Wayne Rooney is congratulated for his goal against Fulham in the Fourth Round

Manchester United confirm friendly in Yokohama

United have already announced fixtures in Sydney and Hong Kong

Heather Watson’s Australian Open hopes were ended by world No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets yesterday

Heather Watson determined to learn from world No 4's subtle lesson

Top Briton undone by Radwanska's clever tactics but vows to build on Australian adventure

Sydney 2012: a new strain of norovirus blamed for most winter vomiting cases

A new strain of norovirus has been responsible for the majority of recent cases of the winter vomiting bug, health experts said.

Cooler weather brings respite in Australia - for now

Record temperatures across southern Australia cooled today, reducing the danger from scores of raging wildfires but likely bringing only a brief reprieve from the summer's extreme heat and fire risk.

Kathy Marks: 'Heat is on and I can't thank electrician enough'

I love my electrician. I love him because before he disappeared on a month-long break, as many Australians do in January, he installed a ceiling fan in my house. Without that fan, I’m not sure I would have survived today. I sat under it all day, and so did my dog.

Wildfires rage in Australia amid searing heat

Firefighters battled scores of wildfires raging across south-east Australia today as authorities evacuated national parks and warned that blistering temperatures and high winds had led to “catastrophic” conditions in some areas.

Julia Gillard warns of more Australia bush fires with 45C predicted

Towns in Tasmania devastated by blazes, reports Charlotte Philby in Hobart

Looking ahead: Australia’s five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe has battled depression and alcohol abuse

Swimming: 'Thorpedo' ready for one last plunge in the pool

In his prime, between 1999-2004, he was the fastest swimmer on the planet over 400 metres, and it was a major disappointment when Australia's Ian Thorpe failed to qualify for London 2012.

Usman Khawaja in Australia's sights as Michael Hussey retires

With Michael Hussey announcing his intention to quit international cricket just weeks after ex-captain Ricky Ponting retired, Australia could turn to England for a replacement ahead of the Ashes this summer.

Jackson Bird (centre) celebrates dismissing Mahela Jayawardene yesterday

Michael Clarke hopes Australia's crushing victory over Sri Lanka sends Ashes warning

Australia 460 Sri Lanka 156 & 103 (Australia win by an innings and 201 runs)

Sydney-based 2DayFM radio presenters Michael Christian and Mel Greig

Australian DJs unlikely to be charged over Duchess of Cambridge prank phone call that led to nurse Jacintha Saldanha's death

Australian police have said that two Australian DJs were unlikely to be charged over a prank call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated, after which a nurse from Bristol died.

Australia celebrate victory over Sri Lanka

Michael Clarke wants Australia to build on victory over Sri Lanka

Australia have taken 2-0 lead in series

I was just trying to keep it simple, says Joe Root

When Andrew Strauss first played for England in 2004 he waltzed his way into the hearts of headline writers. And now along comes Joe Root, who will enamour himself equally by the way he planted himself to the crease.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the hospital where Jacintha Saldanha worked

Result of post mortem on Kate Middleton hoax nurse Jacintha Saldanha to be released

The result of a post mortem on the nurse who apparently killed herself after being duped by two Australian DJ hoax callers will be released at the inquest into her death tomorrow, Scotland Yard has said.

Media storm surrounding royal prank-call DJs continues to dominate Australian newspapers

The media storm surrounding two Sydney radio presenters behind the hoax phone call to King Edward VII's Hospital continues to dominate Australian newspapers.

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