), or fear about a medical problem such as tinnitus, which is probably no more than a whooshy noise in the ear, but might prove a symptom of a benign tumour (acoustic neuroma) if you took it to the doctor.

Matt Butler: The excellent Dean Macey makes it worth all the pain. Almost

View From The Sofa: Survival of the Fittest, Channel 4

Laws need to be enforced against bloggers, tweeters and websites to protect journalistic standards, warns Lord Justice Leveson

Mainstream journalistic standards could plunge if laws are not enforced against bloggers, tweeters and websites, Lord Justice Leveson warned today.

Flashing wickets

Flashing wickets: Latest innovation in Twenty20 sees stumps light up

Twenty20 cricket heralded another illuminating innovation today with the introduction of stumps and bails that light-up when dislodged during an Australian Big Bash League (BBL) match in Melbourne.

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch

Matriarch of the Murdoch family dies at 103

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, a noted philanthropist and the mother of the media owner Rupert, has died at her home in Australia aged 103.

'World's worst boss' taunted employees about rape and threatened to dissolve them in acid

An Australian laundry owner who threatened to dissolve his workers in acid and taunted them about being raped has been fined $50,000.

Hockey: England to face Aussies

England will meet hosts Australia tomorrow in the quarter-finals of the Champions Trophy after yesterday's 1-1 draw with New Zealand meant they finished third in Pool A behind India and Germany.

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