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Ashes 2021-22: Pat Cummins savours 'dream start' as England slump to 147 all out

Cummins, in his first game as Test captain since taking over from Tim Paine, claimed 5-38, while Starc took 2-35 and Hazlewood 2-42 as the English batters failed to adapt to the bounce and movement of a Gabba green top.

Sports

Australian swimmer Madeline Groves says she was molested as a teenager

Butterfly specialist Groves, who pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics to protest 'misogynistic perverts', said she was molested from the age of 13 by someone still working in the sport

Sports

Australian Open 2022: Seven-time champion Serena Williams not on entry list

Serena Williams won the last of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles at the 2017 Australian Open, and was beaten in the semifinals this year by Naomi Osaka in straight sets.

Sports

NBA: Kevin Durant, James Harden spark Brooklyn Nets' fightback over Dallas Mavericks

Harden and Durant combined for 47 points in a 102-99 road victory for Brooklyn, who lead the Eastern Conference with 17 wins against seven losses.

World

Malaysian appeal court upholds ex-PM Najib Razak's corruption conviction in 1MDB scandal

Najib was found guilty of diverting an estimated 42 million ringgit ($9.88m) from SRC International, a division of 1MDB, into his personal bank accounts in July last year

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Ashes 2021-22: Rory Burns out first ball as England struggle to 59-4 at lunch

Mitchell Starc bowled Rory Burns with the first ball of the Ashes series as Australia ripped through England's top order in a chaotic first hour of play at Brisbane on Wednesday

Sports

Champions League: Xavi calls on struggling Barcelona to 'make history' at Bayern Munich

Bayern are already into the last 16 as group winners, but want a sixth win from six games in the group stages when they host Barcelona, who they trounced 3-0 at the Camp Nou in September.

Sports

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton not 'playing fair' with title rival Max Verstappen, says Bernie Ecclestone

Ecclestone — who over several decades transformed the sport into a global multi-billion-dollar commercial giant — said Mercedes CEO Toto Wolff and Hamilton were "not playing fair."

World

Omicron not more severe than Delta variant, existing COVID-19 vaccines will work, says WHO

Speaking to AFP, the World Health Organization's second-in-command, said there was no sign that Omicron could fully sidestep protections provided by existing Covid vaccines.

Sports

Champions League: Atletico Madrid qualify as Liverpool complete perfect group stage

Diego Simeone's Atletico needed to beat Porto in Portugal to advance to the knockout phase and they duly triumphed 3-1 in a game which featured three red cards.

World

Australia joins US diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Canberra’s decision comes amid ‘disagreement’ with Beijing over a slew of issues — from Australia's foreign interference laws to a recent move to acquire nuclear-powered submarines

Health

Omicron variant 'almost certainly' not more severe than Delta, says Anthony Fauci

Fauci said Tuesday that it would take weeks to judge the severity of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron

Sports

Champions League: Mateo Kovacic tests positive for COVID-19 in 'huge setback' for Chelsea

The 27-year-old has been out of action since late October and manager Thomas Tuchel had hoped to ease him back into action this week

Sports

Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham fined €40,000 for match-fixing comment

The German Football Association (DFB) said they have fined Bellingham for "unsportsmanlike conduct".

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Bangladesh vs Pakistan: Sajid Khan's six-for leaves Tigers reeling on Day 4 of 2nd Test

Sajid's 6-35 held Bangladesh to 76/7 before bad light forced early stumps at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, with the hosts needing another 25 runs to avoid follow on.

News & Analysis

Firefighter, national cyclist and pilot: NASA chooses 10 trainees from a pool of 12,000 applicants

The 10 candidates, who range from 32 to 45 years, will now report for duty in January at the Johnson Space Center in Texas, where they will undergo two years of training

World

Beijing Winter Olympics: China says US diplomatic boycott violates Olympic spirit

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s on Monday vowed China would respond with 'firm countermeasures,' but gave no details

World

Indonesia volcano: Death toll rises to 34, 17 still missing, says national disaster agency

The biggest mountain on the island of Java on Saturday ejected a mushroom of volcanic ash high into the sky and rained hot mud as thousands of panicked people fled their homes

Sports

Beijing Winter Olympics: Peng Shuai to Xinjiang, issues overshadowing the Games

There are multiple issues plaguing China's hosting of the Winter Olympics with United States' announcement of diplomatic boycott the latest concern.

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The Ashes: From Steve Smith to Ben Stokes, five players to watch out for

The first Test between England and Australia starts at Brisbane's Gabba on Wednesday. Here's a look at five players who could be match-winners in the Ashes