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McClennan adds year to Rhinos' charge

Brian McClennan is still being linked with a return home to coach the New Zealand Warriors, despite signing on for a fourth season at Leeds. McClennan has led the Rhinos to back-to-back Super League titles and has now agreed to stay for the 2011 season. "Our intention was always to have Brian here for a fourth season and possibly beyond that," said the Leeds chief executive, Gary Hetherington.

Big hit Down Under prepares to go global

David Warner's spectacular strokeplay is key to Australia's hopes of finally succeeding at World Twenty20

Woman jailed for food-rage killing

An Australian woman who ran down and killed a man who threw cheese-flavoured snacks at her car was jailed yesterday for 25 years.

Briton's death in Australia confirmed

The death of a 59-year-old Briton thought to have drowned in Australia was confirmed by the Foreign Office today.

Experts reject new human species theory

Scientists today poured scorn on claims that newly-discovered fossil remains were those of a new species of human ancestor.

Scientists uncover ancient human remains

A team of scientists has uncovered the skeletal remains of an unknown species of ancient human, it was revealed today.

Bruce Mitchell: Anglo-Saxon scholar who wrote the definitive work on Old English syntax

The eminent Anglo-Saxonist Bruce Mitchell delighted in appearing to be a slightly old-fashioned scholar resistant to new developments, and defended his position rigorously and without apology, though always with humour. When he completed his monumental Old English Syntax in 1982, towards the end of his long career as a scholar of Anglo-Saxon, he introduced it with the words, "I have to state categorically my opinion that ... the techniques of the various forms of linguistics fashionable today have little to offer students of Old English syntax."

The Week In Radio: The doubters keep knocking on Evans' door

Chris Evans says that he is woken up every morning with a telephone message that gives him a "word of the day". The other day it was Armageddon. Leaving aside the ominous vibe of having someone whisper "Armageddon" in your ear at the crack of dawn, you have to ask what kind of person actually chooses to be woken with an electronic vocabulary update. You'd have to be an autodidact, certainly, and an eccentric. And undoubtedly someone who has a serious penchant for electronic gimmickry.

Terror plotters jailed for stockpiling explosives

Five Muslim men have been jailed for between 23 and 28 years in prison in Australia for stockpiling explosive chemicals and firearms for terrorist attacks on unspecified targets.

Working mums fail to help with homework

Mothers who stay at home spend four times longer helping children, study finds

The Lieutenant, By Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville's latest novel, about a young 18th-century English astronomer who is among the first settlers and soldiers to arrive in New South Wales, is historical fiction elevated into the category of "literary fiction", not so much by its research as by its psychological truth. Historical writers know that their readers demand a certain level of information: we want to learn about times different from our own, and it's not so much recognition that we crave in our ancestors as a sense of their difference.

Website reveals secrets of convicts sent to Australia

Detailed records are now available of thousands of Britons transported in the 18th and 19th centuries

Anthony Rose: 'Much of today’s wine is in the hands of global corporations. But the family can be a powerful brand in its own right'

It's hard to underestimate the value of family when so much of today's wine is in the hands of the faceless global corporations. But the family can also be a powerful brand in its own right. "Family ownership guarantees a patient and long-term outlook, much needed in the wine industry," says Spain's Miguel Torres. With Antinori and Mouton Rothschild, Torres is a member of Primum Familiae Vini, a high-powered family association sharing their vision of wine. Ten of Italy's Valpolicella families have recently gone down a similar route and New Zealand Family of Twelve, based on the idea of 12 wines to a case, have embraced one another with the aim of flexing their combined muscle.

The gentleman robber who mourned at his own funeral

Descendant tells what really happened to Australia's Robin Hood

Crusaders complete move to Wrexham

Super League has a new home in Wales – all it needs now is a team to play there. The sale of the ailing Crusaders to Wrexham Football Club was confirmed yesterday, which means that all but two home games next season will be played at the Racecourse Ground. The exceptions will be at Neath, which will also be home to a new South Wales side in the Co-operative Championship 1.

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