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The single-engine Cessna 150 was only 10 minutes into a flight from the town of Forbes yesterday afternoon when the pilot lost consciousness

Ashes Diary: Bollinger finds Test cricket a tiring business

Few can have expected to see Doug Bollinger back in a Baggy Green so soon after his lamentable efforts in Adelaide but he has a reasonable chance of starting in Sydney.

The second coming: could Hughes be the man to reignite Australia's Ashes?

Despite his flaws the explosive batsman still has the ability to turn the series, believes Angus Fraser, who worked with him at Middlesex

Ponting calls for Hughes as Waugh hits out at selectors

Captain says diminutive opener is 'first cab off the rank' as Katich replacement

Family's fight set to earn 'killer' pardon 60 years on

One of Australia's worst miscarriages of justice – the conviction of an itinerant sheep shearer for the murder of a man whose body was not found until 70 years later – is about to be righted, thanks to a campaign by his family.

Qantas launches lawsuit over superjumbo engines

Qantas has launched preliminary legal action against Rolls-Royce, the manufacturer of the engine that exploded on one of its A380 superjumbos in mid-air last month.

Jacobs stands tall for Wasps to leave Booth in a 'state of shock'

Wasps 38 London Irish 25

Australia name squad for the Ashes

Australia have named a 17-man squad for the opening Ashes Test against England at the Gabba, including potential debutants Xavier Doherty, Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson.

Clarke plays down injury fears

Australia Test vice-captain Michael Clarke is confident his stiff back won't affect his Ashes preparations despite failing to take the field for the final two sessions on day three of the Sheffield Shield clash between New South Wales against Victoria.

Aiton flies Papua flag amid rifts

Papua New Guinea have only one player from Australia's NRL in their 24-man squad for the Four Nations.

Leading article: Invention corner

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. But our universities could make a plausible claim for parentage too. Andrei Geim and Konstantin Novoselov from Manchester University were yesterday awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for creating the new material "graphene". Meanwhile, Samuel Adeloju, an industrial design graduate from the University of New South Wales, was awarded the James Dyson Award for his "buoyancy bazooka". Graphene, with its highly unusual physical properties, has the potential to revolutionise electronics and a host of areas of high-tech manufacturing. And Mr Adeloju's bazooka, which can fire an emergency buoyancy aid 400 feet out to sea, could be a valuable new tool in the armoury of lifeguards. These two inventions could improve lives and save them.

Police face charges for using Taser 13 times on Aboriginal man

Civil liberties groups and police watchdogs in Australia have called for an urgent review of the use of Taser stun guns following the death of a man in Sydney and the release of a video showing an Aboriginal prisoner screaming in agony after being repeatedly "zapped" at a Perth police station.

England to face weak Australia pack next month

When England returned home from a drawn series in Australia a little over three months ago, they did not know quite where they stood vis-à-vis the Wallabies. On the one hand, they had won Down Under for only the third time in rugby history; on the other, they had played against a team so pathetically weak in the scrum that the entire tour had been hopelessly distorted. Unfortunately for Martin Johnson and the rest of the red-rose hierarchy, they are unlikely to be any the wiser come the end of November.

Whitehaven aim to start new season despite troubles

The Rugby League is confident that Whitehaven will start next season, despite the winding-up order issued by HM Revenue and Customs this week.

The Stars: October

A comet is coming to sky near you, later this month.

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