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Actor took on three armed soldiers who had surrounded star and crew while they were filming later series of Extreme World 3

Shane Watson had emotional week

India back on top despite 'dream' return for captain Shane Watson

Shane Watson’s return to the Australian team lasted just 17 runs, but he still talked about captaining the Test side as a “dream come true”.

England captain Alastair Cook and coach Andy Flower walk on to the outfield to inspect the ground before rain cause the Test with New Zealand to end in a draw

New Zealand v England: 'One-Test series' to decide outcome after rain hits play

Final Test starts later this week

Broadside: The pick of the England attack takes a smart return catch to dismiss New Zealand’s Kane Williamson

Stuart Broad takes 6-51 as England force New Zealand follow-on in second Test

Second Test, day three: England 465 v New Zealand 254 & 77-1 (following on)

India v Australia: Opening day of third Test washed out

Australia trail 2-0 in the four-match series

New Zealand v England: Hamish Rutherford piles on agony in first Test

England’s unforeseen misery multiplied in the First Test today. Having failed catastrophically with the bat, they were severely undermined with the ball as New Zealand built an imposing first innings lead of 235.

Hamish Rutherford celebrates his century

New Zealand v England first Test: Record-breaking debutant centurion Hamish Rutherford gives hosts imposing first-innings lead

Record-breaking debutant centurion Hamish Rutherford piled on England's agony in the first Test at the University Oval.

B J Watling on his way to an unbeaten 89 as a New Zealand XI beat England in Queenstown yesterday

England need focus as Kiwis grapple with Ross Taylor row

Ashes must be forgotten in order to capitalise on NZ captaincy saga

'This is your pilot sleeping' - Air New Zealand pilot who fell asleep TWICE during flight blamed London hotels for fatigue

Pilot is reported to have said he fell asleep twice during the flight after not being able to rest because London hotel rooms were either 'too hot or too cold'

Simon Mannering made New Zealand captain

Simon Mannering has been appointed as New Zealand's new captain. The 26-year-old centre or second rower is the successor to Benji Marshall, who was stripped of the captaincy by coach Stephen Kearney.

Joe Root in action against New Zealand

Alastair Cook praises Joe Root after England level one-day series against New Zealand

Root cracked a rapid 79 not out in Napier

Erin Osborne of Australia celebrates the wicket of Anya Shrubsole

England lose to Australia by just two runs at the Women's Cricket World Cup

Australia 147 England 145 (Australia win by three runs)

Steven Finn of England bowls during a T20 Practice Match against a New Zealand XI

England warm-up match washed out

Rain sees just 9.1 overs of T20 match played

Julia Gillard announces September election date

Julia Gillard, the Prime Minister, has surprised Australians by announcing that elections will be held on 14 September in a country where governments have traditionally given the opposition little more than a month’s notice to keep a strategic advantage.

Netball: England withstand fightback to claim rare win over Australia

England beat Australia for only the third time in their history to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.

Head of men's tennis Brad Drewett steps down after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease

Brad Drewett, the head of men’s tennis, is to step down from his post after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease, an incurable condition that damages the nervous system. Drewett, who was appointed executive chairman and president of the Association of Tennis Professionals at the end of 2011, will continue in his role until a successor is found.

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