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10:09

VIDEO: Oil price falls as Opec meet

news.bbc.co.uk - The price of oil has fallen as Opec oil producers meet in Vienna to discuss production levels. More... (Middle East)
Today
10:09

VIDEO: Swinney: 'Welfare powers not delivered'

news.bbc.co.uk - John Swinney welcomes the Smith Commission's new powers for the Scottish Parliament but says they fall short in welfare and job creation. More... (Scotland)
Today
10:07

England v Australia: Billy Twelvetrees a decent fit for inside centre berth if he can cure walkabout moments

www.telegraph.co.uk - Billy Twelvetrees becomes third player into troublesome No 12 shirt but he needs to bring control and authority to that part of field More... (Rugby union)
Today
10:04

Billy Twelvetrees to start for England against Australia on Saturday

www.guardian.co.uk - Gloucester centre replaces Owen Farrell at inside centre Farrell dropped for first time since June 2012England have dropped Owen Farrell for Saturday’s QBE International against Australia at Twickenham with Billy Twelvetrees selected in his place at inside centre.Farrell has been overlooked for the starting XV for the first time since June 2012 after under-performing against New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa and is demoted to the bench. Continue reading... More... (Rugby union)
Today
10:03

Jones saddened by cricketer's death

news.bbc.co.uk - Former Glamorgan cricketer Simon Jones says he is 'deeply saddened' by the death of former team-mate Phillip Hughes More... (Wales)
Today
10:00

Scotland 'should set income tax'

news.bbc.co.uk - The Scottish Parliament should have the power to set income tax rates and bands, the body on strengthening devolution concludes. More... (Olympics)
Today
09:57

Man drives car at school pupils

news.bbc.co.uk - Police say an incident where a car mounted the pavement and was driven towards seven secondary school pupils could have ended in "catastrophe". More... (Scotland)
Today
09:55

England v Australia, trick shots, bikes, cars, Jimmy Hill and penalty spots

www.guardian.co.uk - This week’s roundup also has ping pong naughtiness; one-handed catching thrills: phone-ins and a short doc Continue reading... More... (Football)
Today
09:53

Net migration rises to 260,000

news.bbc.co.uk - Net migration to the UK rose to 260,000 in the year to June - up from 182,000 on previous year, official figures show. More... (Olympics)
Today
09:50

England v Australia: Owen Farrell dropped as Billy Twelvetrees named at centre for autumn international

www.telegraph.co.uk - Owen Farrell overlooked for starting XV for the first time since June 2012 after poor form with Billy Twelvetrees given an opportunity at inside centre More... (Rugby union)
Today
09:49

VIDEO: 'Scotland should set its income tax'

news.bbc.co.uk - Lord Smith sets out the Smith Commission's recommendations for further powers for the Scottish Parliament. More... (Scotland)
Today
09:48

What Scotland deal would mean for UK

news.bbc.co.uk - Scottish deal is risky but leaders cannot backtrack on promises More... (Olympics)
Today
09:46

Phillip Hughes: Reactions in quotes

news.bbc.co.uk - Well-known Australians and cricket figures pay tribute to Phillip Hughes, who has died at the age of 25 after being hit by a ball. More... (UK)
Today
09:45

England pick Twelvetrees at centre

news.bbc.co.uk - Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees will start for England against Australia on Saturday as Owen Farrell moves to the bench. More... (UK)
Today
09:45

Funding lifeline for threatened pool

news.bbc.co.uk - The operators of Mallaig and District Swimming Pool give a cautious welcome to Highland Council's intention to continue lifeline funding. More... (Scotland)
Today
09:44

Phillip Hughes - a life in pictures

www.guardian.co.uk - Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died in hospital after being struck on the head by a short delivery during a match in Sydney. Hughes played 26 Tests for Australia, making his Test debut in 2009 at the age of 20 Continue reading... More... (Cricket)
Today
09:41

McIlroy two behind Spieth in Sydney

news.bbc.co.uk - Defending champion Rory McIlroy is two adrift of leader Jordan Spieth after firing an opening 69 at the Australian Open. More... (Northern Ireland)
Today
09:40

Phillip Hughes dies: Helmet manufacturer Masuri expresses sympathy with family as they seek answers over his injuries

www.telegraph.co.uk - Firm have vowed to study footage to determine how Australian batsman suffered such serious injuries while wearing its helmet. Paul Bolton reports More... (Cricket)
Today
09:40

Scotland 'should set own income tax'

news.bbc.co.uk - Scotland's income tax rates and bands should be set by its parliament, commission on devolving power recommends More... (Olympics)
Today
09:36

Sean Abbott: the rising star whose life has been changed forever by Phillip Hughes tragedy

www.telegraph.co.uk - Fast bowler who delivered the fatal ball at Phillip Hughes will be guilt-stricken - but he was simply doing his job, argues Jonathan Liew More... (Cricket)
Today
09:32

The Hearts players who went to war

news.bbc.co.uk - Telling the story of the Hearts players who went to war More... (Scotland)
Today
09:32

Crude oil prices down as Opec meets

news.bbc.co.uk - Crude oil prices slip to a four-year low as Opec nations meet in Vienna to discuss production levels. More... (Olympics)
Today
09:31

Ryan Giggs: I knew I was ready to coach Manchester United because 'I didn't miss playing that much'

www.telegraph.co.uk - Exclusive interview: Ryan Giggs tells Mark Ogden about the challenges of coaching, what it's like working with Louis van Gaal, and why he has no regrets about hanging up his boots More... (Football)
Today
09:31

Young Sports Personality list named

news.bbc.co.uk - Ten contenders are named on the shortlist for the 2014 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award on 14 December. More... (Scotland)
Today
09:30

Ryan Giggs: My least favourite opponents, second favourite goal and other Manchester United highlights

www.telegraph.co.uk - Manchester United's legendary former midfielder reveals the team he most disliked playing, his second favourite goal and other career highlights More... (Football)
Today
09:30

Ryan Giggs: Why Leeds were my least favourite opponents at Manchester United

www.telegraph.co.uk - Manchester United's legendary former midfielder reveals the highlights and lowlights of his incredible career More... (Football)
Today
09:29

Un mewn pedwar o blant yn ordew

news.bbc.co.uk - Mae astudiaeth newydd yn dangos mai Cymru sydd â'r gyfran uchaf o blant sydd dros eu pwysau yn y Deyrnas Unedig. More... (Wales)
Today
09:25

