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War-torn island's former navy chief is named by witnesses in documents filed in Perth

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India 300-7 England 174 (India win by 126 runs)

Host nation frets that reviled Cooper may shatter fragile optimism

If there is much justice left in the world the agony of doubt gripping this fine land of decent instincts and, by and large, the most superior sporting values for another 24 hours will be satisfactorily resolved with an All Blacks victory in the second semi-final.

'Pictures blackout' hits Sky Sports' coverage of India v England

Sky Sports were unable to provide live coverage of England's first one-day international against India in Hyderabad today due to what they described as a "pictures blackout".

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Australia will give full-back Kurtley Beale every chance to prove his fitness for Sunday's Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.

Bell to miss out as England seek rare triumph in India

About five minutes ago, those who were paying attention will recall, England defeated India in a one-day series. They prevailed in lots of other stuff as well but the one-day triumph at home last month was especially unexpected, not to say gratifying, because India were the newly crowned world champions.

England announce Wembley match against Sweden

England will get yet another chance to end their 43-year wait for a win against Sweden at Wembley next month.

James Lawton: Thorn repels tide of doubt sweeping All Black country

It's still another filthy morning of All Black foreboding, the rain clouds scudding in over the running track stadium out in the suburbs. They are accompanied by the overwhelming sense that if Bradley Carnegie Thorn, aged 36, didn't exist he'd have to be created.

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