Rolf Harris investigation into alleged sex abuse moves to Australia

43-year-old woman in New South Wales believed to have been questioned by Scotland Yard detectives

Audley Harrison retired from boxing yesterday

Boxing: Farewell to Audley Harrison, a fighter who lacked a brutality gene

Audley Harrison was retired a long time ago, not by his own agency but that of others raining punches. Harrison was a boxer who was distinctly uncomfortable in the upper echelons of the paid ranks. This makes him a failure on his own terms, for it was he who spoke about destiny and world titles, but not in the wider sense of a man turning his life around through sport and achieving what none could for 32 years in a British boxing vest: claiming Olympic gold.

Britain's Audley Harrison (L) is knocked out by US Deontay Wilder during the first round of their International Heavyweight Contest at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield

Boxing: Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison announces retirement

Two first-round knockout defeats in recent months have convinced the 41-year-old to end his career

Violent crime falls rapidly as UK becomes more peaceful place

Encouraging figures come alongside separate study showing hospital admissions after violent incidents are down

Thunder thighs: Chris Hoy in Beijing, at the peak of his powers

Cycling: You can keep your hi-tech helmets. For Chris Hoy, the thighs have it

The Olympic legend is set to retire on Thursday. Here is his cycling career tracked by the size of his monolithic thighs.

I'm travelling to Australia next year – what are the best flight options?

Q. I am visiting a friend in Adelaide in February 2014. I have booked the outbound flight to Sydney in business class with BA using all of my Avios frequent-flyer points. My friend is meeting me in Sydney for a couple of nights before we fly on to Adelaide. I have yet to book my return. However I have had a quick look and Malaysia and Singapore Airlines from Adelaide to Heathrow look to be my best option. These both have stopovers in Asia which is fine with me. Any advice would be welcome. Gary Crump, Evesham

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Ewen McKenzie 'interested' in Ireland job

A replacement for Declan Kidney is being sought

Jamie Hagan: Prop has been called a ‘future Test player’ by London Irish’s Brian Smith

Promising Jamie Hagan to join the Exiles

London Irish, under a significant  degree of pressure in the transfer market, made a striking signing of their own yesterday by adding the Irish prop Jamie Hagan to their front-row roster for next season. Brian Smith, the Exiles’ rugby director, described Hagan as “a future Test player” and said he would add some much-needed steel to a pack too often exposed as brittle this season.

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Back-trouble victim Michael Clarke expects to be fit for the Ashes

Australia captain Michael Clarke has no idea how serious his latest back problem is, but insisted it was “very unlikely” the injury would keep him out of the Ashes.

Canterbury court sentences royal car protester Jonathan Elliott

A protester has been bound over to keep the peace for 12 months after he lunged at a car carrying the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall before the Archbishop of Canterbury's enthronement.

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Globe glows green: It's St Patrick's Day fever

From Las Vegas to Luxor, they toast Ireland's patron saint with a wash of coloured light and a certain black stout. Sláinte! says Paul Bignell

Top Gear in a spin as Jeremy Clarkson insults 'convict' Australians

Jeremy Clarkson may have dented the reputation of Top Gear in Australia after saying to a group of photographers gathered in Sydney harbour: “You can take them out of England but you can’t take the convict out of them.”

Wayne Rooney pictured training for United

Manchester United to begin summer tour in Thailand

United will take on the Singha All Star XI

A portion of the 585kg ice shipment seized in Sydney

Police make record drug seizure of meth in Australia

Australian police today announced their largest ever seizure of methamphetamine, an illicit drug known as ice, that was smuggled into Sydney hidden in shipments of chemicals from China.

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