Phillip Hughes’ death means first Australia-India Test may be cancelled

www.guardian.co.uk - Four of Hughes state team-mates due to play New Zealand and Pakistan suspend third Test Phillip Hughes dies after being hit by ball Australia captain Michael Clarke leads tributes Obituary: a modern batsman destined for greatnessThe death of Phillip Hughes has cast doubts on whether the first Test between Australia and India on 4 December will go ahead in Brisbane.A two-day tour match between India and a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide was called off following the announcement of the 25-year-old’s death, while New Zealand and Pakistan suspended their Test match in Sharjah for the day out of respect. Continue reading... More... (Cricket)
Today
09:24

Teacher who banned banter leaves job

news.bbc.co.uk - A teacher who banned the word banter in classes leaves his job after saying "speaking up" came with a "hefty cost". More... (England)
Today
09:20

Four held over shootings and threats

news.bbc.co.uk - Detectives investigating paramilitary activity arrest four men in County Londonderry. More... (Northern Ireland)
Today
09:16

Malaysia PM reverses sedition pledge

news.bbc.co.uk - Malaysian PM Najib Razak goes back on a pledge to repeal a controversial sedition law, saying it will instead be strengthened. More... (Asia)
Today
09:15

Phillip Hughes' doctor: he took a 'blow to the side of the neck'

www.telegraph.co.uk - Australian team doctor Peter Brukner explains the injury suffered by Phillip Hughes which led to his tragic death More... (Cricket)
Today
09:15

BBC: 'More cuts will affect shows'

news.bbc.co.uk - The BBC says it has saved more than £1bn a year through cost-cutting measures, but warns further cuts will affect the quality of programmes. More... (UK)
Today
09:14

Fàilte is feagal mu ath-leasachadh fearainn

news.bbc.co.uk - Fearann Coimhearsnachd na h-Alba air fàilte a chur air planaichean ath-leasachaidh an fhearainn, ach Caidreachas Luchd-seilge ag ràdh gun caillear obraichean. More... (Scotland)
Today
09:10

Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte arrested in Mexico - reports

www.guardian.co.uk - Arrest warrant for Whyte was issued last month Four men appeared in court over sale of club last week Continue reading... More... (Football)
Today
09:00

#RIPPhilHughes: Stars from the world of cricket and beyond pay tribute to tragic Australian batsman

www.telegraph.co.uk - Reaction: How Twitter mobilised in support of injured Australian batsman More... (Cricket)
Today
09:00

Cricketer Phillip Hughes dies two days after being hit by ball during match

www.guardian.co.uk - Batsman struck by short ball during Sheffield ShieldTributes for Phillip Hughes - rolling reportClarke leads emotional tributes to HughesObituary: a batsman who was heading for greatness Cricketer Phillip Hughes has died in hospital after he was struck on the head by a short delivery during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.The 25-year-old from Macksville, on the north coast of New South Wales, was playing for South Australia against NSW when he collapsed after he was hit on the lower back of the neck by a bouncer. He was taken to hospital in a critical condition and died on Thursday. Continue reading... More... (Cricket)
Today
08:58

'Give 16-year-olds voting rights'

news.bbc.co.uk - Former Conservative minister Damian Green says the government should consider giving 16 and 17-year olds the right to vote. More... (Olympics)
Today
08:55

Phil Hughes's family pays tribute to 'hero' cricketer - video

www.guardian.co.uk - Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke reads a statement from the family of batsman Philip Hughes, who has died two days after being hit on the head with a ball during a Sheffield Shield match at Sydney Cricket Ground. The 25-year-old's family thanks medical staff, officials and the public for their support Continue reading... More... (Cricket)
Today
08:55

Phillip Hughes dies: Career of Australian cricketer in pictures

www.telegraph.co.uk - In pics: A look back at the career of the Australian cricketer More... (Cricket)
Today
08:55

Phillip Hughes's family pays tribute to 'hero' cricketer - video

www.guardian.co.uk - Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke reads a statement from the family of batsman Philip Hughes, who has died two days after being hit on the head with a ball during a Sheffield Shield match at Sydney Cricket Ground. The 25-year-old's family thanks medical staff, officials and the public for their support Continue reading... More... (Cricket)
Today
08:54

East Coast rail winner announced

news.bbc.co.uk - A consortium made up of Stagecoach and Virgin wins the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route, which has been in public hands since 2009. More... (Olympics)
Today
08:52

Phil Hughes dies: Doctors reveal 'freakish accident' suffered by Australian gave him little chance of survival

www.telegraph.co.uk - Cricket Australia doctor says batsman died from a subarachnoid haemorrhage caused by being struck on the neck with the ball More... (Cricket)
Today
08:51

HK student leader taken to court

news.bbc.co.uk - Prominent student leader Joshua Wong and other activists appear in a Hong Kong court to face charges following their arrests in Mong Kok. More... (Asia)
Today
08:49

Manhunt after pair stabbed to death

news.bbc.co.uk - A manhunt is under way across two counties after a man and a woman were found stabbed to death in Surrey. More... (England)
Today
08:49

Phillip Hughes death: latest

www.telegraph.co.uk - Tributes pour in for Australian batsman Phillip Hughes who passed away last night after being struck on the head with a cricket ball More... (Cricket)
Today
08:47

Ghana lose appeal against U-17 ban

news.bbc.co.uk - Ghana will learn on Wednesday the outcome of their appeal against disqualification from the 2015 U-17 Championship. More... (Africa)
Today
08:39

£7m Swansea flood project completed

news.bbc.co.uk - A flood scheme to protect 300 homes and businesses in the lower Swansea valley is officially completed More... (Wales)
Today
08:39

£7m Swansea flood scheme completed

news.bbc.co.uk - A flood scheme to protect 300 homes and businesses in the lower Swansea valley is officially completed More... (Wales)
Today
08:38

Phillip Hughes dies: PM Tony Abbott pays tribute to cricket star

www.telegraph.co.uk - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott leads the tributes to 25-year-old cricketer Phil Hughes who died in hospital two days after the batsman was struck on the head by a bouncer during a domestic match More... (Cricket)
Today
08:37

Man held in McConville investigation

news.bbc.co.uk - The well known republican Bobby Storey has been arrested as part of the overall investigation into the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972. More... (Northern Ireland)
Today
08:37

Man arrested in McConville investigation

news.bbc.co.uk - The well known republican Bobby Storey has been arrested by detectives investigating the murder and abduction of Jean McConville in 1972. More... (Northern Ireland)
Today
08:29

Australia captain Michael Clarke leads emotional tributes to Phillip Hughes

www.guardian.co.uk - Clarke reads statement on behalf of Hughes family England team say Hughes ‘will never be forgotten’ Pakistan and New Zealand postpone play in second Test Phillip Hughes dies two days after being hit by ball Obituary: a very modern batsman destined for greatnessPhillip Hughes’ Australia team-mates led the emotional tributes to the batsman following his death at the age of 25.Hughes died on Thursday, two days after being struck on the head by a bouncer while batting for South Australia against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Rest in peace Hughesy. I am really going to miss you. You were 1 of the great blokes and I will never forget you. #408 will live on forever.Just an absolute tragedy that Hughesy is no longer with us. He was such an awesome young man, RIP buddy, shattered... http://t.co/avDtc8deoRShocked to hear about Phil. Sad day for cricket. Deepest condolences to family, friends and well wishers. RIP #PhilipHughes Continue reading... More... (Cricket)
Today
08:27

Cricket v football: Mumbai decides

www.guardian.co.uk - After the Indian Super League kicked off last month, football’s popularity in India is increasing - but which sport does Mumbai prefer, cricket or football?In a country so famously in love with cricket, just how popular can football be? Last month, the first season of the Indian Super League (ISL) kicked off (no pun intended - ok, pun intended), which consists of eight city-based teams. Founded to make football a top sport in the country, the ISL is attracting a large - and growing - crowd of fans. Our colleagues at GuardianWitness did a callout for experiences of football in India, and saw some fantastic responses - including the story of the Reality Gives football programme in Mumbai’s Dharavi district. On Sunday, the Guardian Cities team went to an ISL game - Mumbai City v Chennai - which was packed with people, popcorn and energy. We also asked attendees whether the ISL is making football more popular with women especially - but more on that on the live blog later. So what we’d like to hear from Mumbaikars is: do you prefer cricket or football? And why? Continue reading... More... (Cricket)
Today
08:16

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes dies two days after being struck by ball

www.telegraph.co.uk - Australian batsman never regained consciousness after bouncer struck him on the back of head, missing his helmet More... (Cricket)
Today
08:12

VIDEO: Life in the UK as a Romanian migrant

news.bbc.co.uk - It has been almost a year since restrictions were lifted on Bulgarian and Romanian migrants, leaving them free to come and work in the UK. More... (UK)
Today
08:11

A deal doesn't make it happen

news.bbc.co.uk - A deal on new Scottish powers does not mean it will actually happen More... (Scotland)
Today
08:11

China media: US human rights

news.bbc.co.uk - Papers raise questions over Washington's human rights record in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson. More... (Asia)
Today
08:11

'Do more to monitor GPs vacancies'

news.bbc.co.uk - More must be done to monitor the number and location of GP vacancies in Wales at a time of crisis in recruiting and retaining doctors, says Plaid Cymru. More... (Wales)
Today
08:10

Craig Whyte detained in Mexico

news.bbc.co.uk - Craig Whyte is detained by police in Mexico after an arrest warrant was issued in relation to his takeover of Rangers in 2011. More... (Northern Ireland)
Today
08:10

Trychineb Gleision: Galw am ymchwiliad

news.bbc.co.uk - Mae rhieni o un o'r pedwar o lowyr a laddwyd yn nhrychineb pwll glo'r Gleision wedi galw am ymchwiliad cyhoeddus i'r digwyddiad. More... (Wales)
Today
08:04

Phillip Hughes dies: A young man who lived for cricket has now perished because of it - our sport is in shock

www.telegraph.co.uk - The tragedy of losing the gifted Phillip Hughes in the prime of his life is bewildering, writes Scyld Berry More... (Cricket)
Today
07:58

Williams could replace North on wing

news.bbc.co.uk - Scarlets' Liam Williams is tipped to start on the wing for Wales against South Africa on Saturday if George North is ruled out. More... (Wales)
Today
07:58

VIDEO: Extreme weather and its risk to lives

news.bbc.co.uk - Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says. More... (UK)
Today
07:57

Phillip Hughes - obituary

www.telegraph.co.uk - Brilliant but unconventional Australian cricketer who struck two centuries in his second test aged 20 More... (Cricket)
Today
07:55

'MufflerMan' Kejriwal creates Twitter buzz

news.bbc.co.uk - Why is anti-corruption leader Arvind Kejriwal trending on Twitter? More... (Asia)
Today
07:55

Vinyl record sales hit 18-year high

news.bbc.co.uk - More than one million vinyl records have been sold in the UK so far this year - the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996. More... (UK)
Today
07:52

Phillip Hughes dies: Australian captain Michael Clarke fights back tears as he reads statement from family

www.telegraph.co.uk - Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke delivers a statement, on behalf of the family of deceased team-mate Phil Hughes, at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney More... (Cricket)
Today
07:49

Pair found stabbed in double murder

news.bbc.co.uk - A man and a woman are found dead with stab wounds in Surrey in what police have described as a double murder. More... (UK)
Today
07:48

Afghan attack hits UK embassy car

news.bbc.co.uk - A suicide bomber strikes a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul, causing casualties among Afghan civilians. More... (UK)
Today
07:34

Abuse inquiry 'needs Welsh voice'

news.bbc.co.uk - The children's commissioner adds his support to calls for a Welsh voice to be appointed to a UK inquiry into historical child sexual abuse. More... (UK)
Today
07:33

Phillip Hughes' distraught Australia cricket team-mates leave hospital

www.telegraph.co.uk - Emotional Australia cricket team players and their families leave St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney following the death of their team-mate Phillip Hughes More... (Cricket)
Today
07:28

Panel camdrin hanesyddol: Llais o Gymru

news.bbc.co.uk - Comisiynydd Plant o blaid llais o Gymru ar banel ymchwilio i gam-drin rhywiol hanesyddol. More... (Wales)
Today
07:27

Lord Coe to run for IAAF presidency

news.bbc.co.uk - Lord Coe announces he will run for presidency of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). More... (England)
Today
07:21

Indian media: Modi's Saarc agenda

news.bbc.co.uk - PM praised for urging South Asian countries to boost regional development. More... (Asia)
Today
07:17

Stars will still go abroad - Davies

news.bbc.co.uk - Some Wales players will still opt to play abroad although new dual contracts will help, says Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies. More... (Wales)
Today
07:14

India suspends Comedy Central

news.bbc.co.uk - India suspends the US entertainment channel US Comedy Central for six days for showing "obscene and vulgar" programmes. More... (Asia)
Today
07:14

Phillip Hughes dies: tributes pour in for Australian cricketer

www.guardian.co.uk - Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died two days after being struck on the head by a short delivery during a Sheffield Shield matchPhillip Hughes: a very modern batsman who was heading for greatness 6.14pm AEST We will end the rolling coverage here, with a final tribute piece.Phillip Joel Hughes seemed destined for greatness at a young age, writes Guardian Australia’s Russell Jackson. It was a level of expectation and pressure that Hughes wore with humility and a path for which he prepared himself diligently. “Watch Out Bradman”, warned a local newspaper in mid-coast New South Wales when 11-year-old Hughes passed the thousand-run mark in one junior season. 5.57pm AEST Many of you are also leaving tributes to Hughes in the comments below. If you haven’t yet, please feel free to. Below are some messages already posted.Very sad day. I'll remember Phillip Hughes for his part in the then world-record, 11th-wicket partnership (163) with Ashton Agar against England at Trent Bridge in 2013. Condolences to his family, team-mates and all Aussie cricketers everywhere.RIP Phillip Hughes. Friends at Worcestershire spoke of his popularity and dedication to the game and the team. A terrible loss at such a young age. Best wishes to his family, friends (throughout the cricket world), and also to Sean Abbott, who must be facing the darkest of times right now. Nothing more can be done for Phillip, but people need to show sympathy and support for Abbott. It wasn't his fault.Awful, awful. The rivalries in cricket are fierce, especially between Australia and England, but everybody who loves the game is united in shock and grief. Such a terrible loss. 5.53pm AEST The Adelaide Oval has paid tribute on its scoreboard to Hughes.Adel Oval scoreboard honours Phillip Hughes pic.twitter.com/XwgajH8Ggk 5.51pm AEST Phillip Hughes owned some remarkable cricketing records: At 20, he was the youngest player ever to score twin centuries in a Test match (in South Africa in 2009). 5.46pm AEST Australian Cricketers’ Association chief executive Alistair Nicholson said Hughes was respected by teammates and opponents alike. He said counselling had been arranged for all in the cricketing family who had been affected.“Phillip Hughes died playing the sport he loved, amongst those who loved him.” 5.45pm AEST Phillip Hughes made his Test debut, alongside Marcus North and Ben Hilfenhaus, in South Africa in 2009. Before the match in their baggy greens. 5.42pm AEST Just an absolute tragedy that Hughesy is no longer with us. He was such an awesome young man, RIP buddy, shattered... http://t.co/avDtc8deoR 5.41pm AEST Former Prime Minister John Howard paid tribute on ABC radio to Hughes’s talent and down-to-earth character.“It is just very, very sad. A terrible accident [that is] nobody’s fault. I send my thoughts and prayers to his family and teammates.” 5.36pm AEST New Zealand and Pakistan have suspended play on day two of their third and final test match in Sharjah, out of respect for Hughes. The cricketing boards of the two countries will discuss how to proceed with the decisive Test, but there will be no play today. Pakistan leads the series one-nil. 5.33pm AEST Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has said Phillip Hughes would have wanted next week’s first Test against India to be played despite the batsman’s tragic death.Chappell added that playing the Test at the Gabba from December 4 may be the “best thing” for players mourning Hughes. 5.32pm AEST Doctors at the press conference are stressing that the delay in an ambulance arriving at the ground after it was called, did not compromise the quality of care that Hughes received. 5.31pm AEST Brukner choked back tears as he paid tribute to Michael Clarke’s efforts to support the Hughes family.“Phillip’s always been like a little brother to Michael. Phillip’s family were obviously going through a difficult time, but I’m not sure they would have coped without Michael’s assistance. The genuine love and care he gave to the Hughes family was exceptional.” 5.30pm AEST Team doctor Peter Brukner has given some details on the injuries sustained by Hughes and his treatment at the ground.Hughes took the blow on the side of the neck, and his vertebral artery, the main artery leading to the brain was compressed, said Brukner, “causing the artery to split and for bleeding to flow up into the brain.” 5.19pm AEST Michael Clarke and members of Cricket Australia have spoken at a press conference, on behalf of Hughes’s family. Below are some excerpts of their statements.“It’s been a very difficult few days,” says Clarke. 5.11pm AEST Hughes’s teammate David Warner and his partner Candice Falzon leave St Vincent’s hospital a short time ago. 5.07pm AEST The below statement comes from Hughes’s home town, including his junior cricket club and his old rugby league club.The family and friends, the local cricket comunity and the whole Nambucca Valley community would like to pass on our deepest condolences to the Hughes family following the tragic death of Phillip Hughes.We reach out to Phillip’s parents Greg and Virginia Hughes, sister Megan and brother Jason, offering our love and support during this most difficult time. We are all here for you. 5.03pm AEST From the Greens Leader Christine Milne and spokesperson on sport Senator Richard Di Natale: The Australian Greens express profound sadness at the tragic death of the outstanding young cricketer Phillip Hughes.We send our love and support to his family, friends, teammates and the entire cricket community. 5.01pm AEST Meg Lanning, captain of Australia’s female cricket team:A sad, sad day. Absolutely devastating. Thoughts go out to Phillip Hughes' family and friends #RIPPhillipHughes 5.00pm AEST Kerry O’Keeffe, former bowler and ABC commentator writes below:RIP Phillip Hughes...country...brilliant...loved...balanced...selfless...fair dinkum.The point fielder in heaven is nervous...very nervous. 4.58pm AEST International news organisations have begun reporting the news of Phillip Hughes’s death. 4.52pm AEST The opposition leader Bill Shorten has released the following statement: A freak accident and a truly tragic piece of misfortune have stolen the life of Phillip Hughes, just a few days before his 26th birthday.For New South Wales, for South Australia and for his country, Phillip Hughes brought so much more to the dressing room than a piercing cut shot and prodigious talent. 4.44pm AEST Fellow cricketers who’ve been by Hughes’s bedside have begun leaving St Vincent’s Hospital, many in tears and visibly distraught. Sean Abbott, who delivered the ball which felled Hughes, was at the hospital, but has left. Dave Warner, Hughes’s close friend and the man who was fielding in close for NSW when he was struck, has left with his partner Candice, and keeper Matthew Wade. 4.40pm AEST Flags will fly at half mast on all government buildings in NSW tomorrow, premier Mike Baird has announced.The flags have already been lowered at Cricket NSW at the SCG. 4.39pm AEST Cricket NSW has released a statement.Chairman John Warn said: The entire NSW cricket community offers our heartfelt condolences to Phillip’s mother and father Virginia and Greg, sister Megan and brother Jason at this most difficult of times. Their grief is being felt across the country and around the cricket world as the extended cricket family comes to terms with the sad loss of a very popular and talented young player. So many in the NSW cricket family know Greg, Virginia, Jason and Megan personally. It is tragic that Phillip has been taken from them so young. He reflected their strong country values and warmth as a loving, caring family. “Phillip is fondly remembered as a bright and cheeky young man with an infectious smile who emerged as an outstanding junior more than a decade ago. Like so many NSW and Australian players before him, Phillip moved to Sydney to play Grade Cricket and found a home at Western Suburbs. 4.37pm AEST Below is from the former South Africa captain, Graeme Smith:Totally , totally sick inside and have no words.thinking and praying for friends and family. #RIPPhilHughes 4.34pm AEST Current coach of the Australian cricket team, Darren Lehmann:RIP you little champ, we are all going to miss you ! Love, prayers to all the Hughes family xxxx 4.32pm AEST There are suggestions among cricket fans, on Twitter and other social media, that Hughes be named as 12th man for the upcoming first Test against India, starting next week. 4.31pm AEST Adam Gilchrist, former Australian wicketkeeper, has taken to Twitter. In recent days he had also made statements hoping for the recovery of Hughes, and offering support for Sean Abbott, who bowled the delivery which struck Hughes.No no no no no. RIP Phillip HughesFor eternity the spirit of Cap No. 408 #RIPPhilHughesMay those footprints in the sand now support another young man in need. #SeanAbbott 4.30pm AEST Hughes’s former team, the South Australian Redbacks, said they had lost their mate “Hughesy.”“Our deepest condolences to all his family and friends. He will be with us always.” 4.28pm AEST Harsha Bhogle, the doyen of Indian cricket commentators and the voice of the game around the world, has expressed his sorrow at the news.Just simply one of the saddest days in cricket. Our beautiful game, which gives more joy than anything else, is in grief #RIPPhillipHughes 4.26pm AEST Tributes have begun pouring in for Hughes, and condolences for his family and friends.Prime minister Tony Abbott released the following statement this afternoon: Phillip Hughes was a young man living out his dreams. His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family. 4.26pm AEST Cricketer Phillip Hughes has died in hospital after he was struck on the head by a short delivery during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.The 25-year-old from Macksville, on the north coast of New South Wales, was playing for South Australia against NSW when he collapsed after he was hit on the lower back of the neck by a bouncer. He was taken to hospital in a critical condition and died on Thursday.“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away,” the statement read.“He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends. As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time. Cricket Australia kindly asks that the privacy of the Hughes family, players and staff be respected.” Continue reading... More... (Cricket)
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07:12

Deiseb yn erbyn cael gwared ar wersi cerdd

news.bbc.co.uk - Bydd deiseb yn erbyn cael gwared ar wersi cerdd, gyda bron i 4,000 o lofnodion arno, yn cael ei gyflwyno i Gyngor Sir Ddinbych. More... (Wales)
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07:11

Terror suspect charged with ID theft

news.bbc.co.uk - A man arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of terrorism offences connected to Syria is charged with the theft of identity documents and a passport. More... (England)
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07:09

One in four children obese by 11

news.bbc.co.uk - Wales has the highest proportion of overweight or obese children in the UK, with one in four obese by the age of 11, a new study finds. More... (UK)
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07:09

One in four children obese at 11

news.bbc.co.uk - One in four children in Wales are obese at the age of 11, claims a study which says the country has the highest proportion of overweight or obese youngsters in the UK. More... (Wales)
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07:07

Phillip Hughes death: tragedy of a young batsman cut down in his prime

www.guardian.co.uk - The sudden loss of a batsmen who subverted cliches about modern cricketers has made the months to come seem trivialPhillip Joel Hughes seemed destined for greatness at a young age. It was a level of expectation and pressure that Hughes wore with humility and a path for which he prepared himself diligently. “Watch Out Bradman”, warned a local newspaper in mid-coast New South Wales when 11-year-old Hughes passed the thousand-run mark in one junior season. Continue reading... More... (Cricket)
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07:07

Phillip Hughes death plunges Australia into summer of sadness

www.guardian.co.uk - The sudden loss of a batsmen who subverted cliches about modern cricketers has made the months to come seem trivialPhillip Joel Hughes seemed destined for greatness at a young age. It was a level of expectation and pressure that Hughes wore with humility and a path for which he prepared himself diligently. “Watch Out Bradman”, warned a local newspaper in mid-coast New South Wales when 11-year-old Hughes passed the thousand-run mark in one junior season. Continue reading... More... (Cricket)
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07:06

Edinburgh confident over Day deal

news.bbc.co.uk - Newport County boss Justin Edinburgh is confident Peterborough United goalkeeper Joe Day will re-join in a permanent deal in the New Year. More... (Wales)
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07:06

Could head injuries be eliminated?

news.bbc.co.uk - Do cricket helmets do enough to protect the head? More... (UK)
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07:00

Phil Hughes 1988-2014

www.telegraph.co.uk - Left-hander became first Australian batsman in history of one-day cricket to score century on his debut against Sri Lanka More... (Cricket)
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06:59

Angen gwneud mwy i fonitro diffyg meddygon

news.bbc.co.uk - Llefarydd iechyd Plaid Cymru yn dweud ei bod hi'n 'anhygoel' nad oes ffigyrau cyfredol am faint o feddygon teulu sydd eu hangen yng Nghymru. More... (Wales)
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06:59

'Anhygoel': Dim manylion am feddygon teulu

news.bbc.co.uk - Llefarydd iechyd Plaid Cymru yn dweud ei bod hi'n 'anhygoel' nad oes ffigyrau cyfredol am faint o feddygon teulu sydd eu hangen yng Nghymru. More... (Wales)
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06:58

James unsure over Gatland future

news.bbc.co.uk - Coach Warren Gatland may have taken Wales as far as he can but should lead them in the 2015 World Cup says ex-Wales back Dafydd James. More... (Wales)
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06:26

India girls 'killed themselves'

news.bbc.co.uk - India's top investigation agency confirms to the BBC that two teenage cousins who it was alleged had been gang-raped and murdered had in fact taken their own lives. More... (Asia)
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06:25

24% of NI children 'obese by 11'

news.bbc.co.uk - Almost one in four Northern Irish children born at the beginning of the new century was obese by the age of 11, a new study suggests. More... (Northern Ireland)
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06:18

Phil Hughes: Reactions in quotes

news.bbc.co.uk - Well-known Australians and cricket figures pay tribute to Phil Hughes, who has died at the age of 25 after being hit by a ball. More... (UK)
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06:16

Australian Open 2014 golf - day one, as it happened

www.guardian.co.uk - Jordan Spieth leads the field with four-under 67Defending champion Rory McIlroy shoots 69Adam Scott strugglesEmail your comments to matt.cleary.casual@guardian.co.uk 5.16pm AEST Okay. That’s us. Thanks for your company. Any thoughts tweet me, baby - @journomatcleary or throw an email to matt.cleary.casual@guardian.co.uk. And that’s that. And bye for now. 5.15pm AEST And that, I think, The People, is about that. Our leaderboard is as follows, with some thoughts on each of our T10 men, and Adam Scott who’s T88, but Adam Scott, as you know.Jordan Spieth -4. Controlled, precise and super-cool, the 21-year-old American looked a class or two above many of those chopping about at The Australian. His odds have been reeled in like a red hot go in the last at Moe. 5.01pm AEST Okay - Jordan Spieth’s dulcet tones are emanating from the Media Room thing ... something sort of exotic about Americans. Not exotic. But always been sort of Different. You grow up with American culture, and then there’s a real life one playing golf and talking about his thoughts on Australia. For some reason, that’s compelling. Not compelling. But a word like it.He’s leading this baby. And is a Super Golfer. He’s a good chance of winning, wish I’d got him early doors at 10-1. Because he’s shortened up now, baby. And need only beat these men to clinch the Stonehaven Trophy, named for Barry Stonehaven, full-forward for the Manuka Bullants 1985-1998. That’s not exactly true. Indeed it’s not at all true. But there it is. 4.58pm AEST What’s the time? 5pm and what we in the Media like to call: Nearly Stumps. Nearly Beer O’Clock. Nearly Beer O’Clock-off. Vision on the big screen of Jordan Spietth signing autographs for the children. Never got autographs, really. Remember going to the cricket as a kid, with the autograph book. And getting nowhere near the West Indies. So spent the match writing “Joel Garner”, “Clive Lloyd”, and “Best wishes, your friend, Viv Richards.” And when I got to school next day no-one knew any different. And thus I never sought an autograph again.But good luck to the kids. Sure it’s a Big Thing for them. 4.53pm AEST And so into the Media Tent, and a man comes in to talk to the all The Journos, and announces “Hi guys! Jordan Spieth in two minutes. Jordan Spieth in two minutes.”So there you go. A little slice of life on the Inside. 4.51pm AEST Highlights? Scotty Gardiner got a hole-in-one and a Lexus, and finished -3. His card for his first 9 holes read: 6 1 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4, fine numbers. 4.46pm AEST Okay. Nothing doing for Adam Scott on 18, he misses his birdie putt and finishes on +3 and Tied for 88th. For him that’s worse than Bad Boy Bubby on high rotation. Not that bad. But bad, man. Bad. 4.35pm AEST Next group on 18? Our marquee one? Adam Scott - uber man of golf. Jordan Spieth - 21-year-old super-kid of golf. And Nick Cullen - until his Australian Masters win last week a bigger nuffie than Nigel Nuff, this week partnered with Scott and Spiethy. 4.32pm AEST And finally Our Robbie, Mr Allenby, with a four footer for birdie, if he misses this fair dinkum flames might shoot out his ears. He stalks it. Lines it up. Practice putts. Lines up. Stands over. Pulls the trigger. Gets it. Birdie three. Well done, skinny, interesting man. 4.31pm AEST Okay, Rodney “Pamps” Pampling a man so boring they couldn’t even nickname him Rocket Rod or Pamplona or something, he has a 20 foot putt for birdie ... and he ... misses. Just. Par for him. 4.30pm AEST Okay, the Supermen of Golf stalk the 18th green, looking for things to dig at with their pricking sticks, the little pitch repair jobs they carry about like short-term greenskeepers. And here’s Griffin, from downtown ... wow. GREAT PUTT FROM NOWWHERE! EAGLE THREE, DOWN THE SLOPE AND BOOM, HE’S 1-OVER, A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT 4.28pm AEST Wow - great shot on 18 by Robert Allenby, he’s stiffed his approach to four feet, and has a birdie putt to finish even par. Not a bad result for Our Robert, a former champion of this Open. 4.24pm AEST Taking their time, the Allenby group. Robbie’s probably upset that a butterfly sneezed in his backswing. But there’s the white ball ... someone’s had a crack at this 18th hole par-5 in two ... and they are through, and just through the back ... tough putt coming back, over a swail and a tier. 4.21pm AEST Next up on 18? Oh - top group: Robert Allenby (a highly narky golfer and man, and yet a very nice bloke to those who know and love him, they say), Rod Pampling (who no-one really has any opinion on, he’s just a vanilla sort of man who is very good at golf), and Matthew “Peter from Family Guy” Griffin, who nobody knows anything about, not even Matthew Griffin. 4.19pm AEST First man in the Laycock-Norris-Wright group with birdie putts on 18 is Michael Wright ... just misses! Scotty Laycock? Just misses! Close. And Chuck Norris, who’s putting for a par, I’m told ... misses also. And there you go. Such is the plight of your very good without being exceptional golf professional. They call it grinding. It’s a tough old school. 4.15pm AEST Righto, out onto the outer deck of the Emirates Marquee, watching the final groups roll on in. Glass of shiraz. View over 18. Chances are my job, today, is better than yours. And so up 18 comes ... Jason “Chuck” Norris, Michael “Orville and Wilbur” Wright & Scott “Scott Laycock” Laycock, only the latter half-recognisable to me, and I’m as sporty a sports nerd as there is. 4.00pm AEST The top men?They are: 3.54pm AEST Great putt, Steven Bowditch, he’s 1-under now. Jordan Spieth is in the lead after his stiffed iron to the par-3. I think he’s going to win. 3.51pm AEST Okay - Adam Scott makes par. Nice putt. Nick Cullen makes par, too. What else is going on? Andrew Tampion, our leader, a bogey. And the leaderboard has five men on -3. 3.43pm AEST Jordan Spieth now ... stiffs one. A par-three. He’s about to get a birdie, there are less certain dawns. 3.42pm AEST Okay - Adam Scott ... BIRDIE! ANOTHER BIRDIE FOR ADAM SCOTT I TOLD YOU PEOPLE HE WOULD COME GOOD HE’S 3-OVER NOW AND ON A MASSIVE CHARGE HOME.Maybe. But he’s had a couple of birdies, and I doth predicted he’d finished +2. Which on this maggotty old day remains that most wonderful things for your Uber Man of Golf: In contention. 3.40pm AEST Scotty Gardiner, he’s T2 now, on -3. And good luck to him. Australia’s first indigenous golfer on the PGA Tour. 3.34pm AEST Rhiein Gibson, who may or may not be known as “Purple” Rhein Gibson, he has a long putt for par ... and he makes it and stays -3. 3.33pm AEST Here’s our Dear Leader, Andrew Tampion, he’s on 4-under, putting for birdie ... and ... leaves the putt in the jaws, just short. Not a bad little lag, though. 3.32pm AEST Adam Scott ... whacks it ... up there somewhere. He’s just off the green. Up and down for bird, a friendly enough little equation for your Man of Golf 3.31pm AEST Okay ... quite an overcast day here at The Australian, it hasn’t rained much if at all but it’s sorta warmish/windy, sorta ... it’s a weird enough old day. Jordan Spieth? He doesn’t mind. He just plays golf. He’s 21 years old. For a golfer, that’s ridiculously young to be so very good at golf. It’s like a 10 year old sitting the HSC or a one year old going to University and getting a PHD. 3.27pm AEST Okay, booming drive by Adam Scott who’s been booming drives since he was 3 years old, probably before that, probably when he was one, or none, or minus 23, he’s grouse at golf Adam Scott. 3.26pm AEST Leaderboard? It is thus:Andrew Tampion -4Aron Price -3Rhein Gibson -3Rory McIlroy-2Adam Crawford -2Richard Green -2Scott Gardiner -2Jordan Spieth -2Achi Sato -2 3.20pm AEST Okay - Nick Cullen, gettable birdie putt on 13 to get him off the devil’s number +4. Not sure if it’s the devil’s number in fact pretty sure it’s got nothing to do with his imperial majesty of evil, Satan, but Nick Cullen ... he ... has ... made it! Top putt, Nick Cullen. Three-over. It’s not the worst number that will be chicken-scratched today. 3.16pm AEST Rhein Gibson? He shot 55 in a round in the United States. It was 14-under, I think. Wasn’t in a comp round, so not sure it can count. But they count them all in America, it’s a Thing. Anyway he’s -3 which is one off the leader, Andrew Tampion, bet the kids had rude nicknames for him at school. 3.15pm AEST Rhein Gibson, now, chipping from just off the green. OH! Brendan De Jonge, dud putt from close. Doesn’t get his sand-save. Slides off the leaderboard. 3.13pm AEST Okay, here’s Big Brendan De Jonge in his giant electric blue happy pants, he’s extracting his ball from a greenside trap and he ... does it beautifully. Great touch. Does it necessarily follow that big men should be ponderous, and not have good touch? We always say, Oh, great hands for a big man. But big men can be just as deft as little ones. Big men can be pianists and surgeons, and flower arrangers, there was that guy in Police Academy the one who was kicked out of the Academy for tipping a car on its roof after rednecks said a bad thing to the very shy girl who could sometimes turn into a real hell-cat. 3.08pm AEST Okay - 13th tee. Bit of a hold-up for our Feature Group of Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth and Nick Cullen. The latter two are having a yarn, their conversation going something like, Me? No I don’t have a girlfriend I spend all my time hitting golf balls, and the other replying, Totes understand, I don’t have a girlfriend, all my time is spent hitting golf balls.Adam Scott, meanwhile, thinks, Pff, I’ve got a wife. Plus I’m handsome as hell, I could be a model. 3.05pm AEST Yes! Adam Scott’s made a birdie! Go back to what you were doing, Nation! Our Adam has made a birdie and is 4-over with half-a-dozen to play, he’s good at golf he’ll finish +2 I predict it. 3.03pm AEST Okay - Big Brendan De Jonge, now, resplendent in a giant pair of electric blue happy pants, I want some, he makes a ... bogey. He’s now 2-under. It’s still very good, it means he’s T2 which is equal second and not the second Terminator though he could be he’s big enough 3.00pm AEST Quite a lot of bunkers here at The Australian, they’re hard to get out of if you’re not really good at golf, but these Supermen of Golf just sort of ... get out. And get close. It’s a top trick. They practice a lot, though, to get out. Consequently they don’t get out a lot, if you will. These are their dues. 2.55pm AEST And so to hole No12, another par-4 there are many here at gorgeous The Australian Golf Club, it’s a really good place. Kerry Packer was a member here and made a General Manager cry because they didn’t stock his favourite sorts of biscuits. What a nasty big goanna he was, the Big Man, as capable of great charity and understanding. But then it’s easy to be charitable, isn’t it?, when you’ve got a motza. Here, sick person, have some cash. He couldn’t be nice to everyone? I dunno. Doesn’t sound like the nicest person. You’d say God rest his soul except Kerry famously died once and came back and said, Son, I’ve been to the other side and there’s nothing f***ing there. So he was good for a quote. But he made a man cry once, and that’s not very nice, particularly over a packet of biscuits. 2.50pm AEST Adam Scott, now, monster putt with his monster-long broom-handle putting wand thing, and he remains 5-over after 11 holes. Wonder when he’s going to brush the broom? It will be against the Laws of Golf in a few months, and the Laws of Golf are more sacrosanct than many religious laws. 2.49pm AEST Okay - Nick Cullen, won the Australian Masters last week with a spleen-selling sand-save on 18, he’s chopping it about today, a bit, he’s 3-over and doing his best. He’s not chopping it about. He’s really, really good at golf. But he’s on the telly today, playing with Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth. And that is all. 2.48pm AEST The Leaderboard?Aron Price -3Brendon De Jonge -3Andrew Tampion -3Rory McIlroy -2Adam Crawford -2Richard Green -2Scott Gardiner -2Jordan Spieth -2David Bransdon -2 2.44pm AEST Brendan De Jonge? He’s our equal leader on 3-under, sharing top billing with Aron Price who’s finished and Andrew Tampion who has not. 2.42pm AEST Righto ... Brendan De Jonge of Zimbabwe, a man Darrell Eastlake would describe as a huge man, he whacks a 7-iron pretty close. Good game, golf, if a man can be built like an oak barrel of beer and yet be really, really good at golf. That’s inclusive. Egalitarian. It’s the Aussie Fair Go in action. Something. 2.40pm AEST Okay, who we got here ... it’s Jake Higginbottom, one of the cavalcade of giant punks who smash the golf ball like the hammer of mighty Thor, they are good at golf these kids, and good luck to them. They don’t have much in the way of girlfriends given all the golf ball bashing they have to do to be really, really good at golf. But people give them Lexus motor vehicles if they’re good. So there is that. 2.37pm AEST Adam Scott makes his par. He’s 5-over after ten holes, which isn’t super-flash. But he’s really, really good at golf so there’s a few birdies in him. 2.36pm AEST Nick Cullen ... great shot. A chip from off the green that spins just when it’s required and slides on down close to the hole. Hard-fought par-4 on the tenth. But he’ll take it, I betcha. 2.35pm AEST Okay, Wayne Grady is in the Emirates Marquee. Repeat. Wayne Grady is in the Emirates Marquee. Wayne Grady? He on the US PGA in 1986, thereabouts. He’s on the telly and Twitter these days. He swears less on the telly. His tweets could be described as polemic, if you’re being really, really kind. 2.29pm AEST Ryan Fox, now, putting for the bird ... he misses. His daddy Grant didn’t miss a lot, he played No.10 for the All Blacks and had a job that was effectively “Give the ball to John Kirwan” and kick the goals.But Ryan Fox is a fair player, he won the Jeep Pro-Am once at Royal Pines. 2.28pm AEST Jordan Spieth, now, on the tenth. He fairly schtonks one down the guts, it’s a long par-4 that goes downwards and then upwards, there’s been 43 bogeys and and seven birdies and about 63 pars, and it’s quite a hard hole. 2.26pm AEST Highlights of Rory’s Round include: some nice putts. Some nice shots. A very natty red jumper, I want one. A very fine stiffed 7-iron on the ninth, and birdie. He played with Geoff Ogilvy who on the 06 US Open, and Matt Jones, who did not. 2.23pm AEST Jordan Spieth - makes a very tidy par-4 on the ninth hole, playing like a beast into the southerly. 2.22pm AEST Cullen, now, for bogey. He’s 2-over. And now he’s 3-over. 2.22pm AEST Adam Scott - another bogey. A three-putt. He’s channelling me on a Wednesday afternoon. 2.21pm AEST News: Scotty Gardiner, our Ace Man who Won a Lexus, has started 6, 1, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, for his front 9. He’s 2-under. He owns a Lexus. He cares not. 2.15pm AEST Adam Scott, from a fairway trap ... top shot. It’s gone a long way past the hole. But he’s on the dance-floor, and has a thousand foot putt for the bird. 2.14pm AEST Cullen’s playing partner, Jordan Spieth, 21, an age when your correspondent was spilling Fosters Lager on his footy shorts on end of season rugby trips, has a hellacious lie above a bunker ... and ... chops it nowhere good. Too much weights, not enough speed work? Yeah, not really. 2.13pm AEST Okay ... we’re on the ninth hole, and Nick Cullen, winner of the Australian Masters last week with a sand-save on 18 you’d sell a spleen to achieve, has what looks like a 4-iron. Oh - straight at it ... but not far enough! And he’s into the drink. He’s 2-over. That won’t help. 2.05pm AEST Okay. Welcome back to The Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club, and it’s still quite overcast, with a blustery little wind from the south. Aron Price (-3) remains our leader, tied with Brady Watt who’s amassed three birdies in his first six holes. And good luck to him.Some news: Adam Scott is 4-over after seven holes, and has The Blocks, according to a mate who’s trailing him around. 1.41pm AEST Greetings, Australians, and welcome to the Australian, the super-flash golf club nestled like a giant velvet green tongue in Rosebery in Sydney’s suburban east. It’s day one of the Australian Open and the golf is going to be grand.Actually it’s been pretty tough going for these super-star professional men of golf this morning. The best score in is Aron Price’s three-under-par 68. Conditions are overcast, there’s a light southerly breeze, and overnight rain means there’s little run on the fairways. The course is playing long. Continue reading... More... (Golf)
Today
06:14

App to help homeless find shelter

news.bbc.co.uk - A Northern Ireland charity creates a smartphone app for people to help the homeless find food and emergency shelter. More... (Northern Ireland)
Today
06:12

Phillip Hughes obituary: a very modern batsman destined for greatness

www.guardian.co.uk - The hugely talented Australian had such a strong work ethic that his boyhood cricket club moved its bowling machine to his houseAs an opening batsman, the Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who has died aged 25 after being struck by a ball during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, was very much a product of the frantic modern era. While Test match openers in years gone by were staunch guardians of the game’s defensive traditions and technical touchstones, Hughes brought the spirit of Twenty20 to the long form of cricket, slashing the ball to all parts in a fashion that paid little heed to the traditionally correct and miserly techniques of his predecessors.From a farming background, Hughes’s belligerent approach may have had some wide­armed agricultural facets, but it was a pleasure to watch and often devastatingly effective. It brought him 26 Tests for Australia, including participation in three Ashes series against England, and playing contracts not just with his native New South Wales (2007­-12), but in England with Middlesex (2009), Hampshire (2010), and Worcestershire (2012). From 2012 onwards he plied his trade with South Australia, and from 2013 with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. Continue reading... More... (Cricket)
Today
06:12

Phillip Hughes obituary: a very modern batsman who was heading for greatness

www.guardian.co.uk - The hugely talented Australian had such a strong work ethic that his boyhood cricket club moved its bowling machine to his houseAs an opening batsman, the Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who has died aged 25 after being struck by a ball during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, was very much a product of the frantic modern era. While Test match openers in years gone by were staunch guardians of the game’s defensive traditions and technical touchstones, Hughes brought the spirit of Twenty20 to the long form of cricket, slashing the ball to all parts in a fashion that paid little heed to the traditionally correct and miserly techniques of his predecessors.From a farming background, Hughes’s belligerent approach may have had some wide­armed agricultural facets, but it was a pleasure to watch and often devastatingly effective. It brought him 26 Tests for Australia, including participation in three Ashes series against England, and playing contracts not just with his native New South Wales (2007­-12), but in England with Middlesex (2009), Hampshire (2010), and Worcestershire (2012). From 2012 onwards he plied his trade with South Australia, and from 2013 with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. Continue reading... More... (Cricket)
Today
06:11

Australian cricketer Philip Hughes dies two days after being struck by ball

www.telegraph.co.uk - Australian batsman never regained consciousness after bouncer struck him on the back of head, missing his helmet More... (Cricket)
Today
06:04

Wallabies recall Rob Horne and Sean McMahon for England clash

www.guardian.co.uk - Horne starts a Test for the first time in two years as Joe Tomane misses out, while McMahon is back after a week’s restWaratahs winger Rob Horne and rising Melbourne Rebels flanker Sean McMahon have earned recalls to the starting side for the Wallabies’ European tour finale against England.Horne will start a Test for the first time in two years at Twickenham on Saturday (early Sunday AEDT) after winning the spot opened up by the ankle injury to centre Tevita Kuridrani. Continue reading... More... (Rugby union)
Today
06:01

Vandals damage ancient gravestone

news.bbc.co.uk - Vandals have destroyed the engraving on a 15th Century gravestone on a lake island in County Fermanagh. More... (Northern Ireland